Welcome to the Leicester Curry Club

We are five guys from Leicestershire who, every month, head en masse to one of our County’s many curry houses – one that the Club have never been to before. Afterwards, we score the experience based on venue, service, food, drink, décor and value for money.

We have been visiting Curry Houses since January 2011 and by popular demand and request have now started the Leicester Curry Club website to share our experiences.  We will be adding our new visits and the back catalog and overall scores over the coming months.  Follow Us on Facebook, Twitter and join the free Secret Curry Club to keep up-to date.

Our Latest Reviews

June 2024 – The Three Crowns Punjabi Bar & Grill

The venue for our June visit was The Three Crowns pub, a 17th-century building situated in the heart of the village of Barrow upon Soar, approximately 11 miles North of Leicester. Overall, a very enjoyable evening, the quality of food and the exceptional service make it a place worth visiting. Well done to The Three Crowns team!

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May 2024 – Hinglish

Well, what a find this one is!!

When we started the Leicester Curry Club back in 2011 this is exactly what we wanted to achieve, finding new and exciting Indian restaurants. 146 establishments later we are still finding gems!

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April 2024 – Chef’s Flavour Glenfield

Chef’s Flavour Glenfield is the second chef’s flavour; the first in Leicester was our October 2019 visit, which nearly won that year. It went on to be a regular visit for some of us, our families and friends. We have previously been to this restaurant in Glenfield when it was under other ownership as Shant (2021) Sands (2011).

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March 2024 – Varanasi Boutique, Leicester

This must be the most beautiful Indian restaurant in Leicestershire, the décor is fantastic, it’s like another world. From the moment you walk through the big doors and your coats are taken, you are then led through to a lower floor with the most lavish of settings, there is also private dining for small parties.

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February 2024 – Shimla Pinks, London Road

It was a cool night in February and we were looking forward to a hot meal as we headed along London Road for our reservation at Shimla Pinks. We were lucky and had managed to find a parking space on London Road, about fifty metres from the reataurant, but parking can be a problem at busy times, which is most of the time along there!

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November 2023 – My Delhi Leicester

My Delhi offers a meal and experience that is full of flavour, great recipes, food to be savoured and good service. For those seeking somewhere new to try, we highly recommend this. Almost the end of the year, My Delihi has jumped to the top of the leaderboard for this year’s award. We are next out in early December when we will know who wins the award!

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October 2023 – Doon Spice (Harrow Inn) Thurmaston

After 11 years and visiting nearly 140 Indian restaurants in Leicestershire (must have an LE postcode) we are always excited to find a new restaurant opening and play them close to our chest saving the restaurant until it is our turn. It’s quite amusing now though as we pretty much know where we are going as friends and family share any new openings.

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May 2023 – Indiana Bar & Restaurant

Just down the road from last month’s Herb restaurant, was one of the newest Indian restaurants in Leicester, Indiana Bar & Restaurant. It doesn’t look particularly big from the outside but as soon as you walk in it opens out with plenty of room and a good area for the drinkers to enjoy the bar.

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April 2023 – Herb, Leicester

The Herb restaurant in Granby Street came highly recommended and having studied the website, the impressively tasteful decorative furnishings used to complement its interior and create an ambience uncommon among its rivals it was the obvious choice for our new exciting venture.

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January 2023 – Nice and Spice

Our first visit for 2023 was a unique one. Set inside the Leicester Railwaymens Club & Institute on the corner of Leicester Street and East Park Road. On entering, it feels like you are walking into a bygone era, a huge club with reception desks. The building is vast with a function room, club room, darts, skittles, snooker, and a well-stocked and well ran bar. Being a club, we were asked to sign in at the bar. Football was on, and there were a few people in tonight. I imagined what it might have been like in the 70s and 80s full most nights. It was already great to experience this unique club.

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The Leicester Curry Club 2022 Winner

It was a close run contest again at the end of the year with a clear favourite already established and expected by all of us to win, but a December visit to Market Harborough changed things by the smallest of margins at the last minute. Following that visit we had our 2022 Leicester Curry Club winner, as voted for by our team of unbiased and enthusiastic self proclaimed ‘curry connoisseurs’ which we all know, might not be the best recommendation, but without wishing to appear pretentious it will have to do for the purpose of our research and resulting reviews.

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August 2022 – Twenty1, Leicester

Currently, the scoring puts this in the lead this year – the food was undoubtedly the best I’ve had this year. With a focus on the service, I’m sure this will be a destination Indian restaurant for Leicestershire.

We are all keen to return together or with friends and family, and we’ll update here how we get on. Try it and let us know how you find it too!

