Owned by Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram – who previously worked at Fergus Henderson’s iconic London restaurant St John – the Marksman is a self-declared “proper London boozer”.
Chef owners Harris and 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.
While the pub’s lower floor is a sanctuary for locals and lively revellers which feels like it hasn’t changed in decades, the upstairs dining room is a more subtle affair, serving plates of food reflecting London’s culinary history.
“When we worked in restaurants, we always preferred eating in pubs because they tend to be less stiff,” Harris previously remarked.
“Eating and drinking is about pleasure and being able to kick back – there’s nothing worse than eating in a hushed dining room.” Shots fired by the Marksman.
Being a “proper boozer”, it goes without saying that the Marksman serves a range of draught lagers, London ales and spirits.
Stand-out 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.
Crucially, the pub has close ties to London’s East End which see the Marksman within shooting range of trendy cocktail bars and funky nightlife.
If you’ve got top pub nosh in a traditional pub atmosphere with attentive service in your crosshairs, the Marksman is the place for you.
The Marksman / CHEF
Eating and drinking is about pleasure and being able to kick back