There are a wealth of restaurants in Bath, so many that sometimes it can be difficult to know where to go or what to choose. Our Brasserie Brunel, for example, is a Parisian style restaurant with a delicious choice of French and British inspired dishes; but for those of you wishing to try food from somewhere a little further away, then Indian food is extremely popular in the city.
Whether you’re after a traditional neighbourhood curry house or a fine dining experience you won’t go hungry in our city. We’ve come up with our Guide to the Top 5 places to go for Indian food in Bath. There are many other restaurants to try, but here are a few to start you off.
- CHAI WALLA – Kingsmead Square
This is not a restaurant but a pop up street food take-away that nestles in the heart of the city. Open for just over a year it’s popularity can be measured by the vast queues that snake from out its door at lunch time. The brainchild of Niraj Gadher, he brings his mother and grandmother’s Indian cooking direct to the streets of Bath, and the food is so authentic you have to remind yourself that yes you really are in England. All the food is vegetarian and cooked fresh on the premises – from samosas and falafals to bhajis and wraps. Not open in the evenings this is the perfect place to head to and grab a snack on the go or a selection of goodies for a picnic in one of the nearby parks.
Tel: 07926 041588
2. INDIAN TEMPTATION – High Street
Hidden in plain sight of Bath Abbey, ascend the stairs to reach this popular Indian restaurant. The food here is exclusively Vegetarian as most traditional Indian cooking is, but don’t let it put you off as it’s so tasty that you won’t notice there is no meat. The chef here conjures up delicious dishes from both Northern and Southern India, and there is a special lunch time offer to try. Open 12-3pm for Lunch and then 6-10.30pm for dinner.
Tel: 01225 464631
3. THE EASTERN EYE – Quiet Street
This restaurant really does welcome a clash of East meets West, with a dose of history thrown in. Situated inside a beautiful Georgian building that has a beautiful domed ceiling, this building was once used for meetings, exhibitions and even later on as a Methodist Chapel. The food here is traditional Indian Cuisine and proves popular with the locals and celebrities alike (Nicholas Cage has been a number of times). Accolades are also forthcoming from local, national and international bodies who have deemed many awards on this restaurant, including Les Routiers Restaurant of the Year 2011.
Tel: 01225 422323
4. THE MINT ROOM – Lower Bristol Road
Another Indian restaurant located in an old religious building, this time a Gospel Hall on the outskirts of the city; The Mint Room is worth a taxi ride, or walk, to experience it’s fusion of contemporary and modern styles and that’s not just in the decor but in the food too. Emphasis is placed on sourcing ingredients locally and the fresh and exciting dishes are bound to tantalise the tastebuds. Booking is advisable as this restaurant is incredibly popular.
Tel: 01225 446656
5. PANAHAR – Moorland Road
Panahar doesn’t pull any punches – it is simply unpretentious, relaxed dining with popular and well cooked Indian dishes that you can enjoy either in their restaurant, or order as take out. It gets busy but staff are friendly and helpful. You can bring your own drinks here as the restaurant doesn’t have a license, and they currently don’t charge corkage for bringing your own, so you can relax with a tipple of your choice. Open 7 days a week.
Tel: 01225 471999
After all that tasty food, you’ll need somewhere to rest your head for the night – why not choose The Royal Hotel. We’re located in the heart of the city – just seconds from the railway station and bus station, plus walking distance of most of the Indian restaurants mentioned above. Bed and Breakfast starts from £135.00 per double room per night. Two night Spa Breaks available from £159.00 pp (includes B&B both nights, entrance to the Thermae Spa, and complimentary Champagne Cream Tea in our 1846 Bar).
Call us on 01225 463134 or book online here.
For further information about these restaurants, please contact the businesses directly. Where possible a link has been given to their website/Facebook page.
(Photos copyright The Telegraph, Bath Chronicle, The Bath Magazine, Indian Temptation, Panahar, The Mint Room, The Royal Hotel)