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June 2022 – Zaika Restaurant, Blaby

Our June excursion this year involved a trip to Blaby, which is the far side of Leicester to where we are based. It proved to be a worthwhile journey as we enjoyed both the ambience and the food. The décor at the Zaika restaurant is tasteful, the accommodation is plentiful and comfortable with dining rooms on two floors and more than enough parking available on the doorstep.

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May 2022 – Taraj Palace, Syston

Taraj Palace is situated on the main Melton Road in Syston and has a small car park at the rear of the restaurant, there is limited on street parking although there is a large car park around 70 metres away. It has recently been refurbished and has had a change of ownership, so I thought now is the time to see how it rated.

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April 2022 – Ryan’s Indian Cuisine

So for April we headed off to Ryan’s in Loughborough. This restaurant is on Baxter Gate just opposite the cinema and leisure complex. We were initially the only customers that were in, and we always think that’s a little odd for a restaurant in a great high street location. They were quite busy with take aways, and it wasn’t long before other eat in diners appeared.

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March 2022 – Momma’s Kitchen

I had chosen a restaurant for March, then we had to postpone March’s outing.  When re-arranged, the original was closed for Ramadan, so I had to look for a new restaurant.  I had seen Momma’s Kitchen on social media, and it looked great.  You can find them on Instagram and Facebook with lots of photos and videos of their open kitchen.

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February 2022 – Tandem Restaurant Leicester

I decided we had to try Tandem on this month’s visit as I was looking to find a new curry house to try and it’s getting harder each month as we draw close to 120 restaurants in Leicester. Tandem pitches itself as slightly above your average curry restaurant with two floors and a well-stocked bar with cocktails and fine dining, situated in the heart of the Highcross shopping centre, with easy parking across the road.

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January 2022 – Tandoori Empire Restaurant, Quorn

We ventured to the charming village of Quorn to sample the offerings available at Tandoori Empire on the High Street in the heart of the enclave of eateries comprising restaurants and Pubs all in close proximity. This restaurant is not licensed, but you are encouraged to bring your own alcohol, if that is your preference, for which glasses are readily provided by the attentive staff.

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December 2021 – The Crown, Houghton-on-the-Hill

The venue for our December visit was recommended to me by a number of work colleagues whom live in the village of Houghton-on-the Hill, 6 miles East of Leicester. The Rose and Crown Pub has a large car park and is situated on the main A47 Uppingham Road, next to the petrol station. The restaurant is ran separately to the pub, so please bear in mind that you pay for the food and drinks separately.

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September 2021 – Shant Restaurant, Glenfield

When you have visited as many Indian restaurants as we have you find yourself revisiting restaurants you have already been to under previous ownership. So in September 2021 we went to Shant in Glenfield having previously visited in the same building Sands way back in November 2011 when the score was 33/40 against a sore this time of 27/40.

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August 2021 – Mount Gurkha, Loughborough

This month of August 2021 Dear Readers, your intrepid and fearless reviewers ventured into the Northern climes of our county to the quaint market town of Loughborough to see what our collegiate cousins had on their doorstep to entice us away from more local establishments in the great metropolis of Leicester.

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July 2021 – The Little Club, Bar & Grill

This establishment has been on the ‘radar’ for some time but for some reason has never been visited by ourselves. The restaurant is situated on the first floor of what looks like a house, next door to a commercial property and some new apartments near the junction with Blackbird Road. It used to be the Sports & Social Club of Marconi Radar Systems, whom were a major employer in the city during the 1970’s and 80’s.

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May 2021 – Khyber Nights

I had already chosen this Indian Restaurant in 2020, just before lockdown started and have been following it on Instagram since then. Khyber Nights is tucked away just off Melton Road and not far from the owners original The Khyber – which was one of the originals in Leicester and around for 30 years.

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March 2020 – Friends Tandoori

Our March outing saw us visit an old friend of curry lovers- Friends. They were based on the Melton Road for 26 years ran by the Pabla family and closed in 2008, but the new venue on Queens Road is still ran by the Pabla’s three brothers in fact. Parking is on the main road or one of the many side streets so this is not a problem.

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February 2020 – Dipali, Blaby

Our February visit was planned and booked, and the members were collected a little earlier than usual as we were off to the South West of the county, which is the other side of the city for us and we were all eagerly anticipating the delights of the evening that waited for us.

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January 2020 – Shanaya, Mountsorrel

Now in our 10th year, the first visit of the new decade was to Shanaya Restaurant which is situated on the old A6 in the village of Mountsorrel, approximately mid-way between Leicester and Loughborough.

Shanaya was opened by the owner Niraj around two years ago and is situated in the same building as the former Bayleaf Indian Restaurant and Porto Gomez Bistro.

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The Leicester Curry Club 2019 Winner

The Leicester Curry Club award night for 2019 was celebrated by a return visit to our highest scoring curry house restaurant of the year. As our regular readers will know we visit a different restaurant every month and points are awarded by each member following the visit based upon their individual enjoyment of the meal and service predominately, but also taking into account the surroundings and the facilities.

