The Marlborough Tavern

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Gastro Pub

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Sunday Lunch
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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
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Gorgeous Sunday roast. Food and service was great. We'll definitely be back.

TR
Miami
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was lovely. The only small complaint was that my husband had the roast chicken. The meat he had on his plate was such a small portion. Only comparing to other Sunday roast dinners that we have received. The Yorkshire pudding however was huge so if they can reduce the size of that and put a bit more meat on the plate then that would take the food to an excellent. Thanks

SA
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

We regularly have family celebrations here and just love it. Sunday lunch is fantastic and the service great. However, on this last visit this Sunday for a 17th birthday treat, all our food (except the non roast choice) was served cold! It was, of course, replaced though inevitably we ended up eating after one of the party had finished. The meal was missing cauli cheese that was billed on the menu, we asked we where this was and the waitress churlishly told us it would be 'underneath' - it wasn't so we again asked for it and this time it was served separately. Two of us ordered cheese following the main course and this came without one of the 3 billed cheeses ... For the most part the staff were great at sorting, particularly our main waitress and the man who sorted out the missing stuff but I have to say it certainly marred the 17th birthday. Teenage kids really find it uncomfortable when their parents 'complaining'.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food!

A
Bath
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service. Very high standard as usual. So good we’ve booked for February.

VG
Bath
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful attentive staff serving top class fish& chips.

FK
Bath
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming here for years and have never had a bad experience - the food and service is always great.

T
County Durham
11 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious traditional roasts, succulent beef with all the trimmings. I prefer my gravy served separately and I am not a fan of spiced red cabbage with beef - hence my score of 4 rather than 5 stars.

SD
Bath
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice food and a good atmosphere. The service was friendly and helpful. Would go there again.

L
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to the Marlborough. Nice to have good service that isn't intrusive. We all really enjoyed our food and it was very reasonable for Bath. Pleasantly warm, enough space between tables to offer some privacy and no unpleasant noise from sound bouncing off hard surfaces.

H
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed our visit. Food was great and it was really relaxing. The sticky toffee pudding was delicious

MJ
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, lovely food, great atmosphere and friendly staff.

AB
Miami
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I reserved for a late Sunday lunch for 4 guests. We were seated right by the front door on a cold and windy day. The food, the service and the atmosphere was average at best. Not recommended - there are so many great Gastropubs in Bath and this is not one of them.

SS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely service. I go and eat at The Tav quite regularly.
I'm never disappointed....The staff do a great job, the chefs cook wonderful food.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, lovely relaxed atmosphere and great food. What more could you want!

OT
Bath
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, wine and overall experience

a
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another visit this time as a treat for my wife on Boxing Day having cooked at Christmas- great food and service, can’t fault them - best gastro pub in Bath that never disappoints!

a
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely pub! Very accommodating staff who even gave us a glass of champagne on arrive! Such a treat for Christmas Eve. Great food and lovely seating area for 2.

4
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Sunday lunch food was lovely and staff excellent especially Jordan can't wait to return next Christmas

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family get together

j
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday lunch I’ve ever had eating out!! The vegetables were delicious and the meat mouthwatering. Yum

PW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal with friends! Great food and service and will definitely return

PO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Sunday lunch for £17 is overpriced taking into account portion and quality of meat. The knives did not cut the meat ....

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and a lovely atmosphere on a busy Saturday night. We had to wait for a few minutes for our table and were offered complimentary drinks as an apology. The staff were super efficient and very friendly. We had a lovely evening and will definitely go again when next visiting Bath. Highly recommend this lovely gem!

DL
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food were great. Had a lovely evening!

KW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday roast was beautiful! Simply stunning. Went with my family and 4 week old and was perfect!

KT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here, superb as always,
Great service and wonderful food, thanks

EM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I booked an early Sunday lunch at this pub during our trip to Bath. I'd done some research and heard good things about this pub and its Sunday roast. It exceeded expectations. With a great vegan and veggie option as well as more traditional meat offerings, there was plenty of choice. The service was particularly great - there was a very attentive young man (can only have been about 15 I swear!) seeing to most of the customers, managing people coming through the door, manning the bar and generally being very busy. But he never once looked flustered or got our order wrong/late. The food and drinks were exceptionally good quality and came very promptly. The interior of the pub was festively decorated but nothing too garish. Could not recommend this place more highly. Keep up the great work everyone!

TC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely friendly staff, we only had the fish and chips and the burger, there were 5 of us, all came at the same time, good size portions and really tasty. About 10 minute from the main markets sonthe streets was quieter and more relaxed

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic gasto pub. Had a lovely meal, lots of variety and good selection of wine too.
Highly recommended
When I come back to Bath I will certainly visit again.

KT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Beautiful food but was sad that there was no stuffing left for the chicken roast. Lovely Christmas decorations too. Wonderful service by our waiter - Katy

CB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good roast lamb Sunday lunch. Pigeon breast starter was way overcooked and not pink but rubbery otherwise a good enjoyable meal. Nice ambiance and good service

B
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Bit of a disappointing meal at the Marlborough Tavern. The service was lacking -- we had to keep leaving our table to flag down a server. Also, they sat us at a very small table next to a busy thoroughfare even though there were many other empty tables in the restaurant. Admittedly, they moved us to a bigger table after we asked to change. Still -- we were there to celebrate a birthday and even though we ordered champagne and three courses, we left feeling... meh.

JM
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Just feedback as we live locally and important to do. Enjoyed our evening as ever. I had the pigeon breast as a starter and by the time they got to me they were cool and over cooked.

CR
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really like the food here. Always of a high standard. Will definitely be back again soon.

OT
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Pretty sure our Partridge was microwaved came out within 5 mins

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only problem was that we were near a door which did not close properly, so we had to keep getting up to close it as many exiting guests didn't bother to pull it closed behind them. This should be capable of being easily addressed.

i
Bath
18 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had fish and chips - the fish was dry. But usually the food is excellent .

The booking experience was appalling - I received an e mail the day before asking me for confirmation: I then received a text about 1 hour later asking me to input my confirmation but when I did I kept getting on a loop.
The following day I then received a phone call asking for my confirmation - over kill.

f
Bath
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked a table for 11.15 as several of us had a rugby match starting at 1 pm. Was informed on arrival it was too late for breakfast and kitchen didn’t open till 12- very grumpy short tempered barman came to the table and said listen I have explained this 3 times to you the kitchen is not open till 12 and we are printing menus so can’t tell you what’s on it. Very poor customer service - 2 suggestions
1) don’t offer table at 11.15 if eating not possible
2) be polite to customers not outright rude. Awful.

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent Game food