A POPULAR Indian restaurant in Corwen has permanently closed, with plans for a new Indian restaurant to take over the site.

Abul’s Spice, at The Square, closed earlier this month after the sudden departure of head chef Abul Hussain, who rose from humble beginnings (and self-teaching) to lead the business to great success.

The restaurant was hugely successful, and won several awards in its time, with Mr Hussain winning Chef of the Year in Wales last year.

It was named Best Indian Restaurant in Wales at last year's Euro Asia Curry Awards, having also been named  ‘Welsh Curry House of the Year’ in 2015, ‘Best Indian Establishment in Wales’ at the 2016 Food Awards, and even featuring on the BBC series Curry Wars.

In a statement on social media, Abul Hussain said: “It's the end of an era.

“I would like to let everyone know, the community of Corwen and surrounding areas, I will be vacating from Abul's Spice.


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“It has been a wonderful journey and a pleasure to serve you all.

“Many fond memories spring to mind that fill my heart with a lot of joy thinking about them.

“I would like to give a huge thanks for all the support over the years.

“I hope to cross paths with you all at some point in the future - farewell for now."

The owners of the building, Lee Properties, said they were in talks with a potential tenant about opening a new Indian restaurant at the site.

A spokesperson said: “As many of you are aware Abul’s Spice restaurant has now permanently closed.

“Just to let everyone know we are currently in talks to re-open with a new tenant to run the restaurant as a new Indian, they have lots of new and great ideas.

“I’m sure when the time is right and all being well you will soon hear and meet the new man himself.”