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Bengal Merchant

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7 The Bank | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8PH, England
+44 1833 695857
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Darlington, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I would like to thank all the staff for ensuring all the food I ordered on Sunday night for a large number of wedding guest who had stayed on after a local wedding on Saturday reached them. The staff went over and above to accomodate us after an unexpected event. The food was the best takeaway we had ever eaten.... More 

2 Thank isabelevans62
Isle of Man
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72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great find, thanks to Tripadvisor! This is a family-run restaurant which is of a very high standard. The food was delicious, with a varied menu and reasonable prices. The décor and atmosphere were pleasant and the toilets were very clean. The staff are amongst the nicest that we have met anywhere; they were friendly, attentive and efficient during... More 

3 Thank Digr
Grantham, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in with three friends for an evening meal. Warm and friendly greeting. Cobra beer good but the food was slightly disappointing. Nothing that wrong with the food just very bland and not at all spicy. One of us had Chicken Tikka which didn't seem to have any Tikka flavour to it, even the starter which was curried fish was... More 

1 Thank PETER L
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Indian restaurant is a favourite with all my family members .we regularly order from the take away menu.Occasionally we have been part of a very large group 20+ visiting the restaurant.The food has always been exceptional.Guests from other parts of the Uk have expressed the view that they have eaten their best Indian meal at this restaurant.The service is... More 

2 Thank janebarnardcastle
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We had the set meal for two as it contained some things we had not tried before. It was a lovely mix of flavours. Staff were friendly and attentive and the amount of takeaway orders being collected indicated that it has a good local reputation. Meal quality very good and more than ample portion size.

2 Thank Sue S
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

We travelled 25mins to this takeaway as we were on holiday. It has to be one of the very best takeaways we have tried and we have tried hundreds believe me, we live near Ocean Road, South Shields and have travelled the length and breadth of England, so by far we have to say this is one of the very... More 

3 Thank Michele R
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

We have been to this restaurant several times and every visit has been good. We chose the banquet this time which was £36. Very good value and probably too much food for us but it was all delicious. Poppadums crisp and very dry to start then starters. We were able to swop the starters on the original menu for onion... More 

2 Thank gsw9982015
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

We travelled into Barnard Castle from our near by campsite to have a few drinks and a meal and boy was it worth it fantastic food and very friendly staff, clean and comfortable all round top night.

3 Thank Oughton80
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Order a takeaway as had a busy weekend, love butter chicken & prawn karma ready as soon as I walked in as always. Finished off a lovely weekend....

3 Thank 4polly
Spennymoor, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

We have been going for many years now. We travel 12 miles from Spennymoor. Why? If you want good quality indian dishes served in clean comfortable surroundings by pleasant staff who have an interest in their customers you will not find better. Thats why we will continue to eat there.

3 Thank geoffreyp696

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi, Eastern European, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Good for
Dining on a budget, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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
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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