If you’re going to get married then do it at Shehnai. I had such a great time with the Shehnai staff organising my wedding reception. Not only did they make me feel like I was the only wedding they were working on but each conversation made me feel secure and special that my wedding requirements were being catered for. The staff are professional, very helpful and really importantly I felt that they really listened to what I envisaged my day to be… (Even when bridezilla came out in me) I don’t know who to thank more. Kitty for my random rants to her about the stress of organising 200 Indians, or Priyanka for understanding that I had to discuss every detail with the family first, or Luzan for putting up with the 7000 changes daily to the wedding agenda or for Patrick aka shahrukh khan for managing my evening perfectly. I thank you all Shehnai. I have 200 very happy guests. Not one single complaint.. The food was amazing, piping hot, full of flavor and just very flavoursome. My guest told me it was the best wedding food they had eaten. House of Tuza. You were all fantastic. The venue looked spectacular. I thank you all for catering to my specific needs. very happy bride Polly – Married Oct 2013By Polly Razdan
What our clients say
This is the third year Shehnai have hosted the Alternative Queen of Reading. A celebration for International Women’s Day, the event is run in support of local charities, and Shehnai are absolutely fantastic in the support they offer. From helping advise on and arrange the best layout for the evening, to responding to last minute requests, they handle everything professionally and are consistently friendly and helpful. The team that helped set up this year were as accommodating as always, but it was Patrick who was the absolute star of the night, running the bar and helping our team dismantle and take down all the get up, all in good humour (despite him having to be back at the venue at some unearthly hour this morning). The venue is as much a star of the show as all our wonderful acts.By Steph Weller
I held an event at Shehnai on behalf of a University of Reading society and I can honestly say I was utmost pleased with the service we were provided with. We have held the same event every year for the past 3 years and this year was certainly one of the most successful. From start to finish the staff at Shehnai made the task in hand seem so effortless and made the organizers job so simple. We were very much impressed with the professionalism and high class of the venue and how pleasant the staff were to meet our every requirement. The way in which the ballroom looked was simply beautiful and we could not have imagined our event to be anywhere else. Even on a standard day the venue just looked absolutely stunning, Shehnai offers such a wide range of services to make an event special. We were very grateful to Prianka, the general manager for her assistance and advice in the run up to the event. However particular thanks must go to Luzen who helped us out at every step of the way and dealt with all of our queries. Many thanks must also go to Patrick and his team on the night of the event; From dealing with every single one of my queries and concerns, he was there to help and made sure this event run smoothly. Everything that we could have asked from them they managed to achieve making light work for me and all requirements for the day were upheld. The pure proof of their hard work was where despite it taking us nearly 30 minutes to leave the venue at the end of the night, the team had managed to transform the suite yet again for the next days event. The food was fantastic as expected, and with such a wide menu to choose from you the most difficult thing was what to choose. The food is of the highest quality and makes life easier keeping everything in house. Cannot wait to hold another event in the future at Shehnai.By Rikhil Morjariya
We had a walima event on the 25th of August 2013 and the event went fantastically well. First of all leading upto the event on 25th August the service and hospitality received from Shehnai in particular Prianka and Kitty was first class. I had a lot of reservations booking with Shehnai originally as I was unsure of what I would get in return. I was seriously tempted to go ahead and book the Park Royal Venue by SAPNA Caterers. However Prianka and Kitty did a fantastic job in convincing us and made us feel real special and wanted. Very few Asian banqueting suites go out of their to listen to client requirements but Shehnai did exactly that. Everything was so professional and in detail leading upto the event you could clearly see a lot of work goes on in the background by Shehnai’s team. The event itself was a huge success we had our booking from 7pm but on our wedding cards we put 6:30pm so that people would turn up for 7-7:30 but it was one of those days where everyone turned up at 6:30pm. Despite people arriving early no one from Shehnai panicked and let all our guests into the lobby area serving drinks. Venue opened at 7pm and the stage looked great despite a lot of hassle in trying to get what we wanted it looked superb. One thing in hindsight we would have liked an Aisle way for the entrance but with 500 people space was limited. However some tables did not get used and again in hindsight I should have requested to get these tables removed to allow for more space. Food in particular starters was GREAT and the JELABI stand was a big hit something new and different for our family which everyone loved. The main course was good and a lot of people said it seems Shehnai has made huge improvements compared to before as food definitely tasted a lot better. The staff on the day were very friendly even though they were tired as there was function before so hats off to them. Overall great venue – Event went very well and I would recommend Shehnai to all family & friends and also corporate clients. Again well done to the whole team! Prianka and Kitty have done a great job in moving forward this organisation and with their hard work I’m sure they will get even better as both are very forward thinkingBy Arfan Latif
We were having a few people over at our home for a small surprise party and I wanted to order in some food – but was really after more than just another takeaway. Having been to Shehnai a few times, I thought I would try their home delivery catering service.
As well as on time delivery and generous quantities, the overwhelming reaction from our guests was that the taste and quality of the food was truly exceptional, with plenty of variety to satisfy all tastes – and Shehnai certainly fulfilled my expectations on the evening.
I would thoroughly recommend this service offered by Shehnai if you are intending to make an occasion that much more special.By Raj Sachdeva
One word to describe our Shehnai experience: Awesome. There was no compromise either on the quality or the quantity of the food that we had ordered. I can confidently say it’s the best Indian food I have tasted in the UK. Add to that the fact that it’s not expensive at all. For the quality of food and service ,its fantastically priced. We had ordered food from Shehnai for our house warming party for around 20 people. I must say that the customer service I received after placing the order was superb. Food was delivered to our door steps on time as promised. Even though the order I had placed was pretty small, Shehnai treated us as if it were its biggest.
I was kept updated through emails and received calls later inquiring about the food and service. We were very pleased with the service and the Guests loved the food – there is nothing more we could have asked for. I would confidently recommend my friends and family to use Shehnai for any parties or events.By Sushil Raina
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your time and help to date. I can honestly say that the decision to choose Shehnai as our venue was mainly down to yourself as an individual.
Just a couple of the things we’ve noticed and loved: Your willingness to go out of your way to help us, even out of hours – I was not expecting you to contact me straight away after I sent you an email last night – most people would have replied in the morning. We also noticed your professionalism not only to us, but also to the other employees at Shehnai. I have no doubt in my mind that you won’t let us down.By Radhika Patel – Reed Specialist Recruitment