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Spice of Bengal

€€ - €€€
Indian, Asian, Balti, Fusion, Bangladeshi
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3 Kelsick Road, Ambleside LA22 0BZ, England
+44 15394 31250
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:00
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 23:30
Sun - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 00:00
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a fantastic meal here after a long day up in the hills. Food and service absolutely superb. More importantly the staff were very helpful and cheerful. Will definitely be eating here again even though we live in Windermere! Cheers guys and keep up the good work. Paul.

Thank Paul B
Scarborough, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After a 6 hour walk in the mountains and a few pints how lovely to come across this great Indian. Itihaas was a perfect pick. Three of us had a fantastic meal washed down with Kingfisher. The food was perfect. I am a stickler when it comes to curries and this place did not disappoint. A special thanks to Miah... More 

Thank Steveb0958
lake district
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I just wanted to congratulate the brothers. The restaurant now has a stylish modern feel , is tastefully furnished and from the moment we arrived we were really looked after well. An interesting menu that is reasonably priced , we were a table of 5 and everything that we chose was beautifully presented, served piping hot and was very tasty... More 

Thank lynn g
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We have visited the Spice of Bengal nearly every time we have been to Ambleside (which is a lot as my boyfriend is obsessed). We've always really enjoyed it, but we were excited when we learnt that they had had a makeover. The new decoration in the restaurant is perfect, really attractive and modern. The food was beautiful and the... More 

Thank Plyast1
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

WOW, what a lovely meal we had at Itihaas last night. This band of six brothers have come up trumps with their renovation and reinvention of the old Spice of Bengal - which to be honest, also dished up some lovely food. The decor, the ambience, the friendly staff and excellent food and service all came together seamlessly. Thanks lads... More 

Thank HillsdaleAmbleside
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great meal and great service to match. This restaurant has recently been bought out so don't be put off by any of the bad reviews. It's now called Itihaas. From walking through the door to the point we left we couldn't have asked for anything more. The food was beautifully presented and very very tasty. We were in... More 

Thank Matt C
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Now called Itihaas. Everything was excellent. Couldn't complain about anything . Well done to the team.

1 Thank farhad m
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We always used to go for a curry here on our occasional Lake Distinct visits but this time there was newspaper up on all the windows and it's definitely closed down which is a big shame as we loved it here. There is no indication if or when it will open again :(

Thank 0ff_Line
Blackpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This has to be the worst Indian restaurant I have ever had the misfortune of visiting!!! Eight of us went there last night we were seated at a table just inside the door where people were collecting takeaway (despite the fact that the main restaurant was empty) we should have left then but having visited a few years ago when... More 

Thank june178
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Im unsure as to why there is so many bad reviews? if your looking for a superb indian meal that isnt rushed and reasonably priced then this is your place. Me and my boyfriend visit many indian resturants on our travels and this is by far one of the best! a lovely calm atmosphere, waiters didnt rush you through your... More 

Thank j0die92

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$38
Indian, Asian, Balti, Fusion, Bangladeshi
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Kelsick Road, Ambleside LA22 0BZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 31250
The newly refurbished Spice of Bengal is a family run Indian restaurant and takeaway providing exciting and exotic fine Indian cuisine in the heart of scenic Ambleside. In 1986 our late father opened the Passage of India in Keswick, one of the first Indian restaurants in the lake district. A decade later we opened the Spice of Bengal in 1994 and we have continued his commitment to quality cuisine based on our Bangladeshi heritage and giving outstanding customer service.All dishes are prepared with the utmost care in the Spice of Bengal kitchen, using only the finest fresh ingredients and our own special combination of spices. Just like our dishes, our newly refurbished restaurant fuses traditional with modern surroundings, giving a spacious, friendly dining environment.

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