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Merchants Bar & Restaurant

Ironside House, Southampton SO14 3TN, England
023 80333221
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Ranked #150 of 620 restaurants in Southampton
Price range: $12 - $42
Cuisines: English
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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66% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Southampton
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

I took my wife for a meal and we really loved it. I had the jabberwocky steak and it was absolutely superb. The place is full of character and a real gem. It was great that they had Stowford Press cider on draught plus a great selection of bottled bitters. All the staff were very helpful and friendly and made... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Me and my partner was in Southampton for the weekend for our 6 year anniversary. We wasn't sure where to go so we had a look on Google, at places on Ocean Village. We did want to go to Banana Wharf - but it was full. So we seen Merchants and booked a table. When we got there there was... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I went to Merchants on a Wednesday in May 2014 with 3 friends. We all ordered sirloin steaks, although the selection on offer included rump, T-bone, rib eye and fillet. The service was great, the steaks were immense, I'll be going back next week for more of the same. I must note, I had the roast in there in April... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We celebrated a special birthday at Merchants with 70 friends and family. Food, entertainment and service was exemplary. So many of our guests have commented upon how much they enjoyed Merchants and all it had to offer. Mandy and John along with their team of waiters and waitresses are the best hosts and nothing is too much trouble. A truly... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Been there twice in short succession was ok first time, so went back but really awful second time. Food wasn't great, ribs were very fatty and covered in a so called bbq sauce. Asked for a steak to be well done not charcoaled. Ordered a glass of wine from the menu and the waitress was used as a messenger from... More

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JohnRidgeon, Owner at Merchants Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

We have been trying to think about who this customer was and the circumstances behind their complaint, After much discussion I believe this was a Mr Jones who rung up at 5.45pm on a Saturday night on 15th March to book a table of 10 for 7.45pm on the same night. We accepted the booking and rearranged the standard layout... More

Southampton, United Kingdom
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

I'd been wanting to try Merchants for a while, having been a fan of the Bouzy Rouge before it closed down (some of the menu made its way over). A lot of the evening was good - food in particular - but enough minor things to make me wonder if the staff really knew what they were doing. Wine ordered... More

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

Went on Saturday 11/1,warm welcome, food was lovely and drink flowed well. Would love to try out a Sunday lunch. , maybe in the summer when its a bit warmer.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The first visit on a Sunday for a few years and doubt if we will rush back. The room is cold with an attempt to warm it using gas heaters. We were given wrong information by waiter about Childrens Menu which meant that we paid £8.50 for a kids meal which was a fishcake starter for our son. A baked... More

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Southampton
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We went to Merchants for a Sunday roast yesterday. Upon enquiring with the waiter about the children's menu we were told we could have anything off the sunday menu as a child's portion. My son doesn't like roast dinner so we opted for the salmon for him. The waiter returned informing us that we couldn't have salmon as a child's... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We have been to Merchants for the last 5 years and had some great entertaining nights out there, it`s a bit hard to find at the moment due to works going on in the area but worth taking the trouble to find. Mandy and Paul have a lovely place here and the food is consistently good which is hard to... More

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