Tom Harris, who worked previously at One Leicester Street and Jon Rotheram, who worked at Jamie Oliver’s flagship restaurant Fifteen, took on the site on Hackney Road with an eye to turning it into a “proper London boozer” with a food offer showcasing high quality British food and drink.
Harris and Rotherham said: “We wanted to keep the heart and soul of the Marksman while giving it a much needed overhaul ready for the next chapter of its life.
“The Marksman is first and foremost a pub – there will be good food, naturally, but you’re more than welcome to pop in for a pint as you are to stay for dinner.”
The menu, which is designed to reflect London’s culinary history, includes dishes such as cooked hams, salt beef, pickled fish, suckling pig and beer mustard in English milk buns and Sunday roasts.
A selection of “old world” wines will be on offer as well as a variety of beers, ales and cocktails based around drinks of the Edwardian and Victorian eras.
The venue will have a 30 cover dining room as well as a downstairs tasting room available for hire, with an upstairs dining room set to open later in the summer.