Rooftop restaurant in the City
Vintry and Mercer is a luxury boutique hotel in the City of London, only moments away from Mansion House tube station and a few minutes from St Paul’s. You are spoilt for choice with two restaurants, a roof terrace and a speakeasy style bar.
Vintry Kitchen is an Asian tapas eatery on the ground floor, with a menu focusing on fresh, bold flavours. Wine takes centre stage served straight from large barrels. Make sure you check out Wagyu Wednesday where you can get an epic Wagyu sando and a beer for £25.
Mercer Roof Terrace
We love a rooftop restaurant in the City and we certainly were not disappointed with this one. The decor of the restaurant is bright, floral and beautiful so if the weather isn’t great, this is a perfect option for dining.
However, if the sun is out then make sure you dine on the terrace! With views of St Paul’s and the Shard, it is a gorgeous area to sip on cocktails or enjoy a slap up meal.
Cocktail wise we sipped on an English Spritz: Hendrick’s Gin, soda and English sparking wine (£19 – a little pricey!) and St Paul Hurricane: Plantation 3 white rum infused with passion fruit, sage and ginger, grand mariner and oregat + lime, pineapple and English verjuice (£12). The cocktails were beautifully presented and were crisp and light.
The menu is predominantly British using sustainably sourced meat and fish from the British Isles, in particular Scotland and Cornwall. We started off with some warm sourdough (huge chunks) and some sweeter Guinness bread.
For starters we absolutely loved the Pig’s Head Croquettes, fennel salad (£9.50). The croquette itself was huge and absolutely packed with filling. The English Asparagus with duck egg, wild garlic bearnaise (£10.50) was equally impressive. Make sure you order these soon as they aren’t in season for much longer! Lastly, we tried the Ewes Cheese, carrot, honey and lavender which was so colourful and we loved the combination of savoury and sweet.
Main Dishes and Dessert
We were so impressed with the Wild Garlic crusted cod fillet, beetroot risotto which was on the set lunch menu. The cod was flaky and soft with a nice crunch from the crust. We were also surprised at how much we loved the risotto.
There were so many delicious choices from the “Land” section including 35 day aged beef and pork cutlet. We opted for the Brook Street Farm Rack of Lamb served with celeriac gratin and artichoke (£60 to share). The lamb is carved in front of you which is a nice touch and it was certainly plentiful! While £60 isn’t cheap, it is easily enough for two people and was tender and flavoursome.
There are five desserts to choose from and three kinds of cheese. We had the Chocolate Mousse, Vanilla Ice Cream and Stout served in a mini tankard (£6). The stout flavour wasn’t to my taste but the mousse was light and not too rich.
We were so impressed with our meal at this beautiful rooftop restaurant in the City. The service was friendly and attentive (but not overbearing!) and the atmosphere was laid back but with a special feel to it. The weekday set lunch menu is good value at £29.50 for 2 courses and £33.50 for 3 courses. You must absolutely add this restaurant to your list!
East London Girl: Vintry and Mercer
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