Curry comforts

The Eldon House

The Eldon House offers up authentic food in a most welcoming setting, writes Sammy Milton

Tucked away in an unassuming position just off the Clifton Triangle is a pretty pub doing great things. The Eldon House is the epitome of an excellent British pub – beautiful interior, a well-stocked bar, piles of board games, live music and great food. It’s the sort of place you could spend many hours happily sipping local beers and relaxing with friends and family, so we were delighted to get the opportunity to try their food too.

Arriving on a brisk Thursday evening, the pub was a welcome respite from the chilly breeze outside. The Eldon House has three main rooms – a bar area for those who like a chat, a separate dining room complete with a stage area and another tucked away space at the back, cosy and snug. Beer in hand, we settled into the dining area, feeling warm and hidden from the world under the vast glass ceiling.

The menu at the The Eldon House is innovative and ever-changing – every night offers a different delight. Mondays are given over to burgers and pizzas; Tuesdays are taco night; Wednesdays offer up chicken wings; Thursdays are Curry Khan night and Fridays offer more pizzas, burgers and snacks. There is also an excellent roast on offer every Sunday.

As it was Thursday, we got to experience the Curry Khan menu. Just £10 apiece, you could opt for a chicken dopiaza, a lamb madras, vegetable jalfrezi, curry fries or choose two of the curries to share for £15. All come served with basmati and wild rice, dhal, saag aloo, Peshwari naan bread, mango chutney, popadom and a yogurt and coriander salad. A pretty good deal, we think you’ll agree.

The extremely accommodating manager Ben insisted we try everything, and ordered us a plate that combined all the curries and the sides. And what a great idea this was. A mammoth plate of food appeared from the kitchen and onto our table. True to Ben’s word, there was a mix of everything on the menu, piping hot and a proper feast. We worked our way round the plate and marvelled at the quality of every dish – true this was a pub curry, but everything was of the highest standard.

The dhal was thick and creamy, deeply comforting and flavoursome – this is a dish that is very easy to get wrong, but here it was spot on. All of the curries were excellent, the lamb madras in particular was a highlight – pleasantly spicy, the meat melted in our mouths. The sides were plentiful and truly necessary, the popadoms and naan were perfect for mopping up any stray leftovers, and the saag aloo was filling and immensely satisfying.

The curry fries should get their own spotlight. An excellent choice alongside any of the curries, they would be perfect as a snack to share with a pint – a huge portion of fries positively smothered in tangy curry sauce with pulled chicken and melted cheese.

We felt so welcome at The Eldon House that we stayed on for a drink or two after the meal. It’s that kind of pub – you just never really want to leave. The Triangle can often be a student wasteland, full of below-par clubs and bars, but wander just a little further, and you’ll find sanctuary. Make sure you pay them a visit and see what we’re talking about.

The Eldon House

6 Lower, Clifton Hill BS8 1BT

0117 922 1271

www.theeldonhouse.com

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