Bangladeshi and Indian restaurant The Moghul Palace (Pelsall) hosted a complimentary banquet for 40 loyal customers and dignitaries in aid of charity.
Guests dined for free and made donations to St Giles Walsall Hospice based on what they believed the meal was worth.
Visitors were also able to take in the new and improved restaurant for the first time.
It now has a more modern and contemporary look and feel (whilst retaining some traditional Indian elements), a new reception area, plus ambience-enhancing mood lighting and a serene water feature.
Moghul Palace proprietor Fareed Miah explains:
“St Giles do a wonderful job in the local community, but rely heavily on donations, so we were only too glad to help – and our re-launch seemed the perfect opportunity.
"The refurbishment is all about giving something back to our regulars and enhancing their experience with us, so we hope to do a lot more with St Giles in the future too."
A fantastic evening was had by all and everyone bought into the new interiors which, befitting the Moghul name, are positively palatial.
"We now offer a proper fine dining experience with exquisitely plated dishes, but as tonight showed we’re also still about fresh food made daily, plus great value and authentic taste and flavour over mere spice.”
Joanne Barlow, Community Fundraiser for St Giles Hospice, says:
”£500 is an incredible amount and I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to all at Moghul Palace for thinking of St Giles Walsall Hospice as their chosen charity.
"They allowed me time on their special evening to talk about the work we do, while also looking after me as their guest. The atmosphere was friendly, warm and inviting along with exceptional service and food."
"St Giles Walsall Hospice is a 12-bed inpatient unit and our services include respite, pain relief and end of life care (for cancer and other serious illnesses) free to the people of Walsall. To continue with our services we have to raise £1.6 million each year and rely heavily on the community and wonderful businesses like Moghul Palace to help us raise the amount.”
To conclude proceedings, Moghul Palace guests also let off a balloon each (some filled with golden tickets for complimentary meals).
The last time they did this a couple from Middlesbrough in the North East found one and built a wonderful long weekend in the West Midlands around redeeming it.
Local Pelsall councillor Gary Perry said:
“The Moghul Palace has become a favourite restaurant for many of our villagers and those who visit – and your investment in your premises shows a level of commitment that widens the attraction of our successful high street offer.
"This success is no mean feat, given the economic challenges that present themselves today, so you are to be credited with ensuring that our village remains the envy of others and I wish you every continued success.”
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