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Merchants Tavern

On the western edge of Shoreditch, Merchants Tavern is far more grown-up than its Old Street environs would suggest. This is a restaurant with quiet panache: jointly led by ex-Gordon Ramsay protégées Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick, Merchants Tavern manages to make its setting, once a sprawling Victorian warehouse, feel warmly inviting. Skylights look down on a freestanding bar (the Great Eastern, which blends Zacapa 23, Branca Mentha, and Cynar, is the perfect appetite stimulant), and red chairs pop against the dining room’s chocolaty tones. And while the food won’t shock – dishes are seasonal, with classic ingredients from the British larder on show – the plates we had were flawless in technique, comforting without being stodgy, and made to linger over.

36 Charlotte Road,
+44 20 7060 5335
Opening Times
Tues-Sat 11 am-12 pm; Sun 12-9 pm
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