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Spice Island Restaurant

9 Market Place, Barnard Castle DL12 8NF, England
+44 1833 630575
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“curry” (33 reviews)
“poppadoms” (21 reviews)
“onion bhaji” (6 reviews)
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Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
9 Market Place, Barnard Castle DL12 8NF, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We have been a big fan of this restaurant for a good few years as dinning customers, we got a take away last Thursday after returning from holiday and craving spice, can honestly say it was best take away curry we have ever had, one...More

Thank Adrian B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Decided to change venue for a takeaway curry, went to Barney Castle for a change. Good exciting menu, had a lovely hot rice dish, and one of the best Tarka dhal dishes Ive tasted in a long time. Only downside was I had to wait...More

Thank Bruce J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely meal excellent service and not over priced definitely go back staff brilliant lovely clean restaurant

Thank Mandy O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived fri evening for dinner. Table for 4 no problem. Excellent choice of interesting house dishes. We had 2 mild and 2 really good and hot. Good service. Good food. Reasonable price wine. Spent £100 for 4 inc drinks Great

Thank David B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Phoned for a take away very disappointed. Korma tasteless yellow puke and why put g on garlic nan when couldn't taste or smell it. Tikka masala was so week even the dogs ate it, fit only for animals horrid meal

5  Thank Caroline T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service was really slow the orders were incorrect when finally arrived The food came and was cold meat was very chewy would not return seems to be worst Indian I have had in a while Disappointed

6  Thank burnsy1981
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After having spent a full day out with the family,castle visiting and shopping we were starving so asked a local shop owner where they would recommend,they gave us two choices,an Italian or spice island,we chose Spice island and by god was it good,we were advised...More

Thank Beergoggles1971
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in here on a Saturday night as we were having a wander through the town. Service was excellent throughout the meal and we were seated quickly. The menu had a wide variety of choices including some dishes I hadn't heard of before. The...More

Thank MarcusHurley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate there on a Friday Night. Excellent food. Excellent service. They even offer dairy free for Vegans which doesn't happen often in an Indian because of cooking with Ghee.

Thank GBK6
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've posted many reviews on TA but this is my first where no food was involved. I was on business alone in Barnard Castle for the night and decided on an Indian here after a couple of pints in the local pubs. I arrived at...More

4  Thank nick7p
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Questions & Answers
6 July 2017|
Response from Zak A | Property representative |
Hi thank you for your enquiry. it depends on what items you order, we use local lamb which comes from local butchers so it is not. Our Chicken is halal
25 February 2017|
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Response from Zak A | Property representative |
I'm afraid we don't have any kids meals, however our meals come in dishes so are very easily shareable. We also have an extensive starter range which many people opt for. Many thanks
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$31
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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