We were staying at The Moon Inn for a few days during half term to do some walking in the hills - there's not many of them in Essex! Although The Moon's food was very good, having seen so many good reviews for the Curry Cottage we felt we had to try it for ourselves. And we weren't disappointed. We picked up a couple of Kingfishers from the Spar at Calver (the restaurant is BYOB with no corkage) and walked to the Curry Cottage on the Wednesday evening. We hadn't booked but getting a table at 7:30 was not a problem. What followed was one of the best curry meals we've had for a long time. We live close to what we regard is the best curry house in England, and the Curry Cottage gives it a run for its money! Unfortunately there was no Handi of the Day (or Staff Special as it's often called) so I plumped for the Garlic Chilli Chicken - a favourite of mine that has dropped off many menus in our area. It was excellent - hot without the chillies being too overpowering. The wife had had Tinda Gosht - it too was superbly flavoured and cooked. Sides were flavoursome and well presented without too much oil. And excellent portion sizes. You must give it a look if you are in the area - we're planning a return visit, but it won't be until next October unfortunately.
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