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The Marlborough Tavern

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559 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
  • Special Occasions
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
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

This ambience in this pub is really lovely for quiet conversation. Food was really excellent apart from the chips. The wine was awful, have an ale instead.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Bit mixed. Two of the mains were sold out, so there was limited choice. They were quite busy, so service was a little slow, especially at first, but got better later.

Overall, OK but not brilliant and lack of choice was a shame.

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2.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Disappointing. Last visit was a couple of years ago and food options and food fantastic. This time limited and food OK but nothing to write home about. Burger rather overcooked. All meals OK only. Wine excellent. Staff lovely

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Best vegetarian Sunday lunch in restaurant or pub ever. Consistent quality. Lovely range of well prepared veg. Great, friendly service. Make occasional visitors feel welcome whereas some gastropubs are very 'clichly'.

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4.0Dined on 7 April 2018

The Marlborough is a lovely place, the ambiance is perfect for a cosey meal for two or larger parties. The decor is modern and relaxed but also has a rustic feel. The service was very good and the taste and presentation of the food is excellent. My only criticism was the portion size, I had a rump steak and it was very small.. I think this needs considering somewhat but overall I had a lovely night
Andrea

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5.0Dined on 2 April 2018

Really prompt attentive service. Fab food and not too dear! Wonderful x

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Fantastic Easter lunch, thank you everything was perfect.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

We love the Marlborough Tavern! Literally one of the best roasts I’ve ever had. The second visit was equally as good as the first. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable but also not in your face. Drink selection is excellent. Portions large so very good value for top quality food. We will be back many many times. Amazing food with slick service and great wines. You simply must go! Well done Marlborough Tavern. 20/10

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Very good Sunday lunch with mates . Nice wine list and beers . Very good food . Lovely starters , squid for 2!and salmon with pickles veg both excellent and imaginative . The roasts were sensational my chicken , also the beef and pork others had . Great veg and then good puds . It is very difficult to make Sunday roast a memorable meal but they did . I would recommend this to anyone .

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3.0Dined on 23 March 2018

We went on a special offer, so it was good value for the price, (but I might not have thought so if we'd paid full price). I was a little disappointed with my choice of main meal from the new lunch menu because I didn't feel it matched the menu description. The description was 'mackerel fillet with warm potato salad and watercress', but what came was a (rather small I thought) mackerel fillet with sauteed potatoes and two very tiny sprigs of watercress - a garnish in fact. I wished I'd chosen the mussels which my husband had (or the salt and pepper squid)!
The dessert was more substantial - a generous slice of toffee cake, with cream and toffee sauce - but more sauce would have been nice (there was only about a spoonful).
Hope this feedback is helpful!

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Excellent friendly and efficient service despite pub being very busy. Good choice of food and high quality. Pub atmosphere rather than restaurant- which was just what we wanted. Very dog friendly too.
We will return.

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4.0Dined on 20 March 2018

We went to try the new lunch menu, tempted by a special offer that made it very good value, and the fact that the Marlborough is close and dog-friendly (why isn't that on the list of attractions above? It's a biggie!)

Our smoked mackerel starter was very nice (though potatoes were under-seasoned). However, while my partner's burger was pretty good and came with exceptional chips, my pan-fried chilli lime chicken with salad - chosen as a healthy option - was distinctly underwhelming. It was basically a few pieces of bland, hardly lime-flavoured fried chicken with just two lettuce leaves and three halved cherry tomatoes on a slice of dry toast, with some tiny slivers of tasteless red chilli scattered around the plate! There wasn't even any dressing on the so-called salad I'd ordered it for! It wasn't worth complaining about but I certainly wouldn't recommend it at full price.

However, all was redeemed by a sensational orange polenta cake and creme brulee dessert with citrus sorbet. Divine! Added to that, the place is classy, the atmosphere was good, and the service was professional and friendly.

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3.0Dined on 20 March 2018

Acceptable for quick lunch bite - but not exciting. Chips seemed like they had been around for a while & then refried. Not great. Vegetable sharing platter not great value for £14.

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3.0Dined on 20 March 2018

We visited on the introduction of new lunch menu, we had a voucher for half price lunch.
It therefore was very good value but not sure would return sadly, the young lady serving us was very sullen and a bit frosty :(
The food was ok but we were not blown away, portions small and would say light lunches.
We visited over Christmas with a party of 8 in the evening and found service and atmosphere lacking again and food average, this was not a discounted time.
Good friendly service goes a long way to a successful meal.

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Visited as a group of 8 for mothers day. It was quite busy and initially given a table to seat 6 - it did extend but we had to ask, no way 8 adults would of fit round it otherwise.

Food was good, although too much gravy for my liking. Also good that it wasn't a specific mothers day menu with hiked prices, but just the normal Sunday lunch menu.

Atmosphere was good and the decor nice and cosy.

Would recommend.

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

went there for Mothers day sunday lunch. Great food and wine, very child friendly. great service. Only disappointing note was the pudding. Sticky toffee pudding but served with no sauce! Just a dry bit of cake with some ice cream.

