Rawtenstall: new Indian restaurant to take over Craven Heifer


A brand new Indian/fusion restaurant will open in Rawtenstall later this month, replacing a historic inn that was rumored to be haunted.

Kashmir, on Burnley Road, will offer traditional Indian cuisine, with a modern twist, to people in East Lancashire when they open next week.

The owners of Kashmir have taken over and completely transformed the Craven Heifer Inn which closed several years ago.

Kashmiri Restaurant on Burnley Road, Rawtenstall

The building itself has a long history, dating back to the early 1800s.

While it was open as a pub, the previous owners reported ‘ghostly’ happenings in the building.

Carl Williams, who was the owner at the time, said he saw a ghostly pair of child’s legs in the basement while others say the taps in the women’s toilet turned on by themselves.

However, the new owners are not afraid of stories and hope to bring a “fresh and vibrant energy to the iconic building”.

Lancashire Telegraph: The Craven Heifer Inn was in poor condition before renovations beganThe Craven Heifer Inn was in disrepair before renovations began

Mohammed Kahn, co-owner of Kashmir, said: “We really hope to bring a very disused building back into the community – we understand that the old pub was the heart of the community.”

Mohammed said the team had been renovating the building for around two-and-a-half years, pumping over £200,000 into it.

He said: “We are so excited to finally open. This building was a real labor of love for us.

“We’ve been here every day and every night for the past few weeks, getting it ready for opening day.”

Mohammed, from Rawtenstall, said he was also eager to see what diners think of the menu.

Lancashire Telegraph: A look inside Kashmir, on Burnley Road, RawtenstallA look inside Kashmir, on Burnley Road, Rawtenstall

He said: “Our chef has 28 years of experience in the kitchen and has been busy creating a variety of tasty South Asian dishes with a modern twist.

“We will also cater to a variety of palates and have vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and healthier options.”

Diner can also enjoy their “casual dining experience” surrounded by chic and modern interiors

Mohammed said: “Our interiors are very different. It’s very new and modern and not your “typical” Indian restaurant, which can be quite dark and drab.

“This restaurant is very bright and lively – it has been decorated in pastel colors.”

Kashmir will open its doors to the general public on January 28, with a charity evening scheduled for the 27th, when 50% of all proceeds will be donated to charity.

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