London, Apr 11: The first Muslim 'pub' has come up in the United Kingdom, but no alcoholic drinks would be served to its visitors. Only fruit juices, soft drinks or a cup of tea or coffee can be sipped at the Halal Inn. During your visit to the pub, you can listen to traditional Islamic songs and play karam, a billiards-style game popular across Asia.
The pub, which caters mainly for men, in Oldham, Greater Manchester, has a restaurant, prayer room and steam room. Azizur Rahman, the owner of the pub, spotted a gap in the market and took over what was the Westwood Inn. "It's a gathering place for people who abide by strict Islamic rulings and don't like going to places where they serve alcohol," said Khan. "As a non-alcoholic venue it will appeal to Muslims more, but it is essentially for people from all backgrounds. We chose the name Halal Inn because, if you follow the word to the tee, it means being of good character and having food that is clean," The Sun quoted Khan, as saying.
One can visit the place from 4.30pm to 11.30pm throughout the week, and the pub will also host Islamic quiz nights. Freshly made poppadoms, chicken pakora, sheek kebabs and lamb dish saag gosht will be on the menu for visitors to the pub.