The Marlborough Tavern

4.4
627 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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 627 People Are Saying
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MM
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING food. Great vegetarian options which even the non-veggie folk opted for. Brilliant atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

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JU
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Can't wait to go back! Booked in advance . The people serving us were very welcoming and friendly. Hope we go back to Bath soon!

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BE
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

IT WAS THE THIRD TIME THAT WE HAVE DINED AT THE MARLBOROUGH TAVERN.
THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT,THE SERVICE BEYOND REPROACH & THE ATMOSPHERE TO OUR LIKING BEING INFORMAL AND PEACEFUL THE IDEAL PLACE FOR AN INTIMATE FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER FOR TWO.
WE'LL DEFINITELY BE BACK VERY SOON.

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SA
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not as good as i’ve Has before. I had fish and chips and was a bit tasteless. My friends also thought the food to be average for the cost. Service was quite slow.

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C
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday lunch was terrific. While visiting we always book ahead and always enjoy our meals. Highly recommend

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CM
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table for three of my family who had flown into the UK on a visit and it was fabulous. Food was very very tasty everyone loved it. Service was superb thank you so much for looking after my family the way I do. Highly recommend. Quiet early evening gets a little more noisy as the restaurant fills up. Nice outside space with heaters also.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really looked after us, quick service & delicious food, which was just what we wanted. Kids menu great, our dog made very welcome. Thank you so much. Jan & family, Friday 2nd Nov

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Lovely busy atmosphere. Would definitely go back.

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KB
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and lovely atmosphere. Perfect for the occasion.

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k
7 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation, but were shown to the table and given menus and our complimentary glasses of prosecco (a birthday treat, together with a free dessert, from the Marlborough). The menu had a good range of dishes and we had no trouble in deciding on our choice, the wine list is extensive, again we soon made a choice. Inspite of how busy the place was the service was excellent.
Starters were Partridge for me and Mackerel for my partner. Both dishes were accompanied by an interesting selection of items, including pickled cauliflower and celeriac slaw. My Partridge was perfectly cooked, and the Mackerel was reported to be excellent also.
For mains we both had the Venison loin, again perfectly cooked, but pink of course, and accompanied by a selection of interesting vegetables.
Desserts were cheese selection for me and a chocolate and ice cream dish.
To drink we choose a Merlot/Cabernet red, which had good body and very pleasant round taste, and with starter I had a glass of Pinot Grigio, again a good example of the wine, and not expensive.
The pub was very busy and the noise level quite high, once seated we were a distance from any loud speakers and were able to converse fairly easily. I am not sure why the Marlborough thinks it necessary to have base thumping music when the pub is busy and conversation levels are high. No one was listening to the music and it adds to the high ambient, making it harder for us oldies to hear conversation.
Overall though a very pleasant evening, with good food and a coupe of birthday treats for me. We will be back.

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OF
7 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely cosy pub with a fantastic selection of food and drinks. Great for a Sunday or weekday lunch!

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BK
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday Lunch, good food, attentive staff, excellent service.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I never cease to be disappointed by pub Sunday lunches - this was OK, not great, but everything, meat, veg, potatoes, gravy and Yorkshire puddings lacked seasoning. Perhaps the weekday menu is better.

Service was friendly and efficient and the surroundings were pleasant.

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J
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a wonderful family meal celebrating our daughter’s Graduation. The choice of dishes was fantastic and there was something for everyone.
Venison was a particular favourite.
Our only criticism is that the decor was possibly a little bland but the dining area was really clean and we had ample room for a party of eight.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Great staff, very sweet and kind...and hard working. The restaurant is extraordinarily loud, not great for relaxing and talking. The food is good...but wasn’t memorable. But perfectly ok, nothing wrong with any of it. A good place for younger people and families who don’t mind a lot of noise.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pub
Excellent Sunday roasts
Great beer garden with nice lighting in the evening

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CB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to The Marborough when visiting Bath from the states with my father. It was the PERFECT spot - lovely people, fresh ingredients and a great menu, innovative gin cocktails, and a very cozy, welcoming place. We plan to return!

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SC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal at The Marlborough Tavern. The staff were very helpful and attentive. The food was amazing, especially the starter (duck) and dessert (chocolate fondant). I was dreaming of them last night! We went for a girly meal with my sisters and we had a fab night. Highly recommend!

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M
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation. When we arrived we discovered it was a vegan tasting menu with wine pairings. Our server offered to try to get a table at their sister restaurant, The Chequers but they did not have room. We stayed an enjoyed a very delicious meal, one that we would not have tried.

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IW
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday lunch with friends. Good selection of food and drinks.

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LV
24 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A quiet Tuesday dinner, our first visit to the Marlborough Tavern. Friendly greeting continued by excellent service throughout and a pleasant table, which made for an enjoyable meal. But the food, though tasty was a bit of a disappointment, give the reputation. And not as good as their companion gastro pub, The Chequers. The wine, though, was excellent, offering lots of wines by the glass and lots of reasonably priced bottles.

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DV
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Unfortunately we were seated around the corner from the bar by the door. The rest of this area was occupied by a long table of incredibly noisy, wine fueled guests! The noise was unbearable, it really was so bad that we could not carry on a conversation. We asked to move to around the other side of the bar which we were able to do. Glad we did as the food and service were fabulous, perfect roast lamb!

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C
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and attentive service as always. Lucky to have such a friendly and well ran restaurant on our door step and that caters so well for our daughter who is coeliac and allergic to fish and poultry.
Great for a Friday evening pint after work or a Sunday roast.
A gf brownie on the desert menu would top it off!!

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AM
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good venue. Good food only downside is poor vegetarian choice

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m
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
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
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
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
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
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
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
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
13 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
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
2 reviews
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
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
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
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
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
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
5 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
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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