George Miah Gold Winner of the Shrewsbury Community Award – acknowledges the work of community groups and individuals who have contributed to the social well-being of the town.
|Simla Oswestry Wins Coveted Community Award|
Readers of the Oswestry Chronical were asked to nominate the business they felt did the most for their community. “We thank you, our customers and the community of Oswestry for helping us to win this wonderful award”. George Miah
The Simla at Oswestry holds an annual charity event to raise money for local and international good causes. George’s family and staff work tirelessly to raise an ever increasing target for their charity of the year.
This year is the 40th year that George Miah and his family have served traditional Indian food in Oswestry.
“My family are proud to part of this community and since we started our charity events we have raised something in the order of £70,000 to £80,000. I am privileged to hold this award but I share it with my staff and my customers without whom I could not have achieved this award”. George Miah
Oswestry and Border Chronicle
Oswestry and Border Chronicle 6th August 2015 - Simla Restaurant happy to support good causes.
The Simla restaurant will be celebrating 40 years of business in Oswestry next year.
A restaurant celebrated 38 years in business by hosting a charity dinner.
Held every year, the proceeds of the Simla Bangladeshi restaurant event in Oswestry are shared between charities, the beneficiaries this year being Hope House Hospice and the Kenyan Schools Project, both of which received £900 each.
Owner George Miah said: “My family and my partner Julie would like to thank everyone who supported us on the evening. All the charities we donate to are obviously deserving but one of the charities we helped this year, The Kenyan Schools Project, I feel especially close to, as a late friend of mine, David Lawson, raised a lot of money for the charity, so to build on the work he’s already done feels very rewarding.”
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Shropshire Star Reviewer's rating *** Sue Austin returns to an old favourite with fond memories and is delighted it has not changed.
However much a pub or restaurant has a place in the tradition of a town it will not survive if it does not move with the times, writes Sue Austin.
The Simla Restaurant in Oswestry, has been part of the town's social scene for more than three decades and it would have been easy for it to become stuck in a comfortable rut.
But on a recent visit it was good to see that the eatery has managed to combine the best of the old and the new.
It was a favourite place of mine to eat as a teenager growing up in Oswestry.
And so I was delighted when son Joe chose it when asked where he wanted to go on his sixteenth birthday, some days after his official and somewhat manic party.
In this belt-tightening climate I wondered if the restaurant was going to be too quiet on Tuesday night.
But when we arrived there were diners at several tables, showing the strength of its reputation.
Despite not dining out much these days, Mel and I were greeted like friends by the Simla's owner, George Miah. He and his wife Julie brought Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine to Oswestry in the mid-seventies.
The couple stayed in the town to raise a family and become a much respected part of the community.
They were recently honoured for their charity work, holding fundraising events in the restaurant and each year giving a class at their local primary school the chance to sample some of their culture, dressing in authentic dress and trying some of their food.
Joe and his friend Rob, both now turned sixteen, were chuffed to be able to order a beer or cider with their meal.
It was strange to see the lads having a drink while designated driver mum stuck to her boring jug of water with ice and lemon.
The obligatory popadoms were soon on the table with the usual arrays of pickles and chutneys and while we ate I noticed there were other families with teenagers enjoying a relaxed evening out.
George neatly divided them at the table and then left us to share them out, a nice mix of chicken, lamb, king prawns and kebab.
It was interesting to see the lads choosing their main courses, both veterans of the restaurant thanks to birthday meals and cricket club dinners they already knew what they liked.
Joe plumped for chicken tikka masala (£8.95) including rice while Rob went for chicken sagwala (£6.95) and I sighed, knowing that my lifetime battle to get my "little boy" to eat any cooked vegetable had failed miserably.
Hubby as usual was still perplexed by the wide and varied menu. As a teenager I was ashamed when on our first date there he plumped for steak and chips.
But over the years he graduated to tandoori, then a mild korma and now enjoys most of what's on offer.
This time he went for a lamb balti (£8.95) with naan while I chose the hot and sour prawn pathia (£5.95).
When the main courses arrived I was delighted to find that, like the starters, the meals were presented on beautiful white china.
The stainless steel balti bowl has been something I have had to endure over the years in many an Indian restaurant but thankfully no longer at the Simla.
I was soon bartering with the three men to get spoonfuls of the different dishes on my plate and we attacked the tasty food trying each others nan and rice with gusto.
But even with the healthy appetites of the lads the dishes were just too much for us.
It was too nice to be wasted and when the waiter took my plate away they immediately agreed to let me have a doggy bag.
We certainly could not manage a sweet.
But embarrassing mum had brought a birthday cake and the staff arrived with cake and candle, gathering around to help with a rendition of Happy Birthday to Joe. Other diners joined in even offering to take a group photo.
It had been a really relaxing evening with good food and I left happy in the knowledge that the Simla has definitely found the recipe for success that has lasted more than 30 years.