A traditional pub at the corner of London’s Hackney Road and Horatio Street, between Hoxton and Cambridge Heath overground stations, The Marksman has been given a welcome new lease of life by veteran St. John chefs Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram, preserving its famous East End charm but laying on a whole heap of new creature comforts as this classic Bethnal Green boozer enters a new chapter in its long and storied life. Locals love it, and initiates find they’ve hit the bull’s eye when they step foot inside. Expect fresh flowers from the nearby Columbia Road flower market, and fine British gastropub fare showcased in the new upstairs dining room.
The Marksman, under new ownership, is an example of those rare refurbished East London pubs that have managed to keep things up-to-date, hip and vibrant, yet retain a whole lot of the traditional boozer charm. Located on the borderlands of Bethnal Green and Haggerston, close to Hoxton station and the Columbia Road flower market on the corner of Hackney Road and Horatio Street (the pub is named after the marksman who reputedly protected Lord Nelson at Trafalgar), The Marksman now focuses on the best of British food and drink. As a proper London boozer and free house, you can expect good hand-pulled pints and bottled beers alongside a carefully curated and reasonably priced list of old world wines, plus a special cocktail menu reviving the traditions of Victorian and Edwardian refreshment.
Experienced chefs Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram (of the Michelin-starred St. John Hotel, One Leicester Street, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, and a number of leading London pubs) have made good food a focus at Bethnal Green’s new and improved Marksman. The menu at this Hackney Road institution is designed to celebrate London’s history and the often overlooked culinary richness embodied by the capital. Cooked hams, salt beef, and pickled fish are some of the traditional delicacies integrated into the offering. Our favourite is the curried kid and house chutney, but other highlights include fried potato and burnt onion mayonnaise, beef and barley buns with horseradish cream, belly ham with beer mustard and pickles, and an asparagus. egg, flax and sunflower seed salad. Don’t forget The Marksman’s peerless Saturday brunch and Sunday roasts with suckling pig and beer mustard in soft English milk buns. This is a very special and very London gastropub in full bloom!
Beautiful Pub, Friendly, Knowledgable, Attentive Staff, Delicious Food, Wonderful Atmosphere. Can't wait to go again! We booked rather last minute and were thrilled with the whole experience from beginning to end, I'd recommend to anyone.
First visit to The Marksmen from San Fransisco. Very impressed with the menu. We were a group of five and so we ordered a variety of dishes to share. The food was excellent. The staff, friendly and efficient. We loved the cool vibe, whilst maintaining the feel of an old east end pub. Great experience. Thank you.
Amazing food and lovely place. Staffs are very nice too. I really liked their cucumber oyster and fennel sorbe. Looking forward to going back soon.
It was my first time at The Marksman. The food was just perfect. Simple, but with so much complexity underneath. It's also great to eat in a restaurant where you can actually have a proper conversation, the acoustics are fantastic. I'll be back!
The Marksman is our local pub. It was a pleasant surprise to see that the staff remained the same after the pub changed management. They are always polite and great with customers. It is also very wise that the new owners only made some minor changes to the pub maintaining its lovely character. The new menu is absolutely gorgeous! The fried potatoes are the best potatoes I have ever tried in my life! It is worth going there just to try them wherever you live! Everything we had there so far has been amazing! All the dishes ooze ingenuity and freshness! Can't wait to go again and try some new wonders of the chefs!
Absolutely loved our experience at The Marksman : gorgeous food, remarkably great service, great atmosphere. We sat in the main pub area as the dining room is normally a shut weekdays, but this cosy warm atmosphere suited us better. Our waiter knew the menu and their products inside out, recommended great wine, the cocktails were super. I cannot recommend highly enough the beef wing rib sharing meal. It blew my mind and I still have flashbacks to how delicious it was. The burnt onion mayonnaise is beautiful. The music in the pub was also very good indeed. Basically we can't wait to get back.
