Merchants Restaurant

Merchants Restaurant

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Situated in the trendy Lace Market district is the elegant Lace Market Hotel, which houses the outstanding and highly regarded Merchant’s Restaurant. Located on High Pavement, just a ten minute walk from the train station and five minutes from central Market Square, it's the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious meal before exploring what Nottingham has to offer in nightlife and entertainment.

Built into a spectacularly converted former textile mill and renowned for its sublime décor, Merchants is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. Recently refurbished to deliver a fresh look and a new lease of life the restaurant strikes a powerful chord within Nottingham's food scene. The sumptuous interior hints at the high standard and class of the food served by the restaurant. Featuring ornate chandeliers, large modern canvas artwork and elegant leather seating, Merchants provides a sophisticated contemporary design; a true feast for the eyes!

Headed by the renowned chef Luke Holland, Merchants delivers a blend of the best recipes available using only the finest and freshest seasonal produce. This brand of  European cuisine is beautifully presented and incredibly delicious. The chefs strive to produce a succinct but exciting menu packed with contemporary, home-cooked cuisine. With dishes such as spring lamb served with chive potato, broad beans, asparagus & morels or ratte potato with sheep's cheese, lovage, cauliflower and truffle  you are unlikely to be left disappointed! To finish we particularly recommend the delicious sticky toffee pudding, served with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream.

With a relaxed flair and a charming ambiance, Merchants Restaurant provides the epitome of fine dining and manages to make perfection seem effortless. The sophisticated yet unpretentious approach is what has made the venue such a huge success. Delivering class without the high price point, Merchants is a restaurant you'll want to return to again and again. With faultless service and a comprehensive wine list, Merchants is perfect for everything from a business meeting to an intimate dinner for two and will make for a memorable dining experience every time.

Review summary

8.2 based on 33 reviews
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Reviews (33)

  • Rachel Hearse

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    Lovely meal, great value.

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  • Isobel Reynolds

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    I booked, based on previous good reviews, but left feeling rather disappointed. The waiting staff did their best, but I think they were somewhat stretched. It took a long time for drinks to arrive, on both occasions they were requested. Butter was placed on the table, but no bread, which we requested. After several reminders, two slices of toasted bread arrived (there were 6 of us eating) and by this time most of us had given up waiting for it and the starters had been eaten. The actual main roast dinner and desserts were good, though there were no condiments offered, which I find very unusual when roast meat is being served. On the whole, it was okay, but I don't think I'd rebook anytime soon.

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  • Asheeka Hyde

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    Food was lovely, as was the service.

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  • Lynne Marlow

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    Fabulous well presented food with intense flavours. Service was excellent. A great lunch.

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  • Allison Towlson

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    Food was tasty but a bit pretentious for us, slightly larger portions would have done it. Taking our dinner order in the bar was a bit odd but we went with it. Staff need to better explain the menu would be good to have descriptions readily available on the menu. Not sure its a place we will go back to but glad we tried it just not our style.

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  • June Marshall

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    Lovely meal, very good service. Thank you Merchants

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  • June Marshall

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    Lovely meal, very good service. Thank you Merchants

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  • Emily Barnfather

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    Great evening.

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  • Sara Keetley-betts

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    Friendly welcome. Service unhurried and knowledgeable. We decided on the chefs platter. 3 meats 2 sides and sauce all perfectly cooked. With a full-bodied Malbec. Dessert -fantastic creme brulee and plum tatan. Can't wait to come back again.

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  • June Marshall

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    Merchants restaurant was amazing. The staff and service was excellent and the food amazing. After a bad experience at Harts the week before this was like a breath of fresh air and we will certainly return. Thank you to all the staff!

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  • Denise Watson

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    Lovely food, brilliant service very attentive. One of our friends was unable to make it. They accommodated this straight away. Thank you for a lovely afternoon and we will be back again, especially for the afternoon tea.

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  • Trevor Martin

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    Fantastic food good service got to be one of the best restaurants in Nottingham

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  • Katey Fairgrieve

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    I really enjoyed my visit at merchants restaurant, the staff was very welcoming and attentive. The staff made sure you had a good service, I can't fault them. The food was very good value for money we couldn't even finish our dishes & the over all atmosphere was romantic and friendly.

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  • Stacey Teeboon

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    Friendly staff food was delicious relatively quiet but that was probably because of the time we dined. Would definitely return.

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  • Sue Litchfield

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    Lovely meal at Merchants, excellent service. Wine a bit pricey though. Would go again.

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  • Asheeka Hyde

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    Had the tasting menu. The starter was amazing but it was downhill from there unfortunately. It was decent food but we were expecting great food so felt like a let down.

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  • Geoff Solman

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    Cote de bouef was very good at Merchants.

