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Bay of Bengal Indian Restaurant

The Bay of Bengal Indian Restaurant
Astbury Lake
Newcastle Road
CW12 4HL
Tel: 01260 299771 / 299147

I had seen this restaurant advertise locally before and had resolved to try it at some stage, in particular as I recalled it was offering ‘half price’ until further notice. I wasn’t actually familiar with where it is, so I had no preconceptions of what it would be like, other than if the food is half price, it has got to be worth trying. So I set off with the family in search of the restaurant.

The address is Astbury Lake, Newcastle Road, so I knew roughly where it was, what did surprise me was that it was literally on Astbury Lake. I came across it by the advertising banners at the entrance to the lake, off the main Newcastle Road, almost in Astbury.

It transpired that it is a lakeside restaurant, located in a large cabin on the lakeside car park. A most unusual and very interesting location. It is not a small cabin, inside there is a bar, a counter which looks like it is used in the daytime for casual walkers or lake visitors and about 20 – 30 tables. I suspect you can pop in at lunchtime for either an ice cream or a chicken vindaloo.

We were surprised at how many people were already eating in the restaurant when we arrived, there must have been already five or six tables of diners. There was also a steady takeaway trade as we sat and observed. As the evening progressed it got busier with both small and larger parties of diners.

We studied the menu and ordered some drinks. I had a pint of lager the others had soft drinks. I would describe the menu as typical rather than adventurous, with no unusual dishes or any variation to the normal Indian restaurant theme. The only thing worthy of note was a selection of Thali dishes (a tray of smaller portions of a variety of dishes) all priced at about 11 - 12. (Don’t forget this is a half price offer so they would actually cost about 6).

We chose to have poppadums and chutneys while we had a drink and waited for our starters. For starters we ordered sheek kebabs, shami kebabs and chicken tikka. For main course we ordered lamb rogan josh, chicken tikka massala, more sheek kebabs, pillau rice, vegetable pillau rice, and nan bread. I would say that if the dishes were being sold at full menu price then this restaurant would be classed as expensive, example, chicken tikka massala 7.20, lamb rogan josh 6.40. Note, also there is a 10% additional charge to the menu prices for eating in.

The starters arrived freshly prepared and hot, nicely garnished with a small side salad and lemon. (I actually got the wrong starter and had to wait for my shami kebab to be prepared). They were very pleasant and well presented.

We had a short wait before our main courses arrived; we ordered another round of drinks while we waited. The main courses arrived and looked extremely good. The chicken tikka massala was not coloured radioactive red like many establishment do, which I actually approve of. It had a more natural appearance and good consistency. The lamb rogan josh was served garnished with fresh tomato, onion and coriander. The meat in both dishes was of good quality and well cooked. Both dishes were very pleasant. The rice and nan breads were hot and fresh, I found the rice a little over garnished with onion, but that is a personal preference, they were certainly well presented and good portions. In fact the portions were good enough for us to take a ‘doggy bag’ home with curry and rice.

Verdict: The bill including two rounds of drinks for three people and a 10% eating in charge, came to just over 25 which I think is good value and represented as such in our overall score.


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Bay of Bengal Restaurant (Now Closed)

Total Score: 65%
Quality: Average
Service: Good
Facilities: Average
Ambience: Average
Value: Good


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