52 Barton Gate, Barton-under-Needwood, Burton-on-Trent DE13 8AH
Comments on TripAdvisor indicated that booking is advisable and we were planning to be there on a Friday evening, popular for eating out, so took the advice. We asked for 7pm, and were offered quarter to, so it was as well to have phoned. The restaurant is in a building that was obviously once a pub at a junction of rural roads just outside Barton-under-Needwood, itself a commuter village for Burton-on-Trent (hyphenated place names are all very English, but two in one address is a bit OTT!). It is only 5 minutes drive from St George's Park, something very useful to know if you don't want to spend an excessive amount on standard business hotel dinner at the Hilton. (link to follow)
When we arrived the place was buzzing with a small crowd of folks collecting takeaways, and a flurry of super-efficient waiters. We ordered a puppadum each and a shared starter of Zaqune Lamb which proved to be lamb tikka smothered in barbecue sauce. The lamb was really tender unlike the usual lower quality tikka meat, but quite honestly the barbecue sauce detracted from it rather than adding anything. For mains, we also both chose something not available from our local restaurants; Hyderabad style lamb shank for Nick, and Salmon Delight for me. My salmon was really different and very good, but rich, and as such the portion was far too large. Similarly Nick's lamb shank was large, and whilst he found the sauce rather bland, I thought it the best Indian lamb dish I had tasted in a very long time. The fall-off-the-bone meat complemented the sauce very well.
With pilau rice, sparkling water and a large red wine for Nick the meal was not cheap but good value.There were plenty of other dishes on the menu that we would like to try if we are in the area again.