Thai Leisure Group (TLG) has opened the doors to its first Thaikhun south of London, in Guildford.
The Thai street food concept held a special launch party last night to mark the opening of the 3,690 square foot site.
The “traditional and rustic” establishment includes an open kitchen and intimate outdoor dining area, as well as authentic artefacts and objects brought directly from the street markets of Thailand.
Inspiration for this site has been taken from the world famous Maeklong Market, a uniquely popular street food destination that has train tracks running straight down its middle.
The interior décor is designed to capture the drama of this environment ensuring a memorable and exciting dining surrounding for customers, reminiscent of the bustling Thailand markets that inspire the menu.
The Guildford concept has 124 covers and has created over 40 full and part time jobs for the local area.
The opening of the Friary Street venue will be Thaikhun’s eighth UK site and follows the recent restaurant launch announcement in Newcastle’s Metro Centre, opening at the end of March.
Additionally, Thaikhun currently has sites in Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
Ian Leigh, managing director at Thaikhun, said: “We are so excited to finally open the doors at Thaikhun Guildford and we hope that our new restaurant will offer something a little different for diners in the area. Maeklong Railway Market, the inspiration for this restaurant, is a really buzzing area and we have tried to capture that drama. By combining authentically traditional Thai street food and a really interactive dining experience we hope to inspire dreams or memories of exploring Thailand.”