A celebration at the Merchants Tavern

On Friday night, I had some work news to celebrate and Alex had his Mum and sister visiting, so we decided to book a table at the Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch. After being shown to a gorgeous booth, we were each presented with a complimentary glass of bubbles, thanks to a call ahead from Alex.

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We sipped cocktails whilst perusing the menu. Alex had his traditional sweet Manhatten, whilst I had the Dr. Henderson the Younger; a heady gin cocktail.

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We skipped a starter in favour of a round of oysters. An excellent decision – they were refreshing and delicious. The perfect first course.

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By now we had decided what we wanted to eat (the menu makes it difficult to choose). 3 of us went for the roast loin of venison, which was amazing. Perfectly cooked and just the right amount.

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Alex ordered the Jacob’s Ladder rib, which just fell apart it was so well cooked – he was pretty pleased with his choice.

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I’d heard excellent things about the creamed potato, so ordered 2 portions. As you can see they arrived in the cutest copper pans. They also lived up to expectation. I LOVE mashed potatoes, despite my chronic inability to cook them myself.

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Since we’d skipped starters, we felt we were entitled to dessert. Once again we were spoiled for choice, but the warm gingerbread loaf looked fabulous, so I went for that. I wasn’t disappointed. It was swimming in warm butterscotch sauce and topped with cooling vanilla ice cream.

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Alex (as usual) chose the cheeseboard – a selection picked from Androuet of Spitalfields, just round the corner.

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We had a wonderful evening and the hype about the Merchants Tavern is well founded. If you’re looking for somewhere a little fancy for a celebration, or just somewhere for a damn good dinner, you can’t go far wrong.

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