Merchants Tavern

4.4
687 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
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 687 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

excellent food. great, friendly service. was a bit quietso not a great atmosphere but I guess it was because it's August

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

very good, nice ethos, staff attentive but not oppressive, staff well looked after by the management

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4.0Dined on 7 August 2018

Food was excellent and we received first rate service from the moment we walked in. First time here and have already booked to return in a couple of months’ time.

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5.0Dined on 26 July 2018

We had an excellent meal. The salad was a little salty but when we told the waiter they took the price off our bill and gave us free pudding which was incredibly generous of them. This place is fabulous - its the second time I have eaten there and the food is very good indeed. A must go place.

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

The food was excellent, the service was fantastic and I would thoroughly recommend the Merchants tavern to anyone looking for a special somewhere for a really good meal.

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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

Good reputation and reviews well deserved after my first visit. Outstanding food and service. Highly Recommended and will return.

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4.0Dined on 23 July 2018

Great food and atmosphere and excellent service, particularly front of house. Will definitely visit again. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 16 July 2018

Warm and friendly seavice. Exceptional quality food. Great venue. Great value. Will go back asap and highly recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on 15 July 2018

Another special meal at this most special restaurant

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4.0Dined on 12 July 2018

2nd visit wasn’t quite as memorable as the first. It was still a great evening and the team brought a lovely ‘Happy Birthday’ desert for my wife. However the head chef wasn’t in and I think that affected the sleekness of the operation which we’d been really impressed with the first time.

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4.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Great food and the guys were really attentive! Would go again!

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

My favourite restaurant in London. Superb food in a comfortable and stylish room. Run by a fantastic super friendly team.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Excellent friendly and knowledgeable staff. Food was different and absolutely delicious. We enjoyed everything. It was early lunchtime so only a few people but there was still a pleasant atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

Friendly, flexible staff and excellent food and wine

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Seated at chef’s counter was a great way to dine alone without being alone. Kitchen team was friendly, described each dish as presented, and watching them work was a pleasure. Ambience was a little noisy but otherwise quite lovely. Recommended.

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5.0Dined on 25 June 2018

This is my favourite restaurant in London. Excellent food, fantastic service and great atmosphere

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

We had a great meal, incredible waiting staff managed by one of the most hospitable managers i have ever seen. i would 100% recommend Merchants Tavern to anyone wanting great food and drink in a relaxed and welcoming environment

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3.0Dined on 23 June 2018

This was our third time at Merchants and we were really looking forward to the meal. The restaurant wasn’t very busy and as a result the service was very slow. We waited over 45 mins for our mains and when they arrived the meat was undercooked on both orders, one had to be sent back as it was so bloody. We also had to wait over 35 mins for our dessert and they forgot one! Food was good, not great but we were really let down by the service. On a busy night I’m sure things work a bit better but we won’t be going back.

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3.0Dined on 16 June 2018

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 on 15 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 11 June 2018

Lovely design and ambience. Amazing food and personalised service for our anniversary meal. Will definitely return.

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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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