As England was gripped with football fever back in 1966, Gaylord
Restaurant was just making its mark on the London dining scene. This
year, Gaylord Restaurant celebrates 50 years as the benchmark in
Indian food in the Capital and is delighted to still be welcoming a
new generation of fans - no mean feat in an industry where
restaurants come and go, and food fads change at an alarmingly fast pace.
The restaurant first opened its doors in London in 1966, launched by
Mr P.L. Lamba who has just celebrated his 97th birthday. It is
considered one of the oldest Indian restaurants in London, situated
in the heart of Fitzrovia on Mortimer Street. Gaylord Restaurant
prides itself on serving the finest Northern Indian cuisine and over
the years it has been a top destination for celebrity clients
including George Harrison & Ringo Starr, Peter Sellers, Rex
Harrison, Faye Dunaway and Ben Elton. Many well known sports stars
have paid regular visits to the restaurant including Ian Botham,
Clive Lloyd, Sunil Gavaskar and Alvin Kallicharran, and a host of
Bollywood actors and actresses, who appreciate traditional Indian
cuisine, great service and an elegant dining room.
The first ever Tandoor charcoal clay oven was lit in Gaylord's
kitchen and because the owners were so concerned that it should
arrive safely when flown from India, it was given its own seatbelt on
the aircraft! The same oven is still used today, 50 years on, as
Gaylord stays true to their philosophy 'Tradition is always in',
embracing Western elegance and innovative presentation whilst
celebrating India's best culinary classics, effortlessly combining
old and new.
Gaylord Restaurant is part of Kwality Group, which was founded by
P.L. Lamba and is now headed up by Sunil and Dhruv Lamba, who have
taken the company from strength to strength. With their sister
restaurant in Mumbai also celebrating 60 years this year, 2016 is an
exciting year for this family run company.
Dhruv Lamba, director of Kwality Group, comments, "This is a
proud moment for the Lamba family and we are delighted to be
celebrating Gaylord's 50th anniversary in London. This is an historic
time for the restaurant and to see how we have grown is a huge
achievement. My grandfather, Mr P.L. Lamba, who originally founded
the company, is 97 years old and we are so grateful to have him here
with us to celebrate. We look forward to the subsequent 50
Gaylord are also delighted to announce the launch of their own
branded label on Fratelli Wines; Gran Cuvée Brut, Sangiovese
Bianco, Sangiovese. As part of the celebrations, Gaylord have
partnered with Fratelli, one of India's highest awarded wines, to
create a special Gaylord 50th Anniversary wine label.
An anniversary isn't the same without a party, which is why Gaylord
is hosting an exclusive party this June to mark the 50th Anniversary.
A lucky customer is in with a chance of winning two tickets to this
prolific evening event on Sunday 19th June. Expect a true Indian
extravaganza, with street food, vibrant cocktails and exciting
To enter, all customers need to do is simply dine at the restaurant
in London before 10th June when entries will be put into a ballot.
The winner will then be selected at random and announced on 13th June
on Gaylord's Twitter and website