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Litu MohiuddinBy Litu Mohiuddin
First created
Litu MohiuddinBy Litu Mohiuddin
First created
£2,020
pledged of £55,000pledged of £55,000 goal
29
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 15 2018 11:46 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar is inspired by the British Raj period, in which many Anglo-Indian women settled in Cheltenham.

You’ll be transported back to the 19th century, experiencing the true culture of the cuisine that, after fading out, was eventually reintroduced to fill the plates and gin glasses of the Anglo-Indian locals.

Repeatedly mentioned in history books, these Anglo-Indian women are recognised for empowering women in India, whilst introducing Cheltenham to the Anglo-Indian culture. In India, the Memsahib would host a feast in the comfort of her own home for her family and friends.

At the Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar, we want to recreate this in our cosy lounges with our carefully crafted platters.  

At our restaurant, East India Cafe, the combination of gin and tea proved very popular amongst our guests, and it was this, in addition to our love of gin, that inspired us to open a bar exclusively for gin and tea. With 55 seasonally selected gins from around the world on offer, as well as our own Masala Chai Gin, our guests are never short of choice. 

Afternoon Chai and Assam Tea Punch
Afternoon Chai and Assam Tea Punch

We're in the process of setting up our website and perfecting our menus. A unique Anglo-Indian inspired gin and tea bar in the historic town of Cheltenham, this bar will bring something different for everybody to enjoy.

Please see our key pledges below.

Feature Pledges
Feature Pledges

Each and every backer automatically becomes a member of the Memsahib club and will receive exclusive offers and discounts.

Encouragement and Support 

Phil Collins - Local Historian

Phil Collins - Local Historian
Phil Collins - Local Historian

 "I am a local who is interested in the town's history, character-acting, fine Indian cuisine and the odd tipple! To work with the East India Cafe and Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar is a marriage made in heaven! I thoroughly enjoy giving my guided history tours around Cheltenham and I am particularly fascinated with the connection between the town and the days of the British Raj. Many regimental officers, surgeons and civil servants visited the leisure town to rest, recuperate and later retire after their service in India. Cheltenham was second to London as a choice of leisure towns for British families to visit after their over-indulgent lifestyles in the subcontinent. Cheltenham was put on the map after King George III stayed there for nearly 3 weeks in 1788. He was advised by his doctors to come to the town for its climate and the health-boosting properties of its water. Many greats came to stay following this royal seal of approval. Many of the grand villas that you see today were built for the officers of the East India Company and the British Army during the Raj. East India Cafe and Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar are doing a wonderful job in recreating the flavours of India during the days of British rule in the subcontinent. They have put together some fabulous packages and I wish them all the very best!"

Learn more about Phil's tour https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/curry-and-colonels-guided-tour-august-11th-tickets-45190358579?aff=ehomecard

Jim Markland - Local Historian

Jim Markland - Local Historian
Jim Markland - Local Historian

"It has been a great pleasure to assist in researching the stories of many Memsahibs, particularly those connected with Cheltenham. It is really wonderful that this project pays a tribute to the long and deep connection between the town and British India. There are some quite extraordinary lives to be discovered. Litu and Rasel have demonstrated great skill in delivering interesting and beautifully presented drinks and dishes in East India Cafe. I wish them great success in this innovative and exciting venture."

Friends of Pitville

"We've been working with East India Cafe for quite some time now and are proud to support their new venture, Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar. We’re excited at the thought of Cheltenham welcoming a unique and innovative venue that it has never seen before, adding to its variety and, hopefully, increasing popularity in the area. 

Pittville’s heritage falls in line with the British Raj history, being home to 40 women who were born in India and formed part of a substantial community. The staff at the Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar have intelligently re-created Anglo-Indian history through its flavours and aesthetics, providing the ultimate experience for their guests, whilst also beautifully representing the history of the British Raj and the Memsahib. We wish them all the best and every success in their new journey."

Mohammad H Rahman - Owner of Spice Lodge

Mohammad H Rahman - Owner of Spice Lodge- Supporter and Mentor
Mohammad H Rahman - Owner of Spice Lodge- Supporter and Mentor

"I am proud of the success of East India Cafe, and I am pleased to see their continued success. The Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar is a great concept for Cheltenham as it represents the historical connection with India and the Raj. I wish them all the best and I ask you all to support them in achieving their goal."

Letter of support from Marketing Cheltenham

 "As the destination marketing team for Cheltenham, we were delighted to see your proposal and think it’s exactly what Cheltenham needs. The proposition for the new Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar allows people to experience a time gone by, understanding more about the history, along with the indulgence of a gin or tea experience. This is absolutely something that we will be happy to promote to visitors through your involvement with Cheltenham BID, and would also welcome bringing you on board as a full member of Marketing Cheltenham."

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges are described in the Kickstarter page as a legally binding contract between the creator and backers - but we question this. We want to assure our backers that through all the risks and challenges that we have endeavoured, we have learned from them and overcome them. Therefore, we would like to make our backers aware that we will honour their support and try our best to deliver the pledges at any cost possible.

For your information, please take note of the following:

Pledge Delivery Date:
Our bar will be launched in the middle of October 2018 after a soft opening period of two weeks. All the pledges will be delivered from November 2018 with no restrictions attached except the terms of each individual's pledges.

PRODUCTION RISKS
Any risks that arise will be notified to the backers well in advance, before asking for suggestions on how to resolve them. We work with a number of local suppliers and source a small quantity of fair trade teas from India and Sri Lanka. Our relationships with the gin and tea producers are professional, friendly, and innovative, ultimately putting less risks on production and supply. We also have an experienced team trained and ready to welcome you to Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar. An experience is what we would like to deliver and we aim to keep that promise.

