Salt Beef Bagels, Iced Coffee and More at Mercer & Co, Chapel Market

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At £3.90, a recent late breakfast/early lunch of hand carved salt beef with mustard (I went with American) and a pickled gherkin on a bagel was minimal money went spent for a mightily meaty and thoroughly filling meal.

Short on time and low on funds? Keep Mercer & Co in mind. I certainly will.

This Chapel Market bar and canteen serves up a delicious dose of Americana (a la New York City) with bagels, mac n cheese, chili, slaw, salad boxes, subs and more. I’m not sure from where the bagels are sourced but they’re better (and more reminiscent of NYC) than most I’ve come across in London.

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As much as I loved my salt beef bagel, next time I’ll probably go for a Reuben (salt beef, sauerkraut and Swiss on rye, £5.90), though I would suggest pastrami (traditional meat for this iconic sandwich) is different from old school London salt beef.

Coffee (Union is the supplier) is good too. I got an iced coffee (£2.70 for a large). Black. It did the trick on a busy, sunny day.

Aside from salt beef v pastrami semantics, no complaints! Service was fast and friendly. Food and drink were tasty and nicely priced. Seating was comfy. I sat at the bar people watching out the window. Alcohol is served with cocktails starting at six quid.

Mercer & Co is located at 26 Chapel Market, N1 9EZ. Find out more at mercerandco.co.uk.

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