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5.0Dined on 5 March 2018

Quiet, relaxed atmosphere on a Monday evening. Helpful service staff but not overbearing. Good food, and at a pleasantly surprising price

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4.0Dined on 4 March 2018

Best Sunday roast I've had when eating out. Deserts are a work of art, almost! too good to eat.

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

5 of us had a birthday dinner and we had a great time. The food was really good (the pigeon starter and the trio of beef main were great), the service was good and there was a eeal buzz about the place.

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5.0Dined on 28 February 2018

Brilliant 'Pie and a Pint' promotion. Excellent food as always - just what was needed on a cold wintry evening in Bath.

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4.0Dined on 25 February 2018

Lovely pub and one of the best roast dinners I have had in a long while. Good portions and all home cooked food. Would definitely visit again when visiting Bath.

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2.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Normally it’s lovely but on Friday, four out of the six meals were terribly presented. Fish and chips: chips huge, often hard and often black. Tipped over plate messily. Batter soggy. Woke same night with upset stomach which lasted 24 hours:(

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4.0Dined on 10 February 2018

Great atmosphere and food. Glad we managed to get a table!

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4.0Dined on 4 February 2018

We had a lovely Sunday roast on our first visit to the Marlborough Tavern. Food was very good, there was a nice atmosphere and cosy ambience. Service was excellent. Prices are above average for a roast in Bath but the meal was worth it. Would like to return for an a la carte meal to see how it measures up to the Bath competition.

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5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

I took my lovely wife there for our joint Birthday treat as well as our wee dog. They are a very dog friendly pub/restaurant which is really nice and they brought a little bowl of water for the dog which was nice as it was quite warm. Have been to the Marlborough several times now and always had an excellent meal. The menu is not huge which I feel is a plus but everything on it looks delicious and everything I have had there tasted delicious to boot!
Friendly staff and nice ambience makes for a lovely dining experience but be warned, the ceilings are not tall so it can be quite warm and cosy. Also, don't leave it too last minute. They are good so do get booked up quickly, especially on the weekend!
Not cheap but not horribly expensive either and the quality of the food is really good. We had a great night - thank you!

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5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

We had a great experience here, we both had a roast which was nice but nothing special. Staff were very helpful, but the ambience is what really sold it. Not too crowded but not empty, music not too loud and a great mixture of songs, soft lighting and candles on every table makes it really relaxed and cosy. Would definitely recommend this for anyone!

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5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

The best Sunday Roast both myself (vegetarian) and my friend (meat-eater) have ever had. Warm and friendly atmosphere. Can’t wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

Really delicious Sunday Roast, very accommodating of us and our baby.

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4.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Great food and specials are restaurant quality, good pub classics on menu too. Service was slow as they only had one waitress on a busy Fri night but we didn't mind as we weren't in a hurry.

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4.0Dined on 21 January 2018

Lovely food and excellent service, what more do you need.

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5.0Dined on 19 January 2018

Great meal, attentive staff and lovely atmosphere. Delighted this is our local. I would use it more but if not eating it’s hard to get a table. Indication of how good it is 😀

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4.0Dined on 14 January 2018

A very tasty Sunday lunch ! Will definitely be back .

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5.0Dined on 14 January 2018

Best Sunday lunch I've had. Staff were very friendly and can also make a great coffee

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5.0Dined on 14 January 2018

Best Sunday roast we have had at the Tavern for a long time. New chef? Shame the Butcombe was off!

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5.0Dined on 13 January 2018

Lovely atmosphere, super friendly staff and delicious food. Guaranteed a great evening. Our favourite pub and luckily our local too!

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3.0Dined on 13 January 2018

We were staying at the Royal Crescent (around the corner) and their restaurant was undergoing refurbishing, they recommended this gastro-pub as a great option. It was fine. We'd been to The Chequers the night before and it was superior. Our starters were very good, my main (steak) was perfunctory. Rick had pork 3 ways, it was better than mine but not outstanding. The service started out really on top of everything, then dwindled to a stop, where we waited a long time for dessert, and then the check (our waitress disappeared). So - was it good? Yes. Would I go back? No. Are there better options? Probably. Certainly if you're in town, it's not worth the trek up the hill.

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5.0Dined on 6 January 2018

Great as always. Food very tasty and well presented but not huge portions

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4.0Dined on 2 January 2018

Great food as ever, and the team was very accommodating with our 8 year old nephew.

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5.0Dined on 1 January 2018

We really enjoyed our New Year’s Day lunch at The Marlborough Tavern. We have been before and will definitely go again. It is a peaceful, comfortable place to be, with helpful staff and good food.

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5.0Dined on 1 January 2018

I took my mother here for her birthday, along with my wife and kids. We all enjoyed our food and agreed the service was good. The place was decorated very nicely for the holiday period. We had been years ago and weren't veery impressed, it's gone back on our list of places to eat! They catered well for one vegetarian and one gluten-free.

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