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Nadee Indian Restaurant, Derby

By Molly Scott – 11th August 2020
What I loved about Nadee:

Nadee enjoys a beautiful position slap bang on the edge of the Trent and Merseyside canal. There’s a large beer garden and you can sit right by the water’s edge to watch the world go by. The overall theme is quite beachy, with beach hut style parasols and even a huge sandpit to keep little ones entertained.


Worth paying a babysitter?

Take the kids. Nadee starts serving food at 4pm so it’s perfect for an early dinner to accomodate little ones’ bedtimes. The sandpit should keep them entertained for at least as long as it takes you to enjoy al fresco drinks and dinner.



A family run, pub-like Indian restaurant with an expansive beer garden on the side of the canal. It’s great for people (and swan!) watching as there were plenty of barges going past when we were there.

The menu is fairly limited, although included all the classic dishes you’d expect to see at a British Indian restaurant. We particularly enjoyed the poppadoms which were perfectly light and crisp and the onion bhajee which had a delightful fiery kick. The chicken handhi, one of the chef’s specials, was deliciously aromatic with a good level of heat. The meat was plentiful and beautifully tender.

Service was prompt and efficient. Nav, the manager, made a particular effort to welcome us and ensure we enjoyed our evening.

We arrived just before it opened at 4pm and had our pick of the tables. There was plenty of seating overlooking the canal and some with a better view of the beachy area which suited us. My daughter amused herself making sandcastles and generally covering herself in sand (thankfully there’s a handy outside sink!). I find eating out with children can be really hard work but the set up at Nadee was perfect for families and meant we could relax and enjoy our meals.

We really enjoyed the family atmosphere earlier in the evening. It was a beautiful summery evening and the restaurant was busy with people taking advantage of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme.

On a weekends, there is sometimes a live DJ playing house music from early evening until late into the night. Coupled with the beach area and the thatched roofs of the parasols, there’s a real “beachy” vibe – not totally dissimilar to being in the Balearics or a Goan beach party. Locals often joke about Derby being “Derbados”; this is the closest I’ve ever felt to being on a beach in landlocked Derby!


Value for money: 9 out of 10

The menu is competitively priced – you’d pay this anywhere but at Nadee the setting gives it the edge.

For more information visit: https://www.nadee.co.uk/



Molly x


This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management to dine at their restaurant free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

Molly Scott Derbyshire
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