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A visit from my parents last weekend resulted in visiting an Indian restaurant at Scale Hall, just outside Lancaster city centre.

We were familiar with the restaurant chain, who have three other restaurants (in Shevington, Bellinge and Foulridge), as they previously had a restaurant near my hometown.

As a result of our previous positive experiences, I was hoping it would be just as good.

The restaurant is set in a beautiful, old building, something which I have never experienced when visiting any other Indian restaurant. The interior meant that the whole restaurant felt a lot more upmarket than going for a usual curry. The beautiful stain glass window is a sight to behold in itself.

Image from TripAdvisor 

As you walk through the doors, there are comfortable seating areas for you to enjoy a few drinks and decide upon what you order, next to a large bar area. In keeping with the name, there are also extremely cute elephant ornaments to decorate the building.

Image from Babar Elephant 

The restaurant was very busy but we found that this didn’t have a largely negative impact on the service. We did have to wait a while to receive our drinks, but this is understandable given that it was a Friday evening with plenty of people also waiting to order.

With poppadoms and pickle to start, followed my choice of Murgh Tanger, a curry from the signature specials part of the menu that is described as ‘hot, sweet and sour’, 'stir-fried in a special unique Taramind and Mango Sauce'. Image my own

It was definitely one of the best curries I have had in a while! I would also recommend the Kashmere Pilau, which had a fruity flavour and contained chunks of pineapple. 

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I would recommend Babar Elephant if you want a contemporary yet relaxed dining experience. You can get to the restaurant easily by car as well as bus, if you get off at the Aldi bus stop on the number one route. From there, it is less than a two minute walk up the path. 

I look forward to returning sometime in the near future.

Rating: 8.5/10

Helen Jordan

Lancaster '19

Helen is a third year English Language student and will graduate in 2019. Her favourite topics to write about include cooking and tips for uni life. This is Helen's second year writing for Her Campus and she is looking forward to her role as Chapter Correspondent for Lancaster in the 2018/2019 academic year.
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