Third Anniversary Celebrations at Go Houghton

Go Houghton celebrated their third-anniversary party last week by asking guests to turn up in Wild West outfits.

The go-to venue was created by gutting the former Dog & Duck pub, in Parkside Drive, enlarging its footprint, and creating a unique place for award-winning cuisine in Houghton Regis.

Resident and customer Alan Lock, who has lived in Houghton Regis since 1979 and witnessed the old Dog and Duck being built, said: “Thank you for giving us our community back. The Dog and Duck was a community pub, with music every night and I can see the ghosts of the old customers now around the bar. I never thought this site would work as a restaurant but it does and it has given us back a place to meet and be a community again.”

The owner, Kishor Patel, in turn, thanked the community and his loyal staff for backing the venture. “Without our staff and customers, we would not have what we have today, which is a thriving and award-winning business.”

The awards include,  Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence 2017, SME Bedfordshire Business Awards Finalist 2017, Bedfordshire Food And Drink Awards Highly Commended, National Family Business Awards South East Finalist 2017, Good Food Award 2016 Winner, Good Food Award 2017 Winner, Good Food Award 2018 Winner, Runner-Up Best Bar None Award 2016/17, Accredited Best Bar None 2017/18, East Of England Business Champions (Small Business) Winner 2016, Best Independent Restaurant 2016, Rated 5 Star For Food Hygiene, Best Bar None Awards 2015/2016 (Runner-Up, Peoples Vote, Accredited), Fsb Bedfordshire Business Awards - Runner Up 2016.

This year the venue is supporting David Geary’s bike ride from Luton to Belgium to raise funds for the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal. David, who has always struggled with his weight, has lost three stone in training up to the 180-mile ride to Flanders. He thanked Go Houghton for its support.

At the party on Thursday (May 17) newly elected mayor, Councillor Ken Wattingham wished the venue all the best for the future.

Go Houghton staff and customers also sang happy birthday to three people who shared their birthday with the venue’s big day.

At the themed evening guests enjoyed a line dancing knees-up with professional dancers, dressing up in costumes, and the close-up magic of a guest magician.

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