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Spice Merchant

€€ - €€€Indian, Asian,
18 West Street, Lewes BN7 2NZ, England
+44 1273 470707
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“curry” (20 reviews)
“rice” (11 reviews)
“naan” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
18 West Street, Lewes BN7 2NZ, England
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

I've been a regular at The Spice Merchant for about 8 years having a take-away every Friday and also frequenting the restaurant with friends. The food has only ever been excellent (I can particularly recommend the Chicken Gurka's Revenge!), the management and staff are always...More

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 3 February 2018

We had dinner here and while the food was good the atmosphere was really bad. A young waitress 16 (My wife asked here) was repeatedly leered at and verbally abused by a group of male customers and the adult male staff did nothing to stop...More

Thank Peter f
sublime-james, Guest Relations Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

Dear Peter F, In response to your unfounded alegations; None of our waiting staffing raised any complaints during service hours over this last week. We do not accept or condone any inappropriate behaviour and assure you we have fair but strict guidelines as to how...More

Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Very good food, hotter than our normal curry but would certainly go back. Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for. Service was good and although we hadn’t booked they managed to fit us in (we arrived quite early) and by the time...More

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely evening here , friendly staff/ owners , nice atmosphere and food was lovely , slightly overpriced so couldn’t go there too often but was a all in all nice experience ,,

Thank palmerp
Reviewed 13 January 2018

food and service are good but beware of the hidden extras (popadoms @ £1.50 each!! and the compulsory 12% service charge) which can make for an expensive surprise when you get the bill

Thank tednakhle
sublime-james, General Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

£1.50 for popadoms and dips per person. Service Charge is optional not mandatory.

Reviewed 10 January 2018

I ate here for with my girlfriend recently and would recommend finding other Indian restaurants if you live in or are visiting Lewes. The décor and ambience are lacking, we were practically the only people in there, admittedly lots of places suffer from a post...More

Thank holkerleo
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

After eating from this restaurant for over 8 years, it has dramatically gone down hill! The last 3 visits have been diabolical, the popadoms has a large dead spider between them, and the last two takeaways we ordered were missing some order. First one was...More

Thank XbunnyX86
Reviewed 17 November 2017

We have eaten at this restaurant before and loved the food and service so we booked a table for 7 for our daughters birthday. The food was excellent however the behaviour of the people on the table behind us was appalling. They were using the...More

Thank 951Linda
sublime-james, General Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2017

Dear Linda, We appreciate your feedback and apologise for the loud table next to you. I was working on the night in question and I personally spoke to the leader of group and quietly asked them to keep noise levels to a minimum. We look...More

Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

very good food, price was reasonable. It was very quite on the Tuesday evening we went in for dinner so the atmosphere was alittle uncomfortable but will defointatly be back on a weekend to try at a busier time. Would recommend

Thank Katherine M
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Eaten here a few times , nice friendly service , lovely fresh food which always tastes lovely , it’s a bit expensive but fine for a occasional special meal ,,

Thank palmerp
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Questions & Answers
25 May 2016|
Response from sublime-james | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Yes we do serve Gluten Free options. Please advise the waiter when you place your order.
1 January 2015|
Response from sublime-james | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
12 noon till 2pm for lunch and again from 5.30pm till 11pm 7 days a week.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 West Street, Lewes BN7 2NZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Lewes
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 470707
  • E-mail
Spice Merchant serves timeless Indian cuisine to dine in or takeaway. We procure the finest and freshest ingredients as it is the only way to ensure the food we serve is the best we can produce. In addition to dining in and takeaways, we offer a full outdoor catering service that can be tailored to suit any occasion and budget.
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