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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: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night

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  • 205
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Felt like old friends

Wanted to try this as it's the top restaurant in Barnard and having done so it's easy to see why. The food was extremely tasty. Flavoured and spicy but without being hot just for the sake of it. It is the welcome you receive that tops the lot here. We ended up chatting like old friends and got... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
BigAndy
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Manchester,England
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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257 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Manchester,England
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Wanted to try this as it's the top restaurant in Barnard and having done so it's easy to see why. The food was extremely tasty. Flavoured and spicy but without being hot just for the sake of it. It is the welcome you receive that tops the lot here. We ended up chatting like old friends and got some excellent... More 

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Glasgow
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Ate here on the second night of our stay in Barnard Castle. Found out about the restaurant through trip adviser. Lovely service - everyone smiled all the time - and we each had a great curry. It was very busy but service was swift and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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Mirfield, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I only visit here when I travel up from Yorkshire to see my brother so hadn't been since early Summer and the manager remembered me so I was greeted like an old friend :) impressed. I ordered the Chef's surprise but asked that it could be tweaked a little and what arrived was absolutely delicious. The staff were very attentive... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

A cold wet winter evening in Barney; 4 of us decided on a good meal and we must have realised how inclement the weather was going to be as Bengal Merchant was the perfect antidote to all that nature could throw at us (ok, a bit of hyperbole but it was cold and wet....) Warm welcoming smiles and just as... More 

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Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The menu was extensive and the guys working there were very knowledgeable and would have cooked whatever style you required as well as offering advice. A really good choice.

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Great staff, menu very good, I had lamb madras which was delicious, will use this establishment again in the future.

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Pethshire
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

REALLY not sure how this gets to be #1 in Barney!! Have eaten here half a dozen times in late 2014 and it always feels, well, just ... ordinary. The staff are attentive and often amusing*. The food is sensibly priced, but is def "curry house" rather than "Indian restaurant" in standard - sauces and meat mixed together at last... More 

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Isle of Mull, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

First time dining in Barnard Castle,restaurant recommended by local people,and we were thoroughly pleased with their view.The food was superb,as was the fast service,the atmosphere,and the geniality of the efficient staff.Prices were very reasonable considering the high quality of the food.

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Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Fantastic food and speedy service. Lovely atmosphere and staff very friendly and helpful. Cant fault it at all

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Durham
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Went fo friends birthday. Portions ideal, freshly prepared food, delivered by friendly staff and very tasty. Lovely evening, and not rushed

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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: Romance, Large groups

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?