Taj Mahal Bridport Celebrates 40 years in Bridport

Rafique and Helen moved to Bridport and opened the Taj Mahal in May 1983. At that time they travelled daily to Bridport from Christchurch.

The Taj Mahal was the first Indian Restaurant in Bridport, and is now the oldest restaurant in the Town under the same ownership

Helen cooking at Melplash Show 2022

As always when Helen gives a demonstration in the cookery theatre at the Melplash Agricultural Show there is standing room only.

This year Helen showed how to prepare a delicious selection of dishes for an Indian breakfast lunch

Review of the Taj Mahal in July 2022 issue of The Diary Magazine

We are very proud of a recent review made of our Restaurant. The restaurant was reviewed without our knowledge following a visit to the Restaurant in June 2022 and was published in the Dining Out section of the July 2022 issue of The Diary. An exert:

“In summing up we can only say we enjoyed our evening at the Taj Mahal very much. The food was delicious, the service excellent, if a little rapid, and the surroundings very comfortable. Lovely crisp white table linen makes such a difference and shows that your hosts really care.

Going back, yes of course, after 23 years of living in West Dorset, I can’t believe I’ve been foolish enough to pass the Taj Mahal by, I stupidly thought you could only get a good Indian in big cities”

The full article below:

Indian Breakfast/Brunch Sunday 12 June 10.30-2pm

For the first time we shall be opening for breakfast/brunch on Sunday 12 June from 10.30-2pm. This is a special event, and will kick start the popular Bridport Food Festival fortnight running from 12 – 24 June www.bridportfoodfestival.co.uk.

The menu that has been devised by Helen (Choudhury) will be:

Aloo Chana, puri, vegetable curry, khichari and paratha served with coffee or tea

Cost £8.50

Please ring to book 01308 424956/421000

We look forward to welcoming you!

Monday July 19 2021

As we all know on Monday 19 July most of the remaining lockdown restrictions will be lifted in England. Sadly COViD cases are rising in Bridport and we at the Taj Mahal want all our customers to know that their safety and our staff’s continues to be our priority.

We shall continue to to keep the restaurant COViD safe with reduced seating, hand sanitisers, etc. and although not mandatory we hope that all our customers will continue to register with NHS Track & Trace when they arrive at the restaurant and wear a facemask until they are seated. Our staff will be continuing to wear facemasks whilst serving you.

We have all come so far and the last thing we want is a winter lockdown so let us all try to keep everyone safe!!

Thank you for your continued support

Helen and Sanjay

Restaurant Re-Furb!

Whilst the restaurant was closed due to Lockdown, we took the opportunity to refurbish the restaurant – new bar, new chairs, new carpet and new pictures. We have received some wonderful comments from those that have joined us in the restaurant since we opened on Monday 17 May. We are pleased to share some photos with you.

Winner of Bridport Local Food Group Lockdown Hero Award 2021

We are very proud to have been announced as the winner of the Restaurant category in the Bridport Local Food Group Lockdown Hero Awards 2021. Especially important to us as it is as a result of nominations received from the community, our customers! We thank you very much for your votes.

The salutation given was as follows:

“As soon as lockdown came in, Helen took on the responsibility for all the cooking allowing her chefs to go home to their families.   As well as the usual takeaway menu she devised a special value set menu and offered free home delivery to homes within a 3-mile radius of Bridport undertaken by her son Sanjay.  She also took the time to cook curries and deliver for free to the Food Surplus stall at St Swithun’s church. 

“Helen goes to great lengths to deliver top class curries… she is kind, courteous, helpful and very supporting to the local community”.

Valentine’s Special Sharing Menu for 2

Available Saturday February 13th & Sunday 14th February

MENU 1 – £45 per couple


  • 4 Papadums with pickles
  • Chicken Samosa &
  • Chicken Tikka


  • King Prawn Shaslik (King prawns marinated in yogurt and spices, cooked in the clay oven with peppers and onions fired with charcoal, served with salad) and
  • Lamb or chicken Tawa (chicken or lamb tikka with medium spices, onion, green pepper & fresh coriander)


  • Saag Chana (spinach & chickpea)
  • 2 Pilau rice &
  • Naan of your choice

MENU 2 – £40 per couple


  • 4 papadums with pickles
  • Onion Bhajee &
  • Vegetable Puri


  • Garlic Chilli Vegetable Curry &
  • Vegetable Bhuna


  • Saag Chana (spinach & Chickpea)
  • 2 Pilau Rice &
  • Naan of your choice

Why not add an Indian Dessert?

  • Mango or Pistachio Kulfi (Indian ice cream) £4.50
  • Crema Catalana £4.95
  • Gulab Jamum (made with milk & golden syrup) £4.50

To order call: 01308 421000
or 01308 424956