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Merchants Tavern

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667 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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Merchants Tavern is housed in a Victorian warehouse and former apothecary in Shoreditch, on the edge of the City of London.
A collaboration between Neil Borthwick (formerly of Michel Bras and The Square), Angela Hartnett (of Murano) and the founders of the Canteen chain, the bar, dining room and private room opened in October 2013.
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
Sundays: 12pm-4pm, 6pm-9pm
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Phone number
020 7060 5335
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Neil Borthwick
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Catering
We offer a full a'la carte menu in our dining room for lunch and dinner as per our opening hours, as well as a set lunch menu on all days for lunch only. For groups of 8-12 guests we serve a reduced a'la carte menu.
In the bar we offer a menu of small, sharing dishes, cheeses and charcuterie as well as desserts.
We do not take bookings for the bar area.
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Cross Street
Great Eastern Street
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Parking Details
There is an NCP car park located within a 10 minute walk from Merchants Tavern on Great Eastern Street near to the junction with Holywell Lane.Parking on Charlotte Road is severely restricted and not advisable, car towing is a regular occurrence.
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Public Transit
Old Street Underground on the Northern Line (City Branch)
10 minutes walk
Liverpool Street Underground on the Circle, District, Central or Hammersmith and City Line
15 minutes walk.
On the London Overground to Shoreditch High Street
5 minutes walk.
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Special Events & Promotions
We host a monthly series of Kitchen Counter Workshops for food lovers to experience the unique flair and expertise of the Merchants Tavern kitchen team as well as learn tricks of the trade from Angela Hartnett and Head Chef Neil Borthwick. Contact us for more details and to book booking@merchantstavern.co.uk or call 0207 060 5335.


Merchants Tavern is available for private hire. Please contact us on events@merchantstavern.co.uk or call 0207 060 5335.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Storeroom, our private dining room, is now available to hire for up to 22 guests seated or 40 standing and suitable for a range of events, from team meetings to all sorts of celebrations.

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What 667 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Service was poor - had to ask for the bill three times. They didn’t top up our water etc.

Had to chase for service.

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1.0Dined 3 days ago

I called the night before to confirm there will be breakfast served at the restaurant. I was confirmed it will be and that the menu is on the website. I checked the website to see an extensive menu. We showed up next day and they had a very short menu of three items only.

There was one waitress serving us who didn't seem very excited to be there and her service and attitude was sub-par.

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4.0Dined on 30 May 2018

The food was amazing as was the service and the place has a nice modern feel to it! The portions are not particularly big but very delicious

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3.0Dined on 18 May 2018

A bit disappointed compared to my visits in the past.
Food for all was only mediocre and service was slow, not consistent, and difficult to get attention and the restaurant wasn’t even that busy.

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4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Good value for money but they offered wines that they were out of stock on and forgot to deliver additional dishes we ordered

Food itself was excellent

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2.0Dined on 11 May 2018

This was my 2nd Dinner here in less than a month. Slightly frustrating this time; patchy service, absolutely awful greeting when the chap with the dodgy ponytail made plain how terribly busy and stressed he was. The food was, again, excellent. Table service started well, but we were then handed over to a different server who started badly and later made up for it with super friendly and attentive service.
It’s a nice room with generously spaced tables (apart from a couple of corners). Relaxed vibe with excellent food albeit below the very best London can offer.

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2.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Haven't been here for over a year and a half, used to be very good. We ordered food around 7.30 and weren't served until close to 8.30 by which time we had finished our wine and were left waiting looking around for a waiter. No explanation or apology for the long delay, was quite disappointed in the experience.

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4.0Dined on 30 April 2018

Really good food in a relaxed and friendly environment. Nothing laid back about this place - there is an unquestionable buzz - but the focus seems to be on keeping it simple. Everything from food to ambience is sophisticated but never overthought or overdone. Recommended

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Great for a date

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Great food and setting. The space is quite large so I think if it had been full it would have been quite noisy. Great booths that could be cosy for dates or friends. Food was outstanding. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

What an absolute gem!

Merchants Tavern is a beautiful romantic restaurant with fanstastic food, good wine and excellent service. I couldn't recommend it enough and will definitely be returning.

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2.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Strangely disappointed with the food as we had very high expectations. Both main of cuttlefish and starter of ragu were too sweet! and other half wasn’t blown away by his either. It’s a real shame as the restaurant itself and service are exceptional.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

I went there with my girlfriend for our 1 year together anniversary. We booked for 6 o'clock. It was very quiet to begin with very nice ; cozy atmosphere, comfortable but also nice enough to dress up and we had a wonderful experience from there.

Our meal was a delight. We ordered 3 courses. Their starters are really tasy. Then we had their Côte de bœuf for 2, fries & bearnaise sauce. It's pricy but it was so worth it. The meat is delicious, well cooked, tender and tasty. the bearnaise is home made and they serve it with a salad that is simple but well seasoned. Just incredible.
The desert choice is not very diverse and the menu does not correspond to the website one, but that's the only minor things I can think of in terms of criticism.

