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The Spice

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Bangladeshi, Indian, Balti
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Clacton Road | Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7AD, England
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was beautiful could notfault the service will definitely go again. large car park at rear ,well sign posted so easy to find would definitely recommend a visit

Thank Jasia H
Essex UK
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food friendly people great service highly recommend. make sure you book as it sometimes gets busy

1 Thank hearnys
Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Always excellent food and good service . Certainly our favourite Indian restaurant we have visited many times and never had a bad meal. We haveplenty of experience of Indian food and in our opinion this is one of the best for both traditional dishes and some new and different specials.

1 Thank David H
Aldeburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately all interactions with the staff were hilariously poor. Ordered a coke, with ice and lemon. Came 100% flat out of a pre opened supermarket bottle for £3.50! Mentioned flat issue to wait staff, he wasn't amused and gave me a snotty look. Saw him take it over to the bar and the bar man with a disgruntled look reluctantly... More 

Thank roseykennedy
Kirby-le-Soken, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Great food but service could be a little better. I had to ask for the bill 3 times...was starting to feel the meal was free!

1 Thank stuart123_12
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

We visited the spice last night to celebrate a family birthday, the Waiter was very rude especially two the ladies in are party . the food was very average and not that hot when it was served , but the waiter was very rude all night this made it a very poor visit and a unpleasant family birthday night out... More 

1 Thank Stephen H
Shard A, Manager at The Spice, responded to this review

Hi I am very sorry for your experience at The Spice the other night after choosing to celebrate a birthday with us. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, I will investigate and follow up on your complaint. We do not accept this kind of behaviour from our staff and always try to make sure our guests feel welcome... More 

Southend On Sea
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Made reservation and visited this restaurant last Saturday evening with family to celebrate a birthday. The food was OK but nothing special. Unfortunately, the behavior and attitude adopted by our waiter left a lot to be desired. He was unhelpful and rude and actually threw the after dinner mints on the table! Following a complaint to the manager, he quickly... More 

Thank robthomascook
Shard A, Manager at The Spice, responded to this review

Hi I am very sorry for your experience at The Spice. Thank you for bringing the poor and rude service to our attention on the night, the member of staff has been spoken to since and warned. We always aim to make our guests feel welcome and any kind of rudeness is not welcome. I hope you accept our apology... More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Finally an indian which is local and lovely! service is good, food is always hot! portions are good value. we have had a takeaway a few times from here as well. I would recommend to anyone to dine hear. Wouldnt go anywhere else!

1 Thank carolineturnbull
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

Been living in clacton 3 years and have tried most of the indians, they were horrible. Then we tries the spice and found what we were looking for. Nice staff, great food in nice surroundings, will always use this one . great place with great food. try it

1 Thank romfordgirl
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

I had recently been spoiled, by visiting what I think is the best Indian restaurant in London (but you pay for it), so I wasn't expecting too much from this little local restaurant on a Saturday lunchtime. But I was pleasantly surprised; all of the dishes looked appetising and tasted every bit as good and reasonably priced. I would certainly... More 

1 Thank Colin B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Bangladeshi, Indian, Balti
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Parking Available, Full Bar
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 - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Clacton Road | Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7AD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Colchester
  • Phone Number: 441206827815
We serve great Indian food by friendly staff in stylish and comfortable surroundings. Our menu includes a wide range of classic Indian dishes, chef's special dishes, as well as a selection of char-grilled tandoori dishes and delicious food that few can compete with. That is the combination that ensure guests come back for more we hope to see you at our restaurant soon!

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