A hardworking family has sold their popular restaurant after 50 years.

Mohammed Mushtaq first entered the restaurant trade in 1973 and his son Ajmal soon got involved to become the head chef of Mushtaqs Indian restaurant and takeaway in Hamilton.

Now after half a century, Ajmal has revealed that they have sold the award-winning Almada Street restaurant in what marks a 'new chapter'.

While it is the end of an era for Ajmal and Mohammed, it will be business as usual at the popular eatery as the original staff will remain and their much-loved recipes will still be made. 

Mohammed said: “I started in Larkhall in 1973 and I was delighted at how the locals took to Indian food at a time when there were only four Indian restaurants in the whole of Scotland.

"I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years, I have made lifelong friends and this is something I am eternally grateful for."

Ajmal is now taking time to focus on growing his company, Boss Pizza, on a national scale. 

He added: “Thank you to my wonderful team and to the amazing customers who have enjoyed our food and supported our business for decades.

"Naturally, it is a little sad to let go of such an integral part of my life, but also very excited at the prospect [of] dedicating my full time to my new project which is to grow Boss Pizza into a national brand.

"This is my new focus.

“My parents and my extended family will continue to enjoy Mushtaqs, but we’ll have to get used to paying for it."

The business was sold by property agents Christie & Co.

A spokesperson said: “The deal for Mushtaqs was agreed within five days of the business being put on the market.

"This is testament to the strength and demand for this brand.”