Portsmouth curry house thankful to supporters after Curry by Air event
A family-run curry house was overwhelmed by media attention last month as it delivered a takeaway to southwest France.
The Akash, of Albert Road, Southsea, flew an order out to a group of British expats living in Bordeaux, France.
Inspired by Roy Buchan, who made a trip across the channel in 2014 just to tuck into his favourite spicy dish, they decided to take food overseas.
They were interviewed on national TV, including the BBC, ITV and Sky, and were also featured within local media news organisations.
Faz Ahmed, manager at The Akash, said the logistics behind the project were challenging but rewarding.
He said: “Because of Brexit and other complications we were initially concerned this idea would not become a reality.
“Many of our customers purchased meals for those we sent the food to. Also, several sponsors have contributed to the price of the flight and food.
“It is an expensive thing to do but is worth every penny and we pulled it off.”
James Emery, English ex-pat and pilot, helped to organise the event.
With James’ help, The Akash was able to contact Iroise Aero Formation, a professional flying school based in Brest, who kindly agreed to provide the use of a 6-seater TBM700.
Mr Ahmed thanked those who have supported the initiative, saying: “We are so appreciative of those who have supported in making this happen. Our sponsors: BCA Chartered Accountants, His and Her Story, Global Foods, Snows BMW, Southsea Laundry Company and Digital Dinos have made a difference with making our intentions happen for real.”