Merchants Tavern

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£26 to £40
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Modern European
Merchants Tavern is housed in a Victorian warehouse and former apothecary in Shoreditch, on the edge of the City of London.

In our dining room we offer a full A'la Carte menu with dishes inspired and influenced by the ingredients and cooking techniques of France, Italy and Spain. Group and function menus are also available.
Our bar is open all day from 9am offering breakfast, coffee and tea, craft beers, draught cider, cocktails and traditional and natural wines.

Private Dining

The Storeroom, our private dining room, is now available to hire for up to 22 guests seated or 35 standing and suitable for a range of events.

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l
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've eaten here at a weekend and it's just crazy loud from the bar, which makes the dining experience not so great. But on a week night, the food is still delicious and service super, but you can hear each other. All our dishes were just mouth wateringly delicious.

e
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Nice atmosphere and pleasant staff but the kitchen was a big let down. Our rather lackluster starters were served within 5 minutes of ordering however, the main event took a further hour and a half to materialise. Upon inquiry we were advised that the fish takes longer to cook!! When they did arrive, our mains were lukewarm at best and extremely underwhelming.

Great bar area, but i'd give the restaurant a miss.

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

This in one of our favourite restaurants in Shoreditch and we come here often! The food is delicious and the atmosphere is great, unfortunately they had two members of staff off sick which really affected the service - it was very slow however the guy on the floor was doing his best.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I have been before and I think standards have slipped. The food felt overpriced for what we got and I thought the service was just ok. To clarify the food tasted nice but there wasn’t much finesse - eg just a big bowl of spaghetti with a small amount of lobster hidden within it. It didn’t feel refined enough to command the price tag.

L
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Beautiful light and ambience; great service; top notch food

S
London
67 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was fine, the starters and mains were a little disappointing - my wife’s steak was nice inside and burned outside.
Service was very friendly and attentive.
Ambiance was very nice.
Overall the average food for a premium price made it an average experience.

DR
London
15 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, reliable option. Love the atmosphere and staff

MP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Overpriced for what felt like back of a pub. Busy bar at front and staff not experienced and very rushed. Plate of pasta for £45 is not great value and did not have wow factor for price.

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Service was a bit hit and miss - first person couldn’t take our order for a cocktail not on the menu and said he’d come back but didn’t. Next lady was polite enough but didn’t bring the bread basket. This appeared on the bill - I asked for it to be removed and said the device wasn’t great but was happy to pay. The chap who processed the bill removed it and recovered the situation. This means I will definitely return

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

God, how the mighty fall....this was utter rubbish....truly awful service, no condiments on the table? You arrogant fools....this was the worst cote de beouf I've ever had....roast pots which were simply chucked in the deep fat fryer..what a waste of a night...

RF
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I have been to the Merchants Tavern before and really enjoyed it... but Thursday night was a real disappointment. The service was incredibly slow - we sat down at 8 and didn’t get our starters until 9.30. The mains were just not good enough - we sent the lamb shank back as it was tough and the sauce with my steak was way too salty. I usually recommend the place but would definitely think twice about going back now.

MB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Food and service not good and at price needs to be better

RC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I'm afraid I was disappointed. I took my client to lunch and we both ordered king scallops, which were tasty, but just so small that it was laughable. Main courses were much better, but my fish was swimming in water. There was no bread or olives either, which I'd expect for this quality venue? The waiter was new and hadn't yet been trained - there was no knowledge of the menu and put our plates in front of us as if it were a pizza. We didn't stay for desert, coffee or more drinks, but paid the £135 bill and didn't quibble about the 12.5% service. But it really should be better.

TC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Great food, lacklustre service.

NF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Too few staff, service too slow, food lacked the usual quality and wine watered down inadvertently by being dropped in the water (should have ice) bucket

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bubbly atmosphere...

T
London
35 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I had been looking forward to eating at Merchants Tavern for a long time. I went at the last minute for lunch with my daughter on Saturday. The restaurant was almost empty but they sat us next to the noisy restocking of the wine racks, which went on through our lunch with the added excitement of a bottle falling and ending at our feet.
The chefs (who are on view in the open kitchen) were all busy prepping for dinner and our lunch was nowhere to be seen until after over half an hour later we reminded them of our starter nibbles which we had hoped to enjoy with the wine.
My daughters vegetarian main option was good, but I had the lobster spaghettini which was full of lobster as well as a heavy handed dose of chilli. It was a shame as it obliterated what I think was a lovely bisque at the bottom of the bowl.
The staff are charming and friendly, and did discount our starters from the bill. All in all I was a bit disappointed.

s
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Overall we were a little bit disappointed with this restaurant as we booked for our anniversary dinner. The food was nice but nothing special or innovative and it was expensive for what it was. The starters were very small too and it took so long to come it was then a bit of a disappointment. We had two courses and it took 3.5 hours. The Maitre D was great 1 very friendly and helpful - but the overall experience was quite average and I’m afraid I wouldn’t recommend or go again.

