About Us

Why “Chai”?

The origin of ‘Chai’ is believed to be dated back more than 5,000 years, to a king who ordered a healing spiced beverage be created for use in Ayurveda, a traditional medicinal practice in which herbs and spices are used for healing.  Now synonymous with life and tradition in India, chai can be found being served on every street corner.

It seemed only natural to use a name so ingrained with life in India and that represents the health benefits of the incredible spices used throughout our curries.

The Chai Stop

Why Choose The Chai Stop

How it all started

Established in 1999 The Chai Stop has grown from a tiny cottage industry, supplying those “in the know” with delicious curries into a thriving business producing a unique range of freshly frozen curries to shops throughout Kent and Sussex.  There is also a National delivery using eco-friendly cool boxes for customers who are not local to a stockist.

The Chai Stop was born out of the collaboration of two British women Tina and Isobel. Inspired by Tina’s travels in India where she trained under a top Indian chef and the discovery of a treasured hand-written book of recipes from Isobel’s grandmother, a cook for a school in the foothills of the Himalayas, the pair came together to create truly authentic experience for all to enjoy. With a small but dedicated team they continue to develop new mouth-watering meals all prepared with fresh and, where possible, locally produced ingredients, in their purpose built kitchen in East Kent.

Tina & Isobel Chai Stop

Free Tastings

Come along to our kitchen and sample a few of the curries we’ve cooked that week. Free Tastings are Saturdays 11am – 3pm for more information join our event page on Facebook.

You can also come along to our professional kitchen anytime to see the work in progress, enjoy the aromas and have a taste.

This is no factory.


Organising a party, wedding, birthday, family celebration or a get together with friends? We can supply our curries by the scoop for larger parties and events, please call us for more information 01304 619858.


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Left: Tina and Isobel at 2018 Taste of Kent Awards where The Chai Stop was finalist in Kent Food Producer of the Year 2018.