Peterborough city center is full of restaurants and drinks.
The perimeter of Cathedral Square is almost entirely made up of restaurants, bars and fast food chains.
However, most of these places are chains. Stroll around and you’ll find Five Guys, Wildwood, Pizza Express, Nando’s, Turtle Bay, and Prezzo, among others.
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Now, there is nothing particularly wrong with most of these places. But at times like these, it just seems like supporting a small business and trying something a little different.
Perhaps the best option for this in Peterborough is Tap & Tandoor, found on Cumbergate.
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With restaurants in Peterborough and Solihull, Tap & Tandoor is a gourmet pub that combines craft beer and Indian street food – a winning combination in my books.
It was launched in Solihull in June 2018 and a presence in Peterborough followed a year later.
The Tap & Tandoor website describes its approach as mixing “the comfort and warmth of a traditional British pub with a touch of Indian heritage”.
He adds, “It thrives on being an independent pub with a focus on local produce and suppliers. The kitchen uses open-air meat for the popular mixed grill – a selection of premium meats cooked over charcoal.
From experience, Peterborough Restaurant is a good place to spend an evening – whether you are looking for an exciting and different meal or a place to have a drink with a few friends.
A bar with plenty of natural light has plenty of screens showing live sport and serving a wide variety of British and foreign beers.
Veltins Pilsner, Kona Big Wave and Blue Moon are among the choice of international beers, while the Purity Warwickshire brewery offers a number of beers on tap.
There is also a rotating number of guest beers. On my last visit, Maule’s Mandarina Lager was an unconventional star, but very tasty.
The restaurant itself is sleek, spacious, and modern – the decor doesn’t quite look like your usual curry house. It’s at odds with the historic exterior of the building, but it really works to create a unique feeling.
However, the piece of resistance is, of course, the food.
A full menu includes small plates, homemade curries and tandoor dishes cooked over charcoal.
Tap & Tandoor lends itself to a tapas approach with the order – sharing a number of small plates and curries between the group.
Chilli paneer, okra fries, and amritsari fish (crispy breaded fish gouges flavored with chaat massala) are must-haves, while large beer-battered bhajis are perfect to accompany a meal or as a bar snack.
The hariyala chicken tikka is your choice of tandoor options. Covered with a green-colored spice coating, this is an intriguing and appealing dish that brings a nice touch of spice.
Curries, while basic in their name (chicken curry, butter chicken, palak paneer), are also excellent. The spinach-based chicken palak is a triumph, while the palak paneer also makes good use of the spinach, pairing beautifully with the distinctive fried cheese.
In truth, there isn’t much on the menu that isn’t worth eating.
Beer and curry have always gone hand in hand. Tap & Tandoor does this in a slightly more refined way than your usual bhuna with a pint of Cobra. It is a gem of the Peterborough restaurant scene.
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