The Marlborough Tavern

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659 reviews
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  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
  • Cosy
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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JM
London
95 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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DD
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely pub.

Relaxed, cozy, good service. The young staff were attentive and friendly.

The Sunday Roast was one of the best that I have had in years!

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

Great venue for a large family lunch-lovely Sunday roast

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

The Malborough was quiet on the day we were there, which was great because we had a group of eight, and we all wanted to talk non-stop! The food was great and the service was just right -- they coped well with a large group and made splitting the bill very easy.

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A
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Sunday Lunch which was lamb roast for me and butternut squash and mushroom Wellington for my partner who is a vegetarian.. it was delicious and my partner thought that his dish was the best he has tasted in a very long time and not your usual vegetarian faryre.. Service was responsive and friendly and the atmosphere was cosy. I have eaten here many times over the years and always recommend to friends if they are ever in Bath.
Andrea

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m
Bath
7 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. My wife did not have a starter but I took the goat's cheese and it was great. We both had lamb and that was good too. For dessert, my wife had sticky toffee budding, which was excellent and I had chocolate. I had a berry kir, which was good, and we had a bottle of Argentinian Malbec, which was super.

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T
Bath
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful family meal here just after Christmas.
We booked here because it is a dog friendly pub, & so glad we did.
The food was absolutely amazing!!!
It had a really lovely vibe everyone was super friendly & the atmosphere was very happy & relaxed.
Can't wait to see you again soon!!!

Thank you !!!

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RG
Bath
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love going to the Marlborough T. Such a warm and lovely ambience and great service!

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GC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Caught them on a bad day just after Xmas but food was good just short staffed and a bit disorganised

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RA
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I don’t think Christmas is the best time to visit the Marlborough Tavern. Our food had a long wait and was slammed down when it arrived and parts weren’t well cooked

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JF
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super staff and food . Friendly and clean. Prompt Service.

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GC
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Marlborough is relatively local to us and we are yet to be disappointed. The food was great, no delay in service. Made a special evening perfect.

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4
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great Sunday lunch on our annual Christmas trip wonderful food and great service

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NG
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely delicious. I find that eating out as a vegetarian can be really difficult because the food is always so samey but the risotto was beautiful. The staff were very attentive and friendly, and the candlelit atmosphere was very cosy and romantic.

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OT
Dorset
8 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and prompt service. Beef and lamb tender and delicious. Staff very welcoming

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SG
Bath
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food , great service and cosy atmosphere, will definitely return

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MP
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good service and excellently presented, tasty food

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JD
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Marlborough Tavern is local to us - so we can walk there and not worry about driving home. The food is of a very high standard - yet reasonably priced, with something for everyone (except vegans I think). It has a lovely, cosy ambience, the service is excellent and dogs are allowed (a major plus for us!) In the Summer, it has a delightful little garden for alfresco eating and drinks.

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CS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although the food is on the pricey side, it was really good quality and the place has a nice casual atmosphere. We were initially given a table near the door and toilets which was a bit drafy . I asked to move and was grateful that they accommodated us without any problems on a nicer table. We were visiting our daughter in Uni so it was a nice place to have a family roast. Will be going back. Nice place

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A
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were ignored on arrival, a large portion of the menu was unavailable, service was friendly but ineffectual, had to ask for cutlery, water glasses ... food not very nice either, they had run out of most meat and fish and chips were greasy. We may have been unlucky but really not impressed.

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m
Bath
7 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good. I had prawns and gammon. My only complaint was that theer were too many prawns. The sticky toffee pudding was excellent as was the Rioja.

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CP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely local pub with charming service. The Sunday lunch was excellent, especially the often neglectied vegetables. A good, fairly priced wine list.

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JE
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff were extremely accommodating and the food was good. Being a saturday evening in December, Bath itself was very busy with the Christmas markets and this was a popular place to eat. Plenty of atmosphere - a great evening.

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JN
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at the Marlborough Tavern is excellent, in a cosy and warm atmosphere. I would go again and again and again.

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BR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with a smile and food was good value for money.

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j
Bath
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere, excellent service and the best fish and chips we've had for ages.

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s
Bath
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our 7th annual visit to TMT. Excellent as always. Already book 2019...

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RT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Probably our 5th or 6th visit with different friends each time. The food was good, service excellent but a nearby table over the top noisy. But, it is nearing Xmas so we have to take that into consideration. It will not deter any future visits.

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i
Bath
12 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Sunday lunch - will go again but you have to book as it is popular.

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BT
Austin
40 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very high quality food, I was surprised and impressed. Soup was fantastic. Restaurant was quiet but it was a weekday lunch.

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TE
Bath
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening dinner - beautiful festive setting!

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MM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
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
Bath
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
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
Bristol
15 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
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
New York Area
5 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
London
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
Bath
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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