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Welcome to Holi and Bhang Restaurant and Bar at Farnley Tower Guesthouse

“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.

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.

To make a table reservation, please call us on 0191 384 4455 or email us at

Open 7 days a week Monday to Saturday from 5 pm til 11 pm

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Holi and Bhang Restaurant and Bar, The Avenue, Durham City, DH1 4DX   Tel 0191 384 4455 


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