News & Events2018-09-28T13:38:23+00:00


701, 2019

Proud to support The World Scout Jamboree

A couple of words from Beckenham scouts ‘Thank you Chokha, as a local business your support in fundraising is greatly appreciated’

At the end of 2017, 100 applicants from the Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley went through a rigorous selection process in order to be selected to be part of the contingent, of 36 Scouts and 4 Leaders from Greater London South East Scouts attending the 24th World Scout Jamboree. The World Scout Jamboree is a global Scouting event that happens every 4 years and gathers together 40,000+ Scouts from across the globe. The next one will be taking place in West Virginia, USA in Summer 2019.

The World Scout Jamboree is a brilliant development opportunity for those who attended. Each member will have a number of Personal Development Goals to work towards in the build up to the Jamboree, and after the Jamboree itself. Not only does it build cultural awareness and communication skills, it also develops people’s confidence and soft skills – which will be vitally important as the participants will soon be entering the job market.

One of the biggest challenges of attending a World Scout Jamboree is the fundraising. It costs £3,800 per person to attend. The cost includes a solidarity fund to help scouts less fortunate from other countries who without this help could not also attend the Jamboree.

Scouts has been busy fundraising with a number of great events such as Bag packing at Sainsburys, Summer fete at Grove Park, Cake sales, Quizzes and Bingo nights and much more.

1312, 2018

Chokha wins Newcomer of the Year award at The International Indian Chef of the Year Awards

Beckenham’s newest Indian fine dining restaurant and bar is celebrating after winning a prestigious national award.

Chokha, in Bromley Road, Beckenham, was shortlisted for Newcomer of The Year 2018 at the Tommy Miah’s International Indian Chef Awards (TMIICA), and at the award ceremony on November 12 Chokha was fortunate enough to take home the best newcomer award.

Inspired by the street food markets of Northern and Southern India, Chokha showcases a unique collection where flavour is never compromised. The menu is vibrant and inventive, introducing authentic flavours and seasonal produce. Chokha has been open for less than a year, having a successful soft opening in June and a well-attended Grand Opening Party on September 20.

Shaf Rahman, spokesperson for Chokha said: “We opened the restaurant because we felt Beckenham was missing a fine dining experience which we feel people deserve.”

“We would like to thank everybody including guests, friends & suppliers who made it possible for us to win this award and we hope to create many more memories with you all soon.”

The International Indian Chef of the Year Awards are one of the most important events in British Indian cuisine, and Tommy Miah MBE, recognised as the “Curry King” of Britian, is one of the most successful chefs the industry has seen. Tommy Miah’s International Indian Chef of the Year Competition & Award was established in 1991 and celebrates the very best of restaurant businesses worldwide. The competition honours businesses that have proven themselves as the leaders and exemplars in the competitive curry industry.

1210, 2018

Chokha raised £700 for Haven House

Chokha Indian Fine Dining Restaurant and Bar raised £700.00 for Haven House Children’s Hospice at the Opening Launch, through a raffle and bar sales (with 50% of proceeds going to the hospice).

Carmen Easterby of MAD Ideas who managed the launch event for Chokha said: “The incredible amount raised by the restaurant will go towards helping the hospice provide a range of services to life-limited children and their families to support them through the most difficult circumstances imaginable. Special thanks to Chislehurst and Shortland‘s Golf Clubs, Panda Radio, Breeze Yoga, Mercedes Benz for generously donating prizes. Many congratulations to the winners and to the Chokha team.”

Haven House Children’s Hospice added: “We wish everyone a wonderful time at Chokha restaurant and we wish them every success with the business. Thank you all so much for your support – it is much appreciated by the staff, the children and their families at Haven House Children’s Hospice.”

Chokha spoke of the link they have with the hospice: “This is a cause very close to our family and the charity is near where we live. They do a great job going above and beyond.”

About Haven House:
Haven House provides a range of services to life-limited children and their families to support them. This includes planned respite, short breaks and care, as well as services and therapies offered in the Holistic Care Centre, which are designed to improve emotional and physical wellbeing. Haven House is all about helping families create special memories.