The Marksman has long been my favourite pub and I'm thrilled that the new dining room only enhances it. The best food I have eaten in London for many months. We were there on a Saturday night and the dining room was full & buzzy. The menu clearly follows the principle of 'fewer, bigger, better': you want every single thing on there. Every dish was surprising - thoughtful & brilliantly crafted - not one mouthful wasn't exciting. I'm fortunate that the Marksman is my local - but this is food worth travelling for.
Huh. I was fully expecting this to be a transcendent meal, maybe I should've lowered the hype in my mind slightly but there seemed to be so much enthusiastic feedback. Sourdough and butter were a great start. But the beef and barley bun ("inspired by dim sum" said the head waiter) although tasty had a dough too stodgy to give a proper nod to the fluffy and light dim sum buns, and overshadowed the filling. The devilled mussels on toast were delicious but not in the least bit devilled. We queried with the waiter whether they were meant to be devilled and weren't, or has the menu description perhaps not been changed to reflect the dish, but he never came back to us on that. Also, I somehow expected this to be served warm, but that's my bad, making assumptions. Still, a tasty, abundant and refreshing dish. The mutton curry with roti was excellent, the bread beautifully cooked and the sauce moreish and aromatic. However my friend's rump steak was served rare - no, we don't get a choice in how it's cooked - and cold. When she requested it to be brought up a degree of cooking (and heat - was this piece of meat not room temp before it was prepared?) it came back having had the appropriate hit of external heat, but somehow remained cold, nor in the least bit tender, and frankly lacking in flavour. The charred lettuce was good. The fried potatoes, the praises of which have been sung to a dangerous degree of exaltation by several reviewers, tasted of oldish oil and were frankly nothing special. Even the "burnt onion mayo" they came with didn't have a particularly distinguishing flavour. We were too disenchanted to order desserts, especially since the brown butter and honey tart were lauded as fantastic, but having grown untrusting of the reviews I've read, we weren't prepared to be disappointed yet again. Wine selection was great, prices decent, carafes were available, and the service was excellent. Considering this is an operation run by two ex- St John chefs, I was very much looking forward to this meal. Sad for this one to have not been all that.
Absolutely excellent meal. We were seated upstairs which was much preferable to being downstairs in the actual pub, which was a bit busy and rowdy to eat in I think. Upstairs was a minimally decorated white, calm space. Was very hot in there but asked the waiter if he could open a window and they couldn't, without the aid of a screwdriver which they found and opened the window! Great customer service there for you! Beef and barley bun was beautiful. Light, fresh and tasty. Roast rump of beef was thick cut and tender and trimmings lovely. As a Yorkshireman I feel the Yorkshire pudding could have been better however. It felt a bit 'Aunt Bessies' to me. I know it wasn't but could have been better. The dessert of brown butter and honey tart was exceptional! I'm not a huge pudding lover, and rarely rave about a sweet, but this is almost certainly the best pud I've ever had, and is the course which will definitely make me come back in the future! It was phenomenal! The staff were super nice as well. Only one other small negative was I think the portions on the Sun lunch could be slightly larger. Superb quality, reasonably priced meal that I would hugely recommend and will definitely be back for!
THE best Sunday lunch experience we've had in a looooong time. Mistakenly arrived 45mins too early for the table but that gave us a great opportunity to grab a couple of seats at the bar and get started. Had a great yarn with the barman and a couple of late Saturdays night stragglers (friends of the staff) over a fantastic Hackney IPA. Waitress kindly rearranged our table to downstairs in the bar (it was originally in the upstairs restaurant) since we were enjoying it so much. Sat down to eat 15 mins early and gradually ate our way through a King's feast of a pie and all the accoutrements whilst the bar quickly filled up. Wonderfully buzzy afternoon with a nice bottle (or 2) of wine. Pleasantly surprised by the bill (under expectation). Waitress was lovely, so tipped on top of the service charge. Brisk walk home to allow lunch to settle and a lazy afternoon kip. Blinder of a day