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Merchants Bar & Restaurant

Ironside House, Southampton SO14 3TN, England
023 80333221
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Ranked #142 of 627 Restaurants in Southampton
Price range: $11 - $41
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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English first
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Hired this venue for my 60th birthday party-everyone enjoyed it and said what a great venue and excellent food.Staff were very friendly and helpful and would highly recommend it. Also in the past we have had excellent meals with great tribute acts as entertainment.

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Southampton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Attended a wedding reception here a couple of weeks ago.. The food was excellent and the staff friendly and attentive.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Merchants is a stones throw from when I live and I would love it to be good restaurant, but it is rather peculiar. I've been a couple of times. It does seem to be run as more of a hobby that a going commercial concern. It often is closed for no reason and customers/maybe their staff hang about outside and... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My husband and I held our wedding reception at Merchants and it couldn't have been better. The food and service were outstanding. I think every guest commented to us how wonderful the food was. The whole planning for and the actual reception went very smoothly thanks to the owners John and Mandy and their very efficient staff. We would have... More

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Southampton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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71 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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
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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
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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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