Anwar Hussain

After 24 years, as one of Godalming’s leading restaurant owners, Anwar Hussain found he had to find new premises for his restaurant. Due to the fact that the old building complex had to be demolished it was the ideal opportunity to make the move to new, larger, premises.

Anwar has gone from strength to strength by opening the doors to his new restaurant, away from the old High Street location, to the premises previously known as the long established ‘Anchor Pub’, in Ockford Road, Godalming, much to the delight of scores of loyal regular customers!

Now, fully refurbished as Anwar’s Gtr – Godalming Tandoori Restaurant, the new location boasts a larger eating area and bright surroundings, along with a Terraced Garden area at the rear, complete with a decked patio area at the front. There is an added bonus to the restaurant in that it has a full drinks bar. The bar has a vast range of drinks & beers on tap. It’s like being in a pub, which theoretically you are but Anwar insists that it will be kept as a restaurant environment and not as a local public house.

I am delighted that so many of my customers have remained loyal. I am also very proud to have customers who have become regulars and now dear friends. The success to my restaurant business is down to them and I would like to thank them for their continued support.

In one sense it is a great pity to leave the old location, but I am so pleased with our new premises. The restaurant is now in a prime location, and we are looking forward to the future.

National Medal For Godalming Curry House

The Tiffin Cup 2009

National Medal For Godalming Curry House Anwar, The owner of Anwar’s Gtr – Godalming Tandoori Restaurant, has spoken of his pride at winning third place in the national Tiffin Cup restaurant competition.

Anwar said he was “overwhelmed” by his success in the event, where each MP puts forward a business from their constituency to compete for the coveted title of South Asian restaurant of the year. South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt chose Godalming Tandoori as his official recommendation. It then made the final 11, with the team being invited to the House of Commons to cook for a panel of judges including celebrity chef Ainsley Harriot and new speaker John Bercow.

Mr Hussain and his chef Nazrul Khan cooked a fish curry, which won the pair praise for presenting an unusual dish, and earned them the titles of South East regional winners and third place nationally. The owner attributed his success to the support he received from the community and his patrons “.

My regular customers’ children are now my regular customers,” he explained. “I am reaching second generation regulars now” .

The restaurant is managed by Mr Hussain’s son, and the most popular dishes on the Bangladeshi menu are chicken tikka masala and garlic chicken tikka “We serve good, honest food which is simple and well-priced,” Mr Hussain said. “We know what people like, and that is what keeps them coming back again and again. We are proud of our restaurant and we are proud of our medal” .

By Joanna Till August 20, 2009