They’ve added a whole new level to walking.
And now they’ve worked their magic on the typical East End pub. Specifically, ones known for their Sunday Roasts.
The Marksman is a Michelin Pub of the Year-winning Hackney Road local that underwent a full refurbishment in 2015. Co-owners Jon Rotherham and Tom Harris – formerly of St John in Clerkenwell – have decked out the ground floor pub with a traditional varnished wooden bar, varnished wooden floors and varnished wooden furniture. Basically, it’s a fire hazard.
Upstairs, however, lives a light, bright dining room designed by London-based Italian designer Martino Gamper, serving up sophisticated British food. And it’s most likely you’ve heard of it because of the end-of-week roasts, which – while incredible in their own right – are just the tip of the iceberg here.
The downstairs pub celebrates locally/independently brewed beer, lager, ale and cider (such as the Bethnal Blond brewed just 300-metres down the road) whilst offering a 50-strong menu of wines from across Europe. And a proppa ‘Ackney boozer wouldn’t be a proppa ‘Ackney boozer without a jukebox, so The Marksman duly obliges.
Meanwhile, upstairs in the modern dining room, Morecombe Bay oysters, Arbroath Smokies (smoked haddock), cured Gloucester Old Spot and devilled mussels are being served alongside the likes of a brown butter and honey tart and a chocolate, blackberry and barley malt. You can even swing by for a bacon bun and a read of the papers on the roof terrace on a Sunday morning, before heading round the corner to the Columbia Road Flower Market.
Now back to the roast: the staple of great British pubs the length and breadth of the country. The Marksman truly does a Sunday lunch to match that of your nana. Roast Norfolk chicken, saddleback shoulder or Hereford rump provide the meaty accompaniment to the dripping and sage roast potatoes and nutty cauliflower cheese.
The stairs at The Marksman are sure to elevate your mood.
NOTE: The Marksman public house is open 7 days a week. The kitchen is open Tuesday to Sunday, lunch service only available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can find out more, and make a reservation, HERE.
The Marksman | 254 Hackney Road, E2 7SJ
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