Bombay Brew on hunt for new home as Indian street food restaurant closes with immediate effect

Date published: 12 April 2024

The Bombay Brew Indian street food restaurant in Rochdale town centre has closed with immediate effect on Wednesday 10 April – and is now on the hunt for a new home.

One of several businesses run by The Lancashire Hospitality Co-operation, the Drake Street venue opened at the former Wellington Hotel in December 2019, offering Greater Manchester’s first Indian street food outside of the city centre.

Posting on Facebook, Ben Boothman from The Lancashire Hospitality Co-operation, said the difficult decision had been decided by “the ever-rising running costs, rental prices and venue limitations” which were making it “increasingly difficult for us to sustain our operations in our current space.”

In its time, Bombay Brew had repeatedly been named amongst the top 50 restaurants in Manchester as well as being the only Indian restaurant named in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for its pale ale collaboration with Vocation Brewery.

Continuing his post, Mr Boothman said: “We are incredibly grateful to our loyal customers, for your unwavering support over the past four and a half years; those of you who've only recently joined the fam and our day ones, we appreciate every single one of you and you've made what we do best even more of a pleasure.

“We have tried to contact all those booked in with us; however, if we have not been able to get through to you just yet we will soon. Any vouchers you have for us will be honoured, just reach out to us.

“With 23,000 independent businesses like ours now gone, we refuse to be another statistic in the challenging landscape of the hospitality industry.

“As a team, we're excited about the possibilities that lie ahead - and of finding a venue that is the perfect home for Bombay Brew to flourish in the future.

“An ultra special thank you goes out to Grace, Emma, Anna, Maya and our dedicated staff, whose hard work and commitment have been the cornerstone of Bombay Brew. “Rest assured, they will continue to be part of our journey as we explore new opportunities.”

The closure comes just three months after The Medicine Tap, another beloved town centre venue, closed its doors after a lack of footfall following the Town Hall Square redevelopment work, closure of the Esplanade and the town hall car park.

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