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Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

While staying in Watchet on holiday we we're thrilled to see an Indian restaurant and we couldn't wait to try it. Initially it was a great start with the poppadoms and pickle tray but the mains weren't as good I'm afraid and a mixed bag....Lamb biryani was greasy and very salty but had tender lamb. Land jalfrazi had great flavour and the spicing was nice but the lamb was as tough as old boots. Mixed grill tandoori. Looked really impressive and I was so excited to try it but it was bad. The chicken seemed really processed. Hard to explain but it was fibrous and chewy, not nice. Lamb really tough again. I honestly couldn't eat it, my husband helped me out, reluctantly. Garlic naan swimming in garlic butter, I initially thought yummy but it was greasy. Doughy chapattis too. Lovely staff and it's a nice little restaurant. Very disappointed. After leaving and speaking to a few of the locals it was apparent this wasn't an isolated case.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing food eaten there twice this week. Fantastic customer service definitely worth a visit. Excellent value for money

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic service, couldn't do enough to accommodate our children's preferences and our daughter's allergy. Food was amazing and restaurant very comfortable. Best meal of our holiday!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 11 February 2024

Absolutely wonderful. The food was delicious, the service was brilliant and the value was fantastic. We waddled away very full and very happy . Thank you!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 November 2023

Went for a relaxing evening meal, was really chilled until a family came in with a spoilt child who immediately started playing up. Instead of putting this family away from everyone, they put them smack in the middle of everyone, despite there being unoccupied tables...around the corner, away from other diners. The management seriously need to rethink their strategy, not everyone thinks a bawling child is good for a nice evening meal. I had my starter before escaping. I’ll not return, pity, as I’m working down here but the management’s unawareness means I’ll not have another evening ruined.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 11 November 2023

watchet is not a lively place. it just lets days pass by. shops and restaurants being closed is common as are short opening hours. so we felt fortunate to actually find a place serving food that was open. entered the restaurant and ordered a takeaway....one table had customers but by the time we left 5 tables were occupied. business looks ok. ordered food. obviously ordered curry. not exactly a culinary cornucopia when u have an indian is it. but we all love it and rightly so. curry is awesome. 4 of us. when i ordered mine which was a curry and a keema nan bread the man said to me 'no rice?' which is one of the most annoying things that regularly happens to me. i know what i have ordered. i know what i want. is rice the main profit margin food they have? is that why they ask? anyway, the food was ok. not awesome. it was ok. it was good enough and we didn't complain. it's an average IndianMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 7 November 2023 via mobile

Lovely little place ! Bags of flavour, served beautifully in a lovely part of the world. Well priced, well presented. Well served ! Looking forward to coming back soon :)

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 2 November 2023 via mobile

Had a lovely meal, staff really nice and friendly, with a reasonable price, didn't have to wait too long for mains, poppadoms came out really quick would recommend, cannot wait till our next visit.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 31 October 2023 via mobile

Great Food but too busy, we booked in advance 3 weeks prior while staying at the local Haven site and reading fantastic reviews here. Arrived 7pm as per booking and shown to last available table by the toilet at back of restaurant. Given drinks and...popadoms in timely fashion, then 1 hour 15 mins to our main course, no big deal as busy but queue for single toilet by our table and constant stream of users. Food when it came was lovely but unfortunately the ratio of staff to customers did not work, also there were take away orders at the same time as a large group in restaurant. A real shame as I was looking forward to a lovely meal but in the end could not wait to leave.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023 via mobile

Exceptional food with even better service. This is an absolute hidden gem. The food is simply fantastic with service that’s just as comparable, from the moment we arrived we felt welcome, the best compliment you can ever give to a restaurant is how quickly you...return, we already can’t wait to go back. Better than anywhere on the Ladypool Road 130 miles away in Birmingham which is the Home of Indian/Bangladeshi cuisine, fact.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 October 2023 via mobile

Probably the best curry we have ever had! Stopped here on a wet windy October eve whilst staying in the near by Haven holiday park & wow the food was insanely good, the service was outstanding, couldn’t fault it! Totally recommend 👍🏻

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 October 2023

We were staying at the Haven just up the road and stumbled across this Indian on a visit to the town, so decided to book. We were not disappointed, the food was really good and good value. The staff were very nice and helpful. Sadly...because it was a Sunday, it was very quiet and we were the only ones in there towards the end of our meal. We would definitely go back if we were visiting againMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023

Really lovely atmosphere, service and meal. The chilli paneer was so good! All the dishes we had were delicious, so glad to have found this little gem!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 22 September 2023

Long time since we had a curry and couldn’t have picked a better restaurant, the service was excellent and food including choice was very good, all at a very fair price. Only small gripe the tables are very close and tight fit but we will...be back.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 September 2023

What a fabulous meal and ambience. Lovely staff - Sarah our waitress was excellent, she chatted and was interested In what we had to say about the food! Food was absolutely delightful, restaurant was clean and inviting with fresh flowers on the table. What a...lovely experience and food was superb.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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The Spice Merchant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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