01-12-07 Pakora Sunrise
Surprisingly there were no special events in the village yesterday to celebrate Saint Andrew's Day but thankfully the date co-incided with the Curry Night at the Ashbank Hotel so we chose to celebrate there, and very nice it was too.

After meeting friends for pre-curry drinks in The Glen Bar we went over to the hotel for dinner. Sitting down, we had a big bowl of Bombay Mix to nibble on for a few minutes until a big plate of poppadoms arrived, accompanied by a selection of chutnies and sauces.

Having polished-off the poppadoms, next to arrive was a plate of additional starters: 2 types of pakora, samosas, and onion bhajis - two of each. By the time these were finished we were all thinking about a sweet and coffee but the main course was yet to come!
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A choice of either Korma, Madras or a vegetarian curry was on offer. We chose three Madras and a veggie curry. The size of the portions had to be seen to be believed, and none of us was able to finish our plateful. The beef was cooked beautifully, literally falling apart on the fork, and tasted delicious although my own tastes run to a little more spice.

Sitting back in our chairs, bellies distended, next to arrive was the sweet. I plumped for ice cream with mango pieces which was gorgeous.

Coffee and mints rounded off the night and we all agreed it was a great meal and most excellent value for money.

I understand plans are afoot to hold more themed evenings in the New Year so if you didn't make the curry night I can only recommend you give one of the others a try.

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