SeaSpice at The White Lion

4.3
270 reviews
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Indian
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  • Spicy
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Sea Spice is a unique amalgamation of exotic Indian cooking within the quintessentially British coastal setting of Aldeburgh.
Taking lead from the ancient Spice Route and Aldeburgh’s historic role as a valued Tudor port, this new gourmet restaurant unites local Suffolk produce with classic Indian flavours originating some 4,000 miles away.
Honouring the breadth and complexities of Indian cooking, Sea Spice offers guests an array of regional dishes from Goan inspired sea-food dishes, using locally caught fish, to tandoor grilled meats and traditional fragrant curries. In celebration of Suffolk’s burgeoning craft-beer scene, there will be a curated list of locally brewed beers and ales, chosen specifically to complement the contemporary menu.
Visually Sea Spice will be a feast for the eyes, again marrying the local with exotic to create a truly unique restaurant setting.
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DS
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food enjoyable and genuine Indian. Very quiet lacking much ambiance. Huge restaurant needs breaking up into areas/sections to make more intimate . Otherwise, good .

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D
Cambridge
23 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wine, all at a reasonable price. Staff were very attentive and the ambience was lovely and relaxing. We’ll definitely frequent again when we’re next in the area.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Will definitely return.

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KM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous food, excellent taste and quality of food. Service excellent.

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PG
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of the best Indian restaurant meals we have had. Wonderful food and a lovely comfortable atmosphere. We will come again.

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D
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Best place to eat hands down in Aldeburgh. Service was fab and Raj was great! Curries were clean but great flavour. Poppadoms amazing as were the breads. Wish this restaurant was in London!

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal and friendly service. It was almost Christmas and the decorations were beautiful and gave the restaurant a very festive feel. I would definitely visit again.

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H
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The overall experience was very pleasant and the food generally good. However, the Chicken Tikka Masala my Mother-in-Law ordered I tasted and thought particularly poor. I wasn’t convinced the chicken had been prepared as per ‘tikka’ and the sauce tasted predominantly of tomato soup and very lightly spiced. Not impressed.

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TA
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and unusual menu - great service and very welcoming staff. Will definitely return.

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always a very pleasant evening and we enjoyed the food

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AD
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and surroundings.,,...................................,

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KL
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great evening , a little different from the 'usual' Indian restaurant. Lovely interior, friendly attentive staff and very tasty menu.

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MK
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service, booked a table for Friday evening and was very impressed.

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SS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We returned again, as we often do. Excellent food perhaps a little rich and not your typical curry but superb! Service excellent. A bit pricy. The Muntjac Vindaloo took my head off! The cashew nut snack/starter was divine. A special treat venue.

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G
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, beautiful decor & nice atmosphere. Went for a family dinner, staff friendly & attentive. Food was good but not great in my opinion, although the other 3 in our party enjoyed theirs much more. (I had the fish curry, sauce much too heavy I thought & the dhal bit watery). Overall though I will eat there again.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Seaspice 3 times now and each visit has given us excellent food and service. You won't find food like this in a typical Indian restaurant. ..proper meat from the local butcher and the chef is well gifted with the spicing.like all quality restaurants..the menu isn't huge but there's something for everyone,certainly in our family.
The food is such a refreshing change and everything I've tried has so much flavour.I've been to loads of Indian restaurants but never felt inclined to write a review or shout about it..till now.
It gets better..a pint of ale or bottle of IPA can be had instead of... or as well as a pint of Kingfisher. Do well! Love a pint of Ghost Ship.
Another good thing is the cosy, warm lighting and the tables aren't too close together.
I live local and consider myself lucky to have this restaurant on my doorstep.

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SP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Ambience is lovely, the setting is the White Lion Hotel's previous banqueting room. Service is friendly and attentive and the beer selection is excellent. However, we found the food to be more presentation than content, and too salty for us. We shared some nibbles as a starter, which were ok but a little dull. The Curried Lamb Shank main was massive, but far too much salt! As for value, we had been told that Sea Spice is expensive, and this proved to be true. So, nice spot for a date but too pricey to be a regular haunt.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We have dined at sea spice many times and always tolerated the poor service. However last night was a new low. A large booking dominated the restaurant and presumably contributed to a new low in service. The starters finally turned up after 40 minutes cold and it took us a number of attempts to order our mains (almost one hour). Two of the mains were very bland and tasteless. The other two were ok. Unlikely to return anytime soon.

