Housed in the now infamous London Fields Pub, Martello Hall is a relatively recent welcome breath of fresh air, and fragrant Mediterranean smells, to Hackney’s Mare Street, serving up Italian food, hand-distilled gin and a large selection of wine (and Prosecco) on tap.
And more about that shortly; the venue itself is thoroughly impressive, a mishmash three floors of warehouse glamour with marble-topped tables, banquette style seating, graffiti’d exposed brick walls, giant pillars and rustic wooden finishes. There’s also a wood-fired pizza oven to the back of the restaurant surrounded by cosy tables for two.
Interiors-wise this is a place you want to be, to sit and marvel and take in every little detail as you enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner… or even do your 9-5. Martello Hall also acts as a workspace for freelancers during the day where £10 will get you a day’s access to space and bottomless coffee.
The Bottomless Brunch menu here is bountiful and impressively varied and an added £20 on to your food bill per person gives you unlimited drink choices of Frizzante, Bellinis, and a specialised and unusual Rum Punch. Brunchers can also switch their way between drinks over the course of their 2-hour sitting.
Pizzas made from fresh dough in Martello Hall, lovingly made in the visually impressive wooden pizza oven from Modena which gives its unique flavour, are delivered to the table with pizza cutters so you can cut yours up into slices as big as you like. Pizza is the signature and rightly so thanks to ingredients that haven’t travelled too far (Broadway Market is of course a stone’s throw away).
Pizza-wise, little was left of our Number 7 (Roast squash & beetroot, ricotta, hazelnuts, beetroot pesto, mint and kale) and Samson (Salame Toscana, red chilli, red & spring onions, mozzarella and Martello hot honey) when we got stuck in, the fresh tomato sauce a magnificent base to compliment the array of equally fresh toppings.
Perfectly charred salty padron peppers joined on the side alongside a Panzanella salad with roasted olives and peppers, which was a tad underwhelming. A miniature fondue with pizza bread to dip (naturally) arrived to aplomb but it cooled quickly, with no heat provided, and left us hard at work to scoop up or dip in.
Staff are a key asset here also, on our visit we dealt with different waiters and all were keen to inform, help and advise. Service is also speedy – duly noted, and welcomed of course, at a bottomless brunch.
Though a hallmark of Hackney’s gentrification, Martello Hall is not to be scoffed at and will provide a great setting for your next casual date, Friday night drinks, bottomless brunch get together or for getting you ‘in the zone’ to meet your next deadline.
Martello Hall in Hackney. Address: London Field, 137 Mare St, London E8 3RH.
Always on the hunt for London’s best bottomless brunch, Clarissa has over three years’ experience in food writing and actions a ‘try anything once mindset’. Eating her way around London (and the world) Clarissa has developed an appreciation of alternative cocktail glasses, spacious tables for two and the best seat in the house. Also loves Halloween and random, useful facts about the world we live in J