The Marquess Tavern

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Welcome to The Marquess Tavern. We are a small intimate dining pub serving fresh food daily. The maximum booking we can accommodate is a table of 8. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The pub is very nice, clean and the staff very friendly and helpful.
The food was good but we all found the meat (we all had Sunday roast) very fatty and left most of it, unfortunately.

TW
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks, service and setting as always.

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great gasttropub with lovely food, quiet & green location off the beaten track, and very helpful and friendly staff - highly recommended!

HD
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The staff were really nice the pub is really nicely decorated however the food was not up to the same standard. The meat was tough the gravy was watery and the roast potatoes were so over cooked.

SQ
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a quirky pub with eclectic furniture, nestled in a lovely spot in green Islington. The lunch menu is vast, with offerings ranging from Thai street food to traditional roasts. One does wonder how the kitchen manages to cater such options.

The roast itself is good, not quite very good, but good. The large Yorkshire pudding with which contains the rest of the meal is a novel, if calorific, feature. The meat was well cooked and potatoes were good.

The real shocker is the dessert offering of ice cream. Whilst the Sticky Toffee Pudding was £6.50 (and included a scoop of ice cream), the pub offers three scoops of ice cream for £7.50. That is an absolute travesty. That's almost half the price of the roast. Considering that it takes around 11 seconds to serve ice cream, I am at a loss to why it is so expensive.

Perhaps I have missed the point and the ice cream itself is made by nuns in the foothills of mount Tibidabo using milk from virginal cows - but for me - bad choice.

Won't be coming back. It's a shame really as I love ice cream.

DJ
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and lovely food in this smartly decorated pub. Quiet inside as everyone was outside enjoying the summer evening! Really enjoyed my pulled pork burger on brioche but I still find the wine by the glass a bit pricey in London pubs. I guess it is London!

RR
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best roast in London with fantastic service. Could not ask for more

FV
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Is a quiet elegant place with very nice ambience and positive vibe. The food is decent and service very kind, willing but a bit slow in our case. Nevertheless it was a nice experience but not something memorable. Would I go again? Maybe.. not sure. Would I recommend it? I would say yes. Is very good for families,for relaxed drinks with some ok appetisers and okish main dishes

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting and really friendly staff - food was lovely and would definitely recommend 👍🏼

BD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service and the staff were outstanding, can not fault! The food was good but I would expect to be able to order the meet to ones liking. The quality of the meet was good but both the beef and lamb were over cooked. Also, the portions were huge - personally prefer a more refined plate. Overall was good though, would be happy to return.

TP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely pub can’t believe I’ve never found it before. We tend to use canonbury towers more.. but this was great... food nice but quiet expensive

S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced based on portion sizes. Seared tuna starter was good but minute. The swordfish salad was £17 for a very small piece of fish on a very basic salad. Fish & chips were pretty good.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

An excellent meal served with care and attention in the back garden, which was warm and peaceful. A very happy experience!

MD
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Went to the Marquess Tavern for the first time in many years. They used to do beautiful cuts of pink beef to share for Sunday roasts. Now they serve roast beef served in a giant Yorkshire pudding which makes the presentation of the roast look awful and also sucks up all the gravy leaving you with none left on the plate. Veggies were well cooked and roasties were pretty good. My friend had the so called King of Roasts at a very pricey £23. Beef, lamb and chicken. The beef and lamb were just indistinguishable brown meat that he couldn't tell the difference between before tasting. All meats were thinly sliced and fatty. Assume they were thinly sliced to ensure they weren't too tough as they were overcooked. I can't really see the point of the giant Yorkshires. Just a gimmick. I can't imagine many people finishing half of one. We had to ask for extra gravy as a result and this took asking 3 times to get (and then they charge you an extra £1 for it) . Two starters we had were nice, the Lincolnshire Poacher croquettes and squid. I was told the sticky toffee pudding was good. Nice beer and wine and we had a lovely little booth in the corner which was good for the kids. They both liked their tomato pasta dishes and there were nice options for kids (not on the menu). However, I won't be back and couldn't recommend to anyone unless they get rid of Giant Yorkshires and learn to roast beef and lamb properly. I understand that Sunday roasts are probably the hardest meal to get ride in large quantities but for the prices here (roast lamb £17 and roast beef £18/19) they should be doing a lot better.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place, especially for pre game roasts, good food, wine and ambience!

MI
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice dinner. Family friendly. Menu could do with an update

DD
London
83 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Marquess Tavern has been a favourite over the last several years because of the variety on both the food and wine menu. I hadn't been in a while and the menu changed slightly--no offer of grills with two mains--and a new "pub classics" type menu (fish pie, fish and chips, etc). While my guest was disappointed that the mushroom and leek pie was no longer on offer (and quite early, with a 7:15 pm reservation), he enjoyed the fish pie and I devoured my smoked haddock.

It was Saturday night and a bit rowdy in the back owing a a group playing board games, but that's the nature of a pub on a weeknight! Leaning in occasionally to hear each other is just one of the necessities of pub life (or, perhaps, being asked to be moved to the front of the house). The food and ambience more than made up for it. Nothing wrong with leaning closer to your Saturday night date!

VR
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Its a great pub with a nice atmosphere and great food, however the service is very slow and sometimes you have to wait at least 45mins to served the food.

RH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

This was my favourite place for a roast. However it seems the food has gone down hill. No lamb roast anymore which was the best dish on Sunday is a real shame. The quality of the beef was not good. Hopefully this is temporary!

VA
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional Sunday Roast, very friendly staff, good atmosphere!

