Dilshad delight as grand reopening charity event proves to be a huge success

Shabul Miah, head waiter,  David St John, compere and entertainer, Tony Uddin, Dilshad owner and Abdul Jabar, floor manager.

Shabul Miah, head waiter, David St John, compere and entertainer, Tony Uddin, Dilshad owner and Abdul Jabar, floor manager.

An award winning Indian restaurant in Staffordshire raised £715 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital after staging a grand reopening charity event.

The Dilshad restaurant, based at Cannock Road, Chadsmoor, hosted the event on Monday evening (June 17).

The new 100 seater restaurant was packed out as diners enjoyed a fantastic evening of fine dining and great entertainment.

The restaurant reopened at the end of last year following a £50,000 refurbishment but didn’t have an official reopening so owner Tony Uddin decided to stage an event and raise money at the same time for charity.

Cannock actor Ben Wilby, who starred in the Nativity films, was due to pop along as special guest but unfortunately couldn’t be there due to filming in London.

He is patron at Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he received lifesaving surgery to relieve a build-up of pressure on his brain as a toddler.

David St John, who is a local comedian, singer and all round entertainer compered the evening and entertained the guests with his unique and wacky brand of comedy.

Diners were treated to a complimentary three course meal and drinks as they enjoyed the evening.

At the end of the night some of the diners took to the stage to take part in karaoke.

Raffle prizes were donated by Bar Sport and the Premier Suite who gave away two free tickets for its Annual Summer Charity Ball with Grease The Stage Show and also two tickets for the Rat Pack Vegas Ball.

The Barns in Huntington donated a £20 meal voucher as did the Bridgehouse hotel and restaurant in Penkridge while the Dilshad also gave away a meal for two.

Broom Stores in Chadsmoor donated a bottle of champagne and Trevor Wright of T.W Transport donated a bottle of Jack Daniels Whisky.

Mr Uddin said: “It really was a fantastic event and I think everyone had a really enjoyable evening.

“We wanted to celebrate the reopening of the new look restaurant and raise money for charity at the same time. Everyone was so generous on the night purchasing raffle tickets and we managed to raise a fantastic amount of £715 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital which is such a fantastic cause. I would also like to thank local businesses for donating raffle prizes on the night.”

Mr Uddin purchased the vacant Bargain Booze shop next door and knocked through to double the size of the restaurant. A special area has been created for party bookings.

The Dilshad has kept its bar but is also now offering customers the opportunity to bring in their own alcohol if they choose.

The Dilshad is the most established Indian restaurant in the Cannock area having been open for more than 30 years.

Since its opening in 1979 the Dilshad has won a clutch of trophies for its excellent food and service.

Last year the restaurant won the West Midlands final of the prestigious Tiffin Cup which seeks to find the best in South Asian cuisine and finished fifth in the UK grand final held at the House Of Commons.

The Dilshad is also home to the UK’s hottest curry – The Dilshad Inferno.

To book a table at the Dilshad restaurant ring 01543 570264.