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5-9 Wilmslow Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7QL, England
+44 1625 599959
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good26%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible9%
Travelers talk about
“mini desserts” (6 reviews)
“scallops” (14 reviews)
“sunday roast” (18 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
5-9 Wilmslow Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7QL, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Visit the area every month or so, and also lunch at the Merlin This occasion had other members of family with me# The restaurant is vey well presented, clean and very welcoming We all selected from the very cost effective lunch time special menu all...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very average roast lunch, mound of food but lacking in variety of vegetables and lacklustre service. The wagyu burger was over cooked. The service was poor, not well trained and inattentive. I felt too many covers for number of waiting staff to give them attention....More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Two of us popped in for a quick lunch on a Thursday from work. I had the battered halloumi with a pea and mint 'mash' and chips and my colleague had the vegetarian pie with a cheesy centre. My dish was fabulous, the batter was...More

Thank TheRelfster
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Writing this makes me feel sad as I’ve always loved The Merlin and go there regularly. However, I’d say the last five or six times I’ve been (so clearly not a one off) the service has been terrible. If ordering two courses, you can expect...More

1  Thank Jenna B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch at the Merlin on Sunday 15 July with a friend. We both had a main course, a dessert and a coffee each, and different dishes. We both enjoyed the food and our lunch. Several years ago, we used to go to the...More

Thank Marie B
General Manager A, Manager at Merlin, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Marie B, we're happy you found our staff to be so supportive during your experience here at The Merlin. Thank you for the recommendation, and have an amazing day! We hope to see you soon Kind regards Kim

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I hardly even write bad reviews (if you can't say anything nice and all that) but I am still really mad with this place as it almost ruined a very special milestone birthday. We booked a function room for 26 people. Good points Initial communication...More

2  Thank MHT-33397
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stopped on way home from airport with my wife and daughter.I had the burger which was bland and fries more like scraps.The wife and daughter had the beef lunch which they passed as ok.Not good enough to try dessert.Had a couple of drinks and sat...More

1  Thank tn1para
General Manager A, Manager at Merlin, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are disappointed to hear that you did not have a more positive experience with us at The Merlin. It is upsetting to read that you did not enjoy the food and that it was not up to our usual standards. I do hope that...More

Reviewed July 12, 2018

We were staying here for one night, and decided to eat here, despite the "negative" comments and reviews. The service we were witnessing, and food seemed decent enough for us. We had a couple of drinks sitting outside, and 2 cocktails from the 2 for...More

2  Thank alisdair t
General Manager A, Manager at Merlin, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Alisdair T, thanks for your praise and kind comments about our team. Our team strives to deliver an excellent experience, and are glad you found this to be the case during your visit.

Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

Good looking well maintained place, friendly staff fast service. Lots of places to sit inside and out, tables on the lawn are a little noisy as very near the road. Big glass room in front of the pub outside offering comfortable seating in an elevated...More

Thank timm586
General Manager A, Manager at Merlin, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you timm586 for taking the time to review your visit. We do hope to see you again soon. Kindest regards

Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

I’ve been to the Merlin countless times since 2005 and never had a bad meal. I love that the menu is always changing and the interior refurbished regularly. This time I had the superfood salad with goat’s curd and my husband had lamb kofta, we...More

Thank TheRelfster
General Manager A, Manager at Merlin, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Therelfster, thank you for the high star rating! We are always more than happy to assist you if anything else comes up and I've passed on your comments about your portion and coffee. Kindest regards Kim

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February 27, 2017|
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Response from Rob M | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure, but if you call them they are very helpful. it's a lovely village. The Drum and Monkey did great food and I believe it has a nice outside area (if we ever get any decent weather) good luck
Laura D
August 7, 2016|
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Response from MbplcGM | Property representative |
Hi laura D, Sorry we don't allow dogs into the bar. you are more than welcome to bring your fury friend and sit in our garden, our team will look after you. Kind regards, Jon B
Kerry M
July 11, 2016|
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Response from Lauzii | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it has a little bar area too if you're not eating but if you are eating I would book in as it gets busy. It has a nice relaxed vibe about the place too.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$13 - $19
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5-9 Wilmslow Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7QL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cheshire  >  Alderley Edge
  • Phone Number: +44 1625 599959
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