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Bengal Merchant


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Nestled in Barnard Castle's beautiful ancient artisan quarter, below the Market Cross is a charming, inviting, comfortable restaurant offering sophisticated, vibrantly flavoured, subcontinental cuisine of real style and taste. The menu features authentic, traditional favourites as well as creative dishes all made with the freshest ingredients. For those with an eye towards light, healthier eating we also offer our famous low calorie (yet authentic Indian) option of all our curries.The Merchant attracts a knowledgeable and loyal clientele who come back time and again for the fine food with exceptional friendly service. The Bengal Merchant is one of Barnard Castle's treasures and a perfect choice
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Halal
Dinner, After-hours
Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best Indian for miles around. Best food. Best service. The owners are lovely, lovely guys. Brilliant staff. The new decor is so authentic as an Indian should be. Very warm and welcoming. Beautifully done, great colours.

Date of visit: February 2019
4  Thank janemorritt17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here on a Sunday evening. The mother biriyani was very tasty. My husband had a mixed grill which was amazing. Friendly staff and great service!! This is a place we will be visiting again! Five sagar excellent! 😁

Date of visit: February 2019
3  Thank 115jeanetteh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really wonderful Indian restaurant made even better by a recent and very well executed refurb. It's more intimate than before, nicely lit and decorated and always spotlessly clean. We've been visiting for many years and it's been consistently excellent throughout that time....More

Date of visit: February 2019
4  Thank Timphiz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has got to be THE best curry house in the whole of the UK - no joke! I've been here a couple of times now and both times have been bowled over by the exquisite flavours from their extensive menu, and by the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
4  Thank Roger F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed in the local area for business a few time and went to this restaurant each time! The food is incredible and the staff are extremely welcoming and friendly, without doubt, the best Indian I have had in years!

Date of visit: February 2019
4  Thank Matthewpriest
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is absolutely amazing! Top quality dishes and delicious selection of drinks. The staff are so welcoming and create a lovely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend this place to everyone who enjoys Indian/Asian food.

Date of visit: February 2019
4  Thank Mar7inGreen98
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been going here for years, got to know the staff really well. Atmosphere is fab, new decor is amazing and staff are lovely food is amazing!. Would recommend to anyone! Never had any trouble and always come out of there very satisfied

Date of visit: February 2019
3  Thank Charleylouise12
Reviewed 10 February 2019

Sit down meal with friends, unplanned to recently refurbishment Indian restaurant, door opened for us warmly greeted, requested table, short wait allocated window table, busy without being overcrowded, nice calm atmosphere, tastefully decorated, clean, suitably lit, wide range of drinks, staff knew their menu well,...More

Date of visit: February 2019
2  Thank Storyteller668038
Reviewed 10 February 2019

We decided after a wet cold day out walking to get a take away. Googling local Indians Bengal Merchant came up with promises of “Best curry house in Barney” We made the decision to go with them based on this, the 4.4 reviews and the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank BrierleySL
Reviewed 9 February 2019 via mobile

A regular customer in the Bengal eating in and takeaway , Fantastic customer service by all the staff , friendly down to earth and great with recommendations. Fantastic food and very good beer . Having tried the rest of the local Indians during my time...More

Date of visit: January 2019
3  Thank Shaqharris24
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24 August 2017|
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Response from joesco | Reviewed this property |
Try phoning the restaurant is your best bet. Telephone 01833 695857.
25 February 2017|
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Response from gsw9982015 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry - I don't know but food is very good
4 September 2016|
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Response from geoffdixon | Property representative |
Hi, There is gluten in our rice, nans, chapattis and other items on our menu as with many Indian restaurants. We take allergies seriously and have an extensive menu, so for each allergy we have a printed list of menu items... More
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