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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” (46 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 10 September 2018

First night out when visiting Barnard Castle and were lucky enough to have spotted The Bengal Merchant. Food choice was superb with some unusual dishes. High quality ingredients and very tasty. Staff delightful.

4  Thank Ann S
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Absolutely amazing meal the best hariali I’ve ever had absolutely stuffed as I didn’t want to leave any as it was so good...husband had chicken jalfrezi and once again amazing....staff as usual were fantastic...top Indian restaurant in Barnard Castle x

3  Thank berlianne
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Unusual menu, with the old standards on but also some delicious house specials. Our waiter and waitress were lovely, attentive but not intrusive and the food was excellent. The peshwari naan was so light and fluffy, and my prawn puree was delicious. The lamb in...More

1  Thank 941BrendanD
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Visited this evening, a quiet night for them, and enjoyed a super meal Staff pleasant & helpful, but not overly intrusive. Decor a little tired, but upgrading in the near future. Many thanks for a great meal.

2  Thank jgm667
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Always a lovely welcome,the food is exceptional.We often order a take away too,they cater for slimming world or weight watcher clients too.

4  Thank caroleh177
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Had an amazing time here tonight with the family. The food as always was lovely. The staff cannot be faulted nothing is too much trouble for them. We had the grandchildren with us ages 2 And just under 1 both were welcomed and catered for...More

3  Thank TracyF316
Reviewed 9 July 2018

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

4  Thank sandynorrie73
Reviewed 5 July 2018

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

4  Thank einsteinjrp
Reviewed 16 June 2018

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

1  Thank BaxterWright
Reviewed 16 June 2018

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
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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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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, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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