Indian restaurant reopens after a major renovation

Mayor Bill Grisdale cuts the ribbon with Amina Begum and Roy Uddin.
Mayor Bill Grisdale cuts the ribbon with Amina Begum and Roy Uddin.

Alnwick mayor Bill Grisdale officially opened a new-look town-centre restaurant.

Mivesi Indian restaurant and English Café has undergone a major transformation in recent weeks.

Staff at Mivesi at the relaunch.

Staff at Mivesi at the relaunch.

The major facelift, which includes sparkly wallpaper, has given the Market Place eatery a ‘glitzy, glamorous feel’ with chandeliers and plush purple velvets.

Owners Amina Begum and husband Roy Uddin wanted to carry out the refurbishment to put their stamp on the place.

And they are delighted with the result and the response they have received from customers, especially those who attended the special relaunch night last Friday.

Amina said: “I would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us, including the staff, family, friends and customers.

“Friday night was fabulous and we had a fantastic turnout and there was a lovely atmosphere. We have had some great feedback and people are loving the new look. They are coming in and saying ‘wow’.

“We took over in 2012 and we felt it was time to put our mark on it. We have made it more plush-looking and glitzy, with chandeliers, velvet and leather.”

Friday’s relaunch featured live music from saxophone player Jonny Diggens, aka Jonny D, while a raffle for a 32-inch television – which was due to be drawn on the night in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland – has been extended until Christmas Eve.

Coun Grisdale was delighted to attend the unveiling and cut the ribbon to officially launch the new-look premises .

He said: “It is very smart inside and they have obviously put a lot of work into it and it is a great asset to Alnwick. The food is fabulous too.”

The transformation has received positive comments on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Margaret Fairness wrote: ‘Well done to all the Mivesi staff, the place looks amazing’, while Karen Hope posted: ‘Wow, Amina the place is stunning, well done everyone’.

Amina has thanked everyone who helped with the refit, including local suppliers such as Alnwick-based MKM Building Supplies, Alnwick Paint and Glass, Alnwick Tjmber and Building Supplies, Davidson & Son, Alnwick, and PEC Furniture, in Amble.

For more information, including opening hours, visit or see the Mivesi Facebook page.