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The Last Days of The Raj

Dinnington Indian £££ +100
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About The Last Days of The Raj

The Last Days of the Raj were some years past – Indian independence was 60 years or so ago – and, indeed, The Last Days of the Raj restaurant is a long way from India itself, but they’re putting up a more than decent effort from their location in Dinnington Village. Their menu is inspired by the flavours of India and Bangladesh, and the whole gamut of spices and ingredients that are so entailed, from starters fresh from the tandoor ovens or a range of curries that takes in both the classics of the genre and a few house signatures thrown in for good measure. Visit The Last Days of the Raj on the Main Street in Dinnington Village, just up the road from Newcastle for an Indian meal to remember in the North East.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 17:00 - 23:00
The Last Days of The Raj, Main Road, Dinnington Village, NE13 7JS Dinnington

Further Information

The Last Days of the Raj were pretty spectacular – what with the splitting of one of the largest colonies in the world into several different countries – and, while it might be a little bit far-fetched to say that The Last Days of the Raj restaurant is as spectacular as that, they are pretty impressive in their own chosen field. Arthur Khan began the restaurant back in 1984, and while they didn’t open until 2015 in Dinnington Village, they have already been awarded with the Best Newcomer award at the British Curry Awards. Take a trip to Dinnington to see the Last Days of the Raj in its full glory.

A restaurant doesn’t become as well-regarded as The Last Days of the Raj in Dinnington Village without a few special things on the menu. Alongside the classic curries and tandoori dishes, there are plenty of house signatures to get your teeth into. Seafood fans will try the monkfish jalfrezi or the Goan coconut Machli, with tamarind and chilli, whereas spice fiends will go straight for the Jhal Jhool Duck, with an aromatic, Madras-strength sauce, or the Murgh Naga, with chicken and the eponymous Bangladeshi chillies. Vegetarians are well catered for too – go for the Maharajah’s Spiced Vegetable Biryani – and as such, something for the whole party can be found at The Last Days of the Raj in Dinnington Village. Book a table now, as they do get busy on occasion.


110 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 110 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Noise: mute
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
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2 reviews so far 6
12.08.2017 23:22

Beautiful food in elegant setting. Professional and polite service. A lovely evening had by all. Reasonable prices and good choice of drinks available. We will definitely return as the menu had so much to offer!

1 review so far 6
11.08.2017 07:43

This was our first visit to The Last Days of The Raj and it certainly won`t be our last. All of the staff were very friendly and professional, taking time to communicate and welcome us to the new environment. The food was absolutely superb. We are already looking forward to our next visit.

1 review so far 6
08.08.2017 07:23

Excellent food ,the staff were excellent ,professional and friendly ,The restaurant was not busy but had nice atmosphere and prices very reasonable with pint beer cheaper than most pubs .Have been here about four times to sit in and had a couple of takeaways and have not been disappointed,

2 reviews so far 6
06.08.2017 10:34

Always friendly staff, very pleasant surroundings, impeccably clean and most importantly amazing food!! Never had a bad meal there. We have Indian restaurants nearer to where we live but would rather make the 20 minute drive and eat at our favourite Indian!!

1 review so far 6
30.07.2017 00:05

What a lovely restaurant! Very comfortable sitting area in small bar to givectime for a 1st drink and a look at the excellent menu choices. Choices made then led to our table and away we went! Food was excellent from the papadoms and relish through to a lovely Bhuna Prawn on Purée followed by very flavoursome Chicken Patia and Keena rice with a side of Sag Aloo. With drinks the bill was just over £40 and nothing was left over to bring home!! A must for 1st time curry lovers! For those that are aficionados of this great food, a wonderful find - try it - and go back - we will for sure!!!!

1 review so far 6
25.07.2017 07:29

As a very 'seasoned' curry eater, the Last Days of the Raj is up there with the best from the poppadoms to the enormous nan breads. The words that spring to mind are 'fresh'and 'flavorsom'. Excellent service in a luxurious setting. Don't be fooled by the small village location. This restaurant would not be out of place in high end, big cities. More people need to visit this place, they'll be pleasantly surprised. Ideal if you're visiting the North East, Metro Centre or Newcastle, especially the Airport, as it's only a short drive away.

1 review so far 5
12.08.2017 08:40

Excellent restaurant! There are a wide selection of dishes on the menu ranging from what they call the 'British Classics' - Bhuna, Roghan Josh, Dupiaza, etc. - through to several dishes I've not seen before. Unusually, the Tikka dishes were not priced higher than other dishes. All dishes are rated with a number of chilli icons and judging from the dishes we chose, these seemed accurate. Service was fast and attentive (though the only reason for the 5 instead of 6 was that our particular waiter was inexperienced and it did show a little - though we all have to start, somewhere). Overall, very enjoyable and we will be back!!

1 review so far 6
11.02.2017 22:24

Our 3rd visit & once again fantastic service & food. We booked our table online & once shown to our table there was no rush to order. We were asked if we were ready for our main course which was nice as it gave plenty of time between our starters. Both starters & main courses were very tasty & fragrant the lamb was so tender as was the chicken. The Last Days of the Raj has a beautiful decor & an ambient atmosphere I would certainly recommend a visit to anyone.

