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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, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My partner and I ate here last night for the first time after it was recommended to us. All the food was above average in taste and presentation. The staff seemed really friendly and helpful. The seating arrangements allowed more privacy than other local Indian restaurants. We did think it was slightly more expensive although the portion sizes were larger... More 

Thank denisegranville2016
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I regularly eat in, and order takeaway food from this restaurant, the quality is consistently high, I've never had anything but excellent dishes served by by extremely attentive and friendly staff, Iove this place. The menu is pretty standard but the food is always really tasty

Thank Ben M
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79 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As the title of this review suggests the food is good, overpriced but good. The establishment is tucked away from the town centre on one of the through routes and is easily overlooked. The biggest disappointment was the service. It felt like we were doing the waiting staff a favour by dining there, there was little interest when taking our... More 

Thank rickydodah
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Lewes, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 17 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.

Thank southdownman2017
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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 

2 Thank Shannon S
Hailsham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
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.

Thank kathynagsdave
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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.

Thank PeterCP
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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 

Thank Tim P
Lewes, United Kingdom
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255 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Indian, Asian, Balti, Eastern European
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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
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?