Established back in 1863 the Markham quickly garnered a reputation as a pub where explorers and travellers, such as Sir Clements Robert Markham, secretary of The Royal Geographic Society would congregate to exchange stories and make plans. Another regular at the Markham’s bar was the insatiably plucky Colonel Frederick Gustavas Burnaby, aka “the bravest man in Britain”, whose party tricks included vaulting billiard tables and tying fire pokers into knots.
Burnaby would go on to became a best selling novelist and founding writer at Vanity fair magazine but not before he’d survived frostbite, typhus, an exploding air balloon, and poisoning with arsenic; explored Uzbekistan (so cold, his beard froze solid and snapped off) led The Household Cavalry, stood for parliament, mastered seven languages, crossed the channel by air and commanded the Turkish army.
Chelsea’s meeker, less intrepid visitors certainly won’t need a compass or a GPS to find their way to the Markham Inn. Located equidistantly between the shopping hot spots of Kings Road, Fulham Road and Brompton Cross, the Markham is also at the heart of the thriving gastro-destination that is Chelsea Green.
The Markham is most fortunate to count foodies’ favourites the Pie Man, the Chelsea Fishmonger, Jago Butchers, Jane Asher party cakes, Haynes Hanson & Clark wine merchants and Tom Aitkens as its neighbours. Keen to provide classic dining for both hungry travellers and maverick indolents alike, the new proprietors of the Markham are offering an all day modern European menu with a special focus on lovingly prepared “slow food”. There’s also an Express Lunch menu for people on the move. The wine list focuses on the old world, with a select number of excellent new world wines, many offered by the glass. House Champagne is Ruinart…the adventure continues…
Look out for our resident pianists on Tuesday and Sunday nights whom play a very unique Markham style of rock.
Markham is open from breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday – Sunday.