A plant-based restaurant in Oadby has closed following the death of the head chef Bindu Patel who was 37-years-old.

Leicester-born Bindu worked in the kitchens of Michelin-starred London restaurants Gymkhana and Trishna, before launching the restaurant Sanctua in April 2019.

The statement that was announced read: “To all customers and friends. “It is with great sadness that we inform you that Sanctua will no longer be opening. “Please all say a prayer for Chef Bee who sadly passed away on the 24th January 2020.”

When the restaurant opened last year, Bindu spoke of her passion for her home city and her excitement for the opening of her new restaurant.

She said in April last year “I love Leicester, it’s my home. Everything about Leicester is wonderful – the people, the food.”

Bindu was a lawyer before turning in to a chef where her passion truly laid.

Sanctua was due to open in February last year but was delayed due to Bindu becoming ill.






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