Tom and Ed Martin to launch seventh gastropub

28 October 2008 by
Tom and Ed Martin to launch seventh gastropub

London gastropub operators brothers Tom and Ed Martin are to launch their seventh venture in the capital, with the opening of The Hat and Tun next month.

The duo, who own and run outlets including The Gun in Docklands, The Empress of India in Bethnal Green, and The Botanist on Sloane Square in Chelsea, have taken over a 1,000sq ft site in the heart of Hatton Garden in Farringdon.

Formerly known as Deux Beers, The Hat and Tun will include a 50-seat dining room and bar featuring the 19th century pub's original timber bar top, back bar, oak floor boards, fire place and wood panelled walls.

It will offer a menu of seasonal British produce with classic food such as pie, mash and liquor, hot salt beef sandwiches and sausage rolls.

Ed Martin told Caterersearch the idea behind The Hat and Tun was to return to the traditional old English pub. "Back in the day people used to go to a pub for lunch everyday and we wanted to go back to basics and offer lunch and a pint for less than £10," he said.

Martin added that the brothers have plans to open another three pubs in the capital over the next two years and are looking at possible sites in central London.

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By Kerstin Kühn

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