TKC Pakistani Southall Restaurant London Watan

Legendary Chaudhry’s TKC to be taken over by Watan in Southall

TKC Pakistani Southall Restaurant London Watan

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One of the UK’s iconic Halal restaurants has permanently closed after serving Pakistani cuisine for over half a century in west London’s Southall Broadway.

The legendary Chaudhry’s TKC is making way for another Halal restaurant, which will be relocating from a few doors down on Uxbridge Road.

The building has been leased by the TKC Group to well-known Afghan eatery Watan, co-owner Khawar Chaudhry confirmed with FtLion.

Established by Abdul Majid Chaudhry in 1965, the place was then taken over by Dalawar Chaudhry before eventually being taken over by the next generation.

Having later incorporated a banqueting room upstairs, the site’s shop front was redesigned in 2020 by artist Haider Ali, best known for embellishing traditional buses from that part of the world.

A similar such bus was also often parked in front of the restaurant. Affectionately named ‘Tiara’, or ‘airplane’ in Punjabi, the 16-seater bus reportedly cost Dalawar US$100,000 to purchase, refurbish and have delivered to London from Karachi.

While the Chaudhry family having been involved in plenty of philanthropist and charity work over the years, including having been the official UK caterers to the Pakistan cricket team, Dalawar decided to stand as an independent councillor for Southall in 2010.

TKC has not been without controversy though, having been fined over £15,000 in 2014 after reportedly pleading guilty to hygiene offences, as well as immigration officers from the UK Border Agency raiding the premises to make some arrests in 2011.

Known for running the equally famous takeaway Jalebi Junction on the same road, the TKC Group is also behind The Fairway Pavilion wedding and conference venue nestled within The West Middlesex Golf Club.

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