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December 2019 – Wyvern Arms

What a delight and what a gem. Of course this is inside a pub but still manages to give a restaurant feel and all members thought that they could return with their families without hesitation. The bill was unbelievable with the food coming out at £12 per head.

Well done to the owners, the chef and of course to Jay. We are delighted that we can reveal the winner for 2019 is the WYVERN!

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November 2019 – Mother India

I saw this month’s restaurant whilst driving past what was the 2017 winner – Sizzlers – now called Mother India. Given it was so good and a members favourite I thought this would be an easy win for our club this month. This is reflected in it being placed 2nd worst of all time (thats 104th in the rankings to date). Read the full review to find out how big a disappointment this place is.

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October 2019 – Chefs Flavour

One of the greatest things about the Leicester Curry Club is that every now and again you find a hidden gem, and we certainly did on Wednesday. Chef’s Flavour is off Belgrave Gate on Memory Lane just after the Empire Banqueting & Conference Hall with ample parking, which is usually a problem.

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Septmber 2019 – Amirul Tandoori Restaurant

After a late in the month visit last month due to holidays and other commitments we blinked and it was suddenly time for our eagerly anticipated September expedition to yet another of the wide range of excellent Indian restaurants available to the inhabitants of our fine county and visitors alike. We have no barriers or exclusions here, everybody is welcome, we consider ourselves to be exclusively inclusive!

So, our host had selected a visit to Amuril in the lively village of Quorn having read several good reviews and deciding that it sounded like a restaurant that was more than worthy of a visit and an assessment by our canny crew of curry connoisseurs.

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August 2019 – Prince of Punjab

Unfortunately our August visit was delayed until the end of the month due to member’s holidays etc but may I say it was well worth the wait. We are very fortunate in Leicestershire to have so many restaurants available but as you can appreciate some of those that get recommended to us have already received the ‘Leicester Curry Club treatment’. Prince of Punjab was actually found via a Tripadvisor search (other travel/restaurant platforms are available).

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The Top 100 Indian Restaurants in Leicestershire

Top 100 Indian Restaurants Having visited 100 restaurants since 2011 here is our first all time top 100 Indian Restaurants in Leicestershire.  Each Curry House is scored and reviewed and you can read reviews for the past couple of years here. Download the full list and scores for the Top 100 Curry Houses in Leicestershire.…

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June 2019 – Flying Horse

This month marked the occasion of our 100th visit and review. Quite an achievement and there are still lots on the list to visit! We’ve enjoyed getting to this landmark!

There was an air of expectation for this event, and it fell to me to chose where to go. I had a couple of places in mind, but The Flying Horse in Markfield sounded good, looks nice and has excellent reviews from others.

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May 2019 – Purple Garlic

We had a trip to Melton Mowbray for May’s pick of the month, and I chose to host at the second new Indian restaurant to open in the last few months, Purple Garlic. We visited the SOI in February and that was scored very well, so would serve as a good comparison. The owners also run Apurba, which is a long-time favourite in the Melton area.

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April 2019 – Generous Raj

It was my turn to host the members this month and after much deliberation and checking the club rules I took the risk of re-visiting a previous best restaurant of the year, which is now under new ownership and therefore could be judged by it’s performance under the new regime. The Generous Raj is in Thurmaston village and a little bit hidden away, but not difficult to find with plenty of on street parking right outside.

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March 2019 – Aylestone Spice

Our March visit (no. 99) was to a newly opened restaurant in Aylestone which is a suburb of Leicester, southwest of the city centre and not far from where Leicester City legend Gary Lineker’s life began in the game at Aylestone Park Football Club.

Aylestone Spice is a small cosy restaurant on the main Aylestone Road that serves both Indian and Bangladeshi traditional home cooked food. It seats around 24 diners and although not licensed welcomes you to take your own alcohol (BYOB)… there is a small supermarket next door should you forget.

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February 2019 – SOI Melton

We headed to SOI (Spice of India) in Melton Mowbray for February. This is a sister restaurant to the Spice of India in Syston which is well known to all of the Leicester Curry Club appraisers. The Syston restaurant has over the years been consistently good so as you can imagine we were really looking forward to February’s choice.

Could it come anywhere near the standard of Syston? Have they varied the menu and have they made it different enough to travel to Melton Mowbray.

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January 2019 – Saffron Ivy

The first visit of the year got off to a great start. We went to Saffron Ivy, the latest new Indian Restaurant in Syston. Handy on road parking right outside. Great evening and certainly one that will take some beating this year I’m sure. Follow the link below for the full review and score.

