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Spice of Bengal

$$ - $$$
Indian, Asian, Balti, Fusion, Bangladeshi
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3 Kelsick Road, Ambleside LA22 0BZ, England
+44 15394 31250
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:00
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 23:30
Sun - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 00:00
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This has to be the worst Indian restaurant I have ever had the misfortune of visiting!!! Eight of us went there last night we were seated at a table just inside the door where people were collecting takeaway (despite the fact that the main restaurant was empty) we should have left then but having visited a few years ago when... More 

Thank june178
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Im unsure as to why there is so many bad reviews? if your looking for a superb indian meal that isnt rushed and reasonably priced then this is your place. Me and my boyfriend visit many indian resturants on our travels and this is by far one of the best! a lovely calm atmosphere, waiters didnt rush you through your... More 

Thank j0die92
Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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807 reviews
635 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Spice of Bengal is the only curry house in Ambleside, so there is not a lot to choose from if you want some Indian food !!! We had a pretty good time here on our first visit a while back, so called in again our recent visit to the town. The service was pretty average tonight. We were shown to... More 

Thank Steve W
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Arrived to find take-away customers arguing over delays. Served flat cokes, ignored like the table next to us who walked out after waiting an hour in an almost empty restaurant. Food was ok but service abysmal - poor management spoild it. Shame

Thank Peter B
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We had the misfortune of going to the spice of Bengal on the 19/11/2016. I should have realised it was going to be bad by the abrupt way I was spoken to when I booked a table. It was a friends birthday so I rang and asked if they did cakes or if I could fetch a cake the reply... More 

2 Thank Budwasti
Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

I wish I had looked at the reviews before going into this restaurant. After going in we were quickly shown to our table (because the place was half empty) and drinks order was taken, that's where the quickness ended, eventually the drinks arrived and our food order was taken ( we were only having mains) Over an hour and a... More 

1 Thank Ian-and-Peg
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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194 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

The food was ok. The service was slow and the place was dead, I don't think the heating was on to be fair :-( we have been there a few times in the past and it has certainly gone down hill. Only Indian I know of in Ambleside which is a shame

Thank Terry H
North Yorkshire
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239 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

It's a large place with lots of tables - maybe too many for a small place like Ambleside, plus it was a cold Sunday night with only one or two tables occupied so no atmosphere (but not their fault). If they screened off half of it they could make it a bit more inviting - even on a cold Sunday... More 

Thank RegularTraveller60
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Cheap decor, cold and damp, policy that doesn't allow you to order popadums or starter until you have ordered main meal, unbelievably poor and rude service by people who clearly don't want to be there - if the front of house is this bad I shudder to think what's going on in the kitchen - stay away.

1 Thank David C
Manchester england
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Nice visit with friendly staff, quick service... lovely popadoms and pickle tray, staff were very helpful :)

Thank June B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$37
Indian, Asian, Balti, Fusion, Bangladeshi
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Kelsick Road, Ambleside LA22 0BZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 31250

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?