A first look inside Peterborough’s new Indian restaurant Ba Shoh

Ba Shoh which is due to open soon
Ba Shoh which is due to open soon
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Diners will not have long to wait to get a taste of what Peterborough’s newest, and biggest, restaurant has to offer - but here is a first glimpse of the impressive lounge entrance area.

Ba Shoh is close to opening its doors in what for many years was Imperial Bento on Broadway in the city centre.

The Ba Shoh restaurant with the sign now in place

The Ba Shoh restaurant with the sign now in place

Bought for more than £1million after the well-liked Chinese restaurant and Bar Fever night club next door closed at the beginning of the year, the first week in November has been earmarked for the opening date of Ba Shoh (which in Punjabi means King).

By then the mammoth four-month transformation of the inside of the former City Library building - which has cost a five figure sum - will be complete.

The finishing touches are still being applied - there are a couple of sparking chandeliers still to go up and furniture to be arranged - but the ground floor is now a stylish a-la-carte restaurant, featuring “imaginative cuisine accompanied with wine and cocktails influenced by the legacy of the British Raj”.

The first floor meanwhile - which has been knocked through into the adjoining nightclub premises - is a spacious and plush banqueting suite .

The Ba Shoh sign close up

The Ba Shoh sign close up

And there are large and impressively equipped kitchens on both floors.

The official opening date is still under consideration, although it will be a “quiet” opening, rather than a fanfare.

Before then, a relative handful of people will get to sample the Indian fine dining experience for themselves, when the owners show off the stylish establishment and showcase their food at a preview evening for invited guests.

Operations manager Ravi Mohindra (centre) with Shahid Baig and Zagreb Baig, part of the team behind the venture

Operations manager Ravi Mohindra (centre) with Shahid Baig and Zagreb Baig, part of the team behind the venture

Ba Shoh which is due to open soon

Ba Shoh which is due to open soon