A POPULAR restaurant returning to a Colchester village to take over a defunct pub has delayed its opening date due to “technical problems”.

The Bengal Diner, in Fox Street, Ardleigh, closed its doors last year.

Following this, the business merged with Colchester Spice in Barrack Street and dropped the name.

However, earlier this year, it was revealed the business was returning to Ardleigh and would help restore an old pub in the process.

The Bengal Diner team will be taking over The Lion pub, which closed during the pandemic four years ago.

They merged the two names to create The Lion of Bengal.

It was due to open tonight, April 11, however, the team revealed it has been delayed until next week.

A statement on social media reads: “We are very sorry, but we are unable to open this week due to technical problems.

“We are now opening on April 17, and we can't wait to see you all again.”

Speaking to the Gazette previously, owner Syful Alam said the team is “looking forward to reopening” and teased the new site will focus on “high-class” dining.

“I want to be one of the top restaurants in Essex,” he added.

For those who have booked and wish to change the time, or to book a table, call Mr Alam on 07950 109972.