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Spice Island Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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9 Market Place, Barnard Castle DL12 8NF, England
+44 1833 630575
17:30 - 23:00
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Durham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is a small and intimate restraurant with a good atmosphere. There is a great selection of dishes and the waiters are always very friendly and willing and able to talk you through any dishes you want to know about. The food is excellent, so delicious and the service is excellent too. It is a great place to go, just... More 

Thank evie20162016
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The title says it all. Zak & his team always make the meal special. Excellent value for money. The chicken hariali is to die for! Highly recommended.

Thank kym0392
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my husband on 19th January as previously booked to go with friends but one of them had an emergency and we thought we'd re book for that group. The reduction in group size wasn't a problem. There was a pleasant number of diners creating a nice atmosphere. We were swiftly seated and supplied with the drink of... More 

Thank Jill P
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

When into Spice Island for the first time in a lot of years after having moved into the area. Food was just as good, if not better than I remembered.

Thank aaa885
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Before I start this review, let me just ask you to think, what is the one thing you are given/offered when sitting at the table with the menus and drinks at an Indian Restaurant? I'm hoping you answered popadoms!? If you don't think that's the case then this is the place for you, if you do think you should get... More 

5 Thank John H
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

I've eaten here a hundred times and it's always been great. Wether it's a takeaway or in the restaurant the food is fantastic and everywhere looks clean and nice. The staff are also a credit to place especially the owner/manager Zak. Thanks!

Thank Whoshotjack
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Good selection of Indian food in a lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere. Zak and the team are all really friendly and do a lot to help the local community! They do some interesting dishes which never disappoint!

Thank Charlotte Y
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Bought pakora and nan bread to complement our homemade curry and rice. It was terrible. Small flat portions of pakora, dried up and awful, if I had got this in a restaurant I would have sent it back. Nan bread was very poor small and tough, again if I had been served this in a restaurant I would have sent... More 

2 Thank Joyce M
Edinburgh, Scotland, Uk
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Ordered pakora, chicken pakora and some naan as we had made our own curry at home whilst renting a holiday home in Mickleton. The portions were absolutely tiny and the pakora looked more like a dried up onion bhaji - there were only two flat ones per portion. Chicken pakora was like southern fried chicken- not in crispy batter at... More 

3 Thank surfsummer
Ratingen, Germany
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Fantastic Food, great taste and plenty of food. We used the takeaway section this time instead of sitting in. The portions are huge and delicious.

Thank Rolf A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 31
Indian, Asian, Balti, Eastern European
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Market Place, Barnard Castle DL12 8NF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Barnard Castle
  • Phone Number: +44 1833 630575
There is no doubt that most visitors to Spice Island return again and again to sample its outstanding cuisine. Fine food is one of life's most exquisite pleasures - for you to enjoy and savour whenever possible. Such is the philosophy of the Spice Island restaurant, with Head Chef Babul Miah taking great care, pride and satisfaction in creating the finest cuisine.The Menu takes you on a journey across the different regions of Indian Subcontinent to present a superb combination of vibrant dishes. And from the many regional variations of Indian cooking that provide a wide choice of cooking styles, Babul has matched each dish with a style to bring out the distinct flavours and fragrances of the dish to tantalise the senses.Spice Island is situated in the heart of Barnard Castle and was established in 1995. The site was completely transformed in May 2006, the designer interior strikes the right balance between contemporary and informal, overall the effect is tranquil and completely relaxing.Spice Island Manager Zak Ahmed and his staff are passionate about their work. Their knowledge and experience combine to create a unique establishment.

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