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

NEWS & EVENTS

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.

2809, 2018

Chokha Opening Party

On Thursday 20th September, Beckenham’s newest Indian fine dining restaurant and bar, Chokha opened their doors for their grand opening celebration. The launch event showcased the restaurant’s signature cuisine, with free-flowing drinks as well as a magician, violinist and Bollywood dance troupe!

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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.”

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. Guests enjoyed a canapes, mains and desserts.

The food was adored by guests, who particularly enjoyed the pomegranate canapes and the rainbow and heaven vegan tower cakes which were provided by local family business, Coughlan’s bakery.

The doors opened at 7pm welcoming in around two hundred specially invited guests including local press, businesses and loyal customers. The Mayor of Bromley, Kim Botting, officially opened the restaurant, cutting the ribbon and proceeded to raise a toast to all of those who made it possible.

In her speech she addressed that “a business like Chokha is very important to see in Beckenham. The food and the restaurant itself look amazing and I would be delighted to come back. Well done to everyone at the restaurant and I wish you many successes in the future.”

The night gave guests the opportunity to tour the restaurant, including their private dining suite ‘The Olive Room’, meet the team and sample the menu. With many people from the local community and surrounding areas invited, it gave individuals the chance to network and mingle with one another. Many guests commented on how nice it was to see all of the community get together and to be able to speak to people who you may have never met beforehand.

The restaurant was serving those invited with prosecco and beers throughout the night. However, many guests also got the chance to sample some of Chokha’s specialty gins, cocktails and wines from the bar. Half of the proceeds of the bar went towards Haven House Children’s Hospice.

The raffle kicked off just after 9pm and was a roaring success. A selection of prizes, including a tasting menu for 2 at Chokha, a round of golf at Chislehurst and Shortland’s Golf Clubs, 2 tickets to see the King and I at the London Palladium, tickets to Soul Town Festival, yoga classes from Breeze yoga, plush pandas from Panda Radio and a jaw dropping Mercedes Benz AMG driving experience worth over £500 were given away to a number of lucky individuals, with all the proceeds going towards Haven House Children’s Hospice. Chokha said: “We would like to congratulate all the winners of the raffle and hope that they enjoy their prizes. With the money from the bar and the raffle, we managed to raise over £650 for the Haven House charity. This money 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”.

The entertainment on the night was truly sensational. The magician baffled guests with unbelievable tricks where he seemed to be able to read guest’s minds! The musical talent of Faz Shah was both unconventional and beautiful. His performance of ‘you don’t know me’ blew guests away and was the perfect accompaniment to the sophistication of the evening.

Goodie bags were given away at the end of the night, with jars of chutney and various gifts which were kindly donated by businesses attending.

Shaf beamed: “We would like to say a huge thank you to our team including MAD Ideas marketing & design who helped manage the launch, my team, Sanu, Shams, Shafi and all of the businesses who were able to attend and for their generosity in providing a multitude of prizes, vouchers and experiences. It was amazing to see so many happy faces and the event wouldn’t have been as successful without all of our guests who came to support.”

Gary, a guest added: “Many thanks for a super opening celebration last night. Of course the drink and the food contributed to a fun evening, but it was smiling, courteous and professional staff that made the evening flow seamlessly. Of course the entertainment added to the enjoyment.”