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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%
Travellers talk about
“bombay potatoes” (21 reviews)
“curry” (46 reviews)
“chicken” (28 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 22:00 Hours
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 12 October 2017 via mobile

I chose the Bengal Merchant from previous Trip Advisor reviews and was not disappointed. The restaurant was not very busy on the Friday evening we visited which was slightly concerning, especially as most other restaurants in the town centre seemed fairly full. The service was...More

2  Thank klotts
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

I pop up to the Bengal with my parents every time I visit - a 30 minutes drive , which says alot. Last night it was as great as ever, superb Balti, great jalfrezi , all with loads of chicken tikka in the dishes. The...More

5  Thank Jonathan P
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

We weren't expecting such a good experience! Friendly staff, good food and reasonable prices. What more could you want.

4  Thank wolfieupnorth
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Having left the area in the late 60s,there was only a Chinese restaurant and it was a case of you got what you got and that was it. What a difference nowadays.Visiting relations we deemed to call in on a Monday evening (Bank Holiday). It...More

4  Thank Tony H
Reviewed 3 September 2017

We were made most welcome and enjoyed a beautifully cooked and presented meal, would recommend this restaurant highly.

4  Thank barbarahunt59
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Staying at nearby caravan site, decided to get a take away. Food was lovely, portions big enough for two meals. Lovely friendly chatty staff. Highly recommended

3  Thank des2512
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Delicious food, reasonable price, lovely staff. Very good meal would definitely eat here again next time we are here.

4  Thank Luke H
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Visited here tonight, it was a Wednesday and wasn't many people in but the staff were friendly in the right balance that nothing was too much trouble without being in your face. Made us feel very comfortable and encouraged questions about the dishes. Large very...More

5  Thank em3334
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Need to book. Uninspiring outside but inside excellent. Pompadoms a little expensive but good. We had three different meals . All were excellent. Drinks average price. Attentive staff. Will be going again.

5  Thank ritahall
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Can't fault this restaurant at all, always first class service from very friendly staff and really great food. An authentic and clean restaurant, best in town.

4  Thank Sharon W
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Questions & Answers
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
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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