Best Indian Restaurants in Durham

There are lots of Indian restaurants in Durham and, over the years, the city has gained a reputation for being a real spice-lover's paradise. And, it’s certainly not without reason as you will find some of the best Indian cuisine in North East England here.
From traditional family-run curry houses to fine-dining restaurants that serve classic Indian dishes with a modern twist, there are so many eateries that you'll struggle to choose just one. There are options to suit every budget, too. So, you're sure to find somewhere to enjoy mouth-watering meal in our round-up of the best Indian restaurants in Durham.

 

Shaheens ·

48 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3ET

If you like your Indian cooking to be authentic, you'll love Shaheens. This family-run restaurant has been serving up classic dishes according to traditional recipes for over 30 years, so you can be sure that what you're getting is authentic Indian cuisine. The friendly and attentive service is just as good as the food, and the staff will be only too happy to accommodate your needs. Whether you like strong spicy flavours or very mild dishes, rest assured that you will be well taken care of.

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Alishaans ·

50-51 North Road, Durham, DH1 4SF

Alishaans is a modern Indian restaurant that offers regional and Bangladeshi-inspired dishes at very reasonable prices. The atmosphere is relaxed and sophisticated, and the service is warm and welcoming — perfect for a romantic meal for two. It's conveniently located next to the train station, and just a short walk from the Castle and Cathedral over the river.

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Amaani ·

The Pumphouse, Farm Road, Durham, DH1 3PJ

Based inside a stunning converted pumphouse, Amaani is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion with an Indian feast. It aims to offer a dining experience like no other, with beautifully presented food and attentive service. The restaurant also offers a very reasonable lunchtime deal on weekdays. Amaani is located a short drive south from the city centre, near the Botanic Gardens.

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The Capital ·

69 Claypath, Durham City, DH1 1QT

Located right in the heart of the city centre, The Capital offers sophisticated Indian dining with a European twist. You can expect to find classic curries and a huge array of meat and fish dishes, all cooked up by the restaurant's award-winning team, and there's also a varied wine selection. The Capital is located inside a historic Grade II listed building, and the interiors are very impressive, so it’s a good choice if you're looking for a restaurant with a luxurious atmosphere.

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Holi & Bhang Restaurant & Bar ·

Farnley Tower, The Avenue, Durham, DH1 4DX

East meets West at Holi & Bhang, an Indian restaurant where exotic flavours and vibrant spices are served with a European twist. Its team has won awards for their high-quality local ingredients, and you can expect to find a very appetising selection of modern Indian dishes, all stunningly presented, on the menu. The restaurant is based inside the stunning historic building and grounds of Farnley Tower Hotel, and offers excellent views over the Castle and Cathedral — be sure to dine on the patio if the weather is nice.

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The Spice Lounge ·

St. Nicholas Cottage, Market Place, Durham, DH1 3NJ

At The Spice Lounge restaurant on Market Place, you'll find a huge selection of Indian dishes that have been cooked by award-winning chefs in a casual atmosphere. The menu is very extensive, and you can expect classic curries alongside Biryani and Tandoori dishes. You'll also have the chance to try a 'homestyle curry', cooked extra slowly to give an authentic Indian flavour, so be sure to ask your server what's on the daily specials menu. The Spice Lounge offers a great value set menu for two to four people, including a starter, main course, sides, and a dessert.

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