Firstly, The Chestnut Tree is a Public House - you're eating in a pub not a restuarant. However, they have a seperate area of the pub to eat in with tables and chairs - it doesnt have the atmosphere\ambience of a restaurant so it would be unfair on the establishment to compare it to one - despite their best efforts - it is best compared to an 'Ember Inns Chain' experience but the food is cooked fresh opposed to heated up from the freezer out of pre-made paste!
Whilst they dont have a huge variety on their menu - the food that is served/offered is traditional Punjabi and it is divine! It is is what other restuarants charge a premium for and label as Desi - none of the korma, bhuna, madras crap that is branded as Indian Style.
I'm of Punjabi Indian origin and have ate at Anoki in Derby several times over the years - as a comparrisson - the food served at The Chestnut Tree is Authentic Indian food cooked by Punjabi Chefs where the spices are enfused within the butter ghee and the meat - you can taste and see the fresh coriander in the curry! Whereas Anoki which is Indian Style but cooked by chefs from Bangladesh - where they use coriander paste and fry the meat in oil and adding the various spices enfused within the coriander paste and colouring after the meat is golden - the taste is in the sauce but the ambience is 5* hence they're number 1 in Derby.
You really have to eat here for the quality of the food if you can overcome that you're eating in a Pub - the flavour and spices enfused within the meat - on the bone and boneless are only comparable to my grandmothers home cooked style of food.
5* for Food.
I read the previous reviews and paid in cash
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