MISSING/DAMAGED ITEMS
When dealing with a large number of orders, there is always a chance that errors will occur. If, after you receive your order, you find out that there are items missing, please contact us at info@discovermemsahib.com and we will take action promptly and keep you updated.

UNDELIVERED ITEMS
If a package is not delivered due to a backer’s fault (wrong address given, backer did not claim the delivered package from their post office, etc), the backer may be requested to pay additional shipping fees for the item to be sent out again.

DELIVERY ADDRESS
As soon as the campaign is over, you will be requested to complete a survey where you can detail pledges you have made. You can also state where you would like your order to be shipped and/or how would you like to make a booking at the bar. Please keep in mind that your order may be shipped sooner and/or your reservation will be made in order to avoid disappointment. Please provide us with an address that is not likely to change and reserve your table as early as desired.

UPDATES
Throughout the campaign, you may receive updates on Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar regarding upcoming projects as we'd love you to be part of our journey.

BY PLACING A PLEDGE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND ACCEPTED THE RISKS AND CHALLENGES STATED IN THIS SECTION.

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    Pledge £20 or more About US$ 26

    Pakora Platter for 2

    Selection of 6 Pakoras - inspired by Anglo-Indian street food.

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    Memsahib Wall

    Put your name on our modern Memsahib Wall, and receive a beautifully handcrafted card as a 'thank you'.

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    Afternoon Chai for 2

    A twist on the traditional Afternoon Tea, the Afternoon Chai is our special offering.

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    Pledge £35 or more About US$ 46

    Memsahib Thali - Meeting Lunch for 2

    At this special lunch, you’ll be presented with a selection of meat, fish and veg to choose from. After choosing your Thali, sit back and relax - the accompaniments come as a surprise.

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    Memsahib Apron

    A limited edition of the branded Memsahib apron. Designed and ethically produced by disadvantaged women in India.

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    Pledge £40 or more About US$ 52

    Christmas Special Menu

    Sort out your Christmas booking early with our special Christmas Tasting Menu. Perfect for a family, office or friends' night out.

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    Pledge £45 or more About US$ 59

    Pre Theatre Menu for 2

    We have you covered for pre-theatre dining. You can plan your trip easily, as 2 trays of canapes and beverages can all be prepared and served within 55 minutes.

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 65

    Memsahib Sunday Roast for 2

    The Sunday Roast represents the true style of the Memsahib home and hospitality. This features an amalgamation of modern European, Mughal and Indian cuisine.

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    6 Boxes of Memsahib Chai

    Ethically sourced tea from around the globe. The box will include a selection of herbs and spices. We will also give you a brief history behind each tea along with its brewing method.

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    Pledge £55 or more About US$ 72

    Memsahib House Tasting Tour for 2

    Named ‘Tasting Tour of the Memsahib World'. Sit back and relax as we take you through the best experience that the Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar has to offer.

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    Pledge £60 or more About US$ 78

    Event Night & Tasting Menu for 2

    Enjoy our tasting menu, whilst attending any event at the Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar.

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    Pledge £70 or more About US$ 92

    East India Cafe - 3 Course Dinner for 2

    A three-course seasonal dinner at East India Cafe.

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    Pledge £80 or more About US$ 105

    Guided Tour & Gin Distilling Masterclass

    Begin by enjoying a tour hosted by Colonel Skillicorne, who will show you around Cheltenham. This will be followed by a distilling masterclass and lunch at the Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar. You can be assured that you won’t go home empty-handed.

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    East India Cafe - Tasting Menu for 2

    Enjoy the Tasting Menu at Cheltenham's favourite fine dining Anglo-Indian restaurant. It's not just about eating food; you'll also have a dining experience like no other.

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    Pledge £150 or more About US$ 196

    East India Cafe - Masterclass for 2

    Chef-Patron Litu and Development Chef Rasel will teach you the tricks of Indian cooking and serve up a banquet of food.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $327

    1 Year of Memsahib Chai Subscription

    You'll receive a quarterly delivery of 5 variations of selected tea which reflect the seasonal colours. These come with complimentary spices, herbs and brewing instructions.

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    Pledge £300 or more About $392

    Gift Hamper for Sunday Tiffin for 10

    Let us take care of your Sunday party with a beautiful Memsahib gift hamper. With a range of offerings, our hampers cater for a variety of tastes.

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    Pledge £499 or more About US$ 653

    Raj Experience at Regency Cheltenham

    Perfect for a romantic treat. This offer includes an overnight stay, breakfast at a local eatery, a guided tour of Cheltenham, lunch, a mini masterclass at Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar and dinner at the East India Cafe for an exclusive tasting menu for two.

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    Pledge £799 or more About US$ 1,045

    Group Guided Tour and Masterclass for 10

    Gather together a group of 10 or more of your friends, family or colleagues for an exclusive guided tour of Cheltenham followed by gin distilling masterclass and lunch at the bar.

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    Pledge £3,000 or more About US$ 3,923

    Wedding Package

    Enjoy a pre and post-wedding get together with beverages and canapes. Share embarrassing stories on our stage followed by exquisite food and dancing. This allows for up to 50 guests.

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    Pledge £8,000 About US$ 10,461

    Private and Exclusive

    Exclusively hire Memsahib Gin and Tea bar for up to 80 guests. An exclusive bespoke menu will be created by our Head Chef and Mixologist to give the guests a unique experience.

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Funding period

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