The Marlborough Tavern

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734 reviews
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Gastro Pub
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
  • Lunch
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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GH
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My had the Sunday dinner here and the food was fantastic

Our waiter was exceptional but prior to getting to this point the other staff were a little cold but fine in general

The food is what we came for and it was exceptional

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HR
Bath
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were plenty of vegan options and the waitress was very helpful in identifying which options were OK for me to eat.

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AW
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had a nice evening in pleasant surroundings. Staff friendly and attentive. Menu choice very limited but what we had was well prepared. Vegetarian options not very inspiring and goats cheese starter very small. Otherwise a good experience.

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LS
Bath
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was really nice, really creative combinations, nice atmosphere, great service but slightly expensive

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PL
Bath
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely quite restaurant, tucked away. Very clean and homely inside. Great atmosphere, quiet and romantic. Lovely food, changes with the season so always something different. Great little find

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BZ
Frankfurt Area
8 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Sunday lunch was great. Service poor and very noisy overall.

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i
Bath
13 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the very best Sunday lunches in the area - the food is hot, the beef pink and the veg cooked perfectly.

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K
London
11 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great little spot in a quiet corner of Bath - delicious pub food and cosy atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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AF
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing , a bit pricey, but we were aware of that. The service felt a little bit staged, however the overall experience was excellent.

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MP
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely pub with great food! We brought our two dogs along and had a great Sunday lunch.

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V
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Busy neighbourhood gastropub with reasonable food great atmosphere
Nice place

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming staff, great dining experience with excellent food and lovely atmosphere. Would recommend to everyone

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a
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I am a regular here and the food never fails to disappoint! Had a great steak, my friend a lovely duck. Had a recent change of staff and busy as always, so service bit slow but fine. Atmosphere great for eating and people clearly enjoying the evening. You need to book!

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HI
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful pet-friendly atmosphere. Food was very good and staff were excellent (especially Ben!)

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TZ
Bath
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Sunday lunch. Hungry so ordered an extra mixed vegetable portion at £4. Very disappointed to be given a very small bowl of just cabbage. Mentioned it to the waitress and to waiter clearing the table when they asked if we’d enjoyed the meal. Neither passed on. Decided not to take it further as had guests with us and didn’t want it overshadowing the lunch further. Rest of meal very good.

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MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We regularly visit the pub usually on sundays and we have always a great experience. The best sunday roast in the area!

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best peppercorn sauce I have ever had in my life! They were very friendly to our dog and it was a lovely experience all round. Very much recommend.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We sat outside as we had extra people in our party that could not be accommodated in our original booking inside, which was fine. The food was excellent with no complaints from anyone. The reason I couldn’t give it 5 stars is that the staff were slow to clear table used by others and the floor under the tables were in need a good sweep covered in cigarette buts and dirt.

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Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice friendly staff and great food. We live in Bath and visit regularly. Either for Sunday roast or for a good evening meal.

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PH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Short staffed

No service for 10 mins in vein seated and had to go to bar to get served

Bought most expensive if the Aussie Shiraz reds, which v poor

Food was good and it’s s great place do would go back again but need to sort it out - just because it’s s busy Sat is no excuse to be slack

Staff very nice, just run off their feet

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F
Bath
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good service and a beautiful place in a lovely part of town! We had a lovely evening. Food is a bit overpriced, particularly the salt and pepper squid starter. Other than that, I thoroughly recommend!

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C
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We rediscovered the Marlborough courtesy of a family lunch on Christmas Day 2018. We’ve been back a few times with friends and it’s very good. Looking forward to our next visit.

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a
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday roast again and lovely in the sunshine. Bit noisy for my elderly parents but I enjoyed it!

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CH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Service was poor, food was good although a bit over priced. Much nicer restaurants are charging the same price for better food.

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OT
Bath
8 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was steak nite Rump for 12.50 instead of £18.75. Had it been full price I would have been disappointed as it was rather tough and hard to cut and chewy. Chips were nice though and Malbec for a tenner was lovely.

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SS
London
17 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful establishment away from the city. Amazing food with a menu catering for everyone. Recommended by a friend and would recommend to others!

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SB
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, bit pricey but tasty and most excellent service. Really loud when everyone chatting, our older companion missed most of our conversation, such a shame - a problem with lots of places that have been ‘gastro furnished’. I think you need more soft furnishings to absorb the sound. Would make the world of difference. Thank you x

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G
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious roast dinner had on our first night in Bath. Excellent way to start our mini break! Meat was very tender, With lots of vegetables and super Yorkshire pudding. I particularly enjoyed the sides of apricots stuffing and bead sauce with my chicken. Would highly recommend the Cosmopolitan cocktail - tasted superb! Would definitely go back if it wasn’t so far away!

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OT
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations. Well done!

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H
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, friendly service. Coped with two toddlers admirably

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RC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The fish night was very good, and well attended. The food was tasty and the presentation was excellent. The service was great.

The kitchen have an annoying bell which sounds like a loud ring tone of a text alert when food in ready to be served. It’s really not very nice.

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JE
Bath
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic, food, service and atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back!

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BE
Bristol
19 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

SUNDAY 07/04/19 WAS OUR FOURTH VISIT.
THERE WERE 4 OF US IN OUR PARTY & WE ALL CHOSE FISH & CHIPS FOLLOWED BY LIME CHEESECAKE.
THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT-THE SERVICE WAS IMPECCABLE WE REALLY COULDN'T FAULT ANYTHING.THE STAFF WERE EXTREMELY FRIENDLY & HELPFUL.
WE'LL DEFINITELY BE RETURNING VERY SOON.

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SW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, great service. Perfect Sunday lunch. Sticky toffee pudding best I’ve ever had.

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LE
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy going here and it's always so difficult to choose, as everything is so good! I was honoured the chef asked for my recipe for gluten free yorkshire puddings. Was happy to share the love. Will definitely be back.

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RW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Real pub with good quality pub food. Attentive and responsive staff for kids and adults alike.

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l
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We are frequent diners here. Our visit on Sunday fell short of what we expected. On arrival we discovered the menu was a 'Sunday' menu, which appeared more limited than on our previous visits. The only veggie main had run out already, which was very disappointing as your veggie options are normally excellent. We were offered some grilled aubergine in its place, but it sounded like an ad hoc strategy for coping for vegetarians rather than an established dish. When our mains arrived, two out of the four had cold vegetables. We had waited some time for these dishes and even though the staff offered to re-do the dish, we really just wanted to get on with our meal so ate them cold. Some discount on the bill was offered for these failings, but we would rather have paid our money and enjoyed better food.

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday lunch, definitely recommend.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
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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AB
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The burger was not nice. The triple cooked chips were horrible. My fish batter was soft in side. Over all atmosphere was not attentive. Gone down hill. Hare and hounds much better

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