2 reviews so far 6
27.08.2016 17:50

We have eaten here several times and have been made to feel very welcome every time. The quality and taste of the food is as good as anywhere in the North East. The decor is of high quality contributing to the impression of a bright, spotless establishment. The restaurant is obviously popular - I just hope it doesn't become so busy that we can't get a table at short notice!

1 review so far 3
05.11.2016 22:16

Disappointed with our visit tonight. When we first visited this restaurant it had only been open a couple of weeks. The staff the service and the food was excellent, however tonight wa a bit of a let own. Firstly they couldn't do a chilli tikka masala. You can get the that at any high street take away, so settled for a chicken naga, which was dry and not very tasty. When I mentioned this they said that was the way they Did it. They acknowledged that the chicken tikka was dry and offered a drink on the house. This gesture does not address the main issue, the meal was not up to standard. Has complacency set in? If so this should be addressed ASAP before they lose their excellent reputation.

1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 21:02

I went for food with a friend on a Sunday night. The hosts/waiters were all very friendly and everything was served quickly. The food was lovely. I had chicken tikka dupiaza. It was the best curry I've had. All of the ingredients taste so fresh and you get good portions. Would definitely recommend Last days of the Raj and will be going back!

1 review so far 5
09.07.2017 08:07

Beautiful food and excellent ambience. We were greeted immediately on arrival and made to feel welcome. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will definitely be back. Only negative was lack of parking outside. There is a car park in front but very limited space due to inconsiderate parking. The street to the side does allow you to park but it was completely full. Managed to find a space as someone was leaving fortunately.

1 review so far 6
16.11.2016 13:58

We have had several meals at The Last Days of the Raj and each has been excellent. the food is delicious and the staff attend to any request with a happy smile. It is a relaxed atmosphere, never rushed so each course can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Thank you for some great meals, we'll be back. Joan.

1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 19:53

first class service and first class food,we enjoyed our first experience of dining in at The Last Days of The Raj. Well done to all the staff

1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 16:43

Had a beautiful meal here with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday. Food, presentation, decor and service were really good. Such friendly helpful staff. Lovely touch after our meal when I was brought out a gorgeous piece of chocolate cake with a candle. Definitely going to return very soon. Thank you.

2 reviews so far 5
07.11.2016 16:44

Had yet another great meal at The Last Days of The Raj. the service was as crisp as ever we will be back hopefully in the not to distant future

1 review so far 6
31.12.2016 13:16

Top quality from the welcome you get. Food well experience it to believe it. Staff are all very friendly & cheerful. Always being asked if allspice OK with the food ? Did we need anymore drinks or anything else. All in all a fabulous Indian restaurant of top quality.

1 review so far 6
25.06.2017 11:44

Have now made several visits to the Raj and once again we were 100% satisfied. The whole evening was superb with good food good service and good company. What more can I say other than If you have not been you are definitely missing out.

2 reviews so far 6
23.10.2016 08:02

I visit this restaurant quite regularly now and have never been disappointed with any aspect of my visit, from the greeting upon arrival through to the meal !! For lovers of fresh Indian food, this is an absolute must !! But remember to book !!

1 review so far 5
18.06.2017 16:29

The welcome and service is excellent. It is very clean. You are not rushed it has a very relaxed atmosphere. The curries are very well made and There is plenty of choice.They can recommend a suitable curry if your not sure. I've been quite a few times and it never disappoints

1 review so far 5
04.11.2016 14:00

Lovely decor in an engaging restaurant. Attentive staff and very professional. Food is very, very nice too. I had the Sri Lanka curry with lamb it was very tasty indeed. this restaurant is a personal favourite of mine and one I would recommend to any lovers of Indian food.

1 review so far 5
11.01.2017 07:44

Very pleasant surroundings, very helpful and friendly staff. The menu includes all the regulars plus a number of house specialities. Everyone in our party of 6 enjoyed the food, one saying it was the best curry he had had for 'ages' Would recommend and will be visiting again

1 review so far 5
23.04.2017 18:18

Service was very good, Whilst food was very nice I didn't think it was any more special than other Indian Restuarants in the area, I thought menu was pretty predictable. Probably not go back simply because there are better Restuarants more local to where we live

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 17:43

The best in the area. Excellent food with authentic flavours, a great selection of dishes and staff who couldn't be more helpful and friendly. And friends we have taken there have all said the same thing.

1 review so far 6
22.09.2016 08:01

Beautiful surroundings, helpful and attentive staff and, best of all, outstanding food! This was our first visit the LDR (group of 8) but it ertainly will not be our last - we had a fabulous evening.

2 reviews so far 6
08.03.2017 10:13

It was Tuesday night so quiet, but service & food were faultless. Easily parked outside. Good night with mates so slightly raucous. Bill was £88 incl starters, drinks, coffee for me the driver. Excellent. Thank you

4 reviews so far 6
29.08.2016 22:10

Good food, good service though a bit expensive, but worth it. I am a regular customer. The even take the order over telephone before coming to the restaurant and the food is ready on arrival.

