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157 High Street, Staines, England
01784456987
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Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Friendly service and fab food!

My husband and I came here for a meal. Food was delicious tasted fresh and of good quality. Staff very friendly and able to help with choosing a dish! Restaurant itself seemed clean (I didn't use toilets so can't comment on them!) looks a little dated and in need of a bit of decorating, renewing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
MrsEtheridge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I liked this place because it felt like the waiting staff were eager to look after their customers and seemed to take pride in the restaurant. Perfectly nice curry, nice surroundings and prompt service. Happy punter here (I'd give it an extra half point if I could as it isn't just 'average').

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

For my birthday I decided to get a takeaway (collection) for four adults. It's also worth noting that I have visited this restaurant over the past 20+ years and got to know the previous owner well. It seems the new management are cutting corners. Firstly, we had three incredibly small side dishes all priced at £3.50. I'm all for paying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

My husband and I came here for a meal. Food was delicious tasted fresh and of good quality. Staff very friendly and able to help with choosing a dish! Restaurant itself seemed clean (I didn't use toilets so can't comment on them!) looks a little dated and in need of a bit of decorating, renewing the chairs would help to... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The restaurant is decorated in a bland style with a few ornamental features. The layout is good and the staff are pleasant. The starters were excellent and the meal was typical of this sort of establishment. I can't explain why but this did not give me a wow factor and didn't leave me wanting to visit again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

Thought we would give this place a try. Was really impressed with the food and the service. The manager is a lovely man too. Will be back for sure. Recommend the fish masala and a cold cobra

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

Went to The ancient raj on sat for the first time , food was amazing , starters ,main all superbly cooked , portions were good and fine sevice. Reasonably priced, We will certainly be going back

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I never thought I would write a one star review but go here at your peril. We have eaten here previously a couple of times and it was ok so we decided to go again. We walked past another Indian restaurant a couple of doors up which was quite busy so were surprised when it was deserted here. We sat... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

After having used this restaurant for many years I fear they are losing the plot. Once known as a very consistent Indian restaurant, it was impossible not to notice the standards in the Ancient Raj have slipped on my last visit. Firstly, we had to send back our poppadoms back due to them being soft and cold. These definitely hasn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Best Indian food in Staines Very good flavour and selection good service Take away is good too I recommend this to any Indian food lover

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

we went on last November 2014, we thought that this is Indian restaurant. we ordered our food for four persons. after that i saw in my veg biriyani its full of oil and i am not able to complete half it self. please change you food quality,

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Address: 157 High Street, Staines, England
Phone Number: 01784456987
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Surrey  >  Staines
Cuisine: Indian

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  • Address: 157 High Street, Staines, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Surrey  >  Staines
  • Phone Number: 01784456987

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian

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