David Deacon, chef proprietor of the Shoulder of Mutton Inn near Harrogate, shuns the curry powder from his local supermarket and travels to Huddersfield to source ingredients for his curries – a round trip of almost two hours!
David Deacon said:
My friend Amjad, who runs the Poppadom Indian restaurant in the city, introduced me to Khadim Stores in Huddersfield and I couldn’t believe my eyes – the shop sells some of the best Indian ingredients you can get, and many that you simply can’t buy elsewhere.
I want our customers to have a first-class meal on curry nights and authentic ingredients make all the difference.
Harrogate is at the heart of David and Amjad’s friendship: it’s where they first met 20 years ago working as Sous chefs at The Old Swan, and now where Amjad returns to a few times a year to support his fellow chef in a true bid of friendship.
After helping David out 10 years ago at his first ever curry night at Huddersfield College, where he lectured on Food Preparation, Amjad has been a regular at David’s curry nights ever since, with his valued expertise!
So now, whether it’s cumin for his korma or rice for his rogan josh, David takes the 52-minute drive to Huddersfield to seek out the finest ingredients.
I source all my spices from the shop – black mustard seeds, fenugreek, you name it – and whereas wholesalers and other suppliers maybe sell one type of chilli, Khadim has 10 different types!
Balti buffs David and Kate hold two or three curry nights a year at their traditional country pub – with every one sold out – and they are planning their next chilli-fest for 7 February.
We serve the feast to each table in authentic bowls, and place it in the middle so customers can help themselves
And for those who can’t make it to the pub – we offer a one-off takeaway service too. It’s become a real event.
As well as having the best Indian ingredients, David also makes sure all his curries are gluten free, something the pub – Highly Commended in the Yorkshire Pub Of The Year White Rose Awards in 2010 – is very committed to. Alongside its regular menu of homemade favourites, they also have a special Gluten Free menu.