With great effort and under challenging conditions, Roop has brought the most exquisite art and vintage artefacts from the Choudharys personal collection to London. Handwoven Persian silk carpets and Tanjore paintings, an art form from the South Indian town of the same name (now called Thanjavur).
About The Art
Indian Accents at Colonel Saab
ORNATE COLOURED GLASS CHANDELIERSThe original paintings date from the 17th and 18th centuries and the subjects are chiefly religious with gold leaf. A drinks bar, which was owned by the Maharaja of Patiala (and who has a rather large peg of whisky is named after him!) is made by Asprey and commands pride of place in the private dining room. You’ll also find decanters and crockery from the palace of the Maharaja of Faridkot. Downstairs, a large pure silver door from a temple in Gujarat greets you and upstairs a carved temple door from South India. Ornate coloured glass chandeliers made in the town of Firozabad complete an eclectic collection of Indian accents at Colonel Saab.
Roop Partap Choudhary
FOUNDER AND OWNER OF COLONEL SAABRoop Partap Choudhary is the founder and owner of Colonel Saab. He studied Hospitality in the US, followed by an MBA in Finance from Singapore and a one year Management programme at Cornell where he focussed on Asian Hospitality Patterns. Continuing his mother and father’s proud legacy, Roop is also the Executive Director of the Choudhary’s award-winning palace hotel, Noor Mahal in Karnal, Northern India. Prior to working in the family business, he learnt the hospitality ropes at some of India’s best-known hotels including the ITC Maurya in Delhi.
Similar to his parents, Roop also collects art from the Indian subcontinent and has a keen eye for detail. He is an advocate for social causes and chairs multiple NGOs championing the causes of female empowerment and youth employment. Incredibly passionate about motivating his staff, he always aims to exceed customer expectations. His journey has been recognised in the under 30 Awards by Travel India Awards, as one of the youngest hoteliers to receive the accolade. Under his leadership, Noor Mahal has won the award for Best upcoming 5 Star Resort at the Indian Hospitality Awards, Best 5 Star Heritage Resort and best destination wedding hotel north India. Colonel Saab is his first UK venture.
AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD REVOLUTION IN INDIACredited with de-mystifying International food dating way back to the early 1980s. In addition to writing extensively on the subject of food and wine for over 30 years, she also started Mumbai’s first Salad Bar in 1989, followed by a gourmet food business producing small batch artisanal products under her own brand. She had a niche catering business, has anchored top rated TV shows, started a Gourmet Academy and more recently co-founded Markets by Karen Anand. She develops innovative recipes for multinationals entering the Indian market and works with International hotel and restaurant chains. She was born in Bombay, grew up in London and moved to Paris to study. She now lives in India. She was awarded the prestigious Food & Spirit Award (Trophée de l’Esprit Alimentaire) in 2006 from the French Government and more recently the French Ambassadors Travel Writers Award.
PROFESSIONAL MIXOLOGISTAntony Bertin has already had a stellar career in some of France’s top restaurants including Hotel Les Roches on the Cote d’Azur, Chateau d’Artigny in the Loire and Jols in Lyons. He has won many awards including the Martini Barman of the Year France in 2013. For Colonel Saab, Antony has curated some incredible cocktails, including The Colonel Saab - a bourbon and Bombay chai concoction, as well as Binny, named after Mrs. Choudhary and a Jasmine Sour.