Koi has its roots in an independent family-run business that was established in the village of Broadbottom, on the outskirts of Greater Manchester, in the early 1990’s as the first and only take-away in the village. As the young family grew up they moved onto other catering ventures where their love of cooking and serving great food continued. Today the same shop is run by the next generation of caterers, serving the same great flavours but with some additional services on offer.
An ancient legend tells the story of a huge school of golden koi swimming upstream in the Yellow River of China, gaining strength by fighting against the current. However when they reached a waterfall at the end of the river, many of the koi turned back letting the flow of the river carry them away. The remaining koi refused to give up. Leaping from the depths of the river, they attempted to reach the top of the waterfall to no avail. Their efforts caught the attention of local demons, who mocked their efforts and heightened the waterfall out of malice.
After a hundred years of jumping, one koi finally reached the top of the waterfall. The gods recognised the koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon, the image of power and strength.
We take inspiration from this legend in our own business, following the qualities of perseverance, determination, power and strength to drive us forward.