LONDON | When The Marksman Public House was given a makeover, locals feared for the worst. Yet another old, honest pub in East London being taken over and gentrified was the fear but thankfully these fears didn’t play out. Designer Martino Gamper has modernised the venue, but in a way that’s very respectful to the pub’s bones and character. Walk inside the downstairs pub part of the venue and you’re greeted with a venue that looks like a proper pub, with locals enjoying drinks at the bar and cockney accents mixing it up with the voices of those from other parts of town.
Head chefs and joint owners Tom Harris (ex St John Hotel, 1 Leicester Street) and Jon Rotheram (ex Fifteen) have created something special at The Marksman. No nonsense British food with flair and an eye for what’s local and good. There are two things you need to try when you visit The Marksman – the beef and barley bun with horseradish cream and the brown butter tart. Both of these items have acquired legendary status since appearing on the menu and are the sort of thing you want to eat again and again. The brown butter tart was one of our favourite dishes of 2015 – the deep set custard is beautifully light and wobbly and the pastry crisp and buttery – heavenly.
The beer list is concise. A mixture of local craft beer and real ales that hit the spot whether you’re enjoying them with the food or just here for a drink.
A proper pub with fantastic food, that ticks all of the right boxes makes The Marksman a must visit. A blueprint for what good dining in London can look like when stripped of all the hyperbole and pretension that surrounds so many new openings these days.
Marksman Public House
254 Hackney Road
London E2 7SJ
Telephone: 020 7739 7393
Mon – Sat: 11:00am to 12:00am
Sun: 10:00am to 11:00pm