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Spice Merchant

18 West Street, Lewes BN7 2NZ, England
+44 1273 470707
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“curry” (26 reviews)
“papadoms” (2 reviews)
“rice” (8 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Hours
Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
18 West Street, Lewes BN7 2NZ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This review is based on two visits in two weeks. Both meals on a Monday night. First visit enjoyable food and service. Brought friends the next time and dishes were average. Both times though cannot understand why they wait until you have finished poppadum's before...More

Thank Dizzydi_12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This used to be my favourite Indian in Lewes however the quality has gone down hill. They often forget things from take away orders, the chicken is chewy or watery and the food never tastes the same each time you order it. Would not recommend

Thank Paige B
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Sadly we would not go again, service slow, food very average. Some loud groups in the restaurant shouting and singing. Quite expensive and overall disappointing, we would not return.

Thank beccy h
Reviewed 10 February 2018

I've been a regular at The Spice Merchant for about 8 years having a take-away every Friday and also frequenting the restaurant with friends. The food has only ever been excellent (I can particularly recommend the Chicken Gurka's Revenge!), the management and staff are always...More

1  Thank Steve L
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Very good food, hotter than our normal curry but would certainly go back. Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for. Service was good and although we hadn’t booked they managed to fit us in (we arrived quite early) and by the time...More

Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely evening here , friendly staff/ owners , nice atmosphere and food was lovely , slightly overpriced so couldn’t go there too often but was a all in all nice experience ,,

1  Thank palmerp
Reviewed 13 January 2018

food and service are good but beware of the hidden extras (popadoms @ £1.50 each!! and the compulsory 12% service charge) which can make for an expensive surprise when you get the bill

2  Thank tednakhle
sublime-james, General Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

£1.50 for popadoms and dips per person. Service Charge is optional not mandatory.

Reviewed 10 January 2018

I ate here for with my girlfriend recently and would recommend finding other Indian restaurants if you live in or are visiting Lewes. The décor and ambience are lacking, we were practically the only people in there, admittedly lots of places suffer from a post...More

3  Thank holkerleo
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

After eating from this restaurant for over 8 years, it has dramatically gone down hill! The last 3 visits have been diabolical, the popadoms has a large dead spider between them, and the last two takeaways we ordered were missing some order. First one was...More

2  Thank XbunnyX86
Reviewed 17 November 2017

We have eaten at this restaurant before and loved the food and service so we booked a table for 7 for our daughters birthday. The food was excellent however the behaviour of the people on the table behind us was appalling. They were using the...More

1  Thank 951Linda
sublime-james, General Manager at Spice Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2017

Dear Linda, We appreciate your feedback and apologise for the loud table next to you. I was working on the night in question and I personally spoke to the leader of group and quietly asked them to keep noise levels to a minimum. We look...More

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Questions & Answers
September 4, 2017|
Response from sublime-james | Property representative |
Yes we do cater for weddings and parties. Please call on 07886108332 or 01273 470707 to discuss your requirements.
May 25, 2016|
Response from sublime-james | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Yes we do serve Gluten Free options. Please advise the waiter when you place your order.
January 1, 2015|
Response from sublime-james | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
12 noon till 2pm for lunch and again from 5.30pm till 11pm 7 days a week.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
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. A complimentary bottle of premium Indian beer with all takeaway orders above £40. A complimentary bottle of house wine with all table reservations of 4 or more.
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