Koraai, the new family run Indian Restaurant in Helsby opened it’s doors on 3rd October and has received very positive comments since.

We went on a Sunday evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. Warmly greeted by Bakul and the rest of the team we enjoyed papadums and chutneys while we made our choice.

The interior of the restaurant is lovely and fresh, clean and well laid out. Staff are really friendly and helpful without being over bearing.

The menu includes the usual favourites as well as new fusion dishes using the best quality spices from the Indian sub continent. I opted for the Mixed Veg. Starter - onion bhaji, vegetable samosa and garlic mushrooms and Chris had the Prawn Chat, both of which were very good and plentiful.

The main course curries were equally good, both very well presented and contained a good variety of vegetables and excellent use of herbs and spices. A word of warning if you go for the Boti Jalali, it get’s hotter the more you eat it! Suited Chris though as he likes spicy food.

The Nan bread was probably the best I’ve had, not too doughy with a crisp base, it was just a shame I was so full that I had to leave some!

The restaurant isn’t licensed to sell alcohol but you are very welcome to take your own bottle and there is a good selection of soft drinks available.

If you enjoy great Indian food, whether you dine in or opt for a take away, you wont be disappointed.... give it a go, I’m sure you’ll return!

This month sees the 100th birthday of Freda Adelaide Parry.

Freda was born in Liverpool, a city she is proud to call her own (especially its football team) and was from generations of sea faring folk. Her father worked for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo and she was from a large family but few reached adulthood.

Main Street Aesthetics recently held an Open Evening to officially launch the range of aesthetic treatments that are now available within Main Street Dental Practice. I was kindly invited along to what proved to be a very enjoyable evening of demonstrations, fizz, delicious canapÈs and fun company.

Prior to the demonstration I caught up with Dr. Chris Caldwell, who became sole owner of Main Street Dental in April 2016, having become a partner in the practice 9 years earlier.

It was interesting to hear how the introduction of Main Street Aesthetics came about....

Hello! As a new advertiser in the magazine this month I thought that I would tell you a little bit about myself.

Zero Dry Time is a Tarvin based business covering most of Cheshire West. I retired after 30 years service with Cheshire Police and retrained with the UK’s number 1 dry carpet, upholstery and hard floor cleaners to take on this opportunity. You may wonder how carpets could be deep cleaned, sanitised, deodorised, stains removed and immediately walk dry but I guess the clue is in the name.

myfitnessworks thAs an advanced Personal Trainer and fully qualified Exercise (GP) Referral Specialist, I’m here to assist you with all your health, fitness and training needs to achieve your goals, no matter what they are. Do you want to Tone Up, Lose Weight, increase your Strength & Conditioning, get fit for an event or build confidence in yourself.

Situated in the heart of Helsby, Helsby Community Sports Club is a growing asset to the local community and surrounding areas. Currently the club is home to six resident sports - Bowls, Football, Fishing, Rugby, Running and Tennis. In addition, the club also run Darts and Snooker Teams and has a thriving Social membership.

The club is the former staff Sports Club for employees of the old BICC factory in Helsby, although its origins date back to 1895 when it was first formed as Helsby Athletic Club by the amalgamation of Helsby Cricket Club and Helsby Rugby Football Club. Taken over by BICC General Cables Limited in 1934, the club has catered for a number of different sports and recreation activities during its history, including cricket, hockey, badminton, table tennis, archery and chess. Since 1991 the club has been independently run as a non-profit making organisation by a volunteer Committee and currently the whole club proudly boasts a membership in excess of 500 adults and juniors.

Beer Heroes Tap Room opened at Helsby Railway Station in November 2016, a hidden gem for craft beer enthusiasts, attracting visitors from far and near.

We recently met up with the owners, Carl and Kelly and enjoyed sampling a selection of the beers and hearing how it all began....

Back in 2010, the couple ran a convenience store in Northwich and having a shared passion for beer they initially stocked 20 American Craft Beers, which quickly expanded to between 50 and 60 different beers from the UK as well as the States.

Four years later they were approached by Amazon and supplied several mixed packs to be sold in this way. Such was the success that Carl and Kelly decided to set up their own website and sell directly to the public in addition to Amazon.


Its what you make of it.

Jenny Godden

“My idea was born over 4 years ago, inspired by a box we had with all the craft bits in, which got hidden away in the cupboard and dusted off, only when I could cope with the mess all over my beloved dining table.

I knew I wasn’t alone in my approach to home crafts, so my vision was to make the box bigger!
To make a space and resource that anyone could utilise. Gluing, sticking, painting, glazing and as much glitter as you want, somewhere to be creative, make a mess and leave it all behind!

We have activities available to suit every age, ability and budget.

Ceramics and decopatch are the old favourites but bag and apron decorating, canvas and glass painting are building momentum too. We also have a massive range of acrylic paints that can be used on any surface.

Just this year we have added 3D life castings and cake decorating sessions to our repertoire and all of our crafts are available as party options too!”

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more, or pop into The CraftBox to meet Jenny.

There is something spicy going on at Lady Heyes Craft Centre, Frodsham. A new business is now based there called My Spicy Blends.

Starting as a hobby by local chef Jeremy Harris, the demand for his products mean he has hung up his chefs hat to fully concentrate on the business.

‘I’ve always been interested in Asian, Indian and ethnic cuisines, and over the years customers have said that they wish they could do this style of cooking at home. However it’s not always possible to source the correct ingredients on the high street. What I do is combine all the necessary ingredients in one heat sealed pack. All the customer has to do is add the liquid, the meat fish or vegetables of their choice, cook it out and serve. I am always developing new dishes but so far we have a range from India, China, Thailand, Mexico and North Africa. The best sellers seem to be Balti, Tikka Masala, Szechuan and Jalfrezi. However when the sun is out I do see an increase in the more fragrant blends like Thai Red curry, Korma or Tagine.

My Spicy Blends also has a range of dry BBQ rubs, seasonings, pickles, sauces and chutneys.’We are open 6 days a week*, and it is great to be located amongst all the other businesses at Lady Heyes’. *Closed Tuesdays

Phone: 07802 777 989

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Website: www.myspicyblends.co.uk

The Regency Building, Lady Heyes Craft Centre, Kingsley Road, Frodsham, WA6 6SU

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