SeaSpice at The White Lion

4.3
246 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Indian
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  • Spicy
  • Special Occasions
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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01728 452720
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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TS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
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
5 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
1 review
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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CC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good atmosphere, great food, attentive service

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H
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and brilliant service! We had a lovely evening at Seaspicd!

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SP
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We dined before going to the cinema. Friendly staff and delicious food.

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NS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb choice of excellent, varied dishes and fine service. A great dining experience in a relaxing ambience.

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C
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. We love this place can not wait to go back.

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BE
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service a bit slow but the food was delicious, especially the peshwari naan and the fish curry, overall very good

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AJ
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been many times and never disappointed - beautiful room, great atmosphere, great friendly service and delicious food

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JN
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

It’s sad that this place is let down by poor and at times chaotic service. They clearly don’t have enough staff even to cope with a half full restaurant. Tables were left uncleared and the head waiter seemed to be rushing around trying to compensate for the inability of the other 2 waiters to do their job properly. The food was nice ( although the bhajis where chewy, maybe reheated) but I do feel it’s a bit over priced for what it is, but I guess it’s Aldeburgh so they can charge what they want.

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IF
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

All a bit rushed. Service was non interactive, just placed on table with words saying what it was, no other interaction. No thank you when paying.

Nothing special at all.

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TW
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed another delicious meal for our Daughters birthday 😋 great quality & amazing flavour 👍

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OT
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious butter chicken Thali and mango lassi. Very friendly staff, great restaurant all round.

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BN
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service throughout the meal, the food was delicious and the attention to detail was excellent.
They even went that extra mile knowing it was a special occasion they surprised my wife and I with a complimentary ice-cream and strawberries with a candle singing happy Birthday to my wife.

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PP
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good service with a very wide choice to suit all tastes.

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d
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The table was a bit crammed but we were seated quickly and offered water which was great. Starters varied in portion size some large some tiny . Food served quickly but some was cold (prawns) . The staff were rushed and they needed another waiting staff to allow the manager to manage everything. Food was okay I think some dishes better than others butter chock was a hit, needs a bit more thought if it’s going to survive the summer!

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Beautiful tasty food well presented. Mentioned when booking that it was a birthday celebration and the staff surprised us with a cake. Food was quality not like normal curry house rubbish. Not the cheapest but worth the money. Strongly recommend this place.

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G
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

As a vegetarian The food is just ok , not a lot of choice.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, fragrant curries, using locally sourced produce. Absolutely delicious with lovely, friendly service.

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HW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First visit, nice to see a varied Indian menu but not pages of choice. It felt authentic and a carefully thought out menu. Our starters of prawns, kebab and samosa with chickpeas and tamarind were all delicious. Great tasting mains of butter chicken, fish curry and sides of saffron rice and peshwari nann, spicing was subtle but very tasty without lots of chilli heat. Puddings were great and good choice two Indian style puddings together with a chocolate/coconut tart and lemon posset were all cooked and presented well and delicious. Service was good, busy restaurant and not many waiters but pleasant staff. Not your usual Indian but well cooked and tasty food. Look forward to returning.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant eaten there several times but would like to see a more varied menu , the flatbread dish is to die for lovely ambience

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PP
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely twist on usual Indian menu with descent potions and some unusual ingredients. Crockery glasses etc above average. Not rushed and particularly like the decor.

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j
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good but although I had booked with a special occasion (birthday) no mention of it by the restaurant sadly

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KB
London
77 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal, good service, fairly priced. Highly recommended.

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