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Spice Merchant

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33 London End, Beaconsfield HP9 2HW, England
+44 1494 675474
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17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
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Sun 12:30 - 16:00
Sun - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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236 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went early evening on a Saturday and were welcomed professionally and shown to our table which was in a conservatory. overlooking an al fresco area which could be a stunning venue in the summer. Dusk was descending and we could just about see the menu as the lights were totally dimmed and as the evening progressed the lighting got... More 

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Thank StAlbansWilbo
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this review

Dear StAlbansWilbo, Thanks for your detailed review and compliments regarding our food, drink and staff. Our lighting is dimmed in the evening as this is what customers have fed back they like. However on reading your review we appreciate it might take take some of the dining pleasure away if food cannot be seen very well. We'd really like to... More 

High Wycombe
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thought this place had a good reputation so decided to give it a go. Rather disappointing - food really average, chicken tasted like rubber and my madras sauce had a bizarre taste. In addition whilst the size of the onion bhaji was impressive the texture and taste was average. The really annoying thing was they only served half bottles of... More 

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1 Thank John121999
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this review

Dear John121999, We use high quality chicken so the texture may be unfamiliar to you dependent on where you choose to eat Indian food and we're not a curry house. Kind regards, Spice Merchant Group More 

Doncaster, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed eating here, far from a run of the mill Indian particularly the starter dishes which were unusual and inventive. The chicken lollipops and the lettuce wraps were delicious.The only downside was we ate too many starters and struggled to finish the main course which was excellent but huge, my duck jalfrezie and my wife's vegetable jalfrezie were SPICY!... More 

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Thank philatic
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this review

Dear philatic, Thanks for your complimentary review. I hope you took the left over food home with you as it always tastes just as good the following day! We hope that you return again very soon. Kind regards, The Spice Merchant Group More 

Northampton, England
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very average food - meat was nice but sauce wasn't seasoned and was very unmemorable! However, one star as we were placed at a table in a "corridor" which was so dark that we could barely read the menu! The staff were sparse to say the least and it was very much a waiting game! To add insult they slapped... More 

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3 Thank Susco
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this review

Dear Susco, It's disappointing to read your comments particularly regarding the seasoning as that's something our customers are very complimentary about. As with the service this is an area we pride ourselves on and should always be exemplary. I apologise if this wasn't the case and trust you asked for the optional Service Charge to be removed. This feedback will... More 

London, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice ambience at the Spice Merchant but totally not a fine dining restaurant as it thinks it is. Average curry for the passing white English trade. Not authentic Indian food. Whole experience was spoiled by a smarmy waiter who probably hasn't spent over £150 on a meal in his whole life. Sorry but true. Wouldn't go back.

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Thank laura w
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this review

Dear laura w We do not understand what you mean by 'the passing white English trade' nor your bizarre comments about 'a smarmy (or as your title reads; sneery) waiter who probably hasn't spent over £150 on a meal in his whole life'. There are lots of curry houses in the area that might better suit your tastes and serve... More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went with a large group. We were looked after very well. Food was tasty and well presented. Would go back.

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Thank RichardPogg
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this review

Dear RichardPogg, Thanks for your review - great to hear you'll be returning. Kind regards, The Spice Merchant Group More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I expected more given its location. Whilst the staff are friendly and welcoming and the restaurant is reasonably set out, the food was relatively bland. Our table had a variety of dishes and whilst all the meats, prawns and fish were of good quality the spice mix and flavours were just lacking. I've been to many better Indian restaurants and... More 

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1 Thank Curryandy1962
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this review

Dear Curryandy1962, Thanks for your review. We pride ourselves on our cooking expertise and selection of exotic and fresh ingredients used so it's disappointing to read this feedback. Our staff are always on hand to make dish recommendations to customers but appreciate it's not possible to please every palate. Kind regards, The Spice Merchant Group More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

It's our second visit here, we went for our valentines meal It's immaculately presented with a warm modern feel , staff are always very accommodating and there's plenty of them The food on both occasions has been of a very high standard and you get quality over quantity, the portions aren't huge but they are full of flavour and spice... More 

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Thank jonclare23
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this review

Dear jonclare, Thanks for your review - glad to hear your dining experience was enjoyed on both occasions. We don't serve salad (just a garnish with each dish) as we believe our food speaks for itself and it can be a bit of a distraction from the flavours! Side salads are available on request (for a small charge) because it's... More 

North West England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This was our 2nd visit We was 1st of ones to arrive we were seated given menus and asked if we wanted popadoms which we said yes. We then waited and waited to be asked what we want to drink but no one came back to us so we had to stop a waiter and ask for drinks however a... More 

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Thank Sattikaurbhatti1977
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this review

Dear Sattikaurbhatti1977, Thanks for taking the time to submit your review. It's disappointing to read that you had to ask for a drink several times. Valentine's Day is a very busy day for us but of course this should not impact on you repeatedly having to ask for drinks. This feedback has been passed on to our team and the... More 

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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We have been eating here for nearly two years and the food is always great - the best in Beaconsfield. The staff are incredibly friendly and chatty, and always make you feel welcome.

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Thank McCfG
Spice M, Marketing Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this review

Dear McCfG, Thanks for your comments - great to hear from regular customers on here. Hope to welcome you back very soon. Best, The Spice Merchant Group More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$38 - US$50
Cuisine
Indian, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 - 16:00
17:30 - 23:00
Monday
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
Thursday
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
Friday
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
Saturday
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 London End, Beaconsfield HP9 2HW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Buckinghamshire  >  Beaconsfield
  • Phone Number: +44 1494 675474
Description
This chic restaurant in Bucks is one of a small chain of classy Indian restaurants across the south east founded by Bashir Islam.

Bashir has been part of the industry for over 30 years and wants you to enjoy yourself. Well, if he insists... This is where the Spice Merchant Group Chef, Vijay Anand, is based, so you get to savour dishes made with his own highly-experienced hands.

You can't go wrong if you start with his bataki nazrana - tender tandoori duck and potatoes encased in filo pastry, served with a sweet n' spicy red onion and mango chutney. For a refreshingly different main course order the mirchi ka kekda - peppers stuffed with kerala-style flaked crab meat served with a fabulous febugreek flavoured sauce. Plenty of veggie options and tandoori specials too.

The Spice Merchant has won various awards, the latest being an award for the best and innovative restaurant in the South.

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