Holi and Bhang Restaurant
Welcome to Holi and Bhang Restaurant and Bar
“Authentic and exotic Indian flavours with a Western connection – where East meets West”
At Holi & Bhang, our philosophy is to bring you a sensation and experience of India through authentic and traditional Indian flavours.
Our head chef, Pankaj, born in the Himalayan foothills of Shimla, whose training and degree at the esteemed University of Orissa in India led him to a position at the highly-acclaimed Michelin restaurant, Esphahan, at the 5 star Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel in Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and renowned for its specially curated gourmand menu with recipes passed down from the Mughal Emperors. Ranked second in Asia and 5th in the World by travel and leisure, worlds best awards, readers survey 2010.
From there, Pankaj broadened his experience in select international restaurants allowing various influences to develop his innovations on Indian cuisine to provide a modern and European blend of style and presentation to traditional Indian dishes.
Our Restaurant Manager and Consultant, Urvesh, who trained at the highly prestigious Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition (IHM), University of Mumbai, made a friendship with Pankaj many years ago and using his natural charm persuaded Pankaj to leave his base in London and assist with opening our very individual and totally unique restaurant in Durham City, Holi & Bhang.
Situated within the inspiring building and grounds of Farnley Tower Guesthouse, we wish you a very special culinary experience.
Relax, unwind and enjoy an evening meal with a selection of wines, cocktails and draught beers at Holi and Bhang, specialising in Indian cuisine.
We are small and intimate, catering for up to 35 people in our main restaurant, with an additional 15 covers for Alfresco dining on our patio area.
Join us where exotic flavours are combined with vibrant spices and the atmosphere is intoxicated with life that goes beyond any drink.
For private parties, we offer an additional separate party room for up to 25.
For table reservations, please call us on 0191 3844455 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Open 7 days a week from 5 pm til 11 pm
If there are any special requests, such as dietary requirements, celebrating a special occasion or anything else contact us by phone or email and will get this arranged for you.
A little about Holi
The festival of love and joy
Holi is the Hindu “festival of colours” or “festival of love” which generally falls on a full moon in March. Celebrated in Spring, to mark the end of winter and commemorate nature’s spring beauty with a good harvest that symbolises prosperity and happiness, and to play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.
Holi is a two-day festival and begins the night before the main festival with choti (small) Holi, where a large bonfire is lit on the streets as a symbol of Holika Dahan (burning of the demoness Holika) symbolic to celebrating the victory of good over evil.
There are many legends given as to the reasons for celebrating Holi, the most well-known one is that of King Hiranyakashyapu and his son Prahlad.
Prahlad's devotion to God (Vishnu) enraged his father. He asked his sister Holika, who was immune to fire, to sit in a fire taking Prahlad in her lap.
Prahlad, who was blessed by God, was saved and Holika was burnt to ashes. This gave birth to the festival of Holi.
Holi celebrations begin the morning after the Holika bonfire. There is no tradition of holding prayer, and the day is for partying and pure enjoyment. Children and young people form groups armed with dry colours, coloured solution and water gun, water balloons filled with coloured water, and other creative means to colour their targets.
Everyone in open areas such as streets and parks are game, but inside homes or at doorways only dry powder is used to smear each other's face. People throw colours and get their targets completely coloured up. It is like a water fight, but with coloured water. People take delight in spraying coloured water on each other. By late morning, everyone looks like a canvas of colours. This is why Holi is given the name "Festival of Colours".
Groups sing and dance, some playing drums with plenty of traditional delicacies of food, including the famous bhang drink (made from cannabis) consumed by adults.
Holi is now celebrated all over the world to bring joy, life, happiness and togetherness.