NEWS BLACKOUT ON SECRET FILMING AT MINT & MUSTARD

Blackout at Mint & Mustard. Security guards in high-viz jackets make sure no one interrupts filming at Windsor Terrace, Penarth   (Photo John Clark)

Blackout at Mint & Mustard. Security guards in high-viz jackets make sure no one interrupts filming at the well-known Indian restaurant on Windsor Terrace, Penarth (Photo John Clark)

By-passers and bus-passengers on Windsor Terrace yesterday couldn’t help but notice something very different about the  popular Penarth Indian restaurant Mint & Mustard.

The entire restaurant frontage was swathed  in WW2-type black-out sheets whilst staff had been told not to let on to anyone what was going on inside – but it appears Mint and Mustard has now joined the ranks of Penarth restaurants which have become film locations in their own right.

Kerala - is noted for its distinctive local dishes - quite different from the Northern Indian curries normally served in the UK

Kerala – is noted for its distinctive local dishes – quite different from the Northern Indian curries normally served in the UK

The restaurant specialises in  distinctive Southern Indian dishes from the Kerala region of coastal South West India. The unusual interior decor reflects this  – which is obviously what attracted the TV production team.

It seems as if everyone on  patrol outside the restaurant had been sworn to secrecy

It seems as if everyone on patrol outside the restaurant had been sworn to secrecy (Photo John Clark)

The blackout tent is used on the outside of the restaurant primarily to enable the television crew to control  the interior lighting without having to compensate for variations in daylight and sunlight outside – so that all the sequences they shoot what could be several hours – will all have the same lighting ambience .

Mint & Mustard will be back to normal for its customers today – serving up the full range of distinctive Keralan dishes .We’re waiting for details of the restaurant’s forthcoming tv appearance.

 

 

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8 Responses to NEWS BLACKOUT ON SECRET FILMING AT MINT & MUSTARD

  1. hughcurrell says:

    They have been filming Sherlock. I saw Benedict Cumberbatch myself filming just up the road at the converted church by Belle Vue Park. Good news for Penarth!

    • lloydmedley says:

      That’s really cool if true, I love Sherlock!

    • Bobby says:

      Yep v good for Penarth, I saw on Mint and Mustard’s twitter page yesterday that it was for the new Sherlock series and Martin Freeman was there. I also heard that Benedict was seen in the area but wasn’t sure if this was just a rumour or not, so thanks for confirming that Hugh.

  2. Christopher David says:

    Naw- tis a new recipe on test.

  3. Jane Foster says:

    Wales Online have a Twitter pic of the filming but have mislabelled it as being at Whitchurch Road in Cardiff.

    • AK says:

      Good old Wales Online.

      One can always rely on them for sloppy journalism with no editorial oversight.

  4. Martin gossage says:

    Ha ha .When I saw the cones out I thought it was potholes filling but no it was plotline filming. !

  5. Frank Evans says:

    Do the town council charge for all this disruptive filming? Even a nominal amount would help with the summer festival. ..

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