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Ed Sheeran surprises curry house staff with post Ashes pit stop

Ed Sheeran dropped in for the grub after an early finish to the cricket at Old Trafford. Credit: MEN Media

Rusholme's Curry Mile saw an unlikely visitor last night as Ed Sheeran popped in following a day at the Ashes.

Staff at Mughli's Charcoal Pit on the infamous stretch of Wilmslow Road, were in for a shock when the award-winning singer arrived, along with former Australian cricket captain, Shane Warne.

The pair had been spotted during a rain-shortened day at Old Trafford for the fourth Ashes Test, before they decided to grab some food together on Wednesday evening.

Restaurant manager, Haz, runs the family business, which opened in 1991, along with brothers Shaz and Waff.

Haz said they received a booking from someone 'famous in Australia,' but had no idea who was going to walk through the dodor.

"We received an email earlier today to say someone was coming in that was quite famous in Australia, but we had no idea who," he said.

"They were very specific about what table they wanted though."

According to Haz, Ed Sheeran arrived around 6.30pm, flanked with security.

"He just walked in with some security - I think it was actually Shane Warne's security.''

"Ed was a really pleasant and nice guy.

"Shane Warne came in shortly afterwards and we tried not to bother them too much as they had already been bombarded outside.

"Our kitchen staff were most excited to see Shane because they are huge cricket fans, but our younger staff were really happy about seeing Ed."

"I was bit a surprised at first because I thought it was a bit of an unusual friendship, but it was really nice to have them in," Haz added.

– Haz, manager of Mughli's Charcoal Pit

Haz, a former lawyer, took over the business when his father passed away in 2009.

He said the restaurant, which specialises in Indian and Pakistani street food, hasn't been short of famous faces, but that Ed Sheeran's visit was pretty special.

"We've had a former prime minister, Nigel Slater, the cast of Girls Aloud, Jared Leto and a few other famous faces before," he said.

"We love it. We are a humble little family restaurant on the Curry Mile and the fact we get people like that in is amazing."

– Haz, manager of Mughli's Charcoal Pit