THE MARKSMAN SERVES LOCAL FARE WITH A MODERN TWIST
The Marksman is a pub and dining room in Hackney. In 2017, it was named Michelin pub of the year, the first time the award has been won by a London pub. It also hosts events such as Cookbook Dinners and the annual Burns Night supper in honour of Scottish poet Robert Burns.
The Marksman, 254 Hackney Road, London E2 7SJ. Phone: 020 7739 7393
This unassuming pub on Hackney Road is cosy, compact, and seems to offer a Tardis-like detachment from the noise of street traffic. It has a beautiful traditional oak-panelled room with a well stocked bar, and you can sit back and soak up the warm, relaxing atmosphere, chat with locals, make new friends, and generally have an authentic experience of a historic British pub. The name is said to come from a marksman who defended Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.
But, there’s more to The Marksman than meets the eye. In 2015, top chefs Tom Harris and Jon Rotherham — formerly of iconic London restaurant St. John — took on the pub’s ownership and have put together a magnificent menu which is served in the pub’s impressive upstairs dining room. Here you can tuck into beef and barley buns with horseradish cream, smoked cod’s roe, Tamworth haslet with celeriac and beer mustard, and a whole host of other mouthwatering dishes. Overall the menu is an attempt to combine traditional local fare with a modern twist, and it seems that it’s doing rather well at it. In 2017, The Marksman was named Michelin pub of the year, the first time the award has been won by a pub in the capital.
You’ll find The Marksman right by Columbia Road, famous for its flower market, so this is a great place to stop for a quick pint or a hearty lunch after a morning’s shopping.
Photograph courtesy The Marksman