Mildenhall: Indian restaurant Gandhi sees third generation

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Published:
06:00 7 August 2022



Updated:
09:02 7 August 2022

One of East Anglia’s oldest Indian restaurants has welcomed the third generation of its family into the business.

At the Gandhi Indian restaurant in Mildenhall, 14-year-old Sharyan Begg followed in the footsteps of her father and grandfather by starting work in the family business.


Sharyan Begg followed in the footsteps of her father and grandfather by starting to work in the family business.
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

His father, Shaz, 41, said Sharyan had a brilliant work ethic and was already planning to attend Cambridge University.

He added: “Sharyan is definitely a people person so having a summer job with Gandhi is perfect for him.

He had been harassing me for ages that he wanted to start. When I was a kid, my dad used to take me to work on Fridays, so I wanted to give him the same opportunity.”


Owner Shaz Begg and his 14-year-old son Sharyan, who recently started work experience at the f

Sharyan is 14 years old and already has big aspirations.
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Sharyan’s grandfather, Siraj Begg, founded the business in 1979, making Gandhi one of East Anglia’s oldest Indian restaurants under single family ownership.

A Facebook post announcing the debut of their third generation with the company was greeted with delight by their regular customers.

One user commented “[Sharyan] was our server tonight…a chip from the old block”, with another saying “I feel oooold, I look at his son the same age as when I met Shaz”.

Shaz wants the business to remain family oriented and said, “I love the business, I love the food and the cooking, but most of all I love the community and the people.

“My father, mother and brothers all worked at this restaurant. It gave us all a good work ethic that we passed on to our own families.”


Owner Shaz Begg and his 14-year-old son Sharyan, who recently started work experience at the f

The restaurant plays an important role in the local community and has distributed free food to schoolchildren and NHS workers during the pandemic.
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

After 45 years of service, the restaurant plays an important role in the local community and has distributed free food to schoolchildren and NHS workers during the pandemic.

They also opened their wholesaler to customers when the UK experienced food shortages, offering products such as rice and chicken to those who otherwise couldn’t get these staples.


Shaz Begg, owner of the Ghandi family restaurant, in Mildenhall.  Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Shaz Begg has welcomed his son to become the third generation of his family to work at Gandhi.
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Shaz wanted to take the opportunity to send a message to his customers, saying, “Thank you for making us feel part of the community and not just a business.”

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