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Merchants Tavern

  • Shoreditch
  • After Work
  • £££

Angela Hartnett's cavernous kitchen and bar in the heart of Shoreditch.


36 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PG
+44 (0) 20 7060 5335
Opening Times
Mon-Sat 11.00-00.00
Sun 11.00-22.00


  • Evening Standard

    Evening Standard Says…

    This Hoxton stalwart is a large, elegant, dimly lit, green leather banquette and exposed brick affair. There’s an open kitchen if you’re fascinated by watching very tired hospitality industry people sweating. Oh, these poor chefs, can we not give them their privacy! Regardless, this is a restaurant that feels apt for a special occasion. Formal-ish but not stifling. A quick Mai Tai pre-dinner rendered me tipsy from the ankles up in a bar lively enough to linger, until the maître d’ gently reminded me of my booking.

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  • Square Meal

    Square Meal Says…

    The converted Victorian warehouse that houses Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick’s Merchants Tavern used to be trailblazing Cantaloupe back in the 1990s. Some of the diners occupying its curvy leather booths might well recall those days, though they’re grown-ups now, schmoozing clients and drinking better wine. Head chef Borthwick’s “solid combos” appeal to the assembled company: credible rather than cool, their classical foundations are leavened with contemporary touches and true seasonal flavours. For an even more relaxed vibe, eat at the kitchen counter or hit the bar for sausage rolls and cool cocktails. “These guys are good”, affirms one reader.

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