Weekly Special

August 21, 2017

New season, new menu- Neil’s been mucking about in the kitchen and turned out this beauty tagliolini, roasted sardine vinaigrette, spicy tomato, peppers & parsley.

The dish will run as a special all week if you fancy a sneak peak at whats to come on the next menu cycle.




Muscat Grapes

August 14, 2017


This month, inspired by the French classic Sole Veronique, Neil is using French Muscat grapes in a summery hake dish. Neil first cooked with these grapes when he was at The Square and loves their delicately perfumed flavour.

Neil is baking the hake with sea herbs and adding the Muscat grapes to provide a sharp, sweet contrast to the dish. New on the menu from today the dish looks set to be a Merchants favourite.



A Look Back: 5 Chefs 5 Nights

July 24, 2017


June 2017 was the first ever Evening Standard London Food Month, Angela was named as the festival food hero this year which saw her darting all over London hosting a variety of events throughout the whole month. When she asked us at the Tavern if we wanted to host a week long event to celebrate the best of British cooking with the best line up of UK chefs how could we say no?!

Our event was 5 chefs 5 nights, and as the name suggest Neil got his mates who all happen to be 5 of the top UK chefs to take over our kitchen for a week. Tom Kitchin, Gary Usher, Mitch Tonks, Tom Kerridge & Stephen Terry all came in for one night guest  each and cooked the most amazing meals for our lucky guests. The atmosphere in the dining room was electric and if you didn’t manage to grab a ticket you can  watch the highlights over on our YouTube channel.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, we were happy to see familiar faces and new fans of  the Tavern!





Sunday Roast: Black Angus Beef

July 18, 2017


Spare a thought for all the people out there in the elements this weekend, pitching up tents at Secret Garden Party or racing in the London Triathlon while you dig into your warm Sunday roast.

This week Neil is rustling up Black Angus Beef, heritage tomato & dripping salad, Yorkshire pudding and Roast chicken, turnips & green sauce. 



Sunday Roast

July 11, 2017

Neil is off celebrating his birthday this Sunday but he hasn’t forgotten to write a wicked menu for you in his absence. A welcome return on the starters will be Pickled mackerel, ratte potato salad & apple and for the main event there is Roast saddleback pork loin, forgotten carrots, black cabbage & roasties or Roast lamb, turnips & spelt.

Entertaining the crowds in the bar DJ Matt Timms pumps the room full of blissed out Balearic gems.


Sunday roast: Chicken & stuffing

June 27, 2017


This Sunday Neil is serving up a roast chicken, lemon & thyme stuffing what a tasty meal for a Sunday afternoon! And for those looking for something lighter, we will have roasted lemon sole on the bone with a refreshing fennel salad.

And of course the bloody mary’s flowing with DJ Paul Day is starting his Sunday session from 3pm to ride us into a chilled out Sunday evening the way a weekend should be finished up.

For a table this weekend email our reception team on



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5 Chefs 5 Nights: Tom Kitchin


Kicking off our 5 Chefs, 5 Nights guest chef series,

the wonderful Tom Kitchin flew down from his Edinburgh home to treat Londoners to a taste of Scotland.

Guests enjoyed a meal of Scallop baked in the shell, Highland lamb served with courgette flower & artichoke and Knockraich farm yoghurt panna cotta with gooseberry sorbet & elderflower consomme. 

You can watch the video from last night here. 

If you weren’t lucky enough to snap up tickets to last nights event, fear not we still have a couple of tickets available for later this week when we’ll be welcoming chefs Gary Usher, Mitch Tonks, Tom Kerridge and Stephen Terry. Call Adele to book your spot – 0207 060 5335.


Heritage Tomatoes

June 20, 2017

Thanks to the beautiful weather, tomatoes coming from the farms are perfectly ripe and at their juiciest. Sample them on our starter menu- heritage tomato salad, black olive & basil pesto.

Alongside this beautiful dish on Sunday, Neil is serving up roast beef with all the trimmings and a roast leg of lamb too.
Yes, that means Yorkshire puddings for all!


London Food Month: 5 chefs 5 nights

May 4, 2017

So with another bank holiday behind us the summer beckons and with it brings the London Food Month in June celebrating the world’s culinary capital. 

We are proud to have our own Angela Hartnett named as 2017 London Food Month Hero. As part of the celebration, Merchants Tavern is hosting one week of chef take-overs. We have searched far and wide and gathered Neil’s mates from Scotland to Wales, down to Dartmouth, back up to Cheshire and finally landing just outside in Marlow. Starting on Monday, 26 June 2017 our kitchen will be hosting a different chef every night:

Monday 26th June – Tom Kitchin, The Kitchin & Scran & Scallie. Winner of National Restaurant Award’s Best Restaurant in Scotland and Observer Food Monthly Best UK Restaurant. (SOLD OUT)

Tuesday 27th June – Gary Usher, Sticky Walnut & Burnt Truffle & Hispi. AA Hospitality Awards Restaurant of  the Year for England and honoured with Special Achievement Award at the Northern Restaurant and Bar Awards.

Wednesday 28th June – Mitch Tonks, Seahorse & Rockfish. Devon Life Food & Drink Awards – Food Hero. Seahorse was named in Sunday Times Top 100 restaurants in the UK.

Thursday 29th June – Tom Kerridge, The Hand & Flowers & The Coach. Winner Chef of the Year at the British GQ Men of the Year Awards and three time winner of Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropubs. (SOLD OUT)

Friday 30th June – Stephen Terry, The Hardwick. Big Hospitality Best Restaurant in Wales and named winner of a Cesar award as one of The Good Hotel Guide 2017’s Top Ten Hotels of the Year.

We think you’ll agree its a pretty good lineup! 

Each night our guest chefs will be serving a 4 course menu with a delicious sharpener on arrival (chef’s choice of course) for £65 per person.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday 9th May and are available via email request. If you’d like to book a table for any of the nights, contact our events team using the link below. We are expecting high demand so please allow us time to respond. It is not possible to book for this event online or via telephone.
Limited spaces available for large groups.
Ticket sales are not confirmed until payment has been made.

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Breakfast Menu

February 21, 2017


We’ve now added a short but sweet breakfast menu to the morning offering at Merchants Tavern.

The new menu from Neil includes dishes like the hearty Streaky bacon & fried egg, bun & brown sauce, indulgent options like the French toast, roasted apple & cinnamon creme fraiche and healthier options like our Gravlax, chives & soda bread. There is also a selection of PRESS cold press juices, teas and of course, coffee.

In the bar we’ve added some laptop friendly plug points, for anyone who wants to get some work done while they breakfast.

Join us from 9am for breakfast and an early morning soundtrack to ease you into the day.