New life has been breathed back into the site of a former village store which has re-opened as a take away - almost five years after the shop was closed.
Amin’s Indian Take Away and Café was opened in the heart of Ridgewell earlier this month by Amin Rahman.
He is being aided in an advisory capacity by Robin Briggs, landlord of the nearby White Horse pub.
The take away has been in the pipeline for more than three years, but planning issues had stalled its opening.
Mr Rahman said: “I sincerely apologise to the villagers If I have taken so long to provide this service to them.
“In due course I will give them everything they want, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, they have to give me a chance.”
With 20 years in the restaurant business Mr Rahman knows the secret of a good curry, saying: “If you try too hard to make a curry it doesn’t work. Keep it simple, don’t try too hard.”
Customers are already coming from the likes of Sible Hedingham and Great Yeldham, plus Ridgewell itself, on a regular basis, added Mr Rahman.
In the ‘fullness of time’ said Mr Briggs, it is intended that the premises will also become a village store.