SKIPTON'S Mayor Sheila Bentley was called upon to open a new Indian restaurant in the town.

Zaiqa, in Keighley Road, is owned by Jahir Ahmed, a second-generation Bangladeshi British entrepreneur, who promises: "Zaiqa isn't just a restaurant; it's an exploration of India's culinary treasures, where every dish tells a story, and every visit is a memorable journey into the heart of Indian gastronomy."

Mr Ahmed invites people to step into a world of culinary delight at his restaurant which uses free-range ingredients and no artificial colouring. He caters for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans, and will also serve up 'low fat masterpieces'.

He says: "Zaiqa Indian Restaurant stands out as a haven for those seeking an elevated dining experience. Already well known for its dedication to using free-range ingredients, eschewing artificial colours, and crafting low-fat masterpieces, Zaiqa ensures that every bite celebrates authenticity and health.

"Zaiqa not only ensures that it fills the hunger of meat lovers but also fills the hunger of those who are vegetarian and vegan. This gastronomic gem not only delivers consistently high food standards but also envelops patrons in a vibrant atmosphere orchestrated by attentive staff."

Mr Ahmed recently gave a £200 donation to Skipton Food Bank, in recognition he says to the 'heartfelt connection he shares with the community that embraced him'.

"Mr Ahmed adds: "Step into a world of culinary delight at Zaiqa, where the essence of India comes alive through a symphony of flavours, aromas, and a commitment to quality."