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Spice Island

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$$ - $$$
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100 Main Street, Shildon, Bishop Auckland DL4 1AQ, England
+44 1388 777775
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265 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had onion bhaji which was rubbery. Chicken tikka masala more like korma. Nan bread like an old rag. Mint riata the colour of mango chutney. It all tasted ok but certainly not excellent like other reviews. So won't be going back in a hurry

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Thank mturnbull
Land of the Prince Bishops UK
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Fabulous food once again from the team at Spice Island. They served over 100 meals in the restaurant and a similar number of takeaways. However, the service and the welcome despite us being the last booking was first class. The food arrived quickly and was beautifully cooked. We enjoyed a mixture of dishes that were very generous in proportions, so... More 

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Thank gab285
Durham, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We've eaten here many times over the years, both in the restaurant and takeaway, and we've never been disappointed. Food is delicious and the service good. A steep staircase to access the restaurant so need to be aware that access may be difficult.

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Thank Pauline1026
Bishop Auckland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We have been regular visitors (2/3x per month) for the last couple of years and are yet to have a single bad mouthful. Food is always to a high standard along with the service. Nothing is ever too much trouble. After trying various Indian restaurants in the area this is by far the best.

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1 Thank potternico
Durham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Waited forever for the food, finally arives just above room temperature and completely bland. Expected far better. Wont be eating fr

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Thank sw2101
County Durham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

I've visited here on many occasions and have never failed to be impressed. Situated at the start of Main Street, only a small sign gives this establishment away. Due to it being located upstairs, a very steep flight of stairs is the only access so disabled access is not available. Ullah is the oldest working waiter in the country and... More 

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Thank daz_weston
Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

We have used Spice Island's takeaway service a number of times over past year. It has been consistently excellent, both in terms of timing for the pick up, and the quality of food. In our gathering were two Indian nationals, one a medical consultant in London, and the other his mother on a visit from India. Both were complementary in... More 

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Thank Rodney W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Food was delicious and was very nicely priced. However, since eating the food, both my girlfriend and I have been under the weather. Lovely food, but I question how the food is kept if it has left us feeling so unwell.

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2 Thank Pav L
County Durham
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Love this place Me and 3 others went for a birthday and it was gorgeous. We usually get a take away from there. 5 star quality,service and price

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Thank clairevodka1
Durham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Me and my family always come here the food is amazing! And we wouldn't go anywhere else! The staff are lovely too! We would definately recommend to others!

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Thank kellie e

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Indian, Balti, Asian, Eastern European
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Main Street, Shildon, Bishop Auckland DL4 1AQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Bishop Auckland  >  Shildon
  • Phone Number: +44 1388 777775

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