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.


New Years Eve At Merchants Tavern

December 20, 2016



On New Year’s Eve we’re saying goodbye to 2016 with a five-course set menu from Neil. Join us to feast on dishes including Potted Pork, Rib Eye, Fish Stew and Quince Trifle. Afterwards keep the party going over in the bar where we’re heralding in 2017 with DJs Mr Black, Simon Martin & James Mayall on the decks until 2am.



New Years Eve Menu
£60 per person


Sausage rolls, salt cod beignets , pickled beetroot & goats’ curd.


Smoked mackerel, red cabbage & apple slaw

Pumpkin risotto, stichelton, walnuts, crispy sage

Potted pork, sourdough, pickles

Cauliflower, raisins, pine nuts


Roasted cod, orange, chicory & hazelnut pesto

Partridge, braised treviso, wet polenta & truffles

Rib eye, bearnaise sauce, parmesan & fries for 2 (£10 supplement)

Fish stew, saffron, chili & toasted sourdough


Bean to bar Chocolate mousse, pouring cream

Ginger pudding, toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream

Quince trifle, toasted almonds


Cheese platter from la fromagerie


Bakers in the house

October 4, 2016


Wakey, wakey, rise and shine! We’ll be opening the doors a bit earlier throughout October as we launch our pop-up bakery series – ‘Bakers in The House’. Each week, beginning on 10th October, we’ll have a different east London bakery in residence in the bar. Come by weekday mornings from 9.00 for coffee, juice and breakfast pastries from bakeries including Fabrique (from 10th October), The Bread Station (from 17th October) and Yeast Bakery (24th October).


New Lunch Menu

August 11, 2016

Chicken & pork pie


This week at Merchants Tavern we have launched a new lunch menu.

Dishes on the new menu from Neil range from sandwiches and light salads, to bowls of pasta, pies and a hearty steak. Pop by for a quick bite and a sharpener or settle in with a bottle of our wine of the week for a more leisurely lunch.

Seasonal highlights for this week include a Pappardelle with peas, broad beans & crème fraiche and a Chicken & pork pie with greens, girolles & creamed potato. Dessert wise Neil’s Lemon meringue pie is a must.

You can view the full menu here.

The lunch menu is available seven days a week. To book email or call 020 7060 5335.


Elephant Garlic

August 3, 2016

Chicken, elephant garlic, girolles & monks beard

If you follow the Merchants Tavern you will already know we champion the best of the seasons produce and this week Neil’s rustled up something special using the intriguingly named elephant garlic…. 

Elephant garlic – deceptively like a plump garlic in appearance is actually a relative of the garden leek. Suited to wet conditions, elephant garlic is right at home here in Britain where it comes into season in July. The flavour, more akin to garlic than a leek, but sweeter and milder, makes it great for roasting or using raw in salads.

This week Neil is puréeing elephant garlic to serve with roast chicken, girolles, corn and monk’s beard on our a la carte.
Full of summer flavours we’ll be enjoying it with a chilled glass of Vermentino. 



This Weeks Set Menu

July 26, 2016


2 COURSES 20.00 OR 3 COURSES 25.00

Chicken liver pâté & rhubarb chutney.

Swiss chard, walnut & blue cheese.

Tagliatelle, chilli, garlic & olive oil.

Chicken schnitzel, rocket, parmesan & roast onion.

Orange & mint creme caramel.

Tor & apricot chutney.


Orchard Fizz – apple, lime, agave, pepper & tonic.

High Tea – Seedlip, lapsang suchong, lemon & orange marmalade.