Curry-loving couple given free meals for life by restaurant
- 3 December 2012
- From the section Leicester
An Indian restaurant in Leicester has offered two of its most loyal customers free meals for the rest of their lives.
Bob and Margaret Allen, from Radcliffe-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, have visited Khyber in Melton Road more than 4,000 times since it opened in 1984.
The restaurant's owner, Dinesh Raval, said he considered the couple "part of the fixtures and fittings".
Mrs Allen said her favourite curry was chicken kashmiri while her husband enjoyed a range of dishes.
The couple first visited the restaurant with work colleagues 28 years ago and have been making the 40-mile round-trip about three times a week since then.
'Part of family'
Mr Allen said: "We were the first customers on the first night and we've been here ever since. We've never had a bad meal in all those years.
"It's not just about the food. They make you feel like part of the family. Nobody comes here without getting a good welcome."
Mr Raval said he decided to stop charging the couple after getting to know them over the years.
He said: "It's not just because they've been coming here as customers. They're part of the family now - they've known the children since they were born and remember birthdays and anniversaries.
"They are part of the fixtures and fittings. It's marvellous."
Mr and Mrs Allen said they hoped to keep visiting the restaurant for as long as they were able to make the journey.