Entrepreneur ready to take on the mantle of well-loved Indian restaurant in Wymondham

The Shapla Tandoori in Wymondham is under new ownership. Juber Ahmed (blue jumper) has refurbished t

The Shapla Tandoori in Wymondham is under new ownership. Juber Ahmed (blue jumper) has refurbished the restaurant but kept on head chef Abdul Rahman (green the shirt) With them is tandoori chef Akmol Hussain.Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A budding entrepreneur has given a well-loved Indian restaurant in south Norfolk a new lease of life.

Juber Ahmed took over the Shapla Tandoori restaurant, on Town Green in Wymondham, three months ago, after a successful career in Norwich.

And the 39-year-old's first call as owner was to give the restaurant a complete overhaul - complete with wooden floor and plush leather seats.

'Before the decor was quite outdated - what we have done is we have taken out the green carpet, changed the paintwork - basically it has had a full refurbishment.'

Mr Ahmed, who has decided to keep the same menu and head chef Abdul Rahman, said that people in Wymodnham had been welcoming - but wary of the change.

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'They were used to something for so long and people know that they like what they like - but they are starting to get used to me now, which is nice. The previous owner had been here 27 years.

'It's like with anything - it takes a while. I kept the same chef who has been here for 20 years because I didn't want to just come in and change everything,' he said.

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Shapla Tandoori is the first restaurant London-born Mr Ahmed has owned, with previous stints at the Ali Tandoori and Nazma in Norwich.

'It has always been a dream of mine to open my own restaurant - and this seemed like a great opportunity. It's quite a tight-knit community - but I'm having to get used to how quiet it is here,' he said.

The entrepreneur, who has a nine-month-old son, describes the menu as 'authnetic Indian cuisine', with a varied menu of traditional dishes.

Do you have a Wymondham story for us? Contact reporter Lauren Cope on Lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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