Please review my comments and also my exchange with Dilly1965 in the shaheduk review. My comments are purely factual and you should draw your own conclusions. Is Dilly1965 perhaps a little partisan?
LAST VICEROY OF BRITISH INDIA
8 reviews of LAST VICEROY OF BRITISH INDIA in English
I love coming to this restaurant. I like the idea of british at lunch and indian in the evening. The staff are very friendly here. I also like the take aways. My grandparents go here alot and always bring me a take away if im not with them. This is one of my favourite restaurants
We’ve dined on numerous occasions and the food is excellent and never had a bad meal yet. Staff are very friendly and its reasonably priced for the complexity of the menu on offer. No hesitation in recommending this to others.
I have now been dining at this restaurant for the last 5 months and wish i had found this 5* gem earlier ,both myself and my wife together with our grand children love every aspect of the friendly service from Saheed and the food is in our opinion exceptional in both taste and quality,i have never met the Chef but he is a real credit not only to this restaurant but to Indian cusine in general... we all love every mouthful of our order and will be looking forward to our next visit which i can say will be very soon.. 100% satisfied customer (s) RAYMOND.... Thorpe le Soken Essex
Yep - this really is an authentic Indian / Bangladeshi restaurant. Adult-friendly AND child-friendly with GREAT food, this is an altogether brilliant place to eat (and drink).
Indubitably pre-eminent cuisine cooked to a very high standard. I've eaten in Indian restaurants all over the world and this one takes som beating! And the welcome is always as brilliant as the food.
This place doesn't just represent a great night out for first class dining - it's a world-class experience in it's own league! Seriously.
And the staff there WANT you to feel welcomed, not feel like a nuisance (as with other similar outlets locally).
The Last Viceroy of British India is to Indian restaurant food what Pullman was to fine railway dining.
Tacky, tacky, tacky!
My wife and I had lived and worked in Frinton many years ago, until my career took us away. Then, Anne's restaurant was the height of poshness in Frinton.
We've visited family several times over the years and taken nostalgic walks down Connaught Avenue - like we did on Tuesday 10th August 2010; only this time, we decided to treat ourselves to a cream tea which was advertised outside the restaurant.
We ordered two cream teas, and within a few minutes some of it arrived. A side plate each, onto which a scone, butter and jam had been placed. I don't know where the scones had originated from, but they certainly weren't freshly baked - and were quite small. The butter and jam came in those horrible little plastic things. The main ingredient - cream - was conspicuous by its absence. After a good ten minutes, the tea itself arrived, and, just as I was about to ask where the star of the show was, we were informed that they had just had a delivery of cream. Yum, yum we thought, nice fresh cream. We're not usually left speechless, but when a bowl containing what was obviously squirty cream arrived, we couldn't believe it! The ten minute wait we had before the tea itself and the cream arrived, was obviously occupied by someone running up to the Co-op to buy a tin of squirty cream!
One of my relatives would have created merry havoc, but we're too well-mannered for our own good.
Annes restaurant was one of the biggest disappointments of our lives, if their cream teas are substandard, what's the rest of food like??!!
(Can't give less than one star - shame)
Bazv, 3 November 2010:
keithandmaureen, 4 November 2010:
Thanks for that Bazv, was going to ignore dilly1965, but after reading her reply to your review, I decided to put her straight. She just likes the sound of her own voice.
cutey, 20 December 2010:
exuse me but this resturant is the best place in the world. if you have nothing nice to say then please don't say anything at all. i love this resturant.
Very poor experience. Cannot recommend. Went into the restaurant at 6.30pm this evening and asked for a table for four. My wife and my 5 and 3 yr old daughter both well behaved and well dressed. I am a partner at a city law firm and my kids routinely eat out. The waiter looked us up and down and (presumably after deciding that he did not like the look of us) said they were fully booked. The restaurant was practically empty (about 4 tables in use). We were finally offered a table out the back which was the only table which had not been laid. We were told that all the other tables were booked for within the next 30 minutes to 1 hour. The table was poorly located and the staff extremely unfriendly. We left the restaurant as we did not wish to eat at the worst table in it nor frankly give our custom to such an undeserving bunch (and ate at a nice pub 100 yds up the road The Lock and Barrel). After a very nice meal at the Lock and Barrel we walked past the Last Viceroy Of India restaurant to see if (as we had been told) it was indeed full. It was not. in fact about a third of the tables remained empty. I went back into the restaurant that I would leave them a very poor review on Qype for lying that they had no tables. The staff response was to smirk. I've given it one star but frankly it doesn't even deserve that.
Also found this press article on the place. I think it speaks for itself.
Anglo-Indian cuisine is the often distinct cuisine of the Anglo-Indian community in both Britain and India. Some Anglo-Indian dishes involve traditional British cuisine, such as roast beef, with cloves, red chillies, and other Indian spices. Fish or meat is often cooked in curry form with Indian vegetables. Anglo-Indian food often involves use of coconut, yogurt and almonds. Roasts and curries, rice dishes, and breads all have a distinctive flavour. Some well-known Anglo-Indian dishes are salted beef tongue, country captain, fish rissoles, and mulligatawny soup. The cuisine's sweetmeats include seasonal favourites like the "kul-kuls" and "rose-cookies" traditionally made at Christmas time. There is also a great deal of innovation to be seen in soups, entrees, side dishes, sauces and salads.
