Mas de Daumas Gassac

August 21, 2017

Save the date!

We’ve got a special event up our sleeves – keep your eyes peeled for more information next week:

Mas de Daumas Gassac wine dinner on Wednesday 27th September with Wine Maker Samuel Guibert

If you want to register interested let Adele know quickly: 



Weekly Special

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.



August Cocktails

If you’re not away on holiday this month then why not join us for our special cocktail offer in the bar. All our cocktails will be £8 for the whole of August. What better excuse do you need to try some of our new summer drinks? Perhaps opt for the refreshing Merchants Reviver (Brokers gin, Cocchi Rosa, La Fee Parisian absinthe, lemon, mint and soda) or the elegantly cool Hoxton Hippie (Hendricks, cucumber, elderflower and lime).

For a long afternoon’s drinking you’re also going to need some bar snacks. We recommend a Cauliflower & Isle of Mull Cheddar gratin and some Deep fried baby artichokes with aioli.

Check out the full cocktail list and bar menu here.


Wine Club August: English Wines

August 8, 2017

August sees us going local…with everyone on holiday trying wines abroad, we thought we would treat London visitors to some local English wine.

Davenport Vineyard, based in East Sussex, combines traditional techniques with the latest modern equipment. Their principle of winemaking is to allow nature to take its course under the guidance of the winemaker, & not for the winemaker to make the wines!

As an alternative, for those suspicious of pure English wines, we have a delicious Chardonnay, made right here in Bethnal Green, East London , however the grapes are hand-picked, then imported from Northern Italy, before being bunch pressed and barrelled here.

And as a final celebration, we knock 50% off these prices on Monday nights!

2015 Limney Horsmonden Dry, Davenport Vineyard, East Sussex
(a rich belnd of Bacchus, Ortega, Siegerrebe, Faberrebe & Huxelrebe)
12.5cl £8.00   17.5cl £11.00   75cl £45.00

2016 Renegade Barrel Aged Chardonnay, Renegade London Wine, Bethanl Green, London. (100% Italian Chardonnay)
12.5cl £9.00   17.5cl £12.50   75cl 50.00

2015 Diamond Fields Pinot Noir, Davenport Vineyard, East Sussex
(100% Pinot Noir)
12.5cl £10.50   17.5cl £14.50   75cl £65




music at merchants

July 27, 2017

Another stella line up

Fri 25th: Rob Butler – There’s only one DJ to kick off the bank holiday weekend, and that’s Rob Butler.

Sat 26th: Michelle Kelly – Michelle checks in for a Saturday night set filled with funk-fueled energy.

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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!





Music at Merchants

July 20, 2017


A week of top DJs coming to the Tavern this week:

Wed 26th: Patrick Bickerton – Co-founder of the Disco Shed phenomenon Patrick touches down for a classy midweek selection.

Thurs 27th: Count Skylarkin – You can count on the Count to deliver nothing but the very best in ska, reggae and dub.

Fri 28th: Rob Butler – Music at Merchants favourite Rob gets our weekend started in fine style.

Sat 29th: Justin Quirk – Saturday night is on with the one and only JQ at the controls.

Sun 30th: Almo – Young Almo is a selector of distinction with all the right records for a laidback Sunday afternoon session.

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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. 



New Tipples

If you have a keen eye you’ll have seen a couple of new additions to our cocktail menu this weekend.

Introducing the Taverneers Tipple – our local twist on the classic Manhattan, Merchants Reviver – long & thirst quenching and finally Hoxton Hippie – elegantly cool. Tom and the team have been sipping, shaking, stirring and sampling away to perfect these recipes for our Taverneers to enjoy during these hot summer nights.