Known as the Rogue Trader since 2001 and the Blacksmith’s Arms before that, the restaurant has been a fixture on the Isle of Dogs for over ten years, offering a place of comfort, warmth and atmosphere, with just a hint of spice in the air.

Food is served at lunchtimes and in the evenings, so where better to have an informal lunch meeting or a divine evening out?

While its menu may not read too differently from the average high-street curry house, Aniseed bearer for Indian food in the UK. From homemade chutneys right through to spiced pineapple with coconut ice cream, chef Alfred Prasad puts on a regional masterclass, where top ingredients are enhanced – not overwhelmed – by sensitive spicing.

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