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36 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PG
Latest critic review: April 12, 2014
Critics' score: 7 out of 10 Users' score: 0.0 out of 10
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This is a collaboration between Angela Hartnett and Canteen founders, Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone together with head chef Neil Borthwick. It's in a revamped Victorian warehouse which used to host Cantaloupe restaurant. Expect a modern European menu plus a separate bar menu featuring British themed drinks.

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Ed Cumming Telegraph
Reviewed on April 07, 2014
"I had the flatiron steak, – a simple dish in a restaurant that aims to do the simple things well. It came with a buckwheat cake, juicy morels and celeriac. It was perfectly cooked, the meat slicing cleanly and then resisting the jaw for just long enough before giving way in a sanguinary squelch." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 7
Marina O'Loughlin Guardian
Reviewed on December 28, 2013
"To serve pork neck as a meal for two, with what looks like a bubbling vat of toasty cauliflower cheese but, confusingly, is girolles persillade, is a piece of theatre that draws envious stares from every other diner in the room." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 7.5
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on December 18, 2013
"It’s a corner of east London where competition for restaurant footage is fierce, so it’s probably no better than it has to be to survive. But I came out smiling; I’d even go as far as to say enchanted." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
Celia Plender Time Out
Reviewed on November 14, 2013
"Teething problems aside, Merchants Tavern is a restaurant with a lot to offer – we’ll be back to try some cocktails at the bar." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on November 10, 2013
"I’m sorry, I’m coming to the end of metaphors for the English food revival... If you haven’t, you won’t get it better than they’re making it at the Merchants, with its Oliver! service." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
Tracey MacLeod Independent
Reviewed by November 09, 2013
"The food at the Merchants Tavern is very good. Maybe a bit TOO good; this room and its location are enough of a draw, and that designer-dingy bar promises every kind of fun." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
Andy Lynes Metro
Reviewed on October 24, 2013
"It’s the epitome of classy restaurant cooking: a precise and balanced assembly of flavours and textures, each element complementing the other and building to something more than the sum of the parts. And did I say it was delicious?" READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on October 16, 2013
"I do know that Neil Borthwick a while ago suffered a dreadful cycling accident for which he has my utmost sympathy, but I can also tell that his cooking talent is clearly unstoppable. Maybe just wait a while for the creases to be ironed out." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
Celia Plender Time Out
Reviewed on October 17, 2013
"Teething problems aside, Merchants Tavern is a restaurant with a lot to offer – we’ll be back to try some cocktails at the bar." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
 

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Address36 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PG
Telephone number 020 7060 5335
Telephone numberAverage price: Moderate
trainShoredotch High Street
Opening timesTuesday to Saturday 11am – 12pm
Sunday 11am – 8pm
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