Situated on the A595 at Cardewlees, a few miles out of Carlisle towards Wigton. It is a very busy road, but there is a good sized car park around the back.
We walked in and was shown to a seat in the bar by a lady and given a menu, then ignored somewhat for some time as she chatted with a couple on the next table who were obviously friends. A waiter then came in and wandered over to take our drinks order.
We ordered and were shown to our table. The restaurant looks like an old barn - nicely done out I must add, but with lots of old brickwork and little rooms. Nicely set tables and comfortable seating.
We started with some poppadums. They were fine, nice and crisp and the sauces were good.
I asked for a vegetarian starter, there was a couple of options on the menu, Chapati Roll or Veg Chat - I said either would be fine. I think I got Veg Chat.
It was very good, although the carrots were tinned, but the taste was nice and the presentation was lovely.
Hubby had Chicken Pakora - his response was "nothing special", but beautifully presented.
For a main I went for an Okra side dish and a "minted pea" side dish. Both were ok, but nothing memorable. The "peas" were actually chick peas, for some reason I expected garden peas :)
I had it with a paratha and we shared rice and chips.
Hubby had Chicken Tikka. Small portion, tasted fine, but again, nothing memorable.
In a nutshell portions were small, nothing very exciting, and service wasn't the best we've ever had.
Bad points were apart from the Indian menu you would be forgiven for not realising it was an Indian restaurant, the only people we saw (young man and lady) were locals, the restaurant looks very nondescript with not a lot of atmosphere.
There was a book end of an Elephants bum by our table which was covered in cobwebs, and my wine glass was dirty, only realising once I had drank the wine. The toilets need a good overhaul too.
Not somewhere I would rush back to, but let us know if you have been.
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The Mango Tree
Cardewlees, CA5 6LG,