NS
London
17 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service was very slow to the point you had to call them if they were in the vicinity otherwise you wouldn’t have had any service. This was evident after they brought our food as the lobster spaghettini was inedible as far too salty and I had to leave the table in order to tell someone as no one followed up after our meals were served. On the whole starters were good but mains just ok, the squash dhansk was far too spicy with both people requiring a lot of water in order to eat (again at the mercy of wait staff). Final issue was a round of drinks were ordered and they all came except the calypso coffee, again I had to leave the table to enquire were it was only to be told then they didn’t have tia Maria so couldn’t make. I personally would have thought the restaurant could have removed the charges for the alternative main meal and coffee as a token of good will but we didn’t raise, as we decided we wouldn’t return instead. Shame as actually the ambience was very pleasant.

K
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Superb dining experience! Excellent waiting staff and the food was insane!!! All of it!

F
London
31 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Definitely worth a visit. The game pie was excellent.

DD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always excellent. One of our favourite restaurants. Never disappoints.

EL
London
148 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mums bday lunch - most of the food was lovely, croquets were lacking substance and filling though.

Great veggie options and friendly staff, just very slow on bringing water over.

M
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Awful. Slow service. Overpriced. Terrible food. The whole experience was very disappointing indeed.

RR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Salty food at high prices. Waitress didn't write our order down leading to incorrect orders, slow and inattentive service. Overall very disappointing.

R
London
179 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I feel like this place has rather lost its way. The service this time went from excellent to really poor halfway through our visit. The food was dry and rather ordinary - not worth the premium price. We complained about a couple of things and they tried to make amends but I was still embarrassed to have recommended the restaurant so highly to our guests from out of town. Such a shame because we've had great food here over the years. Hope it will recover but we won't be going back in the near future.

RH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely ambience, lovely service. Bread was amazing! Nice Sunday afternoon lunch, but they'd run out of fish, leaving not much choice for the Mrs. All in all a nice experience.

TS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been many times recently, both to the bar and the restaurant and is becoming a real favourite. It has the feel of a family run local restaurant. Great food, nice wine list and staff that really make it feel like a place you want to go weekly. Certainly feels like a team that loves the hospitality business.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Lovely bar, great atmosphere. Food did not blow me away. I did have to send back a side was cold..no apology. Was somewhat over priced..guess you pay for its Shorditch.

LH
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Waiting staff really let it down. We waited a long time to order drinks and then food. 1 starter was wrong and main steak not well done (friend is pregnant) so it was sent back. Food all was lovely apart from the mishaps. Staff however didnt ask about our food and were difficult to flag down and generally let the food down which was a massive shame as I was really excited about the venue.

s
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Firstly I must say that if this restaurant really belongs to Angela Hartnett I am totaly shocked. I have always enjoyed watching and listening to her on T.V/radi, I considered her to be a conscienscious chef, one who uses the finest ingredients that can be obtained and cooks with care and thought. The total opposite of what we experienced. On walking in we were hit by very high volume music, a little startling. Sat at the bar for cocktails which were enjoyable and just about the best thing we consumed all evening.
Very lengthy wait for starters, 1 hour from seating. Poor ingredients, tasteless and fluffy tomatoes for example. We waited again 1 hour for main course, we ordered 1 seabass and 2 monkfish. Along came 2 seabass and 1 monkfish. When we explained that the order was the other way around the rude waitress said 'Are you sure'....... and walked away. 5 minutes later the Manager came over to tell us that the Monkfish had run out and would we like to keep the seabass or reorder.......neither option was inviting but we decided not to risk another hour wait. Seabass way over cookd and so greasy, everything else (not much) on the plater was at the same time undercooked but cold. We were not charged for the seabss which we did not order but honestly the Manager stated this as if he was awarding us a huge honor. All in all Angela you must have taken your eye off the ball here, or else I need to accept that I am a very bad judge of which chefs I feel are worth a punt.

AW
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is brilliant at the Merchants Tavern, the waitress even noticed I was the only one not drinking alcohol and made a drink bespoke for me. The food is fresh and flavours are chosen with consideration. Anyone who doesn't like it, for example excessive portion size, doesn't understand good food.

HW
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Really disappointed. No atmosphere. The staff were uninterested and rude. Booked for a business lunch. When I asked the waitress on the way back from taking a call outside if she could take our order, she came to our table and one of my colleagues said he’s just deciding. She then said ‘well she (pointed at me!) said you were all ready to order?’. So embarrassing and unprofessional. The food was below average.

LA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience1

I organised Sunday lunch for a group of 8 of us and we were very disappointed.

We went towards the end of Sunday lunch service and were less than impressed with the portion size given the price of the roast.

The service was slow and irresponsive & I will not be returning.

JT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Never ever had a bad meal here. I love this place. Been coming since the day after it opened and return regularly. That will continue. Thanks Angela and team.

AP
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. We were sitting quite near the bar area which was sometimes quite noisy, but other than that it was great.

PS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I LOVE this restaurant.
Great food.
Relaxed atmosphere.
Really friendly staff.
Unpretentious.
My kind of place!!

A
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This restaurant has been one of my favourite place to visit. However I have noticed that the service has changed since last year.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Divine!

PC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant, great food, great service - really would recommend it.