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Bengal Merchant

7 The Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8PH, England
+44 1833 695857
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“curry” (48 reviews)
“bombay potatoes” (22 reviews)
“chicken” (28 reviews)
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Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Halal
££ - £££
7 The Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8PH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here with 15 friends, we'd pre booked and were given a room to ourselves which was great. Everyone ordered a variety of dishes and they also gave us some extra sides which was very good of them, the curries all had different flavours and...More

2  Thank sandynorrie73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent meal in Bengal Merchant. Just as good as the famous Glasgow curries. Friendly and attentive service. Enjoyed the Lamb Bindi.

3  Thank einsteinjrp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I cannot believe some of the reviews. I have eaten here before and it was somewhat better. However, I have been in the West Midlands for some years now and know what can be achieved. The menu was way over-priced for what was produced. The...More

Thank BaxterWright
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to a LOT of Indian restaurants, around various parts of the country, but this was hands down the best one I have been to. The food was delicious, so fresh and melt in the mouth yummy that I'm hungry just thinking about...More

2  Thank SandieMe
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My partner and I visited the Bengal Merchant on the recommendation of our butcher. This becomes important later. We have been to a couple of Indian restaurants in the county but, so far, have struggled to find one we actually liked. We decided to eat...More

3  Thank thomasm1964
Reviewed 30 May 2018

Nice food, nice staff, nice price, nice atmosphere. Swift, but not rushed service. Chad particularly helpful.

5  Thank MD100000
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

It is often very hard to find really good, authentic Indian/Bangladeshi food when traveling in Britain, but this is certainly one of the greats! We were, of course, tempted to order more than we could eat and had not registered that there would also be...More

5  Thank Travellers-K
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Last time I gave this restaurant 5* and had excellent service. This time we were shown to our table by a young man sort of grunting in our direction to show us to our table the menus were just dumped on the table in front...More

2  Thank loubaz
Reviewed 26 May 2018

Lovely curry takeaway! We moved to the area hoping to find a curry that could live up to the high standards we were used to from our last local. So we weren't disappointed when we found this place... Lovely quality meats are used (I'm extra...More

2  Thank Elizabeth R
Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

I have been using the Bengal Merchant for a few years for take away curries. This restaurant, in my opinion, is by far the best in the town, not only for the food, but the brothers who run the restaurant. All food ordered has been...More

4  Thank Shepruss H
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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
Shorna B
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 The Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8PH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Barnard Castle
  • Phone Number: +44 1833 695857
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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 for exotic meals with friends & loved ones in a warm, cosy and romantic setting.For those with something to celebrate we also have a separate, newly refurbished function room too.
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