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West Midland Safari Park is taking a bite out of the Asian wedding market thanks to a new partnership that sees Itihaas’ award-winning catering team provide services to the venues’ three event spaces.

The five-year deal welcomes Itihaas, one of the UK’s top Indian restaurants, as the official Asian Events Catering Partner at West Midland Safari Park. The team, which already works at top events venues including Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Ricoh Arena, will now provide traditional Indian cuisine for events at Spring Grove House, Cellarz and Treetops Pavilion.

 Sitting under the Safari Venues brand, the three venues welcome around 150 events a year and the team has seen a rise in Asian events over the past seven years. West Midland Safari Park commented:

“The service we provide at West Midland Safari Park is centred around our three stunning venues, which are set in the heart of a unique location. We’re seeing a rise in larger events, particularly within the Asian wedding market, and we wanted to ensure that we continued providing a bespoke and expert service.”

Ian Warrington – Safari Venues General Manager said, “I am delighted that we have signed a partnership with Itihaas; experts in Asian cuisine and also one of the most respected catering teams in the Midlands – and in fact, UK. Their dedicated team will complement our event planners and provide exquisite menus that suit our beautiful venues.” 

With a restaurant based in the heart of Birmingham, Itihaas is one of the most established Indian restaurants in the UK. Its cuisine is inspired by the Mughul Era, when Indian dining was imperial and extravagant, which is seen not just through the décor of the restaurant but the food served up at Itihaas events.

Raj Rana, Managing Director at Itihaas comments:

“This is a hugely exciting partnership for the team at Itihaas; working with such a respected and unique set of venues. We have years of experience catering for Asian events and we’re continually striving for excellence, with innovative dishes that keep customers coming back to us. We are also developing more fusion menus, which are perfect for contemporary weddings, where guests want choice and the happy couple wants something that will make their big day stand out.

“We love being part of that journey and I cannot wait for the team to start serving up a storm at these wonderful West Midland Safari Park venues. We have already built a fantastic rapport with Ian Warrington, Venues General Manager; Kim Yarranton, Sales Executive; and the team, and we know that will shine through with the service we provide together.”

Located in the heart of Worcestershire, West Midland Safari Park has fast-become a venue of choice for weddings. Spring Grove House is a beautiful Georgian manor house, set in the heart of the countryside, which offers up to 180 guests the chance to enjoy stunning surroundings in a unique setting. For more lavish affairs, Treetops is a pavilion that can host 450 guests in a beautifully dressed space, which is already proving popular with larger weddings and events. Finally, Cellarz is a hidden gem beneath Spring Grove House that provides the perfect party space for 110 guests.

The three venues join Itihaas’ existing events partners, which include the ICC, Birmingham; The Great Hall, University of Birmingham; City Hall, Cardiff; Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire; Stratford Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon; and Warwick Castle, to name a few.

The partnership between West Midland Safari Park and Itihaas will see a wide variety of Asian and ethnic events hosted at the venue, and the Bride and Groom can even use the carousel and other attractions for wedding photography.

To enquire about hosting your event at West Midland Safari Park, visit and to find out more about how Itihaas can make your big day special, visit

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Get together this Christmas @ Itihaas

You might think it’s too early to talk about the C-word but you’re wrong, you’ve got less than 12 weeks before the Big Day! Before you know it, your favourite restaurant is fully booked and you can’t have that festive get together you were nearly, almost thinking about. You know that ol’ sayin’, “you snooze you lose”…

Lucky for you, Itihaas has now announced a Christmas menu packed with all your favourite Indian flavours with special festive twists to make a meal out with friends or colleagues a really special occasion. A great night of delicious food and drink to help you enjoy an intimate get together away from the hustle and bustle of those manic Christmas shoppers.

You don’t want to wait too long to book though, there’s already limited availability on Friday and Saturday nights in December so contact us now to avoid disappointment.

Our Best Christmas Choices – three & two course meals available

Paprika Spiced Carrot & Coriander Soup with curried Croutons (V)
A fresh homemade soup with an intense flavour of roasted carrots, paprika and coriander topped with croutons and our secret spices.

Rum infused Tandoori Lamb Chop
Juicy Lamb chops barbecued in a clay oven and then doused in a rich, spicy tomato & onion gravy; a dish flavoured with a hint of dark rum.

Flaming Sambuca Gulab Jamun with Coconut Kulfi
Moist, soft golden brown dumplings in sweet rose water syrup, laced with Sambuca brought to the table aflame, served with cool coconut infused homemade Indian ice cream.

See the full Christmas 2016 menu here and to book a Christmas treat for you and your friends call 0121 212 3383 or email

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Summer Sizzlers on the Menu

Whether the sun is high in the sky or its pouring with rain, Indian food can brighten your day with its exotic blends of spices and sumptuous colours. So what’s stopping you enjoying a sizzling summer’s feast at Itihaas, Birmingham’s favourite Indian restaurant.

Head to the Jewellery Quarter’s finest curry house one evening and order yourself a delicious variety of dishes that will give you that summer feeling. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what to order, we’ve picked out some of the menu’s highlights to get you started.

To begin, why not try the seared scallops presented in their own shell and flavoured with fresh coriander and served with tomato and lemon garlic butter dressing from the Indo-Chinese selection. It’s a real favourite on the menu and a great way to begin your Deli feast.

Then, cleanse your pallet with an ice cold beer and move on to tender pieces of chicken taken straight from the clay oven and blended into a smoked tomato sauce with generous helpings of cream and yoghurt, with a hint of dried fenugreek.

Once you’ve rested and absorbed the ambient surroundings, get a little exotic with fresh coconut and milk chocolate filled delicate samosas flambéed with fresh orange juice, caramelised sugar & Cointreau – you won’t be disappointed!

So, if your taste buds are feeling tantalised then book a table here or call 0121 212 3383.

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Itihaas – Expect the Unexpected

If you’ve ever left an Indian restaurant slightly disappointed, with a feeling of déjà vu (same ol’ menu, different building) then grab your friends and your appetite, and head to Itihaas, Birmingham’s answer to fine Indian cuisine.

You’ll be transported thousands of miles to the lands of spice and flavour, dine like Maharajas surrounded by opulent décor with menus that boast authenticity and offer guests the unexpected.

The lunch menu in particular will make any business bite or meeting more of a joy than a chore with its varied and eclectic flavours, offering something for all. The selection of lunch buckets and wraps are great for quick bites to eat when you want something tasty during your break or if your tastebuds fancy something a bit more substantial, then try the Mumbai High Tea for two or the Thalis selections (pre-plated meals).

You won’t find anything at Itihaas that you can get out of a jar of Uncle Ben’s, everything is cooked fresh and will take you on a culinary journey through the North of India with a couple of stops through Kenya and vibrant Mumbai on the way.

So, if you fancy a curry with a difference then book a table here or call 0121 212 3383.


Chicken Tikka Wrap in a choice of naan or chapatti with lemon and herb salad and Bombay scented chips.

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