Wine Club October

October 16, 2017

Husband and wife team Scott & Dana Frank have experience all sides of the wine industry. From working in restaurants, to retail, to wholesale, they’ve gained plenty of knowledge & experience over the years. They recently embarked on a new project producing wines under their own label Bow and Arrow & are taking Oregon wines to new heights! They only started bottling in 2010, but have quickly earned a reputation for bringing a bit of the Loire to the Pacific Northwest. They source fruit from vineyards planted by some of Oregon’s earliest ‘wine pioneers’ that were planted with grapes like old vine Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, and Melon de Bourgogne – all typical Loire Valley grapes. These carefully sourced grapes are treated with the greatest care and minimal intervention winemaking techniques.



2015 Melon Blanc, Bow & Arrow, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
100% Melon de Bourgogne
Aromas of lemon zest, green apple and quinine, along with subtle floral and herb nuances in the background. Juicy orchard and citrus fruit flavors unfurl slowly with air and show good delineation and lift. Finishes on a zesty lemon note, showing good cling and lingering florality.”

12.5cl £10.50    75cl £63.00


2015 Gamay Noir, Bow & Arrow, S. Frank, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
100% Gamay
Medium-bodied, it is grippy with soft red fruit flavours, an earthy & granite-based minerality and tart finish.

12.5cl £ 10.50    75cl £63.00

2014 Rhinestones, Bow & Arrow, S. Frank, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Pinot Noir/Gamay blend
Ripe, juicy black cherry aromas lead to a mid-weight palate full of flavours of tart blackberries, earthy moss & snappy acidity.

12.5cl £11.50   75cl £69.00

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Apple & bramble tart

October 10, 2017

There is not much in the world that is more comforting than homemade Apple tart.

Neil’s addition of brambles and flaked almonds add a bit of tartness and texture to create a dessert that will keep you coming back for more. On the menu from today, treat yourself to a slice of tart served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

Tart’s so good!




September 29, 2017

Friday 6th  – Harri Pepper – Harri kicks off our weekend of music in fine style, with all groovy bases covered.

Saturday 7th – David Pickering – Award winning radio jock David checks in for a bumpin’ Saturday evening session.

Friday 13th – Rob Butler- Record label boss and top notch DJ Rob is back, so the weekend is ON.

Saturday 14th- Simon Martin- The nicest man in showbiz delivers one of his trademark Saturday night sets, which is not to be missed.

Friday 20th – Leonidas – Leonidas makes his Music at Merchants debut. He comes complete with a record collection to die for.  

Saturday 21st – Steve KIW- Brighton-boy Steve heads into town for one his legendary genre-spanning open-minded all vinyl DJ sets.

Friday 27th  – Anne Frankenstein –Anne is the go-to DJ to get the party started. Her first outing for Music at Merchants will no doubt be a memorable one.

Saturday 28th  – Jeff O’Toole- Jeff is one classy DJ and we welcome his long overdue return. The perfect Saturday night soundtrack awaits.

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Menu preview

September 28, 2017

Ahead of the launch of our new cocktail list next week, we are hosting a sneak peak preview. Be one of the first to sample these delicious cocktails for only £5 this Friday, 29th September between 5pm – 7pm.

We’ll be showcasing 3 different cocktails for you to try:

Rum & raisin old fashioned
Rich & strong with hints of chocolate and winter…perfect for old fashioned lovers
Johnnie walker black, ron abuelo 7yr, pedro ximinez, chocolate bitters

Ante-dote –
Smoky & delicately refreshing, spruced up with a splash of absinthe
Great King street Glasgow blend, kings ginger liqueur, salted honey water, absinthe

Smooth & savoury sour with some Scandinavian charm
Swedish aquavit, lemon, kummel, egg white, orange sherbet

Catch you at the bar!



October Private Dining offer

September 19, 2017

We are celebrating our 4th birthday this October!

Complimentary prosecco for all!

To share in our celebrations, we are offering complimentary prosecco on arrival for all group bookings in our beautiful Private Dining room, the Storeroom. Situated in the basement of Merchants Tavern, located in a former Victorian apothecary,  the Storeroom seats up to 22 for dinner or 35 for canape reception. Music is played on our vintage record player with classic records to entertain you though out the evening.

Don’t miss out – call now, quoting HAPPY BIRTHDAY and speak to adele about securing your night.

