After an inaugural Colonel Saab in London’s Holborn, restaurateur Roop Partap Choudhary is all set for a grand opening in November of a second Indian diner – this time in the heart of the city’s tourist hub of Trafalgar Square.
This expansion marks another milestone in Choudhary's journey as an Indian hotelier with a global vision and his commitment to bringing a taste of India's rich culinary heritage to the very heart of London. When he launched the opulently designed Colonel Saab two years ago, it marked the start of his mission to position Noor Group of Hotels UK as a recognisable force in the industry in the UK. The first restaurant was conceived as a heartfelt tribute to India and his own family.
Choudhary shares: “I am deeply passionate about creating unforgettable culinary experiences that celebrate India's rich cultural heritage. It all started with a dream – a dream of bringing the vibrant and soul-satisfying flavours of my upbringing to this beautiful city.
“Our first flagship restaurant, nestled in the historic Holborn Town Hall, was the humble beginning of this dream and the response we received was nothing short of extraordinary. And just two years after that we are taking another big step with the second Colonel Saab opening in Trafalgar Square.
“This is a testament to our commitment as we are pushing boundaries to delivering exceptional dining, not only in London but globally. This expansion is a proof of our commitment to showcasing the rich tapestry of Indian cuisine and culture. We look forward to creating memorable dining experiences and further cementing our place in London's vibrant culinary scene."
The newest Indian food destination hopes to lure diners with its meticulously curated menu, art, and ambience. The Choudhary family’s travels across the Indian subcontinent have enriched the restaurant's offerings, with an array of authentic recipes and cherished artworks, ensuring that every dish and decor detail tells a compelling story.
Like its predecessor, Colonel Saab in Trafalgar Square wants to create another lavish Indian culinary affair, complete with a stylish bar, a relaxing lounge area, an opulent dining room adorned with ornate chandeliers from Firozabad, and a mezzanine level. The restaurant will also feature two private dining rooms, making it an ideal venue for special occasions and gatherings.
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“Colonel Saab is the culmination of the journey and adventures across India of two people, Roop's parents: an Army Officer named Colonel Manbeer Choudhary and his wife Binny. The food is a blend of tradition with global ingredients and techniques, from street food signatures to home style Indian cooking and dishes taken from royal kitchens,” states Noor Group UK.
Jewel Classic Hotels Private Ltd, behind the Noormahal Palace at Karnal in northern India and the parent company of which Choudhary is the Executive Director, has a growth strategy to reach new markets and transform the culinary landscape along the way.
The company said it is investing in London’s hospitality landscape to promote India’s royal legacy and culinary heritage and set new milestones for India’s growing independent hotel chains. Both London restaurants will continue to uphold the family tradition of celebrating India's diverse culture, cuisine, and history with humility, elegance, and unparalleled originality.
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The past year has already seen Colonel Saab Holborn receive several accolades, including Newcomer of the Year at the Asian Curry Awards, Best Newcomer at the British Curry Awards, and Best Restaurant in the Feed the Lion awards. It was also honoured with Harden's Certificate of Achievement.
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