It's an Indian restaurant rather than a curry house, if that makes any sense.
The food is just fantastic - a million miles from the generic curry sauce used on different ingredients that so many places churn out. Fantastic food, good prices, good portions, friendly staff.
It's the best Indian food I've had outside of India, and since moving away from Nottingham I've really missed it. Despite hunting high and low in Bristol, where I am now, I've not yet found anywhere near its equal.
43 Mount Street Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6HE
First stop on the Curry Mile from the City Centre, and no need to go further - excellent service, from the complimentary poppadoms and pickles -tasty, well-prepared and presented curries and high tolerance for families. They have two other branches in Didsbury and Heald Green, but Rusholme works for me.
Oxford Road, Rusholme
Great restaurant, great food, good selection, excellent service, ice-cold draught Cobra (and bottled King Cobra), very good fixed price menu with good selection midweek. Book on Fridays and Saturdays.
I've tried them all locally and this is the best.
133 Chanterlands Avenue Hull HU5 3TJ. About 1 and a half miles from city centre.
Fantastic local curry house. A tiny little place in a run-down back street in SW8. Fantastic east-African food with real flavour and very cheap. Bring your own drink. Regularly changing specials. Particularly good for vegetarians.
Wilcox Close, London, SW8.
Nearest tubes Stockwell and Vauxhall.
Nearest bus routes 2, 88, 77, 87, 196.
Babur is (apparently) a bit of a south-east London legend and has existed for over 20 years. Their takeaway is the best I've ever had (whole spices, judicious application of chilli heat, pretty decent quality meat etc).
They have just refurbished their restaurant (which is in a differnt location to the takeaway). It's always packed at the weekend with a nice crowd, and no p*ssed-up punters, which could be due to the fact it's a bit dearer than your average ruby due to it's modern take on regional classics. Good wine-list too, and really helpful, friendly staff. I really can't recommend this place enough...
119 Brockley Rise
London SE23 1JP
Prashad serves a mix of tasty Dosa and Gujarati cooking, delicious chaat and roadside snacks. Mrs Patel - the chief cook - has been named Yorkshire Forward Chef of the Year 2004 & 2006 and South Indian Chef of the Year in 2005 & 2006. Don't let the fact it being vegetarian put you off - I always take my friends and they are always gobsmacked with how great the food is!
86 Horton Grange Road, Bradford, BD7 2DW; tel: 01274 575 893;
The best vegetarian Indian restaurant in town, which is saying something. Some of the 50 or so dishes will be new to many - for starters, try mysore bonda (amazingly light fried lentil balls with coconut dips), mosar vade (lentil doughnuts in yogurt) or a tangy, crunchy bhel puri.
Highlights among the mains include dosais, aloogadde soppu (the best spinach and potato dish I've eaten), a wonderful mutter paneer and a vibrant, earthy beetroot sasami. It's cheap, too: the most expensive main dish is £5.75. Service is always friendly, helpful and relaxed.
153 Granby Street,
It is quite simply the best British B&B we have stayed in. Everything is thought of and catered for. How ace to have a full breakfast menu with such great choices with proper sauces, jams etc - none of these rubbishy catering pack plastic sachets. Perfectly situated for the excellent Monkey World, too!
44 Maiden Castle Road
01305 267145 - 07748947610
There are hundreds of B&Bs to choose from in Whitby - and this is one of the best. Simply decorated, quirky rooms with fabulous fixtures in this elegant Georgian town house, handy for both the harbour and the buzzy town centre.
The vibe is very relaxed - not a single 'do not do this/that/the other' sign in evidence; the welcome's warm and the breakfast stupendous.
You'll return again and again - you can afford to -it's within everyone's pocket.
5 Havelock Place
North Yorks YO21 3ER
La Flamenca is an authentic Spanish restaurant, run by a Spanish family in the traditional way. We had delicious chicken in garlic tapas. Wonderful, succulent pieces of tender chicken poached in a delicious liquor of garlic and white wine.
There was ample fresh bread to mop up the juices. Extra virgin olive oil brought from Spain was also provided to drizzle on the bread as the Mediterraneans do. The service was also attentive and excellent.
12a North Parade,
Between Tenby and Saundersfoot lies the village of New Hedges. The beach at Monkstone can be found just besides Trevayne campsite. The way down is steep but the beach itself is worth it. Beautiful sands, beautiful rocks and best of all, lots of mussels to pick for tea!
New Hedges, Pembrokeshire
If you like the Magpie in Whitby (and let's face it, everyone who's been there does) the Mermaid does the same top-class fish and chips with style.
Choose from the old favourites (cod, haddock, scampi) or from the blackboard of current fresh fish. Plus, you get a great view.
1 The Strand, Saundersfoot.
If it's raining and you need a cheap umbrella, just go to London Transport's lost property office at Baker Street station and say you left a black umbrella on the tube. They just hand you a replacement one. And they have hundreds of black umbrellas to choose from.
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