The Mercer 22

34 Threadneedle Street , London, EC2R 8AY

SquareMeal Review of The Mercer

Built for business, The Mercer’s black-and-white dining room has all the comforts required to sustain a working lunch or dinner, without the pretence of a leisure destination. It’s a balance that works for regulars who value straightforward British cooking and smartly paced service over gentle design and oodles of innovation. The menu offers some fond nods to the past including London ‘particular’ soup, rotating daily specials (corned beef hash means it’s Monday) and savouries listed alongside the cheese. Some ideas such as oysters with cucumber, gin and dill dressing are a little lighter, while mains major on simple grills, roast fish or venison, plus the house beef and Guinness pie. To conclude, desserts of vanilla rice pudding with roasted nectarines or white and dark chocolate mousse with clementine are largely of the soft and comforting variety. A neat selection of English bottles is a point of interest on an otherwise rather straight-laced list.

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The Mercer is recommended for

Buzzy | Breakfast

Special offers

3 courses & a bottle of Prosecco/Malbec per 2 diners: £27pp

From a set menu.

From: 06 March 2018

To: 06 September 2018

Max: 20

Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Fenchurch Street Station 220m

Bank Tube Station 292m

Address

Address: 34 Threadneedle Street , London EC2R 8AY

Area: Moorgate Liverpool Street

Opening times

Mon-Fri 7.30-10.30am 12N-3pm 5.30-9.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

Merchant Taylors' Hall 57m

City of London Club 83m

Details

Telephone: 020 7628 0001

Website:

Cuisine: British

Private Dining: 30

8.7

Food & Drink: 8.5

Service: 8.9

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Chris H. silver reviewer 13 April 2018

The guests cancelled lunch so the team in the office used the booking. Very pleasant surroundings. Staff very helpful. Food selection very good. Look forward to visiting again.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

Frank C. silver reviewer 06 February 2018

This is the perfect venue for the City middle manager lunching on expense account who has far more money than taste buds. Everything about The Mercer is ordinary. The decor is predictable, as if conceived on a rainy afternoon by a hotel chain decorator. You would have thought that carrying the name of the noble trade of mercers would have led at the very least to the use of interesting fabrics. No such luck. The only fabrics on display were the colour of yesterday's dung. The staff bring to service what Theresa May brings to the premiership. The food is mere sustenance. I had a smoked haddock risotto from which the haddock had inexplicably escaped. Bread consisted of a small loaf that had no discernible flavour whatsoever. As to value for money? Beyond the sheer mendacity posing as food, two small carafes of a mediocre albariño set us back by thirty seven pounds. In a search for excitement, I had a caponata as a side dish but it was as mushy as my friend's potatoes were dry. The only consolation is that The Mercer was half empty. The customers were invariably men in suits. My own gender, sadly, can be a bit slow on the uptake. Nevertheless, the scarcity of punters may mean that The Mercer is being found out. With any luck, it will soon be replaced by something better. In itself, that will not be difficult.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Mark T. 16 September 2017

Sophisticated, well thought out and well presented menu. Excellent wine list. Atmosphere lacking on a Thursday evening

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Tammy K. bronze reviewer 15 February 2016

a regular at this restaurant - always delivers

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Stephen K. 25 August 2015

I have been to the Mercer a number of times since opening a few years ago and I am always pleasantly surprised at the first class service. They manage to execute a perfect blend of attentiveness without over-bearance and this adds to a great atmosphere. All three of us had the Mercer Pie yesterday and it did not disappoint - very high quality all around, right down to the accompanying sides. It's not the cheapest place in the world but I always think it offers value for money. Would recommend it to anyone.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Maurice S. 05 August 2014

This restaurant met expectations – will add more later.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Giles S. 02 July 2014

I love this restaurant. I've been here for breakfast and lunch in the past and this was my first time for dinner. It was quiet, but it was a Monday night, but still the Mercer is a classic. I always feel relaxed here. The food is outstanding, great menu and perfectly cooked. I had crab on toast, with sea bass, mash and greens. All prepared and cooked perfectly. Wine list is extensive and doesn't feel like it's overpriced – different options are available depending if the table is all drinking or just individuals. Service is always attentive and efficient but very unobtrusive. Highly recommended

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Angus C. bronze reviewer 05 March 2014

I like the Mercer but as a breakfast venue I was disappointed. My eggs benedict were over done, so the yolk was rather solid and my fellow diner was disappointed by the size of his portion of scrambled egg which left him very hungry!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Sarah G. gold reviewer 28 February 2014

The service here is impeccable and in my view this is a restaurant that has got it right on all levels, the food is lovely and the ambience great. Never been disappointed.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Sandra S. bronze reviewer 10 February 2014

The food and service at the restaurant was very good. Have been to this restaurant for lunch once before and was impressed with it and therefore booked again.

Special offers

3 courses & a bottle of Prosecco/Malbec per 2 diners: £27pp

From: 06 March 2018

To: 06 September 2018

Max: 20

Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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