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183 Hotwell Road, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4SA
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(0117) 922 7617 or (0117) 9276017
Open 7 Days a week (including bank holidays)
Sun - Thurs: 5:30pm to 11pm
Fri & Sat: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
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The 1950s can be remembered for many great historical events or movements that have shaped the world we live in today. Nostalgic thoughts of the great, British, recovery from the World Wars is probably the first of many memories that come to mind. The influential era may also be remembered for the beginning of the 'Great Space Race' between the United States of America and Russia. Perhaps it can best known as the era which introduced Rock 'n' Roll or Easy Listening into the world; Elvis or Frank Sinatra being typical household names. Maybe, images of the legendary Pelé, scoring a beautiful goal against Sweden in the 1958 World Cup Final comes to mind. One thing for sure is that, amidst the background of the hustle and bustle that made the 1950s an era to remember, the introduction of Indian cuisine to the British Isles was a movement that has had a great impact on British life (Perhaps even greater than the 'Great Space Race', dare we say!).
Situated amidst the picture perfect harbourside area of Hotwells in Bristol, the extremely popular Raj Bari Indian Restaurant was established in 1991 and can actually trace its humble beginnings back to London in the 1950s.
The owner of the multiple award winning Raj Bari, Mostaque Ahmed (Locally known as Ronnie), gained his first experiences of life in the busy restaurant trade from the Noorjahan Restaurant. Famous for its celebrity visits, including Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Rowan Atkinson, and the Chelsea Football team, the restaurant currently sits amongst the plush boulevards of South Kensington, West London.
The first Noorjahan branch was opened in 1953 on Drummond Street, Euston, by the two brothers, Mognu (Father of Ronnie) and Ismail Ahmed, having just completed their services in the British Navy as Ammunition loaders on the British warships. Contrary to the vast amount of Indian Food outlets we see today, the restaurant was only one of a handful of establishments in the whole of the UK. Perseverance, patience and a hard work ethic, typical of laborers of the time, brought much success for Ahmed Brothers, leading to the opening of the second Noorjahan branch, from which Ronnie started his life as a Restaurateur.
Unfortunately, many years had passed before the Ahmed Brothers, who had traveled to England at a very young age and served the nation so proudly, had passed on, not so soon after one another, which left Ronnie with desire for a fresh start. Leaving the restaurant in the hands of another family member, Ronnie left London and headed west, to eventually find the growing city of Bristol. And, in 1991, he opened the great restaurant we see today, the Raj Bari.
Today, including Ronnie's 30 years of experience, the restaurant boasts a truly astonishing, combined experience of 100 years of serving absolutely delicious Indian food! Promoting a relaxed atmosphere, a contemporary look and a truly traditional Indian taste that is unique to the Raj Bari. The famous secret spice mix recipe, that has been developed by Ronnie over 3 decades, has seen customers regularly dine here for over an amazing 20 years!
The name 'Raj Bari' means ‘Kings Home’ - appropriately so, as we aim to provide an Indian meal that is fit for a King! Today the Raj Bari is known by many people of the Bristol community and we also take pride in the thought that customers even travel from other Cities and Towns to dine in the Restaurant - even as far as New York! We are here to provide you with a traditional Indian taste that is hard to find - after all the fresh taste of India is only available at the Kings Home, the Raj Bari.
So if you would like to enjoy a truly brilliant dining experience that has been developed over half a century, please do come to the award winning Raj Bari Indian Restaurant!
We provide 100% genuine ingredients in our dishes. If you are allergic to nuts or have any other dietary requirement, else please do inform our staff in advance of orders. Thank you.
We love to know what you think of Raj Bari...
Great food!! Great atmosphere!! simply the best!!
The best curry in Bristol!! I have never been disappointed!! Keep it up!!
In all my years of dining out, I have never been to a more hospitable restaurant than this. The food is fantastic and I can assure you I will be back. Thank you
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Please be advised some of our dishes contain the following allergens:
Gluten, Milk, Soya, Egg, Fish, Lupin, Celery, Peanut, Tree nuts, Sesame, Mustard, Sulphites, Molluscs, Crustaceans.
Please speak to the manager when ordering if you have an allergy or concerns. We cannot guarentee 100% that our food will not cause any allergic reactions.
(0117) 922 7617 or (0117) 927 6017
183 Hotwell Road, Hotwells,
Bristol, BS8 4SA