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Martello Hall

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Hackney
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An all-day bar and pizza joint near London Fields.

Halfway through our first cocktails at Martello Hall, my companion pointed out a woman jubilantly unwrapping a Le Creuset casserole dish. Which goes some way to describing the kind of crowd haunting this upmarket new spot. It sees what was formerly the divey London Fields pub brought bang up to scratch, with a copper-topped bar, wooden benches, and stripped ceilings and walls with the plaster peeping through. So far, so Hackney.

What makes this place particularly worth a visit is the impressive drinks, including a regularly changing array of 12 wines on tap, gin distilled on site and a swell cocktail list.

An Apples & Pears Collins with pear vodka and homemade elderflower syrup was refreshing and tangy, like sucking on a citrusy peardrop. A Mexican Negroni with El Jimador tequila and Aperitivo Berto was rich and strong – a knockout. Should you come here hungry, you can munch on superlative, crispy-based wood-fired pizzas, with interesting toppings like honey and truffled pecorino (pizzas and snacks are also served through a hatch at the side of the building).

Table service was a tad iffy and forgetful, but so ridiculously good-natured that all was forgiven. If you’re squiffy enough from the great drinks – which is what you should really come here for anyway – you probably won’t mind.

Venue name: Martello Hall
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Address: 137 Mare St
London
E8 3RH
Transport: London Fields Overground
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Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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tastemaker

So Martello Hall has opened on the site if the old London Fields pub which feels like a bit of a shame, as whilst the previous had its (definite) faults, why replace it with something bland? The new venue is styled in the industrial style, similar to bars all over the city and the rooms are huge. Unfortunately on the evening I went (which perhaps was a little early at 6pm) it was dead, which made the rooms feel even bigger and emptier. If it was just an inoffensive, bland pub I probably would have given it 3 stars, however the drink and food prices were extortionate and took the biscuit. I ordered a dark and stormier and it came to £12 (seriously, for a rum and ginger beer). All the drinks were of a similar price. Didn't bother to try the pizza but I'm pretty sure all of them were above £10. Not worth it and another bland venue in an increasingly soulless city.

tastemaker

Great pizza and pasta in a really cool rustic building. I have been for bottomless brunch. Although the service was initially slow they managed well with a larger group and the rum lunch cocktail surely had a kick to it! Would definitely recommend this place.

tastemaker

Making use of a voucher for pizza and bottomless cocktails, I visited Martello Hall for a brunch one Sunday... as did half of London fields. The place was HEAVING with tables of what I sadly must now class as 'young people'. It seemed a very studenty type place and was so busy, the staff struggled to cope. However, they were incredibly happy to help and find solutions to a couple of issues we had and we left with happy tummies and satisfied chops.

The food was pretty delicious and the doughnut dessert was pretty incredible. Would recommend going but maybe find their quiet spots if large boisterous groups would impinge on your happiness.

Tastemaker

Disclaimer: I was drunk when I ate here.

HOWEVER.

Some of the best pizza I've had in London. Wasn't expecting it at all, but was incredibly good with some super awesome flavours and twists. The hazelnut, beetroot and cheese one was SO GOOD. The nutella pizza as well for dessert was mindblowing.

They're a bit more expensive than you'd probably hope for, but by god did I love them! 

tastemaker

A great pub with quirky interiors, however pretty pricy. 

tastemaker

On the quieter side of London Fields, brief walk away from Broadway Markets. This is a Hackney joint you'd expect. Exposed industrial interiors, with a variety of craft beer, and a wood fire oven tended by a group of Italian men.


We popped in for a late lunch, the menu had a variety of interesting feed at reasonable prices. Had no problems with the service since it was mid afternoon, everyone seemed friendly before the evening rush. Would recommend if you're looking for a spacious and chilled venue that's steps away from the over crowded Broadway Market bars.


We had to wait 45 mins for the waiter to tell us he forgot to put our order in and by then the kitchen had closed... The service is not good and I do not recommend eating here.


Martello Hall has so much to offer, and I really enjoyed my evening there. 


Intriguing interiors and lots of unique spaces, makes for a great evening. I enjoyed dinner there but will definitely go back for some drinks in the evening, excited to share this new spot with friends. 


Service and staff were really quick and friendly too, which is always an added bonus!


Martello Hall Gin.... definitely worth a visit to this amazing bar for a taste of this! Not your usual gin as its infused with lavender and other stuff! A must for gin enthusiasts! And whilst you're there.. the pizza's are pretty awesome too! If you're over that way.. a must visit :)

tastemaker

Attention gin lovers! There's a fresh new face on Mare Street open until 3am on weekends for all your boozing needs. Replacing the beloved but rundown London Fields Pub, Martello Hall is large and versatile enough to suit most crowds - a rowdy office party, friends catching up over cocktails or a boozy third date (winky face). 


On the ground floor is a trendy open space with both large benches and cosy booths. Twelve craft wines are served on tap, alongside sparkling wine by the bottle. Upstairs is slightly quieter, with small tables and sofas set up for waiter service. The cocktails might dent your wallet a tad (£10 - £12), but they're pretty tasty, and there's an impressive range of absinthe and gin on offer, including a homemade concoction brewed up in their very own onsite distillery. DJ's set the party tone - upbeat and loud. 


Towards the back of the venue is the glorious pizza oven, and a long bar set up for diners. Unlike some East London digs which stop serving food circa 10pm, at Martello Hall you can order up pizza late into the evening, the perfect pick-me-up if you've overdone it on the absinthe and feel your grasp on the night starting to slip away. The grub is delicious, and quick to arrive. If you're not up for taking in the atmosphere, the pizza is also available for takeaway. 


The freelance crowd can take advantage of bottomless coffee and free wifi on the first floor during the day, and also grab a cheap 'po'boy' lunch made with pizza dough from just £4. 

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