Merchants Tavern 22

Squaremeal Review of Merchants Tavern ?

Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016 The converted Victorian warehouse that houses Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick’s Merchants Tavern used to be trailblazing Cantaloupe back in the 1990s. Some of the diners occupying its curvy leather booths might well recall those days, though they’re grown-ups now, schmoozing clients and drinking better wine. Head chef Borthwick’s “solid combos” appeal to the assembled company: credible rather than cool, their classical foundations are leavened with contemporary touches and true seasonal flavours. Some dishes, such as the “dynamite” deep-fried oysters with chilli and ginger or quail with hazelnut pesto and foie gras live up to their promise, while others verge on the “polite”: our sea bream with heritage carrots and preserved lemon was one such creation, although a brown-bread parfait with kirsch-laced cherries was impeccable. For an even more relaxed vibe, eat at the kitchen counter or hit the bar for sausage rolls and cool cocktails. “These guys are good”, affirms one reader.

Click here to read our diners’ reviews, or write your own
Merchants Tavern
4

Merchants Tavern

36 Charlotte Road ,London EC2A 3PG

Overall rating: star fullstar fullstar fullstar fullstar empty

avatar

A great venue with wonderful food

by   silver reviewer (27)

Aug 2016

A Tuesday lunchtime feast which was quiet - 20% of tables filled. Hard to understand as the service from greeting to bill paying was attentive, professional and knowledgeable and the entire experience thoroughly enjoyable. Cock/Mocktails to start were superb - a Berry Sour with Gin was just tart enough and the fresh Lemonade the best I've had (choice of still or fizzy). We kicked off with deep fried oysters (tempura), sea-trout tartare and fresh squid with berlotti beans and Nduja. I travel...

read more
See More

Hugo G.'s rating

star fullstar fullstar fullstar fullstar empty
  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

Was this review helpful to you?

Merchants Tavern

36 Charlotte Road ,London EC2A 3PG

Overall rating: star fullstar fullstar fullstar fullstar empty

avatar

Probably the best restaurant in Shoreditch

by   platinum reviewer (55)

Nov 2013

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The premises are a bit alternative but the cooking is pure class and expect a Michelin star next year. A truly wonderful addition to Shoreditch. We had cod with ham hock and Brill with cocoa beans as mains and both were delightful. The accompanying roast vegetables were a bit nondescript but not a disaster. Our waitress was attentive without being intrusive. A true sign that this is a restaurant of substance was the presence of Chris Corbin (Wolseley, Delaurnay, Zedel) ‘in the house’ on a Saturday...

read more
See More

Neil M.'s rating

star fullstar fullstar fullstar fullstar empty
  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

Was this review helpful to you?

Merchants Tavern

36 Charlotte Road ,London EC2A 3PG

Overall rating: star fullstar fullstar fullstar emptystar empty

avatar

by   platinum reviewer (51)

Oct 2013

Editor's pick Shoreditch has a new gourmet eatery, Merchants Tavern. This place is a collaboration between Michelin starred Angela Hartnett from Murano (posh Italian in Mayfair) and some local boys from Canteen (covert dining hall in a school). First impressions from outside and as you enter this polished converted warehouse and apothecary are impressive, but there is something amiss. This place is lacking that Shoreditch creative cool vibe that you escape central London for. We had just passed a heavily guarded...

read more
See More

Monikasays's rating

star fullstar fullstar fullstar emptystar empty
  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

Was this review helpful to you?

Merchants Tavern

36 Charlotte Road ,London EC2A 3PG

Overall rating: star fullstar fullstar fullstar fullstar empty

avatar

A little taste of Italy!

by   bronze reviewer (12)

Oct 2013

Editor's pick We went to a soft opening of Merchant's Tavern and we enjoyed it, but certainly a lot was learned in the soft opening days. On our return we started with the Roast Quail, hazlenut pesto, remoulade and Fois Gras, the tastes had certainly been there the first time but now the presentation was gorgeous. We both opted for the Roast Loin of Venison with braised red cabbage and sprout tops – absolutely delicious and once again beautifully presented. For deserts we had the Rum Buba and an absolutely stunning...

read more
See More

Jean T.'s rating

star fullstar fullstar fullstar fullstar empty
  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

Was this review helpful to you?

Back to Top

Functions & Events

Got a blog?

Add your blog review of Merchants Tavern to Square Meal

Win fab prizes • Attract traffic to your blog • Add prestige to your blog Find out how

  1. Published :

    Review of Blacklock, Soho :: Merchants Tavern, Shoreditch

    This was not my first visit to Merchants Tavern, I had previously tried to have dinner here back in January for the husbands birthday. Unfortunately, a power cable in the street outside the restaurant decided to explode on the night of our visit and scuppered our plans! The electricity had to be cut and so no dinner for us. The staff were wonderful at trying to find us another table at 8pm on a Saturday and it meant we got to eat at the glorious City Social.

    We recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary and so instantly thought to head to Merchants Tavern to celebrate. We arrived and there were no...
    More from Review of Blacklock, Soho »

  1. Published :

    Fatty Mountain :: Fatty Mountain: Merchants Tavern

    I was told the Deep Fried Oyster is a must. We ordered one each. I am not a big seafood/oyster fan, but this was delicious. I expected the batter to be oily and thick. However the batter was light, and crispy. They tasted so damn yummy! I might start falling in love with oysters now (I know, i am strange for not being in love with them already).
    More from Fatty Mountain »

  1. Published :

    The Critics Guide :: Merchants Tavern London UK

    Overseen by renowned chef Angela Hartnett, Merchant’s Tavern is located in the centre of Shoreditch, and occupies a former Victorian warehouse. Merchant’s Tavern serves modern British cuisine with European influences, and the menu revolves around seasonal flavours. We had a booth during our visit, which I recommend if you want to experience the Tavern at its best. It’s a lively restaurant, which strikes a fine balance between casual and feeling indulgent. The restaurant also features an open-plan kitchen, so you can observe the chefs as they craft your cuisine.
    More from The Critics Guide »

Neil Borthwick

Merchants Tavern June 2015 16

Essential Details for Merchants Tavern

Are you the restaurant owner? Click here for Links & Logos

Location of Merchants Tavern

  1. Enquiry Type

    Are you making a general enquiry or enquiring about private rooms?


    If you want expert advice on the best private rooms and their availability use our free Square Meal Concierge service and earn extra Square Meal Rewards points with every booking.

  2. Personal Details

    You are making an enquiry at Merchants Tavern .

    *Required field

  3. Enquiry Details

    You are making an enquiry at Merchants Tavern .

    *Required field

    By clicking 'SEND' you agree to the Square Meal User Agreement

    Cancel SEND Back
  4. Confirmation

    Thank you for your enquiry - Message sent to: Merchants Tavern

Private Dining at Merchants Tavern

Capacities

Private Room Capacity
Private Dining Room 22

Square Meal Concierge

Want expert advice on the best private rooms and their availability? Use Square Meal Concierge, and earn extra Square Meal Rewards points with every booking.

Click here to email your enquiry or call us on 0207 840 5222.

Diners at Merchants Tavern also recommend...