The Marlborough Tavern

4.4
603 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Just around the corner from Bath's Royal Crescent, The Marlborough Tavern combines the atmosphere of a local pub with the food quality you’d expect of a top restaurant. Two AA rosettes, and inclusions in The Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide bear testimony to the quality of both food and service. It’s no wonder it's won the Bath Gastropub of the Year title more than any competitors.

Food is essentially, though not slavishly, English in character and takes advantage of locally sourced produce wherever possible. Its food reputation is matched by their service - always friendly and attentive without being intrusive, and there's an extensive wine list and selection of local ales to choose from. The Marlborough's pub garden is arguably Bath’s finest; a walled courtyard space, that’s perfect for summertime lunching and drinking.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, English, Beer Garden
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, Saturday: 12:30pm - 2:45pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm,
Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
01225 423731
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Dan Edwards
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Private Party Facilities
We're a popular choice for groups organising special parties and functions. Our extensive experience of hosting private parties means you can rest assured it will all go smoothly. Whilst there is no separate function room, part or all the the pub can be made available as required.
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Private Party Contact
Fabia Selwood-Miller: 01225 423731
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Area
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Parking Details
There is unrestricted street parking surrounding the pub after 6pm and on Sundays. Nearby Royal Victoria Park has plenty of parking and is a 2 min walk away from the pub.
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Public Transit
Bath Spa rail station is a short taxi drive away (5 mins) or a pleasant 20 min walk. A City Sightseeing bus stop is directly outside the pub.
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Special Events & Promotions
We hold lots of regular foodie events. Call 01225 482682 or visit www.marlborough-tavern.com for more info
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Wine
What 603 People Are Saying
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m
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff and the food was top end pub food. Look forward to going back.

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KA
Bristol
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A great place, with lovely food. The service on the whole was really good, but unfortunately we were left longer once we had finished our main meal, with it taking longer for them to clear our dishes and offering us desserts, which was a shame. Otherwise it was a great evening.

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WH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my parents here when they were visiting Bath for the weekend. We all really enjoyed it. The food, atmosphere, and service were all excellent.

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RD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really buzzy atmosphere when we arrived. Nice menu choice with a good few items I could have chosen. The hake with fish pie was fabulous.

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PF
Bath
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We much enjoyed our previous visit(s) to the Marlborough Tavern but were disappointed this time. We had a table for 3, the third chair was out in the space between the row of tables and the bar so people had to squeeze past and made us feel uncomfortable. The fish and chips were nicely cooked, but the fish was tasteless.

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LH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sunday Lunch was excellent as always, the fact that they serve until 8 o'clock for Sunday Lunch is great, and half portions for those with a smaller appetite is a bonus, wouldn't go anywhere else!

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BE
Bristol
10 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

WE CHOSE THE MARLBOROUGH TAVERN AS A CONVENIENT VENUE FOR A SUNDAY LUNCH FOR FAMILY MEMBERS FROM BRISTOL & STROUD.
THERE WERE TWO CHILDREN AGED 7 & 9 IN OUR PARTY PLUS 3 ADULTS.
THE RESTURANT WAS VERY BUSY AT THE TIME (BEING SUNDAY) BUT WE HAD AN AMAZING WAITRESS WHO CATERED FOR ALL OF OUR NEEDS INCLUDING CHILDREN'S MENUS AND DELIVERED THE MEALS VERY EFFICIENTLY & WITHOUT DELAY WHILST MANAGING TO STAY CHEERFUL DESPITE A VERY FULL HOUSE.
WE SHALL DEFINITELY RETURN BECAUSE OF THE QULAITY OF THE FOOD & FRIENDLY AMBIANCE.

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T
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is an established favourite for friends and family for Sunday lunch. The menu has a good range of options and all the dishes are well presented and freshly cooked. The service can sag a bit if the bar area gets busy for drinks orders. This was our third visit and we will be back - very good Gastro pub cooking.

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BD
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very accommodating, we came early for our reservation and asked if we could be seated. They very kindly took us an hour early, despite being rather full. The gin cocktails were lovely. We ordered the tempura prawns and the Bath chap as appetizers both were delicious. Our mains were the tandoori lamb shoulder with lamb chop, rice with yoghurt tzatziki. Both were large portions and excellent. The apple and blackberry cobbler was warm and crumbly, perfect with ice cream. And the Eton mess was a nice end of summer treat. Would definitely come again.

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RA
Bath
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and nice atmosphere. Dog friendly. Beautiful garden.

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GP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday dinner!!! I will be returning!!! Best Sunday dinner I've had in a long time :)

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was awesome but the service was terrible - I had to go to the bar a number of times to order drinks and food. Someone behind the bar commented that service was slow because they were busy but only half the tables were occupied! More like understaffed as opposed to busy.

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ND
Bath
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff and setting but food was disappointing for the price and nothing to write home about.

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MM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Consistently too hot. More staff needed. Use to be better.

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SC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The Marlborough Tavern is one of our locals and it's a very nice place, inside and outside.

However, this was booked for a special occasion (a birthday and uni place), which was not acknowledged by serving staff, and service was super-slow. After drinks were served, nobody came to take our order for about 45 minutes, despite us desperately trying to attract their attention!

When the waiter finally came, I asked if the supersalad's 'nuts', as seen in the description, included peanuts (because I don't like them, though I like other nuts) and rather than a reply, it arrived without any nuts at all, which was disappointing. However, since nobody came to the table to see if everything was okay, I didn't have the opportunity to mention this.

