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Spice Merchant Cookham

4.4
4.4
93 reviews
£26 to £40
Indian
As the first restaurant Spice Merchant Cookham was the beginning of the success of this award-winning group. Ever since Bashir Islam opened it in 1982, it's had a superb reputation for fine Indian cuisine.

Ancient 15th century coach house, which offers a historic setting that has been tastefully modernised to ensure a fantastic dining experience. With its wonderful low ceilings, three separate rooms and restaurant upstairs or private dining, which are the original design of the building, has a unique intimate and cosy atmosphere.

The menu here is very traditional, with pot cooking and flame grilling as the main cooking methods. This restaurant is for those who are looking for something new!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

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Takeaway

01628 522584

Other options

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian, South Indian, Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01628 522584

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Anil Singh Bisth

  • Catering

    Our sister company Feast-online is available for customers requiring fine dining event or corporate catering. Please enquire within the restaurant.

  • Private party facilities

    Two luxurious private dining rooms, each tastefully designed. Seating for parties up to 20 or 40 guests. ideal for that special occasion or corporate event.

What 93 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MI

    MIKEB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always. Only one curry house in cookham . The spice merchant. Need I say more
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    This was meant to be a birthday dinner ruined by a rude, unprofessional manger. (Sarwan, name I was provided) As soon as we arrived they tried to seat us in a tight corner (for being the only “indians” in the restaurant) he shouted at his staff in his language which my husband understood, until we asked to be moved, then ignored because we didn’t order dinner & starter at the same time (nobody even mentioned this) a shame when your spending in the regions of £200 for food & for an occasion we were celebrating after two years, so very disappointed & annoyed that we were treated like this so no stars for experience but food overall was of a good quality.
  3. A

    Ajay

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am indian and this is really authentic and delicous!
  4. CA

    ChrisA

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really tasty, great food. Would recommend to curry lovers
  5. VP

    VeryPoor

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We asked if we could order starters first and main course later. Told that as it was a Saturday, they wouldn’t do that because it was busy, but said they would tell the kitchen to wait half an hour between courses. This didn’t happen and the main was served immediately after the starter. It never got busy either. There were several empty tables the whole time we were there. Our table was next to the phone which was really loud and constantly going off. The food was far too salty, particularly the tandoori chicken which was almost inedible. Over priced (£130 for two people). 10% service charge added on to the bill without checking with us first. Service was nothing special, especially with bringing our main meal out far to early. Very disappointed as we were out on a special occasion. There is too much local competition to be this bad. We definitely won’t be going back.
  6. V

    Vallie

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent authentic Indian cuisine. Helpful, knowledgeable staff. Delightful setting. The only drawback is trying to find a parking space in Cookham.
  7. AC

    AliC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very lovely service and exceptional food from start to finish
  8. MA

    MARY

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The beer was flat, wrong dish was delivered and a dish arrived that had no resemblance to the menu. A staff member was rude, indifferent when we try to explain... WOULD NEVER GO BACK AND WILL DEFINITELY SPREAD THE WORD
  9. L

    Lest

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice food, service a little slow but very expensive for a curry. Kind of standard pricing for Cookham though.
  10. BB

    BeverleyB

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant and always great food! Quick service and very friendly
  11. WL

    WolfLaMoy1

    London

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Sunday lunch with my mother 👍
  12. SB

    SueB

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and lovely friendly staff made this a really nice evening for us. Simply perfect.
  13. NH

    NickH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couldn’t fault the meal, service or ambience highly recommend
  14. MM

    MikeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've loved and eaten curry for over 40 years and have travelled around India so I don't say this lightly. This is the best Indian food that I've ever had. The Salmon starter is simply WOW. Wonderful restaurant, fabulous food and I will be coming back
  15. KM

    KristinaM

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely food and waiter very accommodating . They made up a passanda curry for my husband but it was not great tbh. My curry was very nice and would order that again. Staff very nice and would def go back.
  16. AM

    AnitaM

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Two meals out of four were very poor. One was super salty (one waiter told me that they cook to their own palette and that it wasn’t, luckily a more experienced front of house realised there was a problem and took it off our bill and gave us all a free drink). We didn’t complain about the other meal, but it was just very hot without much taste. This is a real shame as we have had some wonderful food here over the years. Thank goodness the more experienced waiter was about, or to be honest we wouldn’t go back
  17. RW

