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Bengal Merchant

) #6 of 39 Restaurants in Barnard Castle €€ - €€€ Indian, Asian,
7 The Bank | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8PH, England
+44 1833 695857
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“curry” (35 reviews)
“chicken” (25 reviews)
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Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Halal
€€ - €€€
7 The Bank | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8PH, England
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1 - 10 of 447 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago 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

4  Thank em3334
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brilliant food! I live in Birmingham and am spoiled for good curry houses (including the Balti Triangle (where the Balti was born)), but I've just had one of the best curries I've ever tasted. Chicken Jalfrezi Vindaloo hot - plenty of large chunks of well...More

5  Thank Malcolm D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made the mistake of booking into here based on the reviews on TripAdvisor. Sorry to those of you who rate it but this was our worst meal of the year. The place is ok - it feels a bit 80ish but nothing wrong with...More

1  Thank Ged W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an excellent restaurant. From the moment you step in to the moment you leave you are made to feel welcome the staff are friendly and nothing is to much trouble and the food is amazing! Worth every penny xx

4  Thank cluegirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I recently visited this restaurant to eat in,having previously had delicious takeaway meals. The food was superb and the service was beyond the call of duty. To quote Arnie "I'll be back".

6  Thank khollins1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Bengal Merchant for my birthday celebration. It was really nice. We were seated towards the back of the the restaurant. Very clean with interesting artwork. We played a game of count the elephants. I had the Sagrani which looks hugely impressive and...More

3  Thank loubaz
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

All the good reviews on Trip Adviser are correct. This is an excellent restaurant. From the moment you step in you are made to feel welcome and the food is amazing! The best chicken tikka I have had in a long time. Every member of...More

5  Thank Ruth W
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Wonderful authentic Indian food with choices from an extensive menu, beautifully cooked. The staff were not only enthusiastic but genuinely interested in our opinion.

5  Thank Robert B
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25 February 2017|
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Response from gsw9982015 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry - I don't know but food is very good
Shorna B
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
28 April 2016|
Response from geoffdixon | Property representative |
Hi Gaby, Thank you for your query. Sorry we do not offer a delivery service apart from a one off group delivery to customers in Middleton in Teesdale on Sunday evenings. Our takeaway and restaurant menus are both on... 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, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 The Bank | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8PH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Barnard Castle
  • Phone Number: +44 1833 695857
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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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