10th Oct 2019

New Bar and Punjabi Cuisine Restaurant launch at season opener at Fakenham Racecourse

Fakenham Racecourse is delighted to confirm a new partnership with local Fakenham couple Rajan and Rita Verma who will run a new restaurant on racedays that will offer the finest cuisine from the Punjab region of India. The new Punjabi Cuisine Restaurant, which is in the Course Enclosure overlooking the parade ring, replaces Weston’s Seafood Restaurant which finished in June when the long serving and very affable owner, Willie Weston, decided to semi retire and reduce his working hours. Thus, Fakenham Racecourse saw an opportunity to work with another independent and local catering business.


David Hunter, Chief Executive of Fakenham Racecourse said:

‘Willy and his family have provided an outstanding seafood restaurant at Fakenham Races for many years, for which we are very grateful. On his retirement, we had the opportunity to work with an alternative local catering business and we felt that a change might be appreciated. Raj and Rita have an established food business, Currylicious, which provides outstanding Indian food that is inspired by the Punjab region which is where Raj and Rita families originate. It will be a real joy to work with them and I know they will provide a local, friendly, seasonal and fun service which will produce the very best of Punjab flavoured food.’

Westons seafood Restaurant at Fakenham Racecourse is replaced by the new Punjabi Cuisine inspired Indian Restaurant and bar. Pictured from left: Rajan Verma, David Hunter and Rita Verma.

Rajan and Rita started their business in 2017 after discovering there was a gap in the market for a unique home cooked Indian food with a difference. So far, the business has mainly focused on supplying the retail sector, cooking for private parties and events and a mobile catering unit attending farmers’ and local markets.

Rajan Verma said:

“We have worked closely with the racecourse to completely redesign and redecorate the restaurant and bar to give it fresh, upbeat feel and we are very excited and thoroughly looking forward to welcoming diners at the race meeting on Friday 18th October. We pride ourselves on the ethos that all our food is home cooked, locally sourced and the recipes have been handed down the generations. The result is an infusion of delicate spices to bring you the real taste of India without overbearing heat or mouth burning of the pallet. Further to this we have focused on the healthy aspect of Indian cooking and all our curries are cooked in their natural juices without any added fat such as ghee, butter or oil.”



The people from Punjab mainly eat vegetarian dishes and meat is only eaten during special occasions, but the menu at Fakenham Races will offer meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes to suit all tastes. Racegoers will also be able to buy food to take away and the newly refurbished Parade Ring Bar will quench the thirsts of the diners and racegoers alike!

To book a table at the Punjabi Cuisine Restaurant please ring 07957 402402 or email sales@currylicious.co.uk .

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