We have been waiting for the new local Indian to open for quite some time now, and finally on Friday, my mum treated me and my sisters (and partner) to a girly meal!
The building is a former pub that has been renovated from it’s dirty, dingy state after it was shut down and left empty for a while.

The whole place is finished off to a high standard, with crisp white walls, decorative art pieces on the walls and a stocked stylish bar. Interesting lights change the whole room from blue, to red, to green, to purple on a loop, which I guess is a nice touch but the change can be a dazzling on your eyes until you get used to it!
We had heard positive feedback about the venue from a lot of people, with the only criticism was that the service was a little slow. This however, was not something that affected us. We were looked after by 3-4 waiters, without it feeling too much or like we were being rushed. I am a particularly fussy Indian food eater, and the waiters were friendly and happy to advise ideal dishes that reflected my tastes.

We ordered the obligatory poppadoms and pickle tray followed by two sharing starters between the five of us, and there was more than enough, with a good mixture for all our different tastes. I ordered a mild creamy chicken curry (the name I cannot remember, but couldn't pronounce) and although it wasn't quite the same as the amazing Murgh Makhani that I normally order (they didn’t have this), it was nice enough, not spicy and went lovely with the rice and naan. The rest of the girls ordered a variety of things, and were full of compliments for their dishes. Again, the service was fabulous throughout, with our wine being regularly topped up and what looked like the Manager checking that everything was okay with our meal.

(My Sister Rebecca, Mum, Me, Victoria and Helen)

Toward the end of the meal, we were presented with the bill and card machine quite promptly, but it didn’t feel like we were being too rushed. It was a Friday night, very busy and as a new restaurant they are eager to get many people through the door and not have customers waiting too long. Plus, we could have nattered all night if we had been left to it!

I am probably not the best person to judge Indian food, as I am such a fussy eater, but the girls all loved their dishes. The atmosphere - with traditional music playing at a comfortable volume, service and wine was all lovely and you can tell they are really pushing out all the stops to make sure it is a success, and I am sure it will be.

Being a PR girl, I love that they use Facebook to connect with their audience in order to gather feedback, add photographs of their customers having a good time and take bookings. It is a nice, friendly and perhaps necessary touch when setting up a restaurant in a small village like Swillington. Good Luck to them!

M x

(For their Trip Advisor page click here, or search 'GrandIndian Swillington' on Facebook)

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