February Wine Club: South Africa

February 7, 2018

South Africa is the oldest ‘NEW WORLD’ wine country. South African wine has a history
dating back to 1659, with the first bottle produced in Cape Town by its founder, Jan van
Riebeeck. Access to international markets led to new investment in the South African wine market. Production is concentrated around Cape Town, with major vineyard and production centres at Constantia, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester. There are about 60 appellations within the Wine of Origin (WO) system, which was implemented in 1973 with a hierarchy of designated production regions, districts and wards.
From Bubbles to Bordeaux, there is a gem here for everyone, or, if you can’t decide, have
them all as a flight.
And remember, Monday nights, its all 50% off.

NV L’Ormarins, Anthonij Rupert Méthode Cap Classique, Franschhoek.
55% Chardonnay / 45% Pinot Noir
Fresh vibrance & crisp crunchy acidity to balance a ripe fruitness.

£12 12.5cl   £65 75cl

2016 Creation Viognier, Walker Bay.
100% Viognier
Fragrant white peach aromas mingling with a rich, creamy character,
combined seamlessly with crisp minerality and bouncy, well-integrated natural acidity.

£10 12.5cl   £55 75cl

2012 The Cape Doctor, Journey’s End, Stellenbosch.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas and flavours of cassis, violets, and freshly ground black pepper. An intense, complex, red wine with fine tannins and a lingering finish.

£14 12.5cl   £75 75cl

NV Tierhoek Straw Wine, Piekenierskloof (37.5cl).
100% Chenin Blanc
Unctous concentration of dried apricots & honey, while the equally concentrated acidity cuts through the sweetness to provide perfect balance.

£13 12.5cl   £50 75cl

Wine Flight (100ml of all four wines):

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Spotlight on: Margaret Pope

February 6, 2018

This month we turn our spotlight back on our beloved Shoreditch neighbourhood and the locals who make it.

In the Spotlight this month is Shoreditch local, Margaret Pope. Margaret is a hugely talented and dynamic consultant, the first to open Body Studio on Rivington Street. She has lived and worked in Shoreditch for the past 20 years and has watched it evolve into what it is today. Her lifestyle and business are centred around her key beliefs: teaching, learning and working together to create a sense of community and a healthy lifestyle.

We chatted to her for her top insider tips…

Tipple of choice 
Without hesitation a Negroni.

Brunch or Lunch
I would have to say Lunch. I operate on a sixteen hour fast to renew the body, so all my eating is between 12 – 8pm!

Cab, Uber, TFL or Cycle?   
I prefer a traditional black cab. When you are in a cab you can see the city, take a moment to soak in it’s glory. The conversations with cabbies are great and I always learn more about London’s enchanting history.

Insiders tip 
Dennies Severs House in Spitalfields is my Narnia. A place to visit to experience history and transport yourself to a time that isn’t now.

Big night out
I naturally would start at Merchants Tavern for dinner and occasionally stay all evening. If I do decide to venture from there, I would go to Ronnie Scotts, perhaps a house party and if Late Night Tough Guy is in town, I’ll be sure to be on his dance floor.

Shoreditch soundtrack  
Aint No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross

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Music At Merchants

February 1, 2018

A fantastic February line up has arrived!

Friday 2nd: Anne Frankenstein – The best in funk, soul, disco, boogie – our Anne’s got it covered.

Saturday 3rd: Purple Radio crew – Ken, Karl & Mark W from the world’s greatest online radio station drop in for a fun a funky Saturday night session.
Friday 9th: Michelle Kelly – Music at Merchants favourite Michelle returns to kick off our weekend in fine style.
Saturday 10th: Jack Sellen – Our man Jack is back for an evening filled with funky folk & country rock.
Friday 16th: Mickey Browne – South coast jock Mickey heads into town with a bag full of his latest genre-spanning vinyl acquisitions.
Saturday 17th: Damian Thomas – Damian keeps it funky, fresh and fun for this Saturday night session.
Friday 23rd: Sam Don – The DJ’s DJ Sam is back for a Friday night of classy vinyl action.
Saturday 24th: Nik Weston – The Mukatsuku head honcho checks in for one of his trademark Saturday night selections.

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This weekend opening hours


A quick note of warning that Merchants Tavern will be closed this Saturday and Sunday night as a film crew takes over the whole of Charlotte Road.
It’s a pain and we’re sorry – however all is not lost. We’re open for brunch, lunch and drinks in the bar from 10.00am until 5.00pm on both days.

Whether it’s Neil’s fried chicken and waffles that grabs your attention or his delicious Sunday Roast, we hope to see you warming yourself by the fire with a cocktail beforehand.

We promise to be back on Monday 5th Feb as usual.

Saturday 3rd February:
Brunch 10 am – 1pm, Lunch 12pm – 3pm
Bar open 10am – 5pm
Dinner closed

Sunday 4th February:
Brunch 10 am – 1pm, Lunch 12pm – 3pm
Bar open 10am – 5pm
Dinner closed

Monday 5th February
Back open as normal



January 9, 2018


Burns Night 2018

Delighted to announce that The Merchants Tavern will once again be hosting Burns Night this year (January 25th)  and with plenty of neeps & tatties to go around we cannae wait!  Head chef and a Scotchman himself Neil Borthwick has crafted a gorgeous 5 course menu for the occasion running at £45 per person.

