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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 24 February 2018

The staff here are really nice and the food very fresh with excellent flavours and choice. Quick service even though they seemed busy with takeaway orders as it was Friday night. Great place to eat.

2  Thank pjags
Reviewed 19 February 2018

We had previously eaten in The Bengal Merchant and were impressed so decided to go again. We were not disappointed. The food was as good as I remember and everything came freshly prepared and piping hot. My husband said his dish had a unique and...More

2  Thank Waitknowe
Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

Tasty fresh and filling My favourite Indian in my area Staff friendly and make you feel at home lovely

2  Thank Annie W
Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

Been quite a few times. Food is always good, the staff go out of their way to make sure you're comfortable.

3  Thank Cabma7
Reviewed 30 December 2017

On the coldest night of the year surely its not too much to ask you to pop the heaters on? Lukewarm room & average fodder, sorry...

3  Thank Neil T
Reviewed 24 December 2017

we really enjoyed our meal and the staff were very friendly. Only criticism is that it seemed a bit rushed with the starters arriving before we finished the popadoms!

1  Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Any visit to Bengal is always a great experience. On the food front, it's always fresh tasting and delicious. There's a wide variety of dishes on the menu and they can be altered to suit your taste. Service is always quick and efficient and the...More

3  Thank mrlowes84
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Always superb food and service at Bengal Merchant Food without the grease you get at a lot of Indian eateries Try the curry with pickle or Goan crab curry Fab The only Indian restaurant we will go to in Teesdale and we have tried others

3  Thank TeesdaleMudpies
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

We called into the Bengal Merchant for tea as we couldn’t be bothered to cook. My husband had a new hot curry and thoroughly enjoyed it. He likes his curries hot, hot, hot! I also tried a new dish which was a little hotter than...More

3  Thank Sally G
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

The staff are kind and friendly, the food was amazing, always having a great atmosphere. The place was full to the brim on Saturday, yet they still maintained a fantastic service.

4  Thank ReeceyCo
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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, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, 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
  • E-mail
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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