Their strength is their staff. Our waitress was perfect, chatty but not too much, really nice and helpful, and did not leave us to wait for hours when we need her. The rest of the staff is polite, welcoming and does everything to make you feel at home. I definitely recommend it and we will definitely come back next year !!

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Great as usual.
Unbeatable fried oysters!!!!
Great guys!

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Probably one of the best restaurants in Shoreditch

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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Great food and served by a friendly and efficient waitress

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5.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Amazing food and ambience. The service was excellent and staff really knowledgeable about all aspects of the menu. I would definitely recommend for any occasion. We will be going back for sure. All round great experience.

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4.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Lovely atmosphere! Such a great restaurant, great food and interesting mix of flavours

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Visited Merchants Tavern on a Sunday night after 8pm . They were happy to take an amendment to my booking and confirmed our visit to them the night before.

The menu on the Sunday was limited to the Sunday All Day Lunch menu £30 a head with £5 surcharge for beef.

The food ambiance and service was good and had a reasonable wine list with lots of choice. However be careful as some of the pricing is for a carafe (50cl) not a bottle (75cl) and we were caught out, paying more than we had expected, as we thought that was the bottle prices.

Restaurant very dark like an American Steakhouse with subtle lighting.

Overall enjoyed the meal and service, but thought it was a little bit pricey for the meals we had.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

The service was great - delicious food - recommend ordering starters as well and a cocktail for dessert worked very nicely - thanks all!

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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Awesome! Good food and experience

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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Really great food and service. Good atmosphere. Reasonably quiet though. which is great if you tire of all the noisy and chaotic restaurants of Shoreditch where you can’t hear your friends talking!

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5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

A great restaurant and pub with amazing food, good wine list and atmosphere. The service was excellent. Definitely worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

My go to place in Shoreditch! Been multiple times and I’ll definitely going back again. Food is always amazing with a great wine list. Service is always punctual with the servers always happy to recommend a good wine to pair with your meal. Their espresso martinis are some of the best in London. Great place for a date or even a nice catch up with friends.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

The service was quick and efficient and the four different meals were excellent. Would definitely revisit.

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3.0Dined on 16 March 2018

We went on Friday night at 8.30 the restaurant was busy so we waited a while to be served and another hour and half before our food arrived. The food was good but it took too long for our food to arrive, we kinda lost my appetite. Shame!

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1.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Terrible service, food arrived cold and no vibe,
Totally mondane.

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4.0Dined on 9 March 2018

We were meeting for a catch up and to celebrate a birthday. The Waitress was exceptionally helpful, answering questions about portion size, arranging for a doggy bag, providing knowledgeable information about wine choice.
Superb service and food

A lovely evening

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Wonderful attentive friendly service
Great food, choices for any taste

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3.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Booked Merchant's Tavern for our wedding anniversary. The staff could not have been nicer and more celebratory. We were shown to our table and told that the Chef had prepared a starter for us (on the house!) We had a glass of wine and an extraordinary good starter (thanks Chef!) We ordered our mains, I had the chicken, gravy and mash, delicious, my husband found his main a bit bland. More wine and we were ready to leave, but not before we got some warm Madeleines (gratis ) with 'Happy Anniversary' complete with love heart written in hazelnut chocolate sauce. I mean, come on! How amazing was that and what an experience. I have to say the only down side to this whole extravaganza was that the service was a bit slow and I think possibly understaffed. This would not have been an issue at all if we hadn't planned a bunch of stuff and were meeting people later for drinks and dinner. We needed a faster turn around but I'm pretty sure if we had mentioned that from the start our requirements would have been met. Thank you so much Merchant's Tavern for going above and beyond and for being so darn sweet! Will go again for a long lazy lunch!

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5.0Dined on 8 March 2018

As always have a great time and fantastic food at the Merchant’s Tavern. It’s a cool place with an exquisite meal experience.

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2.0Dined on 4 March 2018

Roast lunch disappointing
No veg
Quite cold

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5.0Dined on 2 March 2018

They do an excellent job, food is to a high standard, service friendly and efficient and kitchen pushing out European classics, well worth a trip if your in the area.

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2018

Great atmosphere on a Friday night and food was delicious. Fun place to go for a date.

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Couldn't fault the Sunday lunch & was great value. I will be back!

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4.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Consistently great.

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Everything was really nice nothing else to add

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Fourth time at Merchants Tavern and never disappointed! Food was delicious as usual, staff incredibly lovely, ambience always chilled and sophisticated. Great evening!

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Valentines

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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018

I really like this place and am a repeat diner.
Consistently great quality seasonal dishes, perfectly cooked in an open kitchen by expert chefs. The ambience is cozy with leather banquettes and tables not too close together, so ideal for a date night or small groups of friends. There is a more casual bar area to the front with DJ later on some evenings for entertainment. Great for hanging out and chilling.
Decent cocktails and carafe option for wines, rather than a whole bottle.
Great for tasting menu events with guest chefs too! Angela Hartnett never disappoints.

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