Now you can vote in an Indian restaurant!

Co-owner Zubair Ahmed outside the restaurant
Co-owner Zubair Ahmed outside the restaurant

A new borough polling station will be able to satisfy much more than the gratification of taking part in the democratic process.

Included alongside the usual selection of schools, community centres and churches this year is an Indian restaurant making its debut as an electoral venue.

It wasn’t planned, somebody from the town hall rang to ask if we could do it and we agreed

Zubair Ahmed

Zubair Ahmed, restaurant manager at Spice Lounge in Tyldesley, said the unusual move is designed to reach out to new customers.

He said: “It wasn’t planned, somebody from the town hall rang to ask if we could do it and we agreed. We thought it would be a nice way of getting the business name out there as it may be the first time people have visited the restaurant when they come to vote.”

Polls open at 7am on May 5 meaning the restaurant will be opening significantly earlier than usual but evening voters will be able to tuck in after choosing which candidate has curried favour with them.

Mr Ahmed said a section of the premises will be sectioned off for election purposes although there are no plans for election specials to be added to the menu.

He added: “We have got a function room that we will open for the polling station. We’ll be doing the same for the (EU) referendum in June.”

Spice Lounge is not the only licenced premises included on the list this year as voters in Standish will for be able to buy a pint at their local watering hole after - or even before - registering their vote.

The Boars Head Inn, believed to be the second oldest pub in the country, was a new addition in 2014 and landlords have opted not to call time on the idea.

What could be on the menu at the curry house polling station? Here’s some politically-flavoured dish ideas: Poll-au Rice, Ballot Box Bhuna or how about a House of Korma-ons (Commons)!