Edinburgh-born and Scottish Borders raised Bob Johnston is just the man to soundtrack our Burn’s Night celebration and will start spinning the decks around 6.30pm. Please join us in the bar for a Scottish lager or Whiskey flight and some Scottish tunes (no bag pipes, we promise!)

For bookings please call us on 020 70 60 5335 or via email at


Music at Merchants

January 2, 2018


Lets go January- Musical magic at Merchants this month

Fri 5th  – Kiara Scuro: Rosie & Nadia check in for their Music at Merchants debut session.

Sat 6th  – Harri Pepper: It’s classy vinyl action all the way from our man Harri.

Fri 12th  – Dan Tenor-City & Tom Funk: Friday night is ON with Dan & Tom at the controls.

Sat 13th  – Stuart M Lowndes: Man about town Stuart returns with a record bag stuff with fun & funky stuff

Fri 19th- Chris Coco: The nicest man in showbiz kicks starts our weekend of music in fine style.

Sat 20th  – Harvinder: Always a great selection and always on point, Harvinder steps up once again.

Fri 26th  – Leonidas: Super DJ Leonidas is all about the vinyl, and what an incredible selection he has.

Sat 27th – Matt Timms: Brighton jock Matt heads into town for one of his trademark ultra groovy Saturday night sessions.

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Kitchen Counter Workshops 2018

December 16, 2017

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A series of Kitchen Counter Workshops for food lovers to experience the unique flair and expertise of the Merchants Tavern kitchen team as well as learn tricks of the trade from Angela Hartnett and Head Chef Neil Borthwick.

To book contact Adele on 0207 060 5335 or email.

Saturday 17th February, Saturday 10th March & Saturday 7th April 10.00 am

Merchants Tavern Kitchen Counter Pasta Making Class – £110

Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick will teach guests to make three different kinds of pasta and an array of accompanying sauces to create show-stopping Italian dishes. The guests’ personal creations will be served at the Kitchen Counter as part of a two-course lunch with prosecco, wine and coffee. Guests will also be given a Merchants Tavern goodie bag.

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December Wine Club

December 6, 2017


It’s that fun festive time of year & we have decided to add to the glitter and the glamour. This month we are sparkling for the time of year everyone is allowed to splash out a bit. Our menu already offers a wide variety of Prosecco, Champagne & classic sparkling wines, so we thought to add a few unusual bubbles for all to try!

2016 Pet Nat, Fuchs und Hase Vol 1, Weingut, Kamtal, Austria.

Austrian Pet Nat made from Müller Thurgau, Grüner Veltliner & Muscat Blanc. Skin macerated, naturally fermented & unfiltered. Nose has some yellow apples & lime and some yeast funkiness. Palate is succulent with juicy yellow apples & pears with yuzu & lime and some endive bitterness.

12.5cl £11.00    75cl £60.00

2017 Clairette de Die: Domaine Achard-Vincent ‘Tradition’, Rhone.

This organic Clairette de Die is a gentle sparkling wine low in alcohol making it
a peerless mid-morning restorative and a great wine for day time drinking. The current patron of Domaine Achard-Vincent, and his son Thomas tend 18 hectares of vines that have been farmed organically since 1979 and certifed as such since 1982. Their Clairette de Die has a light, creamy mousse, delicate oral aromas and a refreshing palate of white table grapes.

12.5cl £11.00    75cl £60.00

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Brunch Menu

November 29, 2017


Weekend treats coming your way!

Thank you to all who joined us for the launch of our Brunch menu on 18th November.

If you didn’t make it in time for the launch head on over this Saturday or Sunday from 10am – 1pm and dive into one Neil’s delicious plates of food to fuel you up for slog of Christmas shopping you’ll be doing : Neils’ porridge, prunes, pecan nuts, honey; Ricotta pancakes, berry compote; Waffles & deep fried chicken; Three cheese toastie, spicy tomato ketchup. 

Treat yourselves to a Mimosa, Bloody Mary or even a Corpse Reviver #2 – a great cocktail to ward off hangovers.




December set menu


This time of year is mainly about food, drink and merriment and we’ll be kicking things off with a selection of fantastically festive menus served alongside our A’ la Carte.


Groups up to 12 people will can be seated in our dining room and we are  offering a 3 course set menu for £50 per person.

Click here to view our menu.

Hire our private dining room, The Storeroom, for parties of 13-22.
This Christmas we’re offering a festive 3 course menu  starting from £50.00 per person.

Click here to view our menu.

The perfect foodie gift, our Kitchen Counter is a unique experience where you can get involved in the action of the kitchen and enjoy a bespoke menu of seasonal delights prepared and presented in front of you. Available on request.
Give us a call on 0207 060 5335 or pop in for a chat about all Christmas bookings.