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Rafiks

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141 - 145 Botchergate, Carlisle CA1 1RZ, England
01228 599889
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions
Description: Originally openend in 1976 by Rafique Uddin and Cumbria's very first Indian...
Originally openend in 1976 by Rafique Uddin and Cumbria's very first Indian restaurant, has now been reopened 35 years later by his sons Shaha and Koish. For true flavours from the Indian Sub-Continent come visit RAFIKS.
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  • 174
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  • 36
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 11
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  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
2 years on and even better

I thought this was an excellent venue for Indian food 2 years ago when I first visited it. It seems even better now. Used to be known as Rafik's but now seems to be using Botchergate Tandoori as it's title which I hope people won't get confused with the takeaway across the road. Food beautifully... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Linda S
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought this was an excellent venue for Indian food 2 years ago when I first visited it. It seems even better now. Used to be known as Rafik's but now seems to be using Botchergate Tandoori as it's title which I hope people won't get confused with the takeaway across the road. Food beautifully cooked and presented. Staff friendly... More 

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Thank Linda S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I know it was the week after new year but it seems more of a take away pick up than a restaurant.The surroundings were lovely the room was cold prob due to the lack of bodies. ..only our party of four in although the takeaway part seemed busy. Food was good and well presented.

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Thank cazbar64
Kendal, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Dropped in here late one evening, when their only trade seemed to be take away. Very friendly and professional service, and excellent food, clearly all freshly cooked. Bhajis are always a good test of a curry house and theirs were good.

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Thank Martin L
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Visited this place not long ago absolutely disgusting never tasted such awful food in my life!!!!! Service was great can't complain however the food was veil!!!!!

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Thank ukzz
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Visit this restaurant on a regular basis, excellent food and service, always made welcome. Try the Madras,

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Thank Ian H
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

First time at Rafiks, loved all of it, food was good service was good and really nice people. Will be back !

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carlisle
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305 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Just been here again; always very good. Service impeccable, friendly. Shaha and family are the 2nd generation of Carlisle's original Indian restaurant. The 'mixed starter' I regretted ordering (nothing wrong with it)... you get a small beefburger, piece of spicy chicken, a bhaji and a samosa; next time I'll go for a more complete Indian choice, either the massive Onion... More 

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Thank izziebon
Truro, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

Never seen this on a menu before but it was just as described and as my wife and I both love garlic we had to give it a go. Brilliant. We started with tandoori mix and this was also absolutely lovely. We also had vindaloo that was not to hot to eat and the saga loo was nice as well.... More 

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1 Thank Liam G
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

1st time my wife and I have eaten here, and it certainly will not be the last time. Excellent choice of starters and main course, my tikka chana gosht was superb, as was my wife's chicken tikka masala, we shared light and fluffy mushroom pilau and a couple of chapatis. Superb, highly recommend it.

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1 Thank Michael S
Surrey, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Lovely, tasty Indian food. The cheese naan was so delicious we had to order another. Definitely worth trying this restaurant.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 141 - 145 Botchergate, Carlisle CA1 1RZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Carlisle
  • Phone Number: 01228 599889

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

Originally openend in 1976 by Rafique Uddin and Cumbria's very first Indian restaurant, has now been reopened 35 years later by his sons Shaha and Koish. For true flavours from the Indian Sub-Continent come visit RAFIKS.

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