Offer runs from 1 October – 31 October.

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Mas de Daumas Gassac


Mas de Daumas Gassac Wine Dinner

Only 4 tickets left for our dinner with wine maker Samuel Guibert, from world renowned Languedoc winery, Mas de Daumas Gassac Wednesday 27th September.

Famously known for its terroir and it’s ‘birth of a Grand Cru’ in an area of France that was often looked down upon, Mas de Daumas Gassac has been paving the way since 1978 for the Languedoc region where they have gone on to produce wines lauded as the ‘Lafite of the Languedoc’.

The dinner will take place at the Kitchen Counter with Neil creating a 4 course menu specially designed to match the delicious wines that Samuel will be pouring.

Deep fried oyster, Salt cod beignet, Pig’s head kremeski
Mas de Daumas Gassac Rosé Frizant 2016

Sea bream tartare, fennel, bergamot and Avruga caviar
Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc 2015

Roast haunch of venison, creamed cabbage, glazed endive and pickled elderberries
Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2014

Apple croustade, sauce anglaise
Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc & other white will be poured together

As host Samuel will talk you through the history of the vineyard, give an in-depth tasting of each of the wines while Neil will be on hand talking you through each dish.

Tickets are £85 per person to include all food and wine – there is limited availability for the event.

For bookings and further information get in touch with Adele on or call 0207 060 5335.




When asked to choose a favourite cocktail for the winter menu the question wasn’t finished when AVIATION was shouted across the table. Adele’s favourite classic of dry gin, lemon, violette & maraschino, its the low key treasure of the cocktail world. Smooth, sweet & dry this is a perfectly balanced martini style drink and will be on the menu as a sharpener from this evening.


Merchants Mule

September 11, 2017


This perfect autumnal cocktail uses an old method of preserving fruit: shrub. Blending a sweet plum syrup with cyder and red wine vinegar to create a sweet-sour base for this refreshingly seasonal serve.

Don’t knock it till you try it! It’s delicious!



Sunday Roast


Gather the troupes and head on over for a lovely Sunday roast. This week we’re cooking Roast lamb, roasties, carrots & cavolo nero & Roast pork, turnips, hispi cabbage & crushed apple. 

Pst… did you know that there is no corkage on Sundays?


September Wine Club

September 5, 2017

September we are looking towards Greece. Greece is one the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and the first wine-producing territory in Europe. And yet, not something that you see everyday. Courtesy of Southern Wind wines, who specialise in Greek wines, we have selected a variety of tastes and interesting flavours for you to sample. And don’t forget, Mondays you get these at half price.


2015 Assyrtiko, Santorini Natural Ferment, Galavas Winery, Santorini.
100% Assyrtiko
Single vineyard, 600m above sea level, this wine is explosive & fruity with a refreshing acidity and a unique minerality.
12.5cl £10    17.5cl £14   75cl £55


2015 Pythagorean Tetractys, Domaine Vakakis, Samos.
100% Avgoustiatis
12 months in french oak gives us a charming dark red wine, thick on the nose with aromas of chocolate, tobacco & inky cherry marmalade. Solid on the palate with a warm, elegant after taste filled with pungent aromas of fruit.
12.5cl £8   17.5cl £12   75cl £45

2014 Nemea, Gerakina, Aïvalis Winery, Nemea, Poloponnese.
100% Agiorgitiko
This single vineyard, Gerakina, is situated at over 600m altitude, and is aged for 18 months in barrel, giving us a beautifully crafted Nemean red with bold tannins, good body & acidity to match. Light spicyness with red forest fruits, earthy notes and hints of bergamot & smokey vanilla.
12.5cl £9   17.5cl £12   75cl £50

2015 Le Roi Des Montagnes, Papargyriou Winery, Corinthia.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga & Mavrodaphne
Deep red & concentrated wine, with complex bouquet of sour cherry, blueberry, violet & cassis. Also hints of vanilla & cocoa.
12.5cl £11   17.5cl £15   75cl £60


2015 Pythagorean Epogdoon, Vakakis Winery, Samos 50cl
Muscat Blanc, barrel aged for 36 months
Aromas of white flowers, white plum, dried apricot & raisins with hints of roasted coffee beans & toffee. Oily rich with excellent acidity.
12.5cl £12   75cl £60


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