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“Good value. Terrible experience”
Review of Saltney Tandoori - CLOSED

Saltney Tandoori
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Description: Postcode is CH4 8BJ
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Good value. Terrible experience”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Visited due to the number of good reviews and were very disappointed.
Booked using taste card and were immediately made to feel very uncomfortable.
Seated at the only table which wasn't set properly. Given menus with post it notes stuck to them saying the prices were wrong and to ask for current prices. The waitress (grand daughter of the owner) had no idea the prices were wrong or what they actually were.
Had none of the cheapest wines in stock, which we felt was deliberate as we were using taste card and they wanted us to spend more!
Had to ask twice for the wine and then had to ask again for some glasses!
As for the food.....
The onion bhajis were bright red. We're talking an entire bottle of food colouring in each one!!
Quality of food was poor to average and the quality of meats was very poor indeed. More fat than meat in the lamb dishes. We later discovered the chef is not even Indian. So with the owners being English, there is nobody working here who actually knows authentic Indian cuisine and it shows very clearly in the food being served up.
Service was terrible as the owner kept disappearing to take out deliveries. Presumably there are no taxis in chester?
Had to wait an eternity for her to return to get our bill as her mother who was left in charge had no idea how to do this.
The bar was by this time completely covered in dirty glasses etc as there were simply no staff to clear up.
At £23 for a meal for 2 including wine this was a cheap meal thanks to taste card. However I have to be honest and say it wasn't even worth half that amount

  • Visited February 2014
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5 Thank NigelM67
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English first
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“All about the food”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

The Saltney Tandoori is an unusual place. On entering, it doesn't look much like an Indian restaurant and the family of owners definitely aren't. But, they are very friendly and offer good service with smiles on their faces. The cook, however, is from Asia and knows his stuff! An extensive menu is offered. All three of us were very happy with our choices...very tasty, perfect quantities and well presented. Come here for the food and not to be dazzled with Indian decor etc. Very good food at very reasonable prices!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank MarkyMark58
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Chester, United Kingdom
1 review
“AMAZING!”
Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

Ive never been one for indian food, but when my friends suggested that we tried out the saltney tandoori, i have to admit i was abit hesitant, however how wrong i was the food is absoloutley gorgeous, the waitress was so helpful with what to order, as i didnt know what much was, she asked me whether i liked creamy food or spicey and pointed me in the best direction for what would be best for me,
the drinks are a very reasonable price as is the food,
i deffo suggest people try out this restaurant!

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Thank maiseymoo12
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Chester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Gorgeous!”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

Absolutely gorgeous food!
Great service, always a friendly welcome,
Tried it for the first time, and now it's my new guilty pleasure!

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Maymayxox
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Chester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Absolute gem!”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

If you want expensive, pretentious and generally disappointing then stay in town! If you want great food and value for money with wonderful people then read on ! I have been frequenting the Saltney Tandoori for nearly 20 years! Ouch !
It's run by the amazing Greta, assisted by her daughter Alison and occasionally Alison's daughters Holly and Alice! It's not your typical Indian by any means, it welcoming and intimate, I have made many friends there over the years as they create a homely atmosphere were everyone is at home, it is sometimes off the wall, Greta's dry humour is the stuff of legend!
The FOOD is fantastic, the chefs will accommodate little twists to the menu, I have even made my own dishes up ! The wine is also fairly priced just like food, it really is a GEM!!

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank queenpj
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