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D
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

It could be a nice little restaurant with good food, but they had a large group of people (approx 20) sat in the middle of the restaurant so made it exceptionally loud for everyone around them. We had to move tables because we couldn't hear our own conversations or what the waiter was saying. We had to insist on the move as it wasn't offered by any member of staff. After we moved it was still loud but we could hear ourselves. Nobody came and asked if everything was ok whilst we were eating. After our dinner plates were taken away we waited 45 minutes to see if we were going to be offered any other drinks or the sweet menu. Nobody came so my husband got up and went and paid the bill so we could leave. Very disappointed and put a dampener on the evening. The restaurant wasn't full so no reason for such poor service. We were recommended to go there by a relative, so they must have had a good experience but we certainly didn't.

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G
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely food, very much top end Indian with local produce twist. Efficient smart service. Reasonable price for quality. Beautiful table ware, I wanted to sneak the plates out in my bag!

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VM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good authentic food. More expensive than your local Bengali Indian restaurant but worth it. Some very good lighter dishes too not heavy with ghee etc. We always have a good meal. Strangely not particularly good for vegetarians particularly if like me you’re not keen on paneer.

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CK
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Aldeburgh on holiday. The Sea Spice was excellent for an evening meal

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b
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been to Sea Spice a number of times, and it is always good. The tikka masala this time didn't live up to the past though, as the sauce felt a bit tomato soup(y). The starters and tandoor lamb chops were excellent though.

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RM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Excellent value for money :)

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TS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

High end Indian restaurant. Quality food, stunning 1930s decor very tastefully pulled together. Eclectic 30s & Indian music created fun but but discrete atmosphere.
Very reasonably priced, excellent wine &beer selection.
Food was not big standard curry house and clearly crafted with care.
Large portions so good value for money.

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JM
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good all round. Star of the show was the Dosa started. Yum!
However the service was too eager in a restaurant only half full with walk-ins accommodated. Felt rushed all meal when no need for it.

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TD
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food and great service. Sea Spice has a calm, relaxing atmosphere and is perfect anytime or for that special occasion or romantic meal.

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KW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, service and well worth a trip out. Planning our next trip there already

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S
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I'm really conflicted. The food was first class. Although some salad with the very good sheekh kebabs would have been welcome. The muntjac vindaloo was exceptional. The setting is lovely. But the service!! Granted it was busy, but serving staff are scruffily dressed, inattentive (started clearing the next table while I was trying to order drinks!) Brought wrong drinks to wrong table twice and left us sitting for half an hour after clearing our table. Would have been nice to complete the meal with a dessert or coffee but no option to do so. Just ruined what should have been a special occasion. Shame.

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CY
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, lovely looking restaurant, friendly and genuine service. Surprisingly good value. Again, fantastic flavoured food.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Wonderful food. The service was very disappointing.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Loved the food - innovative, tasty and well presented.
Owner (?) nice guy with good sense of humour and keen to help his guests; however, his undermanager(?) was slapdash, lacking in courtesy bordering on arrogant - a shame. Will not stop us returning since the food was so very good and general ambience excellent, but beware it is very noisy on a busy night.

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J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

A slightly different take on Indian cuisine than we are used to. Super tasty food well presented. The Muntjac vindaloo and slow cooked lamb Bhuna went down particularly well. Service could be a little more attentive but all in all a good dining experience. We will return.

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CT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It really was difficult to have a conversation as the acoustic is not brilliant, sorry! Much better after a large table next to us left. Service a bit slow.

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RW
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our second visit and we found it to be an enjoyable experience. The food was well prepared and in about the right quantity for each item. The menu was different from that normally expected at Indian restaurants but very tasty nevertheless. Would have no problem in recommending it to friends, relatives etc.

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MG
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We’ve always loved the Seaspice and recommended often as we’rs Local. Unfortunately on this occasion we wouldn’t recommend. The restaurant only had one other set of diners, waiting staff were not overly friendly, paper menus were alittle grubby ... food wasn’t anything special ( previously it’s been fabulous ) and no one bothered to ask if we wanted starters or popadoms etc ... so we didn’t bother to order.... I have to say overly expensive on this occasion.... we rush back - there’s better dining options on the High Street

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SM
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and ambience will definitely return . The service was also very good and attentive .

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VP
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not your average curry house! Smaller specialised menu with dishes such as the muntjack vindaloo which was hot and sour and smoky, not a test of masculinity. Delicious food, great service and a lovely atmosphere.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The curry dishes were excellent, the decor in the restaurant is very comfortable. I loved the restaurant and I will be back.

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SL
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Small menu with each dish carefully planned and beautifully flavoured. Spices were wonderful- not overpowering the other ingredients.
Good wine list and cocktails including an amazing non alcoholic apple and ginger cocktail- perfect with spiced food.

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