The Marlborough Tavern

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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
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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.
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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday lunch, definitely recommend.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a Saturday lunch in here, amazing food and drink, with a great ambiance...we had an issue with our order but it was dealt with really well. Great staff, will definitely be there again soon! Thanks!

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L
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We went for a mid week lunch, the Tavern was quite quiet, we had reserved a table but on arrival no welcome at all as no member of staff to be seen.
We waited 10 mins at the bar until a member of staff arrived. Would have expected a ‘ sorry guys have you been waiting long” but nothing.
Our food arrived promptly but without the side of vegetables we ordered, we asked for them and got no apology for the non arrival but told they would come soon. We had to cancel them eventually as we had finished our meals.
I did point out an apology might be good as getting quite upset by the service experience so far and then the member of staff did apologise and tried a little harder on the customer care front.
The table beside us had to send their food back as it was cold, and my sticky toffee pudding arrived with a hint of warmth but would have been nicer hot, but by this stage we were just keen to eat and leave sadly.
The food is very tasty and a good menu but really feel as I have in the past that the service/ customer care lets the food side down which is a shame .
I must say the sticky toffee pud was a very lovely pud and would have been awsome if it were hot.
The Toulouse sausages on horseradish mash were also very good.
Come on Marlborough don’t sit on your laurels service is part of the experience can’t just rely on the food.

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PT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good dinner on a Monday night with great service and wonderful food. Highly recommend.

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Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been three times now, all very good.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely roast on a Sunday afternoon. Great service and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Roast potatoes in particular were excellent. Which is rare in most pubs!

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L
Bath
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had fish cakes (a little bland), duck which was very tasty and panacotta with salted caramel popcorn which was deilicious. All in all a good meal although we did find the noise levels difficult to cope with. This would be our only concern when recommending to others.

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AH
Canberra
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

First course Bhajis, wonderful. Second the duck - it was a bit tough, maybe as a bit undercooked? Disappointing

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great but the chef forgot the potatoes from our roast, still tasted great

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A bit cold by the door, but outstanding food and overall great service. Would highly recommend.

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JP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food I had was not up to the quality you would expect, and that I have had before at the Marlborough. I had duck, needed a steak knife for the meat and stringy veg. Sauce congealed, generally tasteless

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R
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab food and great atmosphere. I also like the fact that the tables aren't crammed in together. The food was delicious and made a substantial lunch. Thank you

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CO
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal. Friendly staff and pleasant pub. Our food was excellent.

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Would always recommend The Marlborough Tavern - fab food and service

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

Very enjoyable Sunday lunch. Pub quite full even in late afternoon. Food plentiful and well cooked. Not a huge vegetarian selection but very tasty. Great position just a few steps from Royal Crescent with nice views of golf course. Cheerful atmosphere, prices about average for Bath.

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NW
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We arrived an hour early to enjoy a bottle of wine with the Sunday papers followed by the first course and a requested wait of about half an hour before the main Sunday lunch. All requests were accommodated by charming and helpful staff. The mushroom soup was full of flavour and my fishcakes, though small, were very well spiced. Our roast beef was uniformly pink and tender with fluffy yorkshire puds and plenty of different veggies including about three different types of cabbage! I have not enjoyed a Sunday roast so much for a very long time. We didn't have puddings but with two courses, two bottles of wine and one latte, the bill came to about £110 inc tip. Good value for three hours of relaxation and good food. We will definitely be returning.

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SC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Super food. Vegetarian choice a bit limited. Friendly staff. Check that sides, coffee are brought out. Had to ask twice for sides and coffee did not appear. Quality of food excellent.

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JJ
Bath
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It's a nice place and food is good but it's really noisy.

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GH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service for our table of 9 even though the restaurant was full.

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AM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food always superb.
Shame a dog walked around under our table.i questioned why this should be so.Waitress said that dog was allowed of its lead and normally stayed by the owner.
Unfortunate as I fail to see how a 5star hygiene rating goes with a dog wandering around

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JM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal. The scallops were perfectly cooked, aubergine curry delicious. 3 courses and a drink £35. I would recommend highly.

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j
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A very big party which MT handled very well, good efficient service and lovely food.

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EA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sunday lunch I've had in a long time! And the sticky toffee pudding was to die for!!

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JD
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good wine and friendly service. We had the cote de bouef which was perfectly cooked and with a very good peppercorn sauce, posh mash and tender stem broc. Paired with a very good Argentinian Malbec, a match made in heaven. The menu is slightly limited with a few dishes which might not be for everyone so have a look before booking. Dessert menu wasn’t the most varied either but what we had was tasty. Friendly waiter who was happy to engage and have a bit of a chat here and there

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OT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Friendly service with great food in good surroundings! Will be back!

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CH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner with our two children. Staff could not have been more helpful and accommodating. Food was outstanding, wine good and atmosphere perfect. Loved it.

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OT
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service for drinks on arrival was slow. Ambience not what it was.

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JC
Bath
5 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always. Enough choice to keep even the fussiest of teenagers content and just the ticket at the end of a stressful weekend when home cooking inspiration is lacking. Thank you MT for saving my sanity .

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AL
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent as usual, good service and the Tavern friendly and cosy.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good and consistent. Best Sunday lunch in town.

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p
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday Lunch at the Marlborough Tavern. The meat was beautifully cooked and of very high quality. An excellent range of vegetables and lovely gravy and yorkshires.

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SC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our visit the food was amazing, I would however not want to be on the the table by the bar, top tip .....It was the coldest day of the year when we visited, it would have been good if the log burner was on, the restaurant felt quite cold. The table in the bar was not great . I don't think there should be a table there, it's right behind everyone standing at the bar. I felt that we were in the thoroughfare.

Food great ,Service great , table organisation bad.

Sarah

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the Sunday roast. Both the lamb and vegetarian options were fantastic and tasty. Deserts which followed were equally delightful. Attentive staff as always and a lovely Sunday lunchtime experience.

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great great food for a very very reasonable price! Especially the risotto wow! We were a bit annoyed as being seated next to the door that constantly opens is very annoying (we had to put our coats on). Especially when it is freezing outside.... If you make a booking in advance you should not be seated there.

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SC
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very decent meal out overall with a couple of friends. Food was extremely nice, on the pricy side for how much you get but worth it i'd say. Would definitely recommend.

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BE
Bristol
16 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

THIS WAS OUR FOURTH VISIT TO THE MARLBOROUGH TAVERN.
THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT-STAFF WELCOMING & FRIENDLY.
DRINKS AND MEALS ARRIVED VERY QUICKLY.
WE FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE THERE IN THE PLEASANT ATMOSPHERE AND ENJOY THE HIGH STANDARD OF CUISINE.
WILL DEFINITELY RETURN SOON

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and quaint setting

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JM
London
107 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great Sunday lunch in a lovely location. The veggie lunch was delicious

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MN
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Attentive staff. Our order was fulfilled in a timely manner.

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P
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good, pub has a really nice atmosphere. The only negative I can put was the lamb was a little tough and the cabbage could do with a little less cinemon or whatever fragrant spice that was used.

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