The Mercer

22

"VERY GOOD"

22 reviews

34 Threadneedle Street , London, EC2R 8AY

The Mercer London restaurant

SquareMeal Review of The Mercer

22

"VERY GOOD"

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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Special offers from The Mercer

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

From: 03 September 2018

To: 03 March 2019

Max: 20

From a set menu.

Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

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The Mercer Location

34 Threadneedle Street , London EC2R 8AY

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020 7628 0001

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Opening times

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

The Mercer's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 8.5

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Service: 8.8

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Atmosphere: 8.0

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Value: 8.0

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Silver Reviewer
25 July 2018

My Director had a breakfast and lunch at The Mercer on the same day and everything was to his satisfaction.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

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.

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Food + drink: 2

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 1

Value: 1

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.

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