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  • Mike Walker

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    A thoroughly enjoyable meal, well cooked and presented, by very attentive and friendly staff. We hope to dine there again soon!

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  • Yvonne Drysdale

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    Had a great meal at Merchants. Excellent choice of menu and staff were lovely. Excellent value for money!

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  • Sally McEvoy

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    Food was very nice and the service was good at Merchants. Wine very expensive £15.00 for 2 glasses of OK Sauvignon.

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  • Stephen Fogg

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    Merchant's was nice, pity the company wasn't!

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  • Tanya Raybould

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    On the whole the food was lovely but one dish was not as it was described on the menu. Nice venue. Great value for Sunday lunch but drinks are a little pricey. Service was ok but a little slow.

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  • trevor bryan

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    Excellent experience for us all at Merchants, very impressive. I would most certainly book again!

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  • Paul howard

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    Great meal at Merchants for Saturday lunch but unfortunately only us, so no real atmosphere.

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  • Uresha Patel

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    Beautiful interiors at Merchant's with great furnishing. Waiter was very pleasant and polite. I did ask for them to have a balloon ready which I specifically dropped off a day before, so that it would be there for when we arrived for in order to celebrate the special occasion but unfortunately it was not there and I had to ask twice for it to be brought which after it was not brought out until after our first course which was very disappointing even though I had tried very hard to pre-organised this. The food itself was presented nicely however we felt it was a little overpriced for its quality. Portion sizes were fair due to the richness of each dish. Unfortunately they did not have the smoked trout which was on the menu and they did replace it with smoked salmon. We were the only guest in the restaurant

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  • Peter Bailey

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    1st visit back after the re-opening of Merchants. Decor much nicer than before and the bar area isn't doom and gloom any more!! It's obviously trying to mimic the previous restaurant in style and quality, but just not quite there yet. The menu wasn't overly inspiring, especially for my vegetarian wife. The food was very good though!! No complaints there. The service however, was miles away from a Michelin star! They weren't very attentive, wine glasses filled high but didn't refill. We had to ask for some more wine, then they couldn't decide which was our bottle! We were asked if we wanted to look at the Desert menu, but were presented with the Main Menu again! So when asked if I would like anything, I asked for the Duck!! Won't rush back...

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  • Cathy Milne

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    Delicious food with some great unusual combinations and tastes.

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  • Jody Lawrence

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    A special occasion.

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  • Katrina Cantellow

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    Absolute delighted we chose to have our belated valentines meal at this wonderful restaurant! The food was absolutely amazing, the service was perfect, very attentive, polite and pleasant! I would return for sure if in the area and would recommend to anyone who appreciates fine food. Thank you so much for making our evening special! Katy & Richard

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  • Ian Begley

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    We dined here on Sunday lunch as a valentines treat from my boyfriend. Everything was perfect, great service, food, drink and fantastic value. The French waiter did a fantastic job, he was really personable and gave just the right amount of service and chat, filling our drinks before we emptied the glasses and checking on us as we started each of the courses. I was also given a red rose for valentines. I had Pumpkin gnocchi, Cauliflower risotto with truffle and Tiramisu cheesecake and my boyfriend had Black pudding, Moules mariniere and Sticky Toffee pudding. This was all from the 3 courses for £18 menu which was fantastic value, with only a 10% service charge. The food was some of the best we have had and each course seemed to top the previous one. The portions where substantial and the puddings were far more than the titles suggested and a real taste sensation. We were both beaming as we ate them. We had a bottle of Rose at £20 which is far more reasonable than other fine dining restaurants in Nottingham. I would recommend anyone dines here and think they deserve great success. Just being off the beaten track makes the setting really lovely but possibly hidden from those who don’t know of it or that it has reopened. I visited Merchants as it was previously. The bar was always welcoming but the restaurant lacked in lots of areas; the food was of a far lower standard, a far higher price and it was gloomy and a bit pretentious. The new restaurant is a far more welcoming, brighter and a pleasant environment. Having 3 options to choose from as a vegetarian on the starter menu is virtually unheard of and an interesting main and delightful pudding too. We left feeling full, happy and satisfied and will certainly be back and wouldn't have thought twice if the bill had been twice the price. If you need anyone to test out any new menus then we will be there in a shot!

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  • Hilary Kendall

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    Lovely food and service at Merchants. Really nice atmosphere and ambiance. Attentive staff but not overdone. Will go back again!

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  • Kyle Charles

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    Keiran the restaurant manager at Merchants was very helpful, sadly the major let downs was starters arriving with dirty plates still on the table. Slow service but they have recently re~opened so may not have trained new staff. Overall a lovely experience & most certainly will come back.

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  • Marie Barratt

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    Amazing starter, blue cheese & pear from the Christmas menu. Super fab service, attentive & friendly, beautifully presented meals and nice surroundings at Merchants Restaurant.

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