BARROW’S new Indian restaurant has opened to rave reviews.

Thursday's 'grand opening' of Barrow Indian Cuisine saw a flurry of interest and excitement, as dozens of Barrovians packed in to the 52 Cavendish Street premises to sample the newest addition to town centre's culinary offering.

Barrow Indian Cuisine is owned by Bangladeshi businessman Shamim Chowdhury, who has also run a restaurant in Lancashire and currently owns several in Birmingham.

For the opening evening of Mr Chowdhury’s new venture, customers were treated to a complimentary glass of prosecco on entry. Later on in the evening, there was also belly-dancing entertainment.

The mayoress of Millom, Angela Dixon, was one of the first through the doors of the town centre's new eatery on Thursday evening.

She declared the new establishment a clear success.

“That was the best butter chicken I've had in a long time,” Mrs Dixon said.

“The cook seems to really know what he’s doing. If they can keep the kind of quality on offer last week going, I think they could have a really good business on their hands. Calum Kendall, a logistics worker at BAE who attended the opening event with his wife and two children, said: "We arrived at six and didn't leave until nearly ten - the place was that good."

"The food was fantastic. Our starters - onion bhajis and chicken chaat - were brilliant. For mains, we had a really tasty chicken masala.

"There was a really friendly atmosphere at the place. Everyone was talking to each other across the tables, the waiting staff were really good with the kids. It's great for families."

"We'll definitely be going back shortly."

The restaurant also prepares delivery food and some of the reviews it received for its takeaway fare were similarly positive.

Matthew Larsen said his order "didn't disappoint".

"Delivered piping hot within 30 minutes. Large portions and plenty of tender meat...the garlic naan was the best I've ever tried."