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The Leicester Curry Club 2018 Winner

The Leicester Curry Club award night for 2018 was celebrated by a return visit to our highest scoring curry house restaurant of the year. As our avid followers will know we visit a different restaurant every month and we award points following the visit based upon our enjoyment of the meal and service predominately, but also taking into account the surroundings and the facilities.

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December 2018 – Gurkha Embassy

This month’s pick was Gurkha Embassy in Syston, this restaurant situates in the centre of the town and one of two new Indian restaurants to open recently in Syston. The restaurant has had a full refurbishment and is very clean and smart however if we were to be picky, may be a little too bright and could do with being a little warmer. What we did like is there is plenty of room between the tables and you are not all sitting on each other’s table as happens so often these days.

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November 2018 – Cardamom Lounge

We had a little trip out to Narborough for our November curry experience and we enjoyed a pleasant evening at The Cardamom Lounge in Narborough. The reputation for this curry house had been built up by our host, yours truly, based upon one previous visit and the excellent lamb chops that I had enjoyed there.

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October 2018 – Himalayan Inn

Octobers visit was to the University town of Loughborough and to a Nepalese & Indian restaurant on Churchgate close to All Saints Church. The restaurant was selected due to its excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, and I found the online ‘Reserve Table’ easy to use and was confirmed the following day via both an email and a very polite text from the manager Kumar.

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September 2018 – 7H Spices

Septembers pick was 7h Spices on Coventry Road in Hinckley which according to the current trip advisor scores surely was destined to take the 2018 crown. It specialises in South Indian cuisine just like our August choice so would serve as a great comparison.

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July 2018 – Harrisons Spice

The July curry night was my turn and for the first time I tried to take us to a restaurant we previously visited 6 years ago, so a lesson learned as we near 100 Indian restaurants – check your score history before you book! So, we quickly decided we must change the venue and headed out to Ratby as a couple of the guys had heard good reports about a place called Harrisons Spice.

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June 2018 – Jaan Café Restaurant

Last night was another little gem if you don’t mind a take your own alcohol restaurant, that’s on the possibly negative side a little basic and not dissimilar to a café, but on the positive side newly refurbished and sparklingly clean. The air conditioning was on, keeping it cool and comfortable, which although not strictly necessary last night, will be a boon if our long-awaited summer ever arrives with any sustained sunshine! However, we’re not here to talk about the weather, so on to the important stuff!
The restaurant is well situated in the centre of the village on Main Street (opposite the Co-op) and there is a free carpark 50 metres away on Bradgate Lane.

There is a feeling of spaciousness when first entering the restaurant with a seating area and a well stocked bar.

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May 2018 – The Empress of India

Just a few miles along the A607 North East of Leicester is the village of Asfordby where you will find The Empress of India which opened in 2010. The village was the site of a modern deep coal pit which was built between 1984 and 1993 but closed in 1997 due to numerous geological difficulties and the low price of coal at that time.

The restaurant is well situated in the centre of the village on Main Street (opposite the Co-op) and there is a free carpark 50 metres away on Bradgate Lane.

There is a feeling of spaciousness when first entering the restaurant with a seating area and a well stocked bar.

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April 2018 – Eastern Spice

Aprils pick of the month was Eastern Spice in Loughborough; this restaurant was called Goa back in 2014 when we visited last. The score in 2014 was 31 so this could be interesting to see if the new owners can improve. The location is very good, and there is lots of free parking across the road. On arrival, we were instantly met by a waiter who showed us to our table. The restaurant was extremely busy for a Wednesday evening and clearly it is very popular, a testament to its latest trip advisor scores. I also downloaded a voucher for 20% off all food which was a bonus.

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March 2018 – Heat

This month’s adventure took us to East Leake on the border of Leicester/Nottingham (still within an LE post code). The location chosen was Heat restaurant, a very modern Indian venue in a small village. On arrival, we were met by an obliging waiter who showed us to our table. Looking around there were quite a few customers in for a Wednesday night, this is always encouraging when sampling somewhere new.

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Februay 2018 – Tadka

The idea of The Leicester Curry Club is that we take it in turns to host every month and the venue is unknown to the rest of the party until we arrive there. This month there was a twist to the theme as it turned out that none of us knew where we were going until we arrived there due to a lack of research by yours truly. When we arrived at my selected ‘treat’ for the evening it transpired that not only was the premises not licensed, but the establishment didn’t permit ‘bring your own,’ which resulted in a quick about turn and a search for an alternative venue!

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October 2017 – Sameeha

Sameeha was our 82nd curry house that we have visited and advertises itself as an authentic Indian restaurant and is situated on Faire Road which is within a residential area in Glenfield. There is plenty of on-street parking and is situated amongst a row of shops including an off licence which is ideal as the premises are not licensed to sell alcohol.

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