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Giggling Squid Thai restaurant to open in Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 15:21 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:21 31 July 2018

A range of dishes at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire Communications

A range of dishes at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire Communications

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A new family-friendly restaurant is bringing the flavours of Thailand to Harpenden.

Duck confit at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire CommunicationsDuck confit at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire Communications

Giggling Squid, which currently has 27 venues around the UK, is set to open in Amenbury Lane in September.

The restaurant was founded in 2002 by Thai-born Pranee Laurillard and her husband Andrew in the basement of a tiny fisherman’s cottage in Brighton, and named after the nickname for one of their three children.

Chicken wings at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire CommunicationsChicken wings at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire Communications

Giggling Squid will be open for lunch and dinner, with room to cater for 108 guests. There will also be a bar lounge area and outdoor seating.

The menu, prepared by a team of Thai chefs, will feature lunchtime tapas, curries, salads, rice and noodles, and lends itself to the sharing culture of Thailand. There will also be a ‘little tapas for little people’ menu for children.

Butterfly prawn pad thai at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire CommunicationsButterfly prawn pad thai at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire Communications

Pranee said: “We love the village feel of Harpenden and we’re really excited to launch Giggling Squid and make our mark in this fantastic location.

“It’s such a lovely town with so much going on and we are really looking forward to being a part of the community.”

A strawberry mojito at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire CommunicationsA strawberry mojito at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire Communications

A range of dishes at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire CommunicationsA range of dishes at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire Communications

Salt and pepper squid at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire CommunicationsSalt and pepper squid at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire Communications

Tom Yum noodle soup at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire CommunicationsTom Yum noodle soup at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire Communications

A range of dishes at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire CommunicationsA range of dishes at the Giggling Squid. Picture: Samphire Communications

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