Merchants Tavern

4.5
707 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 707 People Are Saying
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Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfect and the staff are fantastic. Great atmosphere and one of the best places to eat in Shoreditch. Hidden gem. They were even lovey to our group which included a toddler.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar and amazing restaurant

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HS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good quality for the price. The anchovy lamb was very tender and seasoned almost to excess (to my taste it was just right side of the line, though perhaps it would have been too much for some). We were asked to move table to accommodate a large group, but were compensated with a free glass of wine which seemed a very satisfactory deal. The bar at the entrance is extremely noisy, but the restaurant itself is much quieter.

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HW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely evening with fantastic food. Great fresh pasta starter with walnut and basil pesto followed by beautifully cooked cod with a lemon crust, white beans and chorizo. Good choice of sides, the peas and sugar snaps with mint were delicious and a great accompaniment. My friend and I chose two different desserts, plum and almond tart, amazing pastry and sharp filling and orange sugar dusted doughnuts with chocolate sauce very delicious. Finished off with a pot of fresh mint tea and warm Madeleines. A great choice of wines by the glass and carafe, we had a delicious French Viognier, crisp and very drinkable. The waitress was delightful, knew the menu well and was attentive but not intrusive. Good busy vibe in bar area but it didn't intrude on the dining area. Well done couldn't fault it.

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SV
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great roast and drinks, food came relatively quickly and the service was fab too

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CC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful food in a nice, spacious restaurant. Our waitress was exceptionally good.

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TP
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and atmosphere - one of my favorite places to eat in London.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and venue. Great cocktail selection too

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AF
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was not my first time here and I have always really enjoyed it. Tonight the service was slow which is really unusual for this restaurant but everything else was the regular high standard. Excellent food, comfortable seating, apart from delays with getting the wine, dessert, coffee and paying the bill the staff were as always very friendly and helpful. In the dining room you have a nice piece of seclusion while still hearing the noise from the bar and constant flow from the kitchen, it manages to be intimate and bustling and the same time. Starters, mains, dessert (shared) one coffee and a bottle of red came to just over £110 and for that price this was really good value. I would recommend and will revisit again.

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GM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Booked an early 6.30pm meal to enjoy quiet ambience and food and beverages. Very rowdy in bar by time we left which confirmed our timing.

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SA
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and exceptional service
Second visit and would highly recommended

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E
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant, well worth visiting and I will go again.

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal with friends. Very good food and service. Will certainly be returning

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MV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Reliably good food and fantastic friendly service. We were made to feel welcome in the seated bar area and we're not rushed to the restaurant to take up our table. Food is always well prepared and delicious.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good interesting but light on quantity and heavy on price..... guess the address is driving the price!

Good, wholesome and tasty nonetheless with reasonable wine choice

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HR
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect birthday spot for a catch up with the girls.

Food was amazing as always and service was discreet but friendly.

I’ll definitively be back

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R
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A regular here, the staff were super busy as it was very busy (this was a Friday eve). The maitre d' is awesome though and she always has it under control and very friendly.

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SJ
London
79 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, attentive service - what more can you ask for?!

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PS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent as was the service. Slightly noisy for us!

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YY
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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PM
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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PG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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MT
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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GT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AG
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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CL
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another special meal at this most special restaurant

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AA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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m
London
11 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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TG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, flexible staff and excellent food and wine

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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PA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KV
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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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LP
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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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KA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

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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JM
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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