A new Indian restaurant is opening at a pub in Oxford.

The Six Bells in Beaumont Road, Headington, is owned by Greene King and has been closed on a temporary basis.

Now experienced restaurateur Aziz Rahman is moving in to start a new restaurant.

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It is understood people in the area are excited the Aziz restaurant is opening as it means the pub will not be turned into a house or eventually demolished.

Mr Rahman started out with a curry house on the Cowley Road and has since established a number of different Indian restaurants around the city.

Oxford Mail: Preparing to launch Aziz Fusion Kitchen on Tuesday, April 16 at The Six Bells, Mr Rahman said: "I'm really looking forward to opening my new restaurant at The Six Bells.

"My menu will have 10-15 different dishes but it will all be high-quality cooking.

"The restaurant will be slightly different from my usual restaurant because we won't just be serving Bangladeshi dishes.

"It will be a bit like a farm kitchen and we will also be serving fish and chips, burgers, and scampi and chips.

"We will also be serving steak and kidney pies and plan to be open seven days a week.

"People have already booked tables and the villagers have thanked me for taking over because the place has not had enough love shown to it - we had to take some rubbish out of the car park."

Oxford Mail: The Six Bells in HeadingtonMr Rahman added: "My brand does bring quality so the food will be a very high standard - I am always trying to improve things."

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In 2019, Mr Rahman brought his award-winning Indian cuisine The Tree Hotel in Iffley.

Three years before that he switched Aziz Restaurant from its long-term home in Cowley Road to The Chequers Inn at Headington.

After setting up a restaurant at The Tree Hotel, he said: "I have been running curry restaurants at different venues around Oxford for the past 40 years.

“I think with this new venture we could really bring back the glory days of the Cowley Road, when lots of celebrities came to dine with us including the band Radiohead.”

A Greene King advert for the pub said the rent was about £30,000 a year.

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It added: "The Six Bells in Headington is a detached property with large car park and rear garden, as well as a three bedroom rental cottage adjacent to the building.

Oxford Mail: Aziz Rahman outside The Tree Hotel in 2019"This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced community operator to drive sales in this heavily wet led pub, via an improved food offer.

"This site is situated to the east of Oxford with good road networks and a significant population of residential houses and student accommodation close by.

"The three-bedroom rental cottage is ideal for student lets and is within walking distance to Oxford Brookes University."

The pub closed at the end of last year and in January property agents Savills advertised the freehold with a guide price of £795,000.

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