The days of Rudyard Kipling and Merchant Ivory’s Empire were brought to mind at a curry evening at the Georgian Tearooms in Bridlington Old Town.
Diners ate curry off bone china and sides were served in teacups – it was all very civilised and charming.
Sue Tobias has had the establishment for two years and is enterprising and enthusiastic.
Part of her drive to put her tearooms and the Old Town on the map is a series of themed evenings.
Curry night followed a Greek themed event and there are more to follow. She tries to organise one a month – the event to coincide with war weekend promises to be fantastic with British food on the menu and entertainment put on.
Curry night was sophisticated and spicy.
Poppadoms, onion and mango chutneys were already waiting on the tables as diners entered.
They were there to nibble on while drinks were ordered and served. Wines and beers are brought in for the themed nights.
Samosas and bahji were served as starters and they were deliciously crispy and tasty. There was enough for appetisers but not over-facing.
Guests had a choice of curries – a creamy chicken korma or hot madras.
My sister Janette went for the korma which she declared creamy with just enough heat to know it was a curry.
I chose beef madras – lovely thick slices of tender meat served in a thick, hot curry sauce. It could not be faulted.
Both dishes were served with boiled rice and a naan bread. There was plenty of food.
We were asked to choose a preferred main dish in advance so the chef knew how much to prepare.
To finish I had a fruit salad – mango to the fore which made it tantalisingly tart. There was also ice-cream.
The menu is set – so diners know exactly what they are getting – but that does not mean the evening is regimented.
Diners came at different times from 7pm onwards. The service was unhurried and attentive at all times.
The tearooms are full of charm and curios – the three floors above it are antique emporia – so there are points of interest all round including Alice in Wonderland themed pictures and memorabilia.
The cost of the curry night was £11 a head – drinks extra – which for three courses plus appetisers – all beautifully cooked and served – was fantastic value.
Of course, you do not have to wait for the tearooms to host its next themed night to give it a try. Breakfast, tea and lunch are served. If offers the usual range – soup, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, toasties, teacakes, scones and cake.
A full English breakfast is served until noon –bacon , sausage, fried egg, mushrooms, toast and tea or coffee for £6.50.
Afternoon tea is an event – themed after Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Alice Afternoon Tea is £14 and includes sparkling white wine, finger sandwiches, quiche, chutneys, scones and jams and cakes.
There are cheaper variations on a theme.
Whatever the occasion the Georgian Tearooms have something to offer.
Overall rating: 7/10.