A family business down at the pub

11:34am Wednesday 28th April 2010

FOR Pritesh Chauhan, there is no better taste than that of his mum’s cooking.

Now he is sharing the delights of her home-cooked cuisine at his new pub, where his mother Joshna, well known throughout Bolton for her Indian themed nights and mouth watering Asian banquets, will be preparing all the fayre.

Mr Pritesh, aged 24, has taken over The Wellington in Bury New Road and has spent more than £10,000 refreshing the decor.

He runs the pub, with help from his 18 year-old brother Bhavesh, while his mum Joshna and dad Sailesh, help out with the food.

Now the pub offers a basic home cooked Indian menu weekdays and on Sundays traditional English food rubs shoulders with a collection of classic Indian dishes made by Mrs Chauhan.

Mr Chauhan has also wired up the pub for microphones, music and laptop connections so that small conferences can take place in the function room with the pub providing refreshments.

Mr Chauhan said: “My mum has the catering side and she is really well known for her food. I was helping her out a lot and I was looking round for a job.

“When I heard about the pub coming up and, as it was my local, I decided to go for it.

“It was the right decision for us.

“I know that pubs are having a hard time at the moment but it was the right time for us and we started by holding my mum’s banquets here.

“I have decorated most of the pub but have kept the tap room area as it was as that is very popular with the regulars.

“We have a good beer garden at the back and a smokers’ shelter and I plan to hold barbecues in the summer with traditional English and Indian food.”

Mr Pritesh has installed a large drop-down screen to show the World Cup matches and will hold more of his mother’s famous £20 a head eight course banquets at the pub.

Mrs Chauhan, who has a full-time job, prepares all the Indian food in the pub kitchen and during the week there will be a basic menu of starters, like spicy chicken wings and chicken and lamb curries.

At the weekend Mrs Chauhan will have a wider menu on offer, including traditional roasts and English food with an Indian twist.

To build on custom Mr Pritesh also plans to open for breakfast from May 10 offering a traditional English menu. He will also offer hot dinners and a delivery service.

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