Harden's survey result
“Just an East End boozer it’s not” – this converted public house and dining rooms a short walk from Columbia Road has “an airy, modern and confident first-floor dining room, with food to make you smile and make you think”. “It’s nothing over-fancy, nothing over-priced” – “taking dishes beyond what one would describe as pub grub”, although there’s “no better place for a relaxed Sunday lunch”.
“Ignore the hipster-beards!” – this “relaxed East End boozer serving top notch nosh” is “too good to be written-off as just-another-hangout-of-the-terminally-trendy!” “Impeccably cooked, thoroughly modern British dishes” are “cheerfully and efficiently served” and while “it’s always crowded”, “it’s got a good buzz, still feels like a pub (almost)” and “it’s great that its old character and charm still thrive”.
“The kitchen has a fine pedigree and has garnered excellent reviews” for this “achingly trendy” year-old, relaunched Hackney pub. Our reporters are very polarised though: to fans it’s “part pub, part gastro, with absolutely brilliantly fresh, interesting as well as classic combinations, accurately cooked” – to foes it’s “a case study of how the rise of East London can go really wrong – massively overpriced with bland dishes at stupid prices”.
There’s some pedigree behind this freshly refitted and relaunched Hackney pub with Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram – alumni of the St John Hotel, Nobu and Fifteen – at the helm; we await the survey, for a full report next year.
The Marksman Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Come for the food, not the erratic service. It’s a notch above most gastropubs and whatever it is they do to those deep fried potatoes is heaven sent."
254 Hackney Road, London, E2 7SJ
|Monday||11 am-12 am|
|Tuesday||11 am-12 am|
|Wednesday||11 am-12 am|
|Thursday||11 am-12 am|
|Friday||11 am-1 am|
|Saturday||11 am-1 am|
|Sunday||10 am-11 pm|