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.
Sundays: 12pm-4pm, 6pm-9pm
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.
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.
Merchants Tavern is available for private hire. Please contact us on email@example.com or call 0207 060 5335.
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.View Private Dining Details
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.
Great bar and amazing restaurant
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.
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.
Great roast and drinks, food came relatively quickly and the service was fab too
Beautiful food in a nice, spacious restaurant. Our waitress was exceptionally good.
Outstanding food, service and atmosphere - one of my favorite places to eat in London.
Great food, service and venue. Great cocktail selection too
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.
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.
Great food and exceptional service
Second visit and would highly recommended
Great restaurant, well worth visiting and I will go again.
Great meal with friends. Very good food and service. Will certainly be returning
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.
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
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
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.
Excellent food, attentive service - what more can you ask for?!
The food was excellent as was the service. Slightly noisy for us!
excellent food. great, friendly service. was a bit quietso not a great atmosphere but I guess it was because it's August
very good, nice ethos, staff attentive but not oppressive, staff well looked after by the management
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.
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.
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.
Good reputation and reviews well deserved after my first visit. Outstanding food and service. Highly Recommended and will return.
Great food and atmosphere and excellent service, particularly front of house. Will definitely visit again. Highly recommended.
Warm and friendly seavice. Exceptional quality food. Great venue. Great value. Will go back asap and highly recommend to anyone.
Another special meal at this most special restaurant
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.
Great food and the guys were really attentive! Would go again!
My favourite restaurant in London. Superb food in a comfortable and stylish room. Run by a fantastic super friendly team.
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.
Friendly, flexible staff and excellent food and wine
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.
This is my favourite restaurant in London. Excellent food, fantastic service and great atmosphere
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
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.
Service was poor - had to ask for the bill three times. They didn’t top up our water etc.
Had to chase for service.
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.
Lovely design and ambience. Amazing food and personalised service for our anniversary meal. Will definitely return.