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Merchants Tavern

36 Charlotte Road, LONDON, EC2A 3PG

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This collaboration of Angela Hartnett, head chef Neil Borthwick and the founders of the Canteen group - high culinary credentials indeed - occupies a trendily converted Victorian warehouse, still to be seen in exposed brickwork, a huge skylight and a parquet floor. It's a large space, with comfortable semicircular banquettes and armed chairs at round dining tables, and a log-burner in the bar area. The carte is an enterprising slate of with-it ideas, running from small plates - perhaps crispy pork with Asian pickles, or oxtail croquettes - and plates for sharing, among them best end of veal with confit garlic, carrots and sautéed potatoes, to the full works, with the opportunity to sit at the kitchen counter and choose a bespoke menu. Starters include such beguiling combinations as duck raviolo with cabbage and mushroom consommé, and pickled mackerel with crème fraîche and potato salad. Main courses show the same approach to balance and vibrant flavours, bringing on ox cheek with smoked potato purée and black pepper, and roast chicken with roast onions, celeriac purée and Swiss chard. Piscine options may include accurately timed hake fillet in a brown butter crumb accompanied by salsify and lemon thyme, and puddings are compelling: try Yorkshire rhubarb with custard and pistachio meringue, or floating islands.

Further information

Tel: 020 7060 5335
& 7033 1879
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Dates closed: 25-26 Dec, 1 Jan
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern European
Chef: Neil Borthwick
Number of seats: 85
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £18.00
3 Course lunch from: £23.00
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £16.00
Sunday lunch: £20.00-£25.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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