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!
Great food, nice place and really friendly staff. Would go back!
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.