    RossW

    Berkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food was ok, my starter was a shrimp based dish which was pretty lacking in shrimp as was my friends scallop dish lacking scallops. (12 and 13 pound starters. My main course of Lamb rajastan was pretty average, the lamb was far from the promised ‘tender’ and the sauce lacked any real subtlety or finesse.
  18. MM

    MurdochM

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time visit to the Spice Merchant in Cookham and I would highly recommend it. The menu is very extensive and the amount of choice was very daunting initially. The staff were excellent and very attentive to our requests and provided very good guidance on our meal selections. The food was delicious and we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we visit again.
  19. H

    Hazzabo

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food really good, service not so good. Very hot in the side room.
  20. SC

    SteveC

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Slow but very polite service. Expensive draught beer at £6.20 a pint. Excellent menu with dome unusual items. Seafood platter starter was over-cooked to the point of dryness. The Rajastan lamb curry was very good but hotter than expected. All problems were addressed politely and to our satisfaction. We probably wouldn't return as Cookham has many other restaurants.
  21. MT

    MaureenT

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service was very good but have to say the price for drinks were ridiculously expensive
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a lovely meal
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Early valentines date with my Wife
  24. ST

    SteveT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to restaurant for great Indian food and the service is excellent !
  25. EO

    EveO

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was really nice and well presented! Service was fast and attentive.
  26. R

    Richard

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another great evening at Spice Merchant Cookham. Fantastic food as always, with great service. Food can come as fast or slow as you like.
  27. D

    Denzil

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and great service. Very friendly, attentive staff. The onion bhajee was amazing. More pricey than your average Indian restaurant but well worth the extra cost. Would highly recommend.
  28. GM

    GerryM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food OK but not exceptional. Very expensive and not as good as Maliks
  29. s

    soniam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    outstanding service. lovely atmosphere. great food. onion bajhi to die for.
  30. GC

    GeorgeC

    Buckinghamshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A smart place with very good food and an interesting menu. Priced accordingly.
  31. C

    Christine

    Buckinghamshire

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyable time had by us all, great service and food.
  32. T

    Triplet3

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining here and will be coming back amazing evening , great food.
  33. LP

    LauraP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One slight hiccup with one dish which was swiftly remedied and followed up with a complimentary drink which was very thoughtful of the staff as the mistake with the dish was very minor. Food as always was delicious.
  34. T

    Tilly

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, polite and attentive. We thought we were going to be rushed but that wasn’t the case. The waiters were happy for everyone to take their time. The food was very tasty and plentiful. I would not hesitate to return or recommend.
  35. KH

    KatharineH

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service from warm, friendly staff who are knowledgable in their menu. It was very busy past night and they seemed a little flustered. Some of the dishes were outstanding whilst the chicken was slightly over cooked and not quite their normal standard. Although there were some free tables we were a table of 5 seated on a table for 4. As a result there wasn’t enough space for all of the dishes so we sued the table for 2 next to us.
  36. CB

    ChristinaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and very helpful staff navigating the menu. Nice atmosphere! We will definitely go back! :)
  37. DO

    DavidO

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Our first visit to the Cookham restaurant but we have been to Beaconsfield before. Expect really good food enormous onion bhajis and a high bill - great for a special occasion. Empty the night we went but Tuesday evening and the weather was foul
  38. J

    Josie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent and the food was delicious!
  39. AB

    AbigailB

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. Catered really well for the vegan in our party.
  40. J

    Jaysephine

    London

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff, service and food was excellent as always, haven’t visited since lockdown started sadly so this was a lovely anniversary treat for myself and GF !!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Spice Merchant Cookham using the Order Online button. Spice Merchant Cookham also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Spice Merchant Cookham also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01628 522584.

Spice Merchant Cookham is rated 4.4 stars by 93 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeaway

01628 522584

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Spice Merchant Cookham

High Street, Cookham, Berkshire SL6 9SL

Additional information

  • Area

    Cookham

  • Hours of Operation

    Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, South Indian, Asian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Waking distance from Cookham station.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Anil Singh Bisth

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    01628 522584

  • Catering

    Our sister company Feast-online is available for customers requiring fine dining event or corporate catering. Please enquire within the restaurant.

  • Private party facilities

    Two luxurious private dining rooms, each tastefully designed. Seating for parties up to 20 or 40 guests. ideal for that special occasion or corporate event.

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