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.
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.
We skipped a starter in favour of a round of oysters. An excellent decision – they were refreshing and delicious. The perfect first course.
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.
Alex ordered the Jacob’s Ladder rib, which just fell apart it was so well cooked – he was pretty pleased with his choice.
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.
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.
Alex (as usual) chose the cheeseboard – a selection picked from Androuet of Spitalfields, just round the corner.
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.