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Mildenhall's Spice Lounge help Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket communities with free Indian meals to frontline workers and those in need

An Indian restaurant is helping a community by providing its award-winning curry to frontline workers and residents in need.

Spice Lounge, in High Street, Mildenhall, has already delivered hot meals to those in temporary accommodation in Newmarket, as well as residents in Mildenhall Lodge Care Home and Oxlip Care Home in Bury St Edmunds.

Mildenhall police officers have also received free meals from Spice Lounge, which was last year named Restaurant of the Year at the English Curry Awards.

Georgia MacDonald and Ann Laird of the temporary accommodation team with Jabed Hosen.
Georgia MacDonald and Ann Laird of the temporary accommodation team with Jabed Hosen.

It is all thanks to their Pay It Forward campaign, which allows customers to donate the price of a meal - with Spice Lounge then matching the donation, and delivering.

Owner Jueb 'Jay' Ali estimates that 400 people have enjoyed their curries and wants to help more people in the area.

He said: “We wanted to do something to help as many front line workers as we could and, so far, the Pay it Forward campaign has been a great success.

“Two of the chefs here are putting in three hours each of unpaid work a day to produce the meals.”

While the Covid-19 crisis has continued, Spice Lounge has operated a takeaway, delivery and collection service.

The restaurant, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, is set to keep delivering to emergency services, with Bury Fire Station also set to benefit.

Last week a new record was set for their earliest ever online order, at 7.12am, which led Mr Ali to joke his customers may be dreaming of curry.

He added: “The public have really got behind it, they have been fantastic. The community is helping us and it has been extremely busy.”