Johnny Depp enjoys a £50,000 curry in Birmingham as he celebrates his $15M win over Amber Heard

Johnny Depp celebrated his dramatic defamation case victory over ex-wife Amber Heard by enjoying a curry in Birmingham with friends – and running up a whopping £50,000 bill.

The actor, 58, was joined by his musician friend Jeff Beck, 77, and around 20 others in their entourage as they took over the chic Varanasi restaurant on Sunday night.

The group enjoyed a banquet of Indian food that had been specially prepared for them along with cocktails and Rosé Champagne.

Lavish: Johnny Depp celebrated his dramatic defamation case victory over ex-wife Amber Heard by enjoying a curry in Birmingham with friends – and running up a whopping £50,000 bill

Depp has been in the UK to join Beck on his tour and previously made appearances during his friend’s gigs at the Sage Gateshead in the north of England, Glasgow and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The Hollywood legend was in Birmingham to accompany Beck on stage for his performance in the city’s Symphony Hall.

He has been reveling in the public spotlight after successfully suing ex-wife Heard, 36, for $50million over a 2018 piece she had written that alleged she was a victim of domestic abuse.

He won the trial by jury in Virginia last week, meaning he is set to receive millions in compensation from Heard.

Celebrating: The actor, 58, was joined by his musician friend Jeff Beck, 77, (pictured left) and around 20 others in their entourage as they took over the chic Varanasi restaurant on Sunday night

Celebrating: The actor, 58, was joined by his musician friend Jeff Beck, 77, (pictured left) and around 20 others in their entourage as they took over the chic Varanasi restaurant on Sunday night

Pals: Depp and his party arrived at the up-market Varanasi at around 7pm, where the actor posed for pictures with staff and their friends and family who had been sworn to secrecy about his visit

Pals: Depp and his party arrived at the up-market Varanasi at around 7pm, where the actor posed for pictures with staff and their friends and family who had been sworn to secrecy about his visit

Outing: The group enjoyed a banquet of Indian food that had been specially prepared for them along with cocktails and Rosé Champagne

Outing: The group enjoyed a banquet of Indian food that had been specially prepared for them along with cocktails and Rosé Champagne

Depp and his party arrived at the up-market Varanasi at around 7pm, where the actor posed for pictures with staff and their friends and family who had been sworn to secrecy about his visit.

The restaurant was closed to all other customers while Depp and his group were given the full run of the place, leaving at around midnight.

So how did Johnny run up a £50k bill?

  • Venue Hire: £25-30k
  • Rosé Champagne: £7,500 per bottle
  • Wine list: £1,200 per bottle
  • Cocktails: ranging from £100-£500 each
  • Lamb Karahi: £35
  • King Prawn bunha: £24
  • Shish kebab starter: £14
  • Chicken tikka masala: £22

Mohammed Hussain, Operations Director of Varanasi, who is considered one of the UK’s leading Indian restaurants told MailOnline: ‘We had a call out of the blue on Sunday afternoon saying that Johnny Depp wanted to come to eat with a group of people.

‘I was shocked and at first, I thought it might have been a wind up. But then his security team arrived, checked out the restaurant and we let them have the whole place because we were concerned that he might be bothered by other diners.’

Mr Hussain added: ‘He was a very lovely, down to earth bloke who spent a lot of time speaking with the staff, our friends and family and was happy to pose for pictures with them. You would never have thought that he was such a big star. He had a lot of time for us all.’

Mr Hussain revealed that cooks at the restaurant prepared a special banquet for Depp and his group that included starters of shish kebabs, chicken tikka and tandoori king prawns.

The main course included butter chicken, paneer tikka masala, lamb karahi and king prawn bhuna. All the food was accompanied by nans, rice and salad.

Opting not to go for traditional Indian desserts, Depp finished off his meal with panna cotta and cheesecake.

MailOnline understands that the bill for the whole evening came to around £50,000 which was paid for by Depp.

Tour: Depp has been in the UK to join Beck on his tour and previously made appearances during his friend's gigs at the Sage Gateshead in the north of England, Glasgow and London's Royal Albert Hall

Tour: Depp has been in the UK to join Beck on his tour and previously made appearances during his friend’s gigs at the Sage Gateshead in the north of England, Glasgow and London’s Royal Albert Hall

Mr Hussain: ‘We had to promise that we would not reveal the final bill but let’s just put it this way; money was no issue, and it was easily in five figures. We made more money from Depp’s visit than we did from our busiest night of the week, which is a Saturday when we have around 400 diners.

‘In addition to the food, there was champagne, wine and all kinds of drinks being downed. Depp and his group had a great time. They loved the food, the ambiance of the restaurant and the service that we provided. It was a real honor to have him here.’

Mr Hussain revealed that Depp was so impressed with the fare that he ordered a takeaway, which included a selection of the banquet.

He added: ‘He clearly knows something about Indian food and enjoys it. We made sure not to make it too spicy so that Johnny Depp could enjoy the variety of flavours.’

Happier times: Johnny won the defamation trial after he sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50million over a 2018 piece she had written that alleged she was a victim of domestic abuse (pictured in 2015)

Happier times: Johnny won the defamation trial after he sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for $50million over a 2018 piece she had written that alleged she was a victim of domestic abuse (pictured in 2015)

Mr Hussain recalled the most surreal moment of the night was when Depp broke away from his party and sat with him for around 20 minutes in his office.

Mr Hussain said: ‘He said he wanted a little break from everybody and sat in my office, where he watched the people in his group on CCTV and asked me a lot of questions about it.

‘I didn’t ask him about Amber Herd or the court case. It was just a nice conversation with a very humble man. I’m still pinching myself because I never dreamed that Johnny Depp would be in my office having a chat about how the CCTV in the restaurant works.’

Case: Amber (pictured in court as the verdict was read), countersued for $100million claiming that Depp's lawyer Adam Waldman made defamatory statements by calling her claims a 'hoax'

Case: Amber (pictured in court as the verdict was read), countersued for $100million claiming that Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman made defamatory statements by calling her claims a ‘hoax’

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