2 reviews so far 6
21.07.2017 21:57

Excellent food and staff. Really tasty food. The starter Bhubaneswar prawn en purée was really fresh and just. The right amount of spice. The main courses equally so and plenty of vegetarian options as well.

1 review so far 3
20.02.2017 16:03

Although a quiet night service nothing more than adequate. Unusually for this restaurant the food was not up to the usual standard. Onion bhaji very dry and bland and chicken curries,although two separate and different orders looked and tasted indentical. Portions not overly large and pilao rice decidedly small. Remains to be seen if we return anytime soon although it may have just been on off night for them. Disappointing.

1 review so far 6
11.03.2017 21:17

Great service and very tasty food. We have visited this restaurant many times, on different days and at different times and we always receive a 5 star service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
17.03.2017 08:12

Excellent food at a fair price with excellent service, my wife and I we will be visiting again soon with friends and has been added to our list of the best restaurants we've visited.

2 reviews so far 6
09.05.2017 08:26

Beautiful venue, exceptionally clean, prompt, helpful and friendly staff and fantastic food. There are plenty of Indian restaurants nearby however I would always travel the 24 mile round trip to come to this one.

2 reviews so far 6
16.07.2017 10:55

Smart premises, attentive staff and excellent food. Drinks prices fair too. We've been a few times now, it can get very busy at peak times but we always book online which is very useful.

2 reviews so far 6
19.05.2017 13:35

I am a regular here and it is always excellent !! The food is always superb, the staff are very friendly and courteous, I strongly recommend a visit, but be sure to book.

2 reviews so far 6
18.09.2016 14:43

A little out of the way but a very rewarding destination. The food is excellent, the service efficient and friendly. The restaurant interior is bright and clean. The place is clearly very popular.

2 reviews so far 6
20.11.2016 10:48

Good food served quickly and courteously. What more to say? Second visit but used to travel to Low Fell as a treat occasionally. Dinnington closer to home so will be going more often

1 review so far 6
16.07.2017 09:31

The restaurant was well presented, it was very clean and tables well presented. The service was excellent,they did not hassle you, the food was served in hot dishes and tasted lovely. Highly recommended.

3 reviews so far 6
20.12.2016 22:48

Always welcoming, friendly staff. Food is well priced and tastes delicious. Love going here. Gold card allows us to save. Kids always enjoy the beatlenut, aniseed and hot towels after; the little things.

1 review so far 4
03.10.2016 19:31

Food was very good but service was very slow. The fact that there was a table of about eight being served ahead of us could have been a factor but the staff didn't seem concerned at the time it was taking for meals to be served to other customers.

2 reviews so far 5
01.12.2016 10:01

We really enjoy going to the Raj. The food is good you do have to wait a while for it as it must be cooked to order which is why it's so good. Good ambience lovely decor. Definately recommend

1 review so far 5
28.08.2016 16:01

great location,great ambience,excellent food,atentive staff. will deffinatley return.had a problem with our reservation. we recieved an e mail stating we had canceled our reservation which was not the case.had to ring the restaurant to confirm the reservation was valid.

1 review so far 6
26.07.2017 08:25

The service is great and the food is delicious, it isn't the cheapest but as it was the nicest curry I have had in a long time it was worth every penny.

1 review so far 4
05.02.2017 17:06

The restaurant was very busy, so unfortunately we had an hour waiting time before we even got our starters. But the food when it finally arrived was exceptional. We have been to this restaurant several times and therefore didn't mind the wait as we always enjoy the food.

1 review so far 5
01.01.2017 08:27

Food was fantastic and the waiter was spot on with his recommendat ion. Friendly staff. Only tiny issue was service was a bit slow, but didn't really affect our night as it gave us more time to chat.

1 review so far 6
28.03.2017 10:10

Lovely place and great food. We were made very welcome. It was our first visit there and were suitably impressed not least by the complimentary drink whilst waiting for our taxi.

1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 06:33

First time I've been to the restaurant but will definitely be returning. Food is amazing and the staff very attentive. All of my party were more than happy with their choice.

2 reviews so far 6
22.02.2017 08:22

Was visiting as it was my partner's birthday. We had a fantastic time. Food lovely and staff very attentive. Would definitely recommend to others. Will no doubt be back again soon.

1 review so far 6
20.04.2017 22:15

Excellent meal and service. Very attentive and tremendous value for money. We had young children with us and even they felt special and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Would highly recommend.

1 review so far 5
12.02.2017 07:51

A very good find - excellent food, polite and friendly staff and obviously popular. Parking is a challenge but an ideal venue if you have plenty of time and are looking for a relaxed night out.

2 reviews so far 6
03.03.2017 21:00

We are regular visitors and as always the food was delicious and the service fantastic. This restaurant has a sophisticated atmosphere everything is top quality and we highly recommend.