The Mercer

Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Mercer

Silver Award

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.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Food Hygiene Rating

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34 Threadneedle Street, Liverpool Street, London, EC2R 8AY

020 7628 0001


Opening Times

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


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25 Reviews 

Kelly A

28 June 2019  
Food excellent. Clean formal wonderful experience.

Paula W

21 December 2018  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Client Lunch
Excellent feedback from our Director and MD - perfect venue for a business meeting

Chris H

25 July 2018  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Two visits on the same day
My Director had a breakfast and lunch at The Mercer on the same day and everything was to his satisfaction.

Chris H

13 April 2018  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Pleasant first visit
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.

Frank C

06 February 2018  
Food & Drink 2
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 1.5
Value 1.5
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.

Mark T

16 September 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Good food and wine - at a price
Sophisticated, well thought out and well presented menu. Excellent wine list. Atmosphere lacking on a Thursday evening

Elmer D

04 May 2017  
Getting better all the time. A superb wine list especially of English wines.

Tammy K

15 February 2016  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
consistently good
a regular at this restaurant - always delivers

Stephen K

25 August 2015  
Food & Drink 4
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
Great lunch at the Mercer
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.

Maurice S

05 August 2014  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
This restaurant met expectations – will add more later.
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