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7 The Bank | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8PH, England
+44 1833 695857
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5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Nestled in Barnard Castle's beautiful ancient artisan quarter, below the...
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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  • 45
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Another excellent meal!

Just returned from the Bengal Merchant after another top class meal. Always fresh, tasty and large portions. Mufti and the rest of the team work so hard to make everyone feel welcome. Can't wait to go back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Just returned from the Bengal Merchant after another top class meal. Always fresh, tasty and large portions. Mufti and the rest of the team work so hard to make everyone feel welcome. Can't wait to go back.

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Gateshead
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17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited here based on the reviews from trip advisor. We were very impressed with the food we had both starters and main courses. The food was good portions and we all felt it was fresh and not cooked in a lot of oil. We would visit again

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Manchester
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Friendly staff great food. i would recommend this restaurant and will visit again next time i'm in the area.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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44 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

we arrived at Barnard Castle very late one Thursday night after a long journey. The staff at Bengal Merchant were only to happy to offer us a table despite the late hour, we had an enjoyable meal and did not feel rushed at all. The restaurant was decorated with the usual paraphernalia one might expect. The toilets are situated upstairs... More 

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Durham
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Lovely food. Staff on hand to advise which dishes compliment each other. Large starters. Not rushed. Poppadums and pickles good. Too much food , couldn't finish it. Nice atmosphere.

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We have eaten here a few times and it's always been fantastic! This time we decided to get a takeaway as we were staying in a campsite nearby. We ordered onion bhaji's as starter and Chicken and vegetable korma's, rice and naan for main. We were given 3 papadums with pickles, one portion of onion bhaji's contained 4 with salad,... More 

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Middleton in Teesdale, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We have had many lovely meals here but this was special. Restaurant meal for ourselves and two close friends to celebrate our Silver Wedding. Excellent starters for vegetarian and meat eaters. Had the banquet for two with several other main and side dishes. Staff also presented us with cake and candles to celebrate. Really glad we chose to go here... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

The food here is amazing and the staff are very professional and make you feel very welcome. So good that I'm booking in for next weekend

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Go here nearly every weekend for my curry takeaway fix and is simply hard to beat. Food cooked to perfection and always great service. Long may it continue !

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The Bengal Merchant is consistently very good, the food and service can't be faulted. The staff are always helpful and pick out some very good dishes which I wouldn't risk trying! Last nights medium fish curry was fantastic - fresh, tasty and just the right kick!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 The Bank | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8PH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Barnard Castle
  • Phone Number: +44 1833 695857

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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