It is a truth universally acknowledged that Britain plays home to a great number of Indian restaurants. Not all of these restaurants are good (but that’s true anywhere). Some, however, are far superior. So. How to separate the wheat from the chaff? This handy list of my top 10 Indian restaurants in the UK!

The 3 Best Indian Restaurants Outside London

Best All-Around Indian Food: The Viceroy, York

The Viceroy storefront. Image via Yelp user Sarah G.

The Viceroy storefront. Image via Yelp user Sarah G.

I could happily eat at the Viceroy repeatedly — and have, in fact! Absolutely a must-visit when you go to York — perhaps after visiting Yorkminster Cathedral?

The staff provide attentive and friendly service. I recommend the peshwari naan, chicken biryani, vegetable samosas, and chicken curry, and mixed (lamb/chicken) tikka.

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Best Meal Portions (and Vegetarian Options): Chutney’s, Oxford

Chutney's Indian dishes. Image via ChutneysOxford.co.uk

Chutney’s Indian dishes. Image via ChutneysOxford.co.uk

I’m American, so I’ll confess I enjoy large portion sizes. We don’t see a lot of that across the pond, which overall is fantastic (I don’t need the temptation!). But when it comes to Indian food…the more, the merrier. Especially if you come with friends.

Chutney’s offers regular portion sizes (and its extensive menu means even the pickiest eaters can find something to enjoy) — as well as two multi-course degustations, one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian. I found the (non-vegetarian) degustation to have plenty of food, so much so that I couldn’t finish it — a first for me!

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Best Ambiance: The Eastern Eye, Bath

The Eastern Eye, Bath. Image via Telegraph.co.uk

The Eastern Eye, Bath. Image via Telegraph.co.uk

The Eastern Eye is worth a visit for the decor alone! But the food delights, as well; I recommend most of their curries (though the chicken biryani, I found underwhelming). Bath offers so much to do and see; a meal at the Eastern Eye is simply the icing on the cake.

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