The Marlborough Tavern

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717 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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SB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
3 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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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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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
2 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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L
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
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
3 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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