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Beer of the Week (w/e 26th June 2022) with aleandhearty on the Pub Forum

The Marksman, Haggerston, E2

254 Hackney Road
E2 7SJ
Phone: 02077397393

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Marksman

The exterior has a lot of pleasing features with good glazed tiling and a small roof terrace above the street frontage.Small pavement tables run down the quieter side of the pub,which is graffiti free unlike most of the neighbourhood.
In through the apex door,there is a wooden floor and much full height dark wood panelling ,some with inlaid mirrors.It feels authentic,the furniture is traditional and there are green upholstered bench seating around a lot of the periphery.There is a small raised seating area to the right which has an old juke box and in turn leads to a staircase to the first floor resuaurant.
It's a known gastro pub but only a few tables on the ground floor were set for diners,with lots of space and some bar stools for folk who just want to drink.There was a good soundtrack,it's hip and chic and will attract well heeled hipsters and their parents if visiting their creative offspring.
Although there were 3 handpumps ,none were serving so I've marked it NBSS 0.There were 12 keg tap but a limited range due to a late delivery (poor form on a Friday afternoon) leaving just a sparkling cider,Five Points Pale and Siren Soudwave IPA ,decent but shocking at £7.50.I looked at the lunchtime menu but the pricing meant that I didn't assess the quality.Starters around £9,a median main £17,dessert £9 and a £12 cheese board.God knows how much the evening service will cost ?
With no real ale and expensive keg,this is no place for a session.The restaurant pricing has at least preserved the pub and it's fine interior for which marks have been awarded,but I won't be rushing back.

On 21st August 2021 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Marksman

Our third Tower Hamlets’ pub of the night, this 1865 hostelry on the corner of Hackney Road. This would no longer appear to be the locals’ pub of yore, appealing to the more professional types who’ve recently moved to this area.
You enter via the corner, pushing aside a curtain in the process. The interior is a mix of what is probably Victorian with some additions that may stem from the 1950s. The pub is dark full-height wood panelled, with some mirror panelling to the rear where there’s a raised area, rough bare boards, a moderately ornate wood and mirror bar back with some more recent touches and green leatherette banquettes with conventional furniture. There are some period glass fluted sconce lights to the walls, dated but at least authentic. Above, there’s a patterned ceiling as well as an interesting octagonal lantern over the main bar area. Muted music played over the gramophone and there are no TVs which is good but what’s not so good is the rather unattractive aircon unit which is probably unnecessary. Overall there’s a slightly clubby feel to the place – you get the impression that 60-odd years ago this was probably considered quite an upmarket pub for the area.
This is 2017’s Michelin Pub of the Year with main courses that can exceed £20 in cost, and although this is probably the most gastro of gastropubs in the borough, you can eat informally at table or opt for the dining room upstairs – pie and mash this place isn’t.
Ales: Five Points Railway Porter and Thornbridge’s Lord Marples at a very steep £2.50 a half and nice.
This is an interesting pub and it’s good to see a successful food venture. I’d return if in the area but the ale price is really a bit steep though the seven-day late licence is a good selling point.

On 8th February 2018 - rating: 6
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Moby Duck left this review about The Marksman

A corner pub on the Hackney road. Inside is one long room with a raised area to the rear, the decor is rather plain modern wood paneling. It is very food orientated and all the tables were full of diners, there did however in juxtaposition seem to be a hardcore of drinkers sat all around the long bar. Service was strained but they were working hard.Three handpumps with Thornbridge Lord Marples, Five Points Railway Porter and an Olivers Cider. The Porter was sublime but at £5.00 for a 4.8% cask beer is a step too far even for London.

On 17th December 2017 - rating: 6
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