A few weeks ago the old Royal Oak in Tansley finished its transformation from a country pub to a new Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, and in keeping with this, it changed its name to the Matlock Gurkha Inn. You can’t miss the restaurant on the main road from Tansley into Matlock with its brightly painted chairs outside.
Inside the restaurant has been redecorated and the furnishings refreshed to provide a comfortable atmosphere. Director Nitesh, who has come from running a successful takeaway business in Derby, he couldn’t miss the opportunity to bringing something different to the Matlock area so we were in for a treat when we were asked to dine at the new Nepalese restaurant.
It’s been a while since we’ve eaten at an Nepalese restaurant so we were pleased to be given this opportunity. The staff are very welcoming and we were able to pick where we wanted to be seated. Drinks orders taken, menu in hand we looked forward to trying out something a little different.
I usually tend to stick to what I know when it comes to Indian cuisine, which usually is a Rogan Josh or Biryani but tonight we were determined to try authentic Nepalese food and educate our taste buds with some authentic recipes.
We found the menu offered us an excellent choice and after the more conventional starters such as Samosas, Pakoras etc. it had 15 Nepalese Tikka dishes and 3 Nepalese specials to choose from. There were also typical traditional Indian dishes available plus 12 vegetarian dishes, which was really surprising. While we pondered the menu, a poppadum and pickle tray arrived which we devoured rather too quickly!!
Needing advice, Nitesh was on hand to ask, so at his suggestion we ordered the Matlock Gurkha Special £11.95 and the Everest Special Tikka Masala £10.95. The Gurkha Special was slightly spiced lamb tikka, chicken tikka, king Prawns, mushrooms, spring onions, peppers, coriander and the chef’s special sauce. On top were finely grated sticks of ginger, which gave a really nice kick with freshness to each mouthful. The Everest Special was barbecued lamb tikka, chicken tikka, king Prawns, baked in a clay oven with a special masala sauce. This was finished with cream and although quite a substantial consistency, this mild dish had a slightly sweet tang and would be a real winner for those out there who normally opt for a korma or something similar.
We accompanied our dishes with the Gurkha Special rice (£3.50); chicken tikka, peas, spring onion and lamb mince. This was truly scrumptious rice and made a great change from the usual boring Pillau rice, this was so tasty it was a meal on its own. We were also served a beautifully decorated salad, which was crisp and cool. Our favourite naans are garlic and cheese, and baked in a clay oven they were great.
The staff here were so hospitable and friendly, they couldn’t do enough for us. Even offering to let us take home what we hadn’t finished and making up a fresh naan bread for our son. We also noticed the other diners getting the same attention as ourselves so we’re sure that you will experience this when you visit.
As with all new enterprises, Nitesh appreciates that he has a few minor details to address, but as they only opened in mid-August that’s understandable. He has the drive and the passion to make the restaurant a true success and we really wish him all the very best with this.
Matlock Gurkha also offers a buffet on Sundays from 12 noon right through till 10pm. The price for this is £11.99 an adult, under 12s £5.99, under 5s are FREE. This is a sure winner, what great value. It’s a good opportunity to try new dishes and also to bring the children along and let them experience a different cuisine. We’re looking forward to visiting with our children soon.
The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday 5pm-11pm Friday & Saturday 5pm – 11.30pm, Sunday Buffet 12noon -10pm. Large car park to the rear.