Le Merlin

Restaurants, French Lea Bridge
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Le Merlin

A stylish east London crêperie banging out sweet and savoury pancakes.

If you’re craving a crêpe (and can’t afford a Eurostar ticket), Le Merlin in Clapton is the place to be. They’ve taken the idea of a crêperie very seriously, offering a simple pancake-only menu (no side dishes here) in a minimal, rustic setting. Crêpes are divided into savoury and sweet options, with classic flavour combos alongside more experimental numbers.

The traditional combo of ham, gruyère and egg was balanced and satisfying, but a wilder choice of confit duck with blue cheese, truffle honey and caramelised onion was too full on to finish. Luckily, that left room for sweet varieties, which totally stole the show. The lemon cream and grilled almond crêpe was like a heavenly tarte au citron and flambéed pear with chocolate sauce was just as delicious.

You might worry that ordering just a crêpe for dinner won’t be enough to satisfy, but the rich ingredients beautifully arranged on wafer-like buckwheat pancakes were filling and pleasingly affordable (between £5.70 and £8.50). Alternatively, people were coming in to sit in Le Merlin’s little garden for just a sweet crêpe and a glass of wine or Breton cider, which still seems like a winning idea. Who knew Clapton could be so continental?

By: Sonya Barber

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Venue name: Le Merlin
Address: 78 Lower Clapton Rd
London
E5 0RN
Transport: Overground: Hackney Central
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £50.
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tastemaker

I love this place, I would sell both my kidneys to be there eating their goats cheese, fig jam and bacon galette continually. It seems fairly pricey to start with but the galettes are actual stonkers, I defy anyone to eat that much cheese and not have to be carried home. 


The coffee is also great, the staff are chirpy and, if you're feeling particularly authentic/ pretentious, any of the staff will quite happily have a little conversation in French with you. Enchanté. 

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Tastemaker

This is one of my favourite places in London. It serves french style crepes and galettes (love the ham and eggs version!) at very reasonable prices.

Fantastic authentic atmosphere, great service and delicious food. Plus the coffee is amazing. Like a little piece of francais this side of the Channel!

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Favourite spot in Clapton. Relaxed atmosphere coupled with delicious galette is a winner! Confit duck was a masterstroke and lets not talk about the espresso! Right up there with the best! Will be back soon!

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This is by far my favorite restaurant in Clapton. Great food, good value and a very friendly staff! Will definately come back!


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Incredibly tasteful and affordable at the same time, Le Merlin brings simplicity and harmony into each crepe. My personal favorite : duck and blue cheese, along with a sweet creme de citron. Staff is super friendly and the backyard is nice when London weather allows it. Such a fantastic place ! 

tastemaker

I absolutely love this place!


I spent a perfect weekend dinner here:

- both of the dishes (a traditional crepe and a crepe with pear and ice cream) were delicious and fulfilling

- the cider recommended by the waiter was refreshing and a great addition to the dinner

- the service was super fast 

- I could enjoy the dishes outside in the lovely garden

- everything was happily affordable 


I'm happy I found this place around the corner, I'm definitely going back soon.

Tastemaker

Seriously good! We shared two savoury galettes and one sweet one - bacon and maple syrup and goats cheese in one, confit (!) duck with blue cheese in the other, then finished with salted caramel and sliced almonds. The confit was my favourite - the most delicious confit I've ever had outside of Duck and Waffle.


Not sure why Timeout gives this place 3 stars only given they seem to have loved the place?!

Users rating is much more in line with what this restaurant deserves! 

It's a great place, good value for money, authentic, great recipes, both for the savoury crêpes and the sweet pancakes. 

We are big fans. Which is handy given it is a 5mn walk away from home. Always such a treat to eat there!



Certainly my favourite place in Clapton and the best Breton cuisine in London! The staff is professional and friendly and the coffee has no rivals in east London! Try it once and you will come back !


I spent a while trying to find a crepe/galette shop in London that could come close to those in France. As a result I ate a lot of terrible crepes but Le Merlin is the real deal. BEST CREPES IN LONDON


Excellent crepes and gallettes.... nice and very friendly staff...and on top of that....great coffee!! Highly reccomend!!


By far the best gualette and crepe in London. Real authentic menu, and the place is full of charm. Highly recommend!