Friday, 15 July 2011 19:37
LONDON: The fifth branch of the Everest Inn Group of Restaurants has been formally launched in Ashford, Kent recently amidst a special ceremony aimed at fostering bilateral relations and promoting Nepal tourism.
Dignitaries including Mayor of Ashford, Mayor of Hythe, Deputy Mayor of Folkestone, representatives of local chambers, local police and representatives of expatriate Nepali organisations took part in the function attended by more than 400 British guests.
Nepalese Ambassador to the United Kingdom Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise formally opened the fifth branch of the group at the spacious premises near the main town center of Ashford which is just along the Station Road. He lauded the role played by the Everest Inn group of restaurants in introducing Nepali cuisine to the British people saying the Everest Inn Group of Restaurants have become synonymous to top quality food and professional service for many years.
Highlighting the close and age-old relationship with the UK, Dr Chalise invited all British friends to visit Nepal along with their families as the country is observing the year 2011 as ‘Nepal Tourism Year.’ “Nepal remains unparalleled destination for all types of tourists, whether they are interested in mountaineering, trekking, safari, culture or just want to observe and enjoy the Nepali way of life,” he added.
He further added the Embassy of Nepal was pleased to work with the Everest Inn Group in promoting Nepal in the UK while commending the group for providing tourism related information on Nepal from all its five branches.
Welcoming all the distinguished guests, Pashupati Bhandari, Managing Director of the Bhandari Brothers as well as the Everest Inn Group of Restaurants (www.everestinn.co.uk), said the company felt honoured and privileged to be able to launch its fifth restaurant in Ashford. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the unabated support and love of our customers. Your feedback means a lot for us to maintain our quality and standard,” he added.
Mr Bhandari, who is also advisor to the Nepalese Caterers’ Association UK and Non-Resident Nepalese (NRN) Association UK chapter, said that British friends could try the highest quality Nepalese food together with the warmest hospitality at the Everest Inn restaurants before travelling to Nepal and could feel little bit of Nepal in the UK. He also remarked that the Everest Inn Group was trying its best to promote Nepal in the UK by distributing tourism related information from its restaurants.
According to him, all the restaurants under the group run ‘lucky draw’ on the occasion of their anniversary and the winner will be awarded with a return ticket to fly to Nepal. “We have also been working with local communities, councils and charities, and promoting good causes in whatever way possible,” he added. He also thanked all the member of staff for their commitment to provide best quality food and excellent service to the customers.
Director of the Everest Inn Group of Restaurants, Yadav Bhandari, welcomed all the guests and said the group was pleased to launch its fifth restaurant. He expressed hope that the restaurant will serve as an important link between the local British community and Nepal.
Wishing all the best to the new venture of the group, Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Matthew French, said he was happy to welcome a successful group like the Everest Inn in the Borough. He said many ex-Gurkha families had recently moved to the Ashford area and that he was eager to work together to solve their problems including language-related difficulties.
Mayor of Hythe, Cllr David Owen, Deputy Mayor of Folkestone, Cllr Rodica Wheeler, chairman of Shepway District Council Mrs Jennifer Hollinsbee, chairman of the Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Kent, Henry Nadam and local police officials were present at the opening function.
While the guests enjoyed specially prepared Nepali food, Champagne, Canapés and variety of drinks, a Nepali cultural programme was showcased to entertain the guests.