While they are best loved for their food and friendly service, Esher Tandoori are not just another takeaway restaurant.

An established member of the community in Esher and the surrounding area for a decade, the family-run business also pride themselves on their outreach work.

The Comet caught up with Owner Mohammed Bahar Uddin after he helped organize a number of donations to good causes in the area, including donations of food to parish churches and of money to community centre in Claygate.

"We look after the community, it's one of our mottos.

"Every year we give free food to the church nearby (the restaurant itself sits on Church Street) and fire brigades in Esher Walton and Cobham. They're all local brigades and I've made an offer to feed them all on Christmas Eve thanks to the service they provide to the community.

"We also support Cobham and Esher Rugby Clubs and the Metropolitan Police who work out of the station on Imber Court," Bahar said.

The list goes on.

Given their particular set of skills, Bahar said that Esher Tandoori hoped to distribute their well-like dishes to everyone in the area who needs it.

"The Church have a relationship with food banks and feeding the homeless in the community.

"If anyone is homeless in Esher, Claygate and the surrounding area, I've said I will give them free food and support from us," Bahar said.

The restaurant's latest act of kindness was a donation to the community Centre in Claygate ahead of their annual Christmas event.

Bahar said he hopes such community work can help the family's business stand out in an increasingly crowded field.

"We are not just making money and serving food, we're looking after the community at the same time.

"We're a small family business and this is our duty as a restaurant.

"We're always want to be nice to people in the way we operate," he said.