Award winning restaurant to leave Longridge

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THERE is no room at the inn for Longridge's only Indian restaurant - so it's moving out.

Three attempts by owners of Victoria's India to take over at the larger Dog Inn just up the hill have failed.

So Tony and Carole Walters, who converted the former Methodist manse on Berry Lane to become a thriving and award-winning restaurant, have decided to take it elsewhere.

"We realised the dilemma about space a year ago," explained Tony. "We have no bar and no seating area where customers can relax before a meal in our spacious dining rooms, but we've no room for expansion either.

"Not wanting to leave Longridge, we started looking for other premises and then started talks last March with the leaseholder at The Dog who, at the time, said he was desperate to leave.

"The pub's brewery, Enterprise Inns, also liked the idea of us taking over. I worked at the pub behind its lovely old bar when I was 18 and when the pub was one of the best in town.

"We had plans for a complete makeover and renovation at The Dog, and had already designed two dining bays on the descending terraces at the back of the pub.

"They would have given diners stunning views across the valley and, of course, would have given us the space we needed."

However, the current licensee - who has six years left on a 10 year lease - decided against selling, and then again on two further occasions, when the Walters were hoping for a positive solution to their search.

Now Tony and Carole, who were both born and brought up in Longridge, are to take their small empire of top chef Bishal Rasaily and his team to the Lindley Hotel in Parbold, and will move in about eight weeks time.

They leave Victoria's India having been made the most welcome newcomer in last year's Curry Club's Corporate Good Curry awards against stiff competition from London venues.

Also, with their Tiffin Shack takeaway delivery service, they have been nominated by local MP Nigel Evans for the Tiffin Cup - a House of Commons award for a good curry.