SeaSpice at The White Lion
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.
As always a very pleasant evening and we enjoyed the food
Really enjoyed the food and surroundings.,,...................................,
Great evening , a little different from the 'usual' Indian restaurant. Lovely interior, friendly attentive staff and very tasty menu.
Great food and excellent service, booked a table for Friday evening and was very impressed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Visiting Aldeburgh on holiday. The Sea Spice was excellent for an evening meal
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.
Great food. Great service. Excellent value for money :)
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.
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.
Wonderful food and great service. Sea Spice has a calm, relaxing atmosphere and is perfect anytime or for that special occasion or romantic meal.
Excellent meal, service and well worth a trip out. Planning our next trip there already
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.
Amazing food, lovely looking restaurant, friendly and genuine service. Surprisingly good value. Again, fantastic flavoured food.
Wonderful food. The service was very disappointing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Excellent food and ambience will definitely return . The service was also very good and attentive .
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.
The curry dishes were excellent, the decor in the restaurant is very comfortable. I loved the restaurant and I will be back.
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.
Always a good atmosphere, great food, attentive service
Fantastic food and brilliant service! We had a lovely evening at Seaspicd!
Lovely fusion of Suffolk locally sourced fish and spice , starters and nibbles excellent.
Vegetarian options were a bit limited ,but ,sadly, the lentil Dahl was over salted,
Otherwise a lovely evening.
We dined before going to the cinema. Friendly staff and delicious food.
Superb choice of excellent, varied dishes and fine service. A great dining experience in a relaxing ambience.
Great food. We love this place can not wait to go back.
Service a bit slow but the food was delicious, especially the peshwari naan and the fish curry, overall very good
Have been many times and never disappointed - beautiful room, great atmosphere, great friendly service and delicious food
Lovely food and reasonably priced. The waiter was very friendly and helpful.
Unfortunately we were the last lunchtime sitting so were on our own in the restaurant. Very quiet and no atmosphere - not their fault, just bad timing on our part.