CC
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The Marquess is always a favourite. Great atmosphere, great food. I was a little disappointed on my last visit though. We were 6, our waiter took the order wrong so only half the starters came out, the others came with the mains. Also, when asked if I wanted any sauces with my Fisherman's Pie and I responded, 'tartare sauce please' I was told I couldn't because 'we only do tartare sauce with the fish & chips'. Really?? You can't just give me a pot of tartare sauce?! Apparently not...very odd.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food, awkward service.
We were rushed through our meal and even said we’d like a little break before dessert. We were harassed 5 times to order dessert. Once done we were informed we had to vacate our table, fair enough. However, there were plenty of empty tables and we were then told we weren’t allowed to stand at the bar even though the bar staff were chatting with the 10+ people standing there already. After being banished to the cold of the garden we decided not to spend any more money here and cancelled meeting 6 friends at this venue. We would have stayed until closing and spent a lot of money. That money has instead gone to this pub’s competition.

BM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambience and service was excellent but the food just ok. We had beef and chicken roasts and both were a little dry. The Yorkshire puddings looked amazing (especially the plate sized one which contained the roast beef and vegetables) but could have been crispier and tasted better.

SA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Found the Marquess has gone down a few notches. We waited a long time for our food. Our table had marks on like spilt drinks. The food was very salty. Would not come again.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so lucky to have this amazing place in our neighbourhood, by far the best pub and roast dinner and drinks around. Every time my parents come to visit they I kat I take them there!

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely a neighbourhood gem. Family friendly, board games and cards on offer, great food, wide range of delicious gins and fantastic staff.

P
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Shocking. Have been coming here for a long time. Food was very poor. And then we were chucked out at 10pm.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Our meals were measly and seemed overpriced when compared to similar alternatives in the area. It is not what we used to expect from the Marquess Tavern, although it has been 6 months or so since we last visited. The meals were all served immediately making it feel like we were at a canteen or fast food restaurant, we were in and out within 45 minutes which is not what we had planned, but to be frank we were ready to leave by then anyway! Very disappointing, hope they get back on form soon.

SM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice pub, friendly staff and outstanding food.

DM
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place to drop in for a roast, great vegetation options too and we were able to book last minute and still get a table for 4 on Boxing Day!

CM
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

A good atmosphere but the waiting staff were not attentive on this occasion. We had to stop eating our dinner half way through to enquire about the drinks ordered with the meal which hadn't arrived. Also, when one item on the meal was not present and this was enquired about at, an extra side was brought to the table at the end of the meal, which was slightly irregular.
I have eaten at the pub in the past and not had an issue with the service or food but sadly this was not the case on this occasion.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

Such a beautiful pub, amazing ambience, unfortunately the food for vegetarians is pretty terrible and the waitress did nothing to make you feel welcome, very impatient and left you feeling in the way. Such a shame because genuinely one of the nicest pubs in London.

DG
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We booked a table of 8 the week before Christmas expecting the place to be heaving. I think there we 3 other tables. My starter was delicious. Sadly the other courses were all pretty poor. 4 people had burgers - all dry. My steak was served sitting on top of the fries - all soggy - steak very average. Deserts - sticky toffy pudding (a simple classic) probably the worse one i've had in the past 10 years.
Overall the staff were good, service quite slow, food for a "Gastro Pub" a long way off the mark.
I Would not go back there in a rush.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

A charming place but the service was absolutely awful. Our server seemed to want to be anywhere but there. There are so many examples of our poor service experience including when asked what beers do you have on tap..he said that my husband could get up and look at the taps himself. It also took forever to order and then we were pretty well ignored throughout our meal. The only saving grace was the woman bartender who assisted us numerous times including when I had to get up and ask for our check. It’s a neighborhood place that we really wanted to love but would never return or recommend until the service sees improvement.

MJ
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was a pleasant Sunday lunch in a buzzing atmosphere. The food was good but nothing to write home about and the service was on the slow side as it was so busy. On the whole though an afternoon well spent!

L
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Decent food, well priced. Standout service - every single person our party of four encountered was so welcoming and friendly. They made our Sunday lunch a real pleasure and turned a good experience into a great one.

AR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Ate here with friends for a birthday dinner, the food was overall really disappointing. Fish pie consisted of some dry fish and prawns with some mashed potato dumped on top......no sauce at all so was so dry! Only rescued by pinching some bouillabaisse from another friend. It was as if they had forgotten to put the sauce in! Starter of croquettes was great.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to the Marquess Tavern for a Christmas lunch with our group of friends for the last 5-6 years. Sally and team are lovely, always accommodating, and food and drinks never disappoints. This year we particularly loved the cocktails, a grapefruit sprits, bloody marys, and a green pear amaretto treat!

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We were a bit unlucky as we have been there on an Arsenal match day, so they had run out of roasts!! We chose among the rest of the food available and my bouillabaisse lacked in salt and the halloumi burger was cold and made without love, it felt we were eating leftovers!! The staff is very nice though.

LG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a surprising find for a family Sunday brunch! We arrived early, the pub was pretty quite and we were taken to the back. We were happily surprised by the dining room which was big, light, and airy and had a much better smell than the first room which is more "traditional pub".
We came as a family, with my moth in law, husband and two children aged ten and twelve. There were props to take "elfie selfies" which the children appreciated whilst we waited for the food. The room was nicely decorated with Christmas themes. The food itself was fantastic - fresh sunday lunch and big portions, none of us was able to finish our plate even though both meat and veg were delicious. They have this massive Yorkshire pudding which most of us chose to replace by a regular sized one - no problems at all. Service was brilliant and very friendly. Will definitely come back!

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