"Authentic and exotic Indian flavours with a Western connection - where East meets West"
At Holi & Bhang restaurant, Durham our philosophy is to bring you a sensation and experience of India through authentic and traditional Indian flavours. Our Head Chefs Dalbeer and Mahesh have a vast experience in select international restaurants that has allowed them to develop their innovations on authentic Indian cuisine to provide a modern and European blend of style and presentation to traditional Indian dishes. Situated within the inspiring building and grounds of Farnley Tower Guesthouse, Durham we wish our customers a special authentic culinary experience. Relax, unwind and enjoy an evening meal with a selection of wines, cocktails and draught beers. We are 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. For private parties, we offer an additional separate party room for up to 25 people. Download a PDF of our Food Menu & Drinks Menu.

The Holi Festival

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.

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Restaurant & Takeaway Opening Hours


Order food online from Holi And Bhang! It's easy to use, fast and convenient. The online takeaway service contains our entire takeaway menu. Order now Our online service is currently collection-only and is 15% off for all orders.
We are now open for 7 days a week for in house dining in our Restaurant and Takeaway Service from 5pm till 10.30pm. (Last orders are at 9.30 pm) Please refer to our COVID-19 section and click the link below on how we are operating safely with our customers and staff. COVID-19. All Table reservations MUST be booked in advanced by calling us on 0191 3844455


We are currently not operating an in-house delivery service but we are available for deliveries through JustEat, Deliveroo & UberEats.
Allergy Information

Menu items may contain or come into contact with allergens including but not limited to WHEAT, EGGS, MILK, FISH, SEAFOOD or NUTS. For full allergy information, please contact Holi & Bhang directly: 0191 384 4455.