A fixture of the communities where migrants have settled, South Asian-owned pubs offer tandoori grills and homemade roti alongside draught ale and darts.
Founded in 1946 by the India League, an organisation that campaigned for British India’s independence, The India Club is part-restaurant, part-time capsule. Now redevelopment plans threaten to turn the building into a luxury hotel.
The chairman of the Asian Catering Federation has warned that chef shortages, rising costs, and changing customer tastes could spell the end of 17,000 Indian restaurants.
My home country’s reputation as being culinarily challenged has not been achieved without putting in the work. Scottish restaurants have a way to go until they’re no longer the punchline.
“I’m embarrassed to say, but if I go to an Indian restaurant, I’d order chips,” says Wasim Tayyab, one of the three brothers behind Tayyabs, the London eatery lauded for its home-style Punjabi-Pakistani cooking.