Great Indian food and service off the beaten track

A tiny village on a quiet country road outside Inverurie is not the obvious place to look for a good Indian restaurant. But for those who do take the trouble to search it out, you will find a hidden gem.

The Boar's Head is based in the old pub in the village of Kinmuck, just across the River Don from Inverurie.

The most surprising thing as you go through the door, is the colour. The Boar's Head is not decorated in the traditional reds, oranges and maroons so prevalent in Indian restaurants. It is pale blue... very blue.

Boars Head Kinmuck

The next notable thing is the warm welcome and the attentive staff will usher you to a table or a booth, surrounded by pale blue.

The menu runs to four pages and includes plenty of the usual favourites, plus a good number of less common specialities.

I chose South Indian Garlic Chilli Chicken as my main course.

It was not long before the trolley arrived with our food tastefully presented, with carved pepper "blossoms" to add to the eye appeal. It proved a good choice, offering reasonable heat from the chillis but with a palette of tongue-teasing flavours.

The naan bread was crisp on the base, but puffed up and fluffy on the top - the right combination for texture contrast. All this was complemented by a pint of Kingfisher.

Now that we have found it, the Boar's Head will definitely become one of our regular haunts. A combination of a warm welcome, efficient and friendly attention and good food is a winning formula.

The biggest challenge the Boar's Head faces is its location. It is just over three miles from the centre of Inverurie, but it is off the beaten track.
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