Other than that, the food was pretty good and main courses were generous, though we all agreed that the sticky toffee pudding was disappointing at £7.50 as it was more like a 'cake with sauce', much too dry and with far too little ice cream to temper the sweetness. Come on guys, a big scoop of vanilla is cheap, so why not be generous? There was only enough to fill a dessert spoon at most, so we had to ration it prudently!

So... a meal for 6 with one celebratory bottle of prosecco came to more than £160. We enjoyed it, but it all things considered it was expensive for snail-like service and a meal comprising fish and chips, burgers and pasta with overpriced puds. For that price, we could have done a lot better, so we'll think twice about booking again.

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F
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant service throughout, food fantastic, they brought my husband and I a glass of bubbly each as it was our first wedding anniversary and paid for our pudding aswell! Couldn’t recommend this place enough, you have to go!

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AD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening out with the family to celebrate a grandmother's return home from hospital. Tavern were great to accommodate the wheelchair.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A great place for casual dinner. Not quite up to restaurant standard for food and service, but very good for a pub.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We went there because we knew the food would be good, unfortunately my steak cooked terribly and just a not a nice cut of meat. Disappointed.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The Marlborough has a very nice garden/seating area, although customers have to ferry everything out from the bar themselves. I was given a large (uncleaned and sticky) tray loaded with wine glasses, ice, wine and wine cooler plus water glasses, a jug of water and a pot with cutlery; no one offered to help me, even though they weren't particularly busy.
An octopus starter with crab & wasabi was so saturated with wasabi it was inedible, although the manager did come and apologise by way of a free glass of wine.
Our main courses arrived before we'd finished our starters so we had to clear the plates ourselves, although the fish and chips were good.
We were with a friend who has just moved to the area, and in the past the Marlborough has always been a good reliable local place to eat, but we were slightly disappointed on Sunday evening.

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OT
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely pub with a good atmosphere. Varied menu with quite a few vegetarian options - the quinoa and black bean burger was excellent.
Service perhaps a little slow due to the pub being busy however the staff were great.

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PW
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was the worst Sunday roast I have ever had in a restaurant. The vegetables weren't cooked, the table not laid properly, the service painfully slow and sloppy and the pub noisy and unwelcoming. The meal was overpriced. Do not go there - almoat anywhere else would be better.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for a holiday evening meal. But new menu different to the one advertised. Not much suitable. Both picked a burger mine was good but my wife's had a small piece of bone in it. To be fair staff very apologetic was offered an alternative . But nothing suited the diatary requirements so was given a full refund. No where else near to dine .

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C
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came to the Marlborough Tavern for Sunday lunch - the food was great! Everyone was really happy with it and we'll definitely consider coming again.

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JC
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good old MT - never disappoints. Beer garden for drinks was buzzing then came indoors for food & quite chit chat. Food & service excellent - easy, casual early-evening supper - just the job!

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RG
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Pre-booked a high chair. Arrived and none available. Had to eat with 14month old on lap. Poor service, nobody checked on how our food was. Staff not very pleasant towards us. Feel like we wasted a lot of money on a stressful meal

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JP
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing food. Rather bland and lacking in flavour or finesse. Limited menu and difficult to choose starters/ first courses to compliment each other. Just not for us.

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SL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly staff. Had a long wait for our dessert but they rectified it by taking it off our bill.

Though I was a little disaapointed that when booking i mentioned it was my wife's birthday and no effort was made to make that little extra special.

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DR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The garden is a delight and they cater for winter as well with individual heaters. When we arrived the pub was absolutely packed and the staff were literally running to keep up. However they still made time to look after us, with lots of personal touches and thoughtfulness. Service was excellent and quick. Food was delicious. They know what they are doing and are doing it well, a great team. Will be back, thank you.

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R
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday Roast. It did not disappoint and will

Go back again when in London next

We ,are an open table reservation however and didn’t get our points!

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JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience. Great food, fantastic with our (occasionally messy) children, and generally excelled in service. The Sunday Roast was fantastic and was served quickly. Childrens portions were big!

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NB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good Sunday Lunch with a good varied menu. Great choice of beer and wine and great service

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P
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love The Matlborough Tavern . Never had a bad meal or service, decor gorgeous gardem amazing!! Just ♡♡♡ it!

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RD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Relaxing, chilled option near Bath's famous Royal Crescent. Friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the local beer & cider selection as well as the Sunday Roasts. Great outdoor seating area.

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m
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was better this time than when we've been before but with the exception of my husband's meal which featured cod's cheek which he said was unpleasant. The service was very slow initially and one starter was missed out so came late. Wine and other service fine. Not reliable enough to recommend but as we live locally we will keep trying it from time to time.

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CR
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch. Bit pricey but typical of Sunday lunch prices in Bath

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BD
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Wife & I went for Sunday lunch. The food and service were both good.
I would hesitate to recommend this place to a beer lover as the staff don't appear to be well enough trained to handle real ales. A couple of examples; first drink I had was slightly cloudy and definitely "on the turn". This shows that the person who served it either didn't care or didn't know what it should look like. As another example; they serve short measures!

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DH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Booked for Bank Holiday Monday and not disappointed. Food quality very good as was presentation. Would definitely return.

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CY
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Classy pub with delicious food, close enough to centre of Bath but away from the hustle and bustle. We live in Bath and can honestly recommend Marlborough Tavern as a quality restaurant frequented by the locals.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant dinning. Some of the best tasting food in a long time. Highly recommend

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