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About the restaurant

The kitchen is run by Tom Harris and Jon Rotherham, who worked together under the legendary Fergus Henderson at his restaurant St. John before opening The Marksman in 2015. 

While the food here is refined, modern, elegant and of seriously high quality, the pair insist The Marksman remains a proper London pub, meaning you pop in for a pint and a quick bite to eat, or stay for a long lunch or dinner. The venue is split over two floors, with the more restaurant-feeling dining room upstairs complementing a casual feel to the bar tables downstairs.

There are plenty of standouts on the menu – many of which share St. John’s nose-to-tail ethos – but the dish the pub is arguably best known for is the Marksman bun, a pillowy, glazed milk bun with fillings like beef and barley and curried lamb.

Reviews from the Web

Critic reviews

The Infatuation

here are crucial differences between The Marksman and your average local, though. The polished service feels more like a restaurant than a pub, so don’t expect the same level of banter.

The Guardian

Simple, well-cooked food served without fuss in a proper pub in east London really hits the spot

The Nudge

The Marksman is a Michelin Pub of the Year-winning Hackney Road local that underwent a full refurbishment in 2015.


As well as having the feel of a cosy, local London pub, the Marksman is also a place to enjoy a great selection of stylish and contemporary British dishes, not to mention a brilliant Sunday roast.