What they say:
Merchant's Tavern is occupying the space formerly owned by Cantaloupe and even earlier a plot used for a Victorian apothecary. This will be an iconic stepping stone in the trendy East-End of London; offering classic European food and a tantalising bar menu. The lunch menu also offers some great options to those wishing to enjoy a leisurely meal. Angela Hartnett and the guys at Canteen have teamed up to bring a kitsch addition to Shoreditch - with an emphasis on refined drinking and dining. Merchant's Tavern is to be an oasis among the vibrant bar scene.
What we say:
Angela Hartnett has a pretty strong pedigree in the kitchen and has long since flown the nest from her notable tutor, Gordon Ramsay. Her latest enterprise, in this uncharted area for star chefs, is an exciting venture. Expect the best seasonal food to be inspired by a variety of Italian, French and Spanish cooking - all of which can be paired with a natural wine or British beer for a well balanced, fresh meal. Merchant's Tavern is a cut away from the traditional Shoreditch cloth with its quirky apothecary space, but this makes a great spot for dates or smart after work drinks.