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Twelve jobs created by new gin bar

A new bar inspired by memories of Britain's colonial past has opened in Cheltenham creating 12 jobs.

Established Anglo-Indian restaurant East India Café on the spa town's Promenade is the brains and money behind the Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar. The value of its investment remains under wraps.

Inspired by the British Crown's rule of the Indian subcontinent from 1858 to 1947 the publicity photos for the new attraction recreate  the period with gusto.

Guests at its exclusive opening night were treated to canapés, gin and light entertainment from local historian Arthur Collins.

Litu Mohiuddin, co-owner of East India Cafe and the new Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar, said: "The months of hard work have finally paid off and we are so proud to have officially opened our gin and tea bar.

"After the incredible reaction from our guests on Friday, we are thrilled to now be sharing our excellent food and creative drinks with everyone."

Litu added: "Our sophisticated new venue offers 55 gins sourced from all over the world. We have carefully selected every gin and design element of our new bar to ensure we offer an exceptional experience every time."

According to the business owners "the design for the bar's interior is inspired by the British Raj period, and more specifically the home of memsahibs - upper-class women renowned as exquisite hosts who opened their homes to friends and family, delivering exceptional hospitality, while also championing the causes of women's rights and female empowerment".

Memsahib is described as a respectful form of address by non-whites to a married white or upper class woman.

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