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Viceroy Indian Cuisine

22 Ingersley Rd
Bollington
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK10 5RF
Tel: 01625 573006

The Viceroy is an imposing establishment in the village of Bollington, about 4 miles out of Macclesfield. The building looks as if it was formerly a pub, complete with its own car park.

When you enter the establishment you are greeted and shown to a lounge area where you can order a drink and peruse the menu whilst nibbling Bombay mix. I have to admit a slight liking for Bombay mix, and we managed to empty two bowls before we had even ordered our food! So I was obviously hungry.

When it was time to order I chose the king prawn on puri and my colleague orderd onion bhaji for starters. For main courses we ordered lamb karahi and prawn karahi, vegetable pillau rice a garlic naan and a plain naan.

We were shown to our seats where the restaurant area was even larger than the lounge bar. We had a short wait and then our starters arrived. My king prawn on puri was magnificent, almost a main course in itself. It consisted of a slightly sweet king prawn curry on a round deep fried bread (puri). There were plenty of king prawns in the sauce the combination of prawn and the slightly sweet sauce was beautiful. The onion bhajis were also extremely good I was told, indeed they looked the part, two extremely good sized, golden brown bhajis on a small side salad and served with a yoghurt and mint sauce.

Now somewhat full after the Bombay mix and starters we watched the main courses arrive. Thank goodness we hadn't had poppadums and chutneys as well. The karahis were served in metal skillets (korai dishes) and were full to the brim. Both the lamb and the prawn were served in a thick dark sauce with copious amounts of onion, capsicum and green chilli apparent. We set about our main courses knowing it would be a struggle to finish everything, but we gave it our best shot. The lamb was beautifully tender and the sauce was a little hotter than we had both expected. We both finished the meat content of our curries and left quite a large amount of sauce. The nan breads were fresh and tasty and the vegetable rice was hot and contained lots of various vegetables, including, potatoes, peas, cauliflower and swede or turnip.

We declined any further drinks and sweet or coffee as we were both bursting at the seams.

One point about the dessert menu was that it was a glossy pre-printed affair with picture of commercial ice cream products. When I eat in a restaurant I expect the food to be freshly prepared and not mass-produced commercial stuff. I make my own kulfi, so I don't see why a decent class indian restaurant can't do the same.

Verdict - Overall an impressive Indian restaurant in a very pleasant village location. I would recommend this before a lot of other restaurants in the area and it offers good food, but not exceptional, at a good price. It is definitely good value for money. Our meal for two with two pints of lager each cost just under 30.


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Viceroy Indian Cuisine

Total Score: 61%
Quality: Average
Service: Good
Facilities: Average
Ambience: Average
Value: Average

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