Thursday 28 September 2023

Lal Qila Indian Restaurant Cramlington


As a family we love Indian food and for many years we went to our local Indian restaurant for Christmas dinner. There are tons of Indian restaurants here in the North East but one of our all time favourites - that I have been going to since I was a child in the 90s is the Lal Qila in Cramlington, Northumberland. Situated right outside of Manor Walks shopping centre in the town centre you will find the Lal Qila. 

lal qila indian restaurant cramlington sign

The Lal Qila is popular with locals and I would recommend booking a table if your planning on visiting, especially if your visiting when they have the cheaper Thursday night special deal on as it gets busy. We visited on a Tuesday evening on our most recent visit a couple of weeks ago but still pre booked a table just to be safe. 

lal qila indian restauraunt cramlington

Whenever we visit we always get a lovely welcome from the staff, most of whom have been working there for many years. Service is always quick, polite and friendly. The restaurant is always spotlessly clean and tidy and has a nice relaxing atmosphere to it with a real mix of customers from families, couples and groups of friends. 

The Food 

In all the years of dining at the Lal Qila we have never once had a bad meal, every dish we have tried over the years has been fresh, hot and delicious. On this occasion I was dining with my dad and adult daughter and we all ordered different meals I got a chicken tikka biryani, my daughter got a chicken tikka masala and my dad went for a chicken shashlik tandoori dish. 

lal qila indian cramlington food

As well as the main menu they also have a specials menu and the staff are more than happy to answer any questions or offer any recommendations. 

To start we just got Poppadoms and pickles, there was a generous amount of pickles and dips served with the Poppadoms. 

lal qila poppadoms

My chicken tikka biryani (£13.95) was a generous portion and the vegetable curry it came with was packed with flavour and had a kick to it. 

chicken tikka masala meal at lal qila cramlington

My daughter got her favourite chicken tikka masala (£10.50) with mushroom pilau rice (£3.95), we also shared a chips and got a couple of nan breads (£3.50 each) to share - tikka and garlic. 

My dads chicken shashlik was served on a sizzling tandoori skillet and looked delicious but spicy. 

shaslick chicken lal qila cramlington

We all really enjoyed the meal but over ordered as per usual as none of us could finish the full meal. 

What We Thought

We loved our visit to the Lal Qila, we have been countless times over the years and every single time the service has been perfect and the food delicious. If you are looking for somewhere to dine in Cramlington then I would definitely recommend a visit to the Lal Qila.

nan bread at lal qila indian cramlington

We will be revisiting in a couple of weeks for my daughters 21st birthday meal as it is her favourite restaurant. 

The Lal Qila is open 7 nights a week and they also offer a takeaway service as well at the restaurant. Every Thursday they do a special night where you can enjoy poppadoms, starter, main, ice cream or coffee and a glass of wine for £17.95pp. You can find out more via the Lal Qila Website

I have a video of our visit over on my TikTok channel


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