The list— No. 12

The Marksman

Owned by Tom Harris and Jon Rotherham, who previously worked at Fergus Henderson’s iconic London restaurant St John, the Marksman is a self-declared “proper London boozer”.

Chef owners Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram reopened the Marksman in 2015 after extensive refurbishment and the creation of an upstairs dining room, designed by London-based Italian designer Martino Gamper.

The lower floor of the pub feels like it hasn’t changed in decades, packed with locals and lively revellers.

The upstairs dining room is a more subtle affair, serving plates of food designed to reflect London’s culinary history.

Being a “proper boozer” of course, the Marksman serves a range of draught lagers, London ales and spirits.

Harris previously said: “When we worked in restaurants we always preferred eating in pubs because they tend to be less stiff.

“Eating and drinking is about pleasure and being able to kick back… there’s nothing worse than eating in a hushed dining room.”

Standout dishes, past and present, include beef and barley buns with horseradish cream, smoked cod’s roe and devilled pig’s skin, Tamworth haslet with celeriac and beer mustard; native oyster and comice pear; and snails, bone marrow and parsley.

Importantly, the pub has good links to London’s East End, making it close to trendy cocktail bars and funky nightlife.

The Marksman / CHEF

Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram

Eating and drinking is about pleasure and being able to kick back

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The Marksman

The Marksman
254 Hackney Road
E2 7SJ

0207 739 7393


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