A popular Indian restaurant in Barrowford that went up for sale last month has been taken off the market, as the owner has had a change of heart.

Nurul Haque, owner of Bombay Lounge in Barrowford, announced the restaurant was for sale on social media after he planned to retire before turning 50.

The news saddened local customers who have been fans of Bombay Lounge since it opened almost 13 years ago.

Over the years, Nurul has used his business to help support vulnerable people within the community by regularly donating food to local homeless shelters, elderly people in nursing homes, and the women’s domestic violence organisation – Safenet in Nelson.

Luckily for his regulars, however, Nurul announced on Facebook that he “will not be selling” as he’s decided to stick around for a few more years.

The U-turn sparked a positive response from customers thrilled they will be able to enjoy meals at the Church Street eatery for a while longer.

One person said: “Brilliant news sir, wouldn’t be the same without you all… think about your future for your family, and time will take its course.”

Another customer commented: “My boys were gutted! You’re their first choice whenever we ask where they want to go for tea!”

In January, Nurul said his decision was based on wanting to spend more time with his family.

He said: “Because of staff shortages in the hospitality industry, you can’t take a lot of time off and a lot of good businesses are selling up because of this issue.

"I haven’t had the time to go on holiday or spend time with my family properly which is why I’ve decided to sell.”

The restaurant is still set to close in the next few years, so customers have the chance to make the most of the beloved restaurant while it’s still open.

The restaurant is holding a Valentine Special Evening on February 14 offering a four course meal with a glass of prosecco on arrival and “free rose for the ladies”.