The Diwan-E-Am is one of Hexham's longest established Indian restaurants, priding itself in providing only the very best traditional and contemporary Indian dishes, prepared using the finest spices, fresh fruit and vegetables. Herbs are nowadays recognised once again as sources of healing as well as powerful antidotes for treatment and prevention of illness.
Turmeric, for instance, is an antiseptic; cloves can be beneficial to the heart. So some of the milder Indian dishes are packed full of herbs, others are rich in piquant spices that create the sort of aroma which caresses your taste buds as you enter the average Indian restaurant or street market.
Amongst the wide variety of freshly cooked dishes to be enjoyed at Diwan-e-Am are duck cooked with Satcora (a type of lemon from the Syhet region) in a sour and hot texture, or aromatic duck cooked sweet and sour in a coconut sauce.
Gosht dishes offer a variety of lamb treated with methi leaves, ground cashew nuts, pomegranate sauce, split chick peas, hot lime flavouring, as well as the traditional rogan gosth, cooked with extra garlic and tomatoes.
Indian cooking pays considerable homage to vegetarian cooking, and a shabnab curry is a delightful cream curry of mushrooms and green peas. Ponch Chorchori reveals a mixture of spicy vegetables in a hot and sour sauce. Biryani dishes carry a vegetable version as well as the favourite King Prawn, chicken and lamb.
Malayan, Kurma and Kashmiri dishes give a mild approach to your meal, but fans of madras and vindaloo will not be disappointed. Good to see that fish is not neglected, with delicious prawn dishes including salmon and prawns always available.
Be sure not to miss the murgh jardaloo, an ancient Parsee dish steeped in mystery and tradition, a sweet and sour dish strongly spiced and hot.
The usual range of beers and lagers, with a wine list completes a traditional Indian evening of excellent quality.
The menu at this superb Indian restaurant, which is one of Hexham's longest established eateries: says: "Diwan-E-Am (House of Commons) and Diwan-E-Kash (House of Lords) are the edifices built by Ackbar Moghul Empire of India as Shah-Jahan made the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz.
"The Moghuls not only excelled in the arts, culture, poetry and literature but also in India left a far-reaching effect on history in the admiration of food and wine.
"The name Diwan-E-Am was chosen to welcome all food lovers and those who feel a delightful satisfaction with the atmosphere of natural and fresh herbs and spices, which we use in every dish and of course every dish has its own impact and we promise to adhere to our traditional methods of cooking to bring out the richness of the food."
At the Diwan-E-Am, every dish is hand-prepared to the diners order. Their specially trained chefs blend traditional and modern methods of Indian cookery to offer a wonderful selection of Indian cuisine. Their service is attentive yet discrete, and whatever the occasion the staff endeavour to ensure you thoroughly enjoy your dining experience.