Two Menston businesses innovate – a world first; a modern approach to Pilates

Menston village restaurant scores a world first – English Sunday lunch with Indian flavours

In Menston village, a traditional Sunday lunch with hints of Indian haute cuisine cooking? It was launched last Sunday by Menston’s only dine-in Indian restaurant, The 1875 at Menston railway station. (Read more below)

Menston restaurant '1875' owner Manjinder Singh Sarai receiving the 'Excellence in Customer Service' award from Kate Hardcastle

Menston restaurant ‘1875’ owner Manjinder Singh Sarai receiving the ‘Excellence in Customer Service’ award from Kate Hardcastle

Modern Pilates the basis of Menston business make-over

A long-established Menston village ‘fitness’ business has recently had a make-over as The Studio to highlight its ‘Modern Pilates’ training, both for people who wish to engage in Pilates exercises and for the training of ‘modern Pilates’ trainers. (Read more below)

Menston village Pilates studio with Christine North-Minchella with a model of the spine

Menston Village Pilates centre; Christine North-Minchella in the studio with the model of a spine used to show how Pilates can help alleviate back pain

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1875Award_thmbMENSTON VILLAGE RESTAURANT SCORES A WORLD FIRST – ENGLISH SUNDAY LUNCH WITH INDIAN FLAVOURS (continued from above)

This interesting innovation was launched at The 1875 restaurant with a ‘VIP’ lunch on Sunday 11 August, at which the list of local business people was headed by Kate Hardcastle, among other things a Business Woman of the Year, Mum of the Year and who this year became a director of Bradford Bulls.

August could be the time to try this different Sunday lunch as there’s a special offer until the end of the month: a booking for two brings one free starter from the ‘a la carte’ menu; a booking for four gets you one free main course. The basic price is £9.99 (£6.99 for under 10s). On Tuesday to Saturday evenings there is an ‘Early bird’ menu for £9.95, 5.30 to 6.45pm (closed Mondays and Sunday evenings).

The 1875 uses local produce if possible and all meat and poultry for all dishes are sourced in Yorkshire. The Sunday lunch (12.30 to 3.30pm) menu will vary around the ‘roast of the day’ – pork, lamb, chicken or beef and other seasonal joints – all served with Indian sides and trimmings. Vegetarian options are served too.

As the main roast varies it would be a good idea to check what it will be on the Sunday you wish to eat there in case you do not eat some meats.

Owner of the 1875, Manjinder Singh Sarai, says “we genuinely don’t know anywhere else in the UK, nor in the world, that is offering this”. The menus are created by Michelin Star trained chef, Vivek Singh Kashiwale.

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Pilates_1000327_ed2_thmbMODERN PILATES THE BASIS OF MENSTON BUSINESS MAKE-OVER (continued from above)

The Studio, discreetly tucked behind a large house at 9a Cleasby Road, is run by specialist personal trainer Christine North-Minchella BSc PGCE YMCA. With a small but bright and airy studio, it caters for eight clients at one time who can also rest and socialise over a coffee in the garden in good weather or the adjacent conservatory when it’s not so good. Parking is no problem even when the road is cluttered with commuters’ cars as its own car park inside the gate caters for eight vehicles.

Christine specialises in Pilates for older adults and women who are pregnant, catering also for people with osteoporosis or following hip or knee replacements. The small groups mean “I can give individual attention to each person in the studio”, she says.

She will only train with ‘modern Pilates’, commenting that “Joseph Pilates, were he alive now with modern knowledge, would agree that some of his exercises are now contra-indicated”. These are not used in modern Pilates as taught by Christine.

Pilates exercises of this kind can also help with back pain problems, she says, citing participants in the courses who say they have become a ‘new person’ as a result of the Pilates.

The Studio also runs courses in ‘Modern Pilates’ for Pilates instructors/teachers. Not only Pilates however, there are personal trainers, general fitness courses and small group yoga.

Long term residents of Menston may remember 9 Cleasby Road as a veterinary practice, so there has been a business there for more than a quarter of a century. The Studio caters now strictly for people, but maybe pets could benefit from Pilates too; who knows?

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