A Fabulous Fusion of Flavours
Some people like spice. Some people ask for spice, and some people love a Touch of Spice, writes Victoria Bamber. Photography: Paul Melling
Eating out is big business. With world cuisine at our fingertips and a multitude of fine dining experiences on our doorstep, it’s often difficult to decide where to eat. Thankfully for Lancashire residents, Touch of Spice in Broughton serves up all the answers, with generous second helpings.
Celebrating 10 years in Broughton, Touch of Spice (formally known as Gate of Bengal) rebranded a year ago. With a fresh outlook and grand plans for the future, the name may have changed, but the passion and pride Junior Patel and his team have for serving up vibrant tasty dishes in a relaxed, and welcoming setting, remains.
“We want to offer our visitors more than just a meal,” explains Junior, manager at Touch of Spice. “When people come here to eat, we offer them an authentic and memorable experience. Everyone who comes to eat here is made to feel special, the food, the environment and the passion our staff have enhances that.”
Almost a year to the day since Touch of Spice rebranded, the team are throwing an anniversary party on 20th January in aid of local charities, Rosemere Cancer and St Catherine’s Hospice to celebrate. With raffles and prizes, as well as family entertainment from live bands, a firework display and a five-course meal on offer, a contribution from every ticket sold will be donated to charity.
“We want to give something back to a community that have been so supportive,” says Junior. “These causes are close to our customers’ hearts, as well as our own. By throwing this party it’s an opportunity for us to celebrate one year of Touch of Spice, have fun and raise as much money as possible.”
2018 looks set to be another huge year for Junior and his team. As well as introducing a Vegan menu for customers, a gluten-free menu is also on the cards. Always experimenting with new tastes and styles, Touch of Spice will also be debuting Indian Tapas, which looks set to be a big hit for customers.
As well as expanding its menu options, Touch of Spice is also looking to develop the nature of its business in new and exciting ways. 2018 will also see the launch of a shisha lounge for customers to enjoy, alongside an upmarket cocktail bar for guests to visit before and after their meals.
“We’ve been talking to our customers and people from the community and finding out what they want to see from Touch of Spice,” says Junior. “Introducing a cocktail bar and shisha lounge is something local people from all backgrounds and cultures will enjoy. This fusion of Indian and British traditions is both exciting and accessible – we want to bring all communities together and cater to everyone’s tastes.”
With customers travelling from as far afield as Lancaster, Yorkshire and Manchester, the momentum around Touch of Spice shows no sign of slowing down. With Valentine’s Day around the corner and a passionate, friendly team at the helm, we’d encourage you to book and experience one of Preston’s most vibrant and exciting restaurants for yourself.
Touch of Spice Preston
521 Garstang Road
Broughton, Preston PR3 5JA