Gurkha gives Kukri lesson

The Gurkha Restaurant on  Waterloo Road
The Gurkha Restaurant on Waterloo Road
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A Blackpool restaurant run by a former member of the Gurkha Rifles has reopened following an £80,000 revamp.

The Gurkha Restaurant on Waterloo Road has had a refit inside with new equipment.

My aim is to attract more local people but I am very happy that people in this area have supported me since I came here and made the restaurant a success

It has also seen a change in management inside as owner Dilip Gurung rings the changes after 10 years in business.

Dil, 45, said: “It has taken us three months to get this done.

“My aim is to attract more local people but I am very happy that people in this area have supported me since I came here and made the restaurant a success.

“We are going to celebrate 10 years this year so we wanted the restaurant to be updated and refitted to suit that.

“There is a hotel and pub, too.

“It used to be known as the Alpine Hotel. We have changed the name of the hotel and pub to the Gurkha to match the restaurant.

“It has the traditional Gurkha decorations from Nepal inside but with the latest 
modern buffet and kitchen equipment.

“I love it in Blackpool. It is the centre of tourism in Britain.

“I served like my grandfather and father before me in the Gurkha regiment for 20 years. I went all over the world, Hong Kong, Brunei, East Timor, Fiji, Kenya.

“I came to Blackpool as it was the centre for tourism to start my business serving traditional Nepalese food which is like Indian but much more healthy as it contains less oil and no sugar. We also do all sorts of Oriental styles, Indian, Chinese and Thai.”