There is a wide range of curry clubs all over the world. They may have different reasons for existing but they all have one thing in common in that they involve eating curries.
Many of you are probably familiar with the traditional curry club where a group of curry-loving people meet once a month to have a curry and a good yarn.
A lot of curry houses have large rooms or special dining areas where you can relax and have a good time over the course of the evening.
Most curry clubs are very informal and don’t involve having a constitution or rules – you just turn up, eat your curry and pay for it.
We’ve noticed that more and more companies run a curry club as it’s a good way to get staff to bond and have a good time together. If you’re lucky, the company will spring for part of the food costs or may contribute a few beers or bottles of wine.
There are more formal curry clubs around the world where the activity of meeting once a month for a curry is a way of meeting up with like-minded ex patriot friends and acquaintances. For example, the Moscow Curry Club used to meet in the Tibet Himalaya Restaurant (in Moscow) – it may well still meet there for all we know.
Some business associations run curry clubs whose objective is to network with other business people. The Brighton Curry Club and the Bury Business Curry Club are examples of this type of club.
Some curry clubs always hold their meetings in the same restaurant but most have their monthly curry fix at a different curry house each month. And some of these curry clubs even rate the food and restaurants that they visit and publish the results.
If you hear about a curry club then you can just contact the organiser to see how to join, when the club meets and whatever else you need to know. Most clubs enjoy welcoming new members and it’s a great way to find out about the curry houses in your neighbourhood.
Of course, just because something calls itself a curry club, it doesn’t mean that it is actually a curry club. The Wetherspoons chain runs a curry club every Thursday where there are special curry offers in their pubs. And Pat Chapman’s curry club is basically a very large group of curry-loving people who receive curry-related emails from Pat (Pat is a great curry chef and has written lots of curry recipe books).
There is always a chance that there may not be a curry club near you, or that you do not hear of one. But there is nothing to stop you starting up a club of your own. It costs nothing to run a club – just a bit of time. And a lot of curry houses will give you a special deal if you guarantee to bring in a group of curry fans on one of the usually slack nights (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday).