The Marksman, a lovely pub in Shoreditch, is a gem of a find. Our aim in wandering that way was to give Jane and Quinn a local east side Sunday experience, complete with the wonder that is Columbia Road Flower Market and a proper Sunday roast. We squeezed through the flower market with grumbling bellies and an eye on the threatening sky. (Thankfully, we did not need a reservation, though next time I may make one, now knowing how popular this spot is.) You might not have guessed that a Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette song would be playing as we sat down or that Willy Nelson would serenade us through our pre-dinner convo… David (as our fantastic server is known by day) quickly assured us that he did not know that we Nashville natives were coming – the locals just request a little country music now and again.
David lined up a round for us and was kind enough to give us his recommendations. He also coined my new favorite phrase, “When in London, do as your friends from Tennessee do in London”.
Jane and Quinn chose the traditional Sunday Roast option. After all, that was the point.
(Jane and Quinn enjoyed the roast.)
Drew had a delicious pastry filled with oyster mushrooms and cream cheese.
(I can’t recall why I didn’t get a photo of my hummus salad, green beans, and fat chips!?)
So, the verdict on The Marksman? Book a table this Sunday. Take or meet friends. The food is tasty and a very good value. If you are lucky enough to meet David, engage him in conversation. He is a riot!
254, Hackney Rd
London, E2 7SJ
020 7739 7393