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Spice of Bengal

$$ - $$$
Indian, Asian, Balti, Fusion, Bangladeshi
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3 Kelsick Road, Ambleside LA22 0BZ, England
+44 15394 31250
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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752 reviews
589 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spice of Bengal is the only curry house in Ambleside, so there is not a lot to choose from if you want some Indian food !!! We had a pretty good time here on our first visit a while back, so called in again our recent visit to the town. The service was pretty average tonight. We were shown to... More 

Thank Steve W
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived to find take-away customers arguing over delays. Served flat cokes, ignored like the table next to us who walked out after waiting an hour in an almost empty restaurant. Food was ok but service abysmal - poor management spoild it. Shame

Thank Peter B
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the misfortune of going to the spice of Bengal on the 19/11/2016. I should have realised it was going to be bad by the abrupt way I was spoken to when I booked a table. It was a friends birthday so I rang and asked if they did cakes or if I could fetch a cake the reply... More 

2 Thank Budwasti
Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wish I had looked at the reviews before going into this restaurant. After going in we were quickly shown to our table (because the place was half empty) and drinks order was taken, that's where the quickness ended, eventually the drinks arrived and our food order was taken ( we were only having mains) Over an hour and a... More 

Thank Ian-and-Peg
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was ok. The service was slow and the place was dead, I don't think the heating was on to be fair :-( we have been there a few times in the past and it has certainly gone down hill. Only Indian I know of in Ambleside which is a shame

Thank Terry H
North Yorkshire
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236 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a large place with lots of tables - maybe too many for a small place like Ambleside, plus it was a cold Sunday night with only one or two tables occupied so no atmosphere (but not their fault). If they screened off half of it they could make it a bit more inviting - even on a cold Sunday... More 

Thank RegularTraveller60
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cheap decor, cold and damp, policy that doesn't allow you to order popadums or starter until you have ordered main meal, unbelievably poor and rude service by people who clearly don't want to be there - if the front of house is this bad I shudder to think what's going on in the kitchen - stay away.

1 Thank David C
Manchester england
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Nice visit with friendly staff, quick service... lovely popadoms and pickle tray, staff were very helpful :)

Thank June B
Crowborough, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

One of the sad problems in Ambleside is that some restaurants fail to realise that many holidaymakers return year on year, generation after generation and they therefore think that clients are here for a fleeting visit and will not return, so perhaps they think that overpriced and underwhelming food and poor service is acceptable. It is not! It's a pity,... More 

Thank Dave W
Southport, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Arrived without booking on Sunday evening ......lucky to get a table for two. Great atmosphere and a wonderful welcome with very attentive staff. The food was lovely and there was plenty of it. The wine was excellent and very competitively priced. A definite visit is necessary for our next trip to Ambleside!

Thank Marysim338

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $38
Indian, Asian, Balti, Fusion, Bangladeshi
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Kelsick Road, Ambleside LA22 0BZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 31250

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?