A leading Wolverhampton restaurant has served up a trio of awards to round off its 35th birthday celebrations.
Bilash, which offers a combination of traditional and contemporary Bangladeshi cuisine, has been listed in the Michelin and AA Food Guides for the 15th consecutive year, whilst it has also been named by Harden’s as one of the UK’s Top Restaurants.
It comes hot on the heels of a £100,000 investment in renovating the Cheapside venue and creating a whole host of new dishes for local diners and those that have travelled from as far afield as Bournemouth, London and York.
“There’s no better accolade than to be listed in one of these publications, let alone all three of them,” explained Mohammed Khan, who runs the business with his father Sitab.
“We never know when they come and there’s no advertising or free meals as part of the deal…it’s a completely unbiased review of the food, the service and the atmosphere. I’m delighted we scored so highly in every possible area.”
He continued: “They really help to attract new custom and we know people that have travelled all the way to Wolverhampton to try our cuisine for themselves.”
Bilash, which employs 16 people at its Cheapside restaurant, seats 50 diners downstairs and a further 30 upstairs, which can be used for private dining or corporate functions.
The latter is a growing market for the family-owned restaurant with local businesses keen to impress customers and suppliers with a visit, whilst the Grand Theatre regularly take group bookings for show performers.
“Turnover was up 10% in 2017 and we had to take on more staff to cope with demand from diners,” added Mohammed.
“This year is going to be equally exciting, with lots of events planned including a Mother’s Day weekend special menu and our biggest ever seafood week celebration.
“We are also putting on a week of complimentary dining as a thank you to all our loyal customers, who have supported the Bilash for the last 36 years. The menu will consist of a gourmet 3-course dinner and will be charged at a flat fee of £20 per head with all the proceeds going to an Orphan Village in Bangladesh to provide water and education.”