Restaurant Reviews

Merchants Tavern

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British | Shoreditch, Clerkenwell

Situated in a revamped Victorian warehouse this Shoreditch spot is all about the super seasonal, with a regularly changing menu that combines European influences with British produce. There's a large bar area too that doesn't get too packed, making it a godsend in these parts.

Restaurant details

Address: 
36 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PG
Nearest tube: 
  • Old Street
  • Shoreditch High Street
Telephone number: 020 7060 5335
More info: 
  • Bar area
  • Chef's table

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Best for: 
Taking the parents

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36 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PG

 

Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Critics' score: 7
Ed Cumming Telegraph
Reviewed on April 07, 2014
"I had the flatiron steak, – a simple dish in a restaurant that aims to do the simple things well. It came with a buckwheat cake, juicy morels and celeriac. It was perfectly cooked, the meat slicing cleanly and then resisting the jaw for just long enough before giving way in a sanguinary squelch." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 7.5
Marina O'Loughlin Guardian
Reviewed on December 28, 2013
"To serve pork neck as a meal for two, with what looks like a bubbling vat of toasty cauliflower cheese but, confusingly, is girolles persillade, is a piece of theatre that draws envious stares from every other diner in the room." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on December 18, 2013
"It’s a corner of east London where competition for restaurant footage is fierce, so it’s probably no better than it has to be to survive. But I came out smiling; I’d even go as far as to say enchanted." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6
Celia Plender Time Out
Reviewed on November 14, 2013
"Teething problems aside, Merchants Tavern is a restaurant with a lot to offer – we’ll be back to try some cocktails at the bar." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on November 10, 2013
"I’m sorry, I’m coming to the end of metaphors for the English food revival... If you haven’t, you won’t get it better than they’re making it at the Merchants, with its Oliver! service." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8
Tracey MacLeod Independent
Reviewed by November 09, 2013
"The food at the Merchants Tavern is very good. Maybe a bit TOO good; this room and its location are enough of a draw, and that designer-dingy bar promises every kind of fun." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8
Andy Lynes Metro
Reviewed on October 24, 2013
"It’s the epitome of classy restaurant cooking: a precise and balanced assembly of flavours and textures, each element complementing the other and building to something more than the sum of the parts. And did I say it was delicious?" READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on October 16, 2013
"I do know that Neil Borthwick a while ago suffered a dreadful cycling accident for which he has my utmost sympathy, but I can also tell that his cooking talent is clearly unstoppable. Maybe just wait a while for the creases to be ironed out." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6
Celia Plender Time Out
Reviewed on October 17, 2013
"Teething problems aside, Merchants Tavern is a restaurant with a lot to offer – we’ll be back to try some cocktails at the bar." READ REVIEW

 
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