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Spice Merchant

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18 West Street, Lewes BN7 2NZ, England
+44 1273 470707
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London
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Two of us ate dinner here on a Saturday night. We hadn't booked, it was quite busy but it was no trouble for the very friendly staff to make us up a table for two. Each dish was very good and the atmosphere was relaxed, yet buzzing.

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Thank INTERIORDESIGN
Lewes, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

The dishes were watery, runny and a bland. They announced card machine had "packed up" so had to leave to find cash machine and return. Not very friendly....major disappointment.

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Thank southdownman2017
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went to this restaurant a few years ago and it was really nice..the food was really great..so recently we decided to revisit the restaurant but we were very disappointed..the decore was sad and bland just like the food...I was so sad to see what had been a great venue so depleated...the main complaint was the poor... More 

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2 Thank Shannon S
Hailsham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Take away for 3 yesterday evening 'Dave' - Staff are polite & friendly but sadly the food was bland - heat but no taste / flavour - there was also no complimentary bottle of plonk which may have been a blessing.

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Thank kathynagsdave
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

I have. Visited the place several times to find it always buzzing and the food top notch. A Friday evening found it deserted except for our party. The dishes were runny and a little bland compared to usual. I was more disappointed with the experience than the service which was ok. Hopefully it was a one off.

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Thank PeterCP
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

my pet hate is service charge included. The meal we had was very good but the service was very poor even with hardly any customers in at 6.30 we waited ages for our meal to arrive and when a meal did come it was for the wrong table so we waited another 10 mins for ours. The restaurant became very... More 

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Thank Tim P
Lewes, United Kingdom
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255 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

The Spice Merchant was our favourite restaurant in Lewes; a real go-to place when we wanted to relax and have a selection of wonderfully spiced and presented food. Not any more. The pompadoms were grilled, not fried. The vegetables were dry without sauce. The meat was inedibly tough and the sauce tasteless. It appears they have lost their chef or... More 

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Thank MrsRehoboth
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Came for a works xmas party last night (friday) and I was really impressed as was the whole table. Currys were full of flavour and described well in the menu. I would recommend the chefs specials. Restaurant was very noisy but only because it was full of large bookings and a friday night.

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Thank baxter6900
Lewes, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This restaurant is not good enough for Lewes. I ordered the Zafrani Tandoori Fish Grill only to have to battle the waiter to agree that indeed the fish had been pan fried not Tandoored , his explanation was there is a typing error on the menu !! This despite the fact that the previous owners always supplied the item properly... More 

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1 Thank LewesOwl
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We dropped into this restaurant on the off-chance. One of us is vegan, so it's sometimes difficult to find nice food. The staff here made a real effort to provide a delicious vegan meal. Also, loads of poppadums and splendid tomato chopped onion salad! Excellent food and service.

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Thank HuBoyd

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31
Cuisine
Indian, Asian, Balti, Eastern European
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?