An Edinburgh restaurant has been inundated with over 1000 replies to an opening offer of a complimentary meal.

The Cove is set to open later this week on Hillhouse Road in the Blackhall area of the city, serving Bangladesh and North Indian fare.

To give the public a flavour of the fine dining to come, owner Masum Uddin offered customers a free two-course meal.

The offer caught the imagination of the curry-loving Edinburgh public and Mr Uddin was blown away by the interest.

“Within a matter of days, we had over 1000 responses to the offer,” he said.

“I didn’t really expect that amount of replies if I’m being honest.

“But to have such a big interest in a new restaurant opening up is very encouraging.

“We are trying our best to accommodate as many people as we can on Tuesday and Wednesday with two sittings each evening. We have emailed everyone who has been successful with their application for a table.

“From Thursday, November 7 we will be officially open. Anyone who missed out on the offer can book a table from then and enjoy the special dining experience that The Cove will bring to the Edinburgh restaurant scene.

“We’re excited about the new restaurant – and obviously the Edinburgh public is as well!”