Legendary Doncaster restaurant loved by cricket ace Ian Botham re-opens

A legendary and much-loved Doncaster restaurant that counted cricket ace Sir Ian Botham among its fans is back in business again.

Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 2:23 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 2:25 pm

The Indus was a mainstay of Doncaster town centre for many years, attracting a string of star names including the sporting great as well as comics like Sir Billy Connolly and Freddie Starr through its doors.

Now the family which established the original Silver Street eaterie have brought the name back to Doncaster, opening a new Indus restaurant at The Grand St Leger Hotel on Bennetthorpe.

The restaurant, formerly the Crab and Moo, took on the Indus name as a takeaway outlet during the coronavirus lockdown but since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, it has now re-opened as a restaurant in its own right.

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The Indus is back in business in Doncaster after a 15 year gap.

The original Indus was opened in Doncaster in 1968 by Karim Din, becoming the first licenced Indian restaurant in Yorkshire and ten years after its opening, it was expanded to cater for nearly 200 diners.

With the help of his son Nayeem, it became one of the most successful restaurants in the region in the 1980s and 1990s and became synonymous as the favourite haunt of cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham.

The restaurant famously provided all the food for Sir Ian’s legendary charity walks in aid of Leukaemia Research before its closure in 2005.

The new restaurant, run by John Din, serves up some of the original Indus dishes which are still popular with customers who remember the originals - and will be developed to combine some new unique dishes from the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East.