Britain has a particularly strong tradition of Indian cuisine that originates from Indian dishes adapted during the British Raj, some of which later became fashionable in Britain. At that time there were a few Indian restaurants in the richer parts of London that catered to British officers returning from their duties in India. Currently, the favourite dish in the United Kingdom is supposedly Chicken Tikka Masala, even before fish and chips. In the 20th century there was a second phase in the development of Anglo-Indian cuisine, as families from countries such as Bangladesh migrated to London to look for work. Some of the earliest such restaurants were opened in Brick Lane in the East End of London, a place that is still famous for this type of cuisine. There are now 10,000 Indian restaurants in Britain, turning over in excess of £3 billion and employing 70,000 workers. Indian food has now become an everyday part of the British diet.
The Viceroy and Governor-General of India was the head of the British administration in India. In 1858, India came under the direct control of the British Crown. The title "Governor-General" applied to his relationship to the British Provinces of India and the term "British India," now generally used in reference to the pre-Independence period of British control in the whole of un-Partitioned India. However, much of British India was not ruled directly by the government; the territory was divided into hundreds of nominally sovereign princely states or "native states" whose relationship was not with the British government, but directly with the monarch. To reflect the Governor-General's role as representative from the monarch to the feudal rulers of the princely states, from 1858 the term Viceroy and Governor-General of India (known for short as the Viceroy of India) was applied to him; the title of Viceroy was abandoned when India became independent in 1947. The office of Governor-General continued to exist until India adopted a republican constitution in 1950.
Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, was appointed Viceroy of India after the second world war. Mountbatten oversaw the granting of independence to the Partitioned India, therefore being the Last Viceroy of India. After Independence he remained in New Delhi for ten months, serving as the first of independent India's two governors general until June 1948.
We are excited to be here at Frinton on Sea and look forward to challenge the customers palate rather than just pander to everyday tastes. Our dishes will have their roots in British India as well as authentic. However, we recognise the fact that the British in India enjoyed their Traditional English Breakfast, followed by Roast Lamb for lunch, afternoon Teas, Coffees, Cakes and Deserts, and the array of Indian dishes for evening meals. Together with a selection of the finest wines, drinks and cocktails, we are committed to provide you with this very choice, just as the Last Viceroy of British India enjoyed. Therefore, you can rest assured that the historical ancestry of ‘Annes’ at this restaurant will continue to serve you our traditional English menu, complimented by the cuisine of British India.
Bazv, 28 March 2010:
Shame your staff treated us so badly on Saturday evening. Please see my review above. Rarely have I been treated as shabbily by a restaurant as I was this evening by your staff. The Lock and Barrel up the road, was in contrast a delight, with friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere. I would recommend anyone to eat there instead.
dilly1965, 29 October 2010:
Bazv...It is such a shame you and your child had such a poor experience at the door. I can assure you, and everyone else, this is certainly not the modus operendi of this exceptionally family friendly establishment. They bend over backwards to accomodate families and children! In Frinton, eating and drinking places live and die by word of mouth and reputation - and the Viceroy has the best reputation in and around the area by far. They are anything but "stuck up". Try it again next time you're in town...and this time I hope you get to actually sample their sublime cuisine. Oh and they are VERY busy at weekends - reservations only much of the time - and if you saw empty tables it would be cos they keep reservations for longer than they need to.
Where in the City do you get that level of service?
Bazv, 3 November 2010:
It is noteworthy that while you have responded at no point has the restaurant made any attempt to contact me through this site (or otherwise) to apologise or communicate with me about the poor levels of service we received.
My review is wholly factual and readers may draw their own conclusions. However, dealing with the specific points you raise.
1. They certainly did not "bend over backwards" to help me and my family. They were unhelpful and unwelcoming.
2. I did not say that they were "stuck up".
3. The local paper reported (if you click on the link at the foot of my review) as follows: "Insp Cheryl Daldry, from the agency, said: “When officers entered the premises [the Viceroy, Frinton], we could hear instructions being shouted upstairs for people in the accommodation above the restaurant to make some kind of escape.
“One man was found shivering on the roof, while another had locked himself in an upstairs room, so we had to make a forced entry.”
The agency said both men had outstayed their visas and no longer had permission to be in the UK.
Checks revealed a third man, aged 24, who was working in the restaurant, was also there illegally and further deportation orders are now being arranged."
I do not consider that this is worthy of a good reputation.
Are you saying that the service meted out to us is acceptable because as you put it they are "VERY" busy at weekends? I do not consider that to be an excuse for appalling service.
I have never suffered such poor service/treatment anywhere. They should aspire to deliver service offered in City restaurants.
I shall no doubt return to Frinton (I have relatives who live there and am very familiar with the place). I see no reason to return to the Viceroy unless frankly they contact me via this site, apologise for the inexcusable treatment we received and then of course I would consider trying them again.
The Lock and Barrel up the road was much better and I would encourage readers to go there instead.
dilly1965, 4 November 2010:
Thanks for your comments..on my comment!
I think you may have misunderstood the tone of my comments. I am NOT saying in any way saying that your experience was good or acceptable. I am NOT defending your bad treatment whic i wholly accept was true. I would find that unacceptable if it happend to me. The point I was simply trying to make is that this has not been mine or any of my friends' expereince here. That is all I am saying.
Again, I can only speak for myself and my own experiences living in the town and knowing this place for over 2 years now. That's fair, no? And having just read the review by Class90 ..that reflects my OWN experiences there.
This in no way detracts from the poor treatment YOU received of course. I am simply providing a sense of balance..one swallow does not make a summer and all that!
I cannot speak for the owners of the Viceroy of course, but I am more than happy to bring this to their attention as I am sure they would not be too happy.
I hope you take my comments in the constructive and sympathetic manner in which my comments are offered..after all we need to be constructive but honest about our views on these review sites, yes?
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