Carolyn Hakansson
Carolyn Hakansson
Carolyn Hakansson is a graphic designer and freelance lifestyle writer. Her work focuses on the intersection of fashion, trends, and communication, largely informed by her experiences in the visual departments of new wave media (The New Potato), traditional publications (GQ), and local NY startups (W&P). She holds a BA in graphic design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.

Dining in London: Marksman Public House

Right on the Mark in East London

Upon walking into this East London pub, you would think you were walking into any corner pub in the city. The dining room is located upstairs from the refurbished Victorian pub and just the vibe and look of the room is a gem in itself.

Though still candle lit and cozy like the bar downstairs, the dining room is modern and hints at the Scandinavian minimalism approach with few tables and much open space. I quite liked the fully designed kitchen in the corner for servers to use to refill water and such, rather than the usual pushed-in-a-corner stand that you normally see.


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The crowd is young and of the area, mainly couples on a date. I would recommend Marksman Public House as a date spot. It’s also nice not having to share a server with many tables; since there are about ten tables or less, each server is very attentive. However, there is a very sexy room for a big group dinner right off the kitchen that can be rented out. Very fun to bring guests down right through the chefs running back and forth to their meal!

The food served at the Marksman is is inherently British, but not your run-of-the-mill pub food. The two chefs, who have cooked at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, and St. John, know exactly what they are doing, and are able to serve exactly what they want, how they want to.

It’s no accident that the Marksman became the first Public House in all of London to be awarded the Michelin Pub of the Year.

the Marksman was the first Public House in London to be awarded the Michelin Pub of the Year

The courgette dish with sunflower seeds is fantastic. We also recommend trying the cuttlefish and Sunday Roast. We were tasked with finishing off our meal with what the Marksman is known for, the Honey Tart dessert. It certainly was a huge hit and I feel a craving for another slice coming on as I write about it. Wine and cocktail suggestions from the server were great additions to the meal as well; I would suggest listening to them.

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Our meal here was one that will be remembered for a long time to come, not only for the great food and interesting location to visit, but also for the hospitality from the staff. A+!


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With love,