A popular Indian restaurant in Wiltshire is celebrating 30 years of business by giving away free meals and drinks.

Ganges Restaurant on Royal Wootton Bassett’s High Street will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, and everyone in the local community is invited.

Staff at the restaurant will be serving a complimentary hot meal from their buffet selection along with a free pint or soft drink per person.

"As a token of gratitude for the continuous support from our town, loyal friends, and customers, we want to invite the town to a special curry night in partnership with Cobra Beer, who have generously provided beer to enhance the celebration," said Mijan Chowdhury, whose father started the business.

Swindon Advertiser: Ganges Restaurant in Royal Wootton Bassett will be giving out free meals for one day only.

Ganges Restaurant was first opened in Royal Wootton Bassett in 1993 by Mijan's father, Enam Chowdhury.

The popular Bangladeshi man spent most of his life dedicated to the community, and throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, he dished up over 3,500 discounted and free meals to key workers. Enam also donated meals to Swindon's hospital and to vulnerable children.

The founder got the chance to meet Queen Elizabeth II herself at Buckingham Palace in 2018. The royal recognition underscored not only his personal achievements but also the profound impact of Ganges and the Chowdhury family on their community.

Enam died in March 2021, and despite the family's limited restaurant experience, they were determined to keep his business going.

Now his family say they hope this celebration of 30 years will continue Enam's legacy of generosity.

"Since our father’s passing, the restaurant has been met with support from various individuals. The dedication of Mr. Sadik Ali, our uncle, and of our head chef of 15 years has been fundamental to the restaurant's ongoing success," said Mijan Chowdhury.

"Following the rejuvenation of Ganges restaurant, and continuing its lifelong mission, we decided to give back with free meals as a thank-you for three decades of unwavering community support."

The restaurant says no booking is required, but the offer for meals and drinks on the house only lasts from 6pm to 8pm on December 6 so they are warning people that it might be busy.

The celebratory curry night will be in partnership with Cobra Beer, who are providing drinks for the occasion.