When a local pub closes, it can often mean the end to a vibrant village community, but in Rolleston that’s not the case. Not only have the locals got a pub back, they have also got an amazing Nepalese/Indian restaurant to boot!
There’s nothing more that I love than a good recommendation and so, when I heard that Gurkha One was the new kid on the block – it opened June 2015 – I just had to try it! So with a full weekend and no time to book a table, I decided that a take away would have to suffice and so that’s just what we had on Sunday evening to end our weekend in style. Gurkha One at the Crown Rolleston is, I admit, a little confusing at first glance: Is it a restaurant? Is it a country pub? Well it’s both! To be fair, primarily it’s a restaurant but it does have a lovely little bar and an outside beer garden, so I guess you could say it kills two birds with one stone: amazing food and real ales on draft all rolled into one.
Onto our meal – when we arrived at 6pm on Sunday we realised that service ended at 6.30pm, so we grabbed a menu and a pint and headed to the beer garden to start choosing our dishes. The lovely waiter was very informative, explaining their speciality dishes and informing us that as all dishes are prepared from scratch we could choose mild, medium or hot spices depending on individual taste. So in a hurry to get our order in before closing, we made our choices and sat in the garden soaking up the late afternoon sunshine. We were soon joined by Jamil who explained that the restaurant had only been opened since June after a 10 week super-fast refit. Chatting to him we soon realised that the team had brought a real passion to the place and we could not wait to tuck into the food.
Chicken Korma was the first out of the bag, our daughter’s favourite (she is not a spice junky) and wow did it smell good – it was mild with a hint of warmth and a real depth of flavour in a creamy coconut sauce, the chunks of chicken were large and plentiful and she cleaned her plate in record time. I am not a Korma fan generally but I could have easily polished off a plate of this too.
The next dish to follow was a Gurkha One speciality – Taplejung Dumba, boneless lamb with potatoes cooked in a wonderful flavoursome sauce with Nepalese spices, the aroma from this was awesome – not quite as hot as my partner tends to like his curry, but tasty never the less. He will defiantly try this again but next time he will upgrade to hot if he can. Then onto Lamb Biryani cooked Nepalese style, five spices rice and large melt in your mouth lamb pieces finished off with a tangy raita was just delicious and again smelled just amazing, as well as tasting sensational. I am not exaggerating when I say this was the best Biryani I have had to date, and I have had more than my fair share, let me tell you.
Then along came our final dish which we plated up – Chicken Tikka Bhuna, and wow – just wow! A tomato and black pepper sauce with a generous amount of chicken tikka pieces. We opted for a medium spice level with this dish and it was just perfect – it had a really good flavoursome kick to each mouthful and we all had some on our plates. It was our favourite dish by far and definitely one we will be sure to order again.
We shared sides of rice, poppadums and a fresh home prepared pickle tray with handmade mango chutney which we all fought over – this was definitely not like any jar type chutney I had ever tasted!
So to sum it up: Gurkha One’s menu is spicy, its fresh, it’s vibrant, its aromatic, its filling and it’s definitelty worthy of another visit and many more takeaways. To be fair, the dishes can be a touch on the pricey side for a mid-week takeout (take 10% off the menu prices for the takeaway) but they really are well cooked and fresh which makes them value for money. You can taste the freshness of the dishes and the spices. The passion in the team really does shine through in the food and we cannot wait to return because there is so many more dishes for us to try.
If you are looking for somewhere different to visit, hurry to Gurkha One before the secrets well and truly out of the bag. I believe even mid-week tables are filling fast so make sure you call and book to avoid disappointment. If you love curry – you’re going to love this little rural gem. No wonder they’re currently ranked as number one restaurant in Nottinghamshire on Trip Advisor. Go on give it a go – its number one for a reason!!
The Crown At Rolleston
Staythorpe Road – Rolleston – NG23 5SG
Tel ; 01636 819000
Email ; firstname.lastname@example.org