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Blue plaque for curry pioneer

One of the pioneers of the UK curry business, Sake Dean Mahomed, has been celebrated by a blue plaque unveiled in his honour at the Queen’s Hotel in Brighton by mayor of Brighton, Alexandra Phillips. Sake Dean Mahomed was responsible for opening the first Indian restaurant in Britain, the Hindoostane Coffee House in George Street near Portman Square in London. In 1814 he moved to Brighton and founded the Indian Vapour Baths and Shampooing Establishment on the site that is now the Queen’s Hotel.


The blue plaque was the result of a fundraising appeal by the Chattri Memorial Group. Davinder Dhillon, chairman of the group, said: “This is a historical event in the cultural legacy of Brighton.”