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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DL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
17 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.

U
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

AK
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sunday dinner sirloin, Yorkshire pudding and veg was delicious!

AW
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience1

The presence of four dogs at the bar close to the dining tables was not appreciated. Two separate parties brought in two dogs each who proceeded to bark and yap at each other.

In a country pub this is maybe more usual but in a restaurant - as that is really what the Marlborough Tavern is - this rather ruined an otherwise enjoyable evening.

a
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great lunch with friends at the Tavern - definitely the best pub in Bath! Food always good quality and like the atmosphere

ST
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A cozy gastropub near the Royal Crescent- food was far beyond expectations! My wife had a truly special lamb grill and my autumn vegetable risotto was divine! Drinks were also perfect! 5 stars indeed.

A
Bath
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Vegetarian roast! Yummy cocktails. Great service!

R
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Lovely pub but food wasn't that inspiring and a bit disappointing. The beef was tough, the swede mash was lumpy and cold, the veg was very hard and not much gravy. Staff were great and decor is fab. We would come back but not for a roast

LS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Relaxed place with delicious food and friendly staff

S
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, very nice service (friendly, polite, professional, timely), delicious food and our beloved dog was made welcome and snoozed happily under the table throughout. Highly recommended.

OT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food cold, service poor, waiters did not know hiberno set cutlery or serve - reaching across the table and across people. When we complained about cold food no effort was made to rectify it.

SM
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

RT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have been to the Marlborough Tavern probably 8 or 9 times. Our latest visit was disappointing. The menu was not very exciting and seemed to favour more vegetarian options than anything else. We also found the prices of the main dishes very expensive for what they were. We like Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand this was £29 a bottle and Malbec £30 a bottle. All in all will probably give the Marlborough Tavern a miss for a while. It will be interesting to see if their menu will change at all.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfy, friendly staff, excellent food great value. Can’t wait to go back.

MC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Noisy in a good way with atmosphere. Great service and lovely food

J
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Used to be good but unfortunately food very average but with same high prices.

C
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, great value. Cannot wait to return

NP
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.
Always enjoy a meal here every time we visit Bath
Very easy walking distance fro Catharine Place

J
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Sunday Lunch! Friendly staff, wonderful wine and lovely garden. We'll be back. Thank you, The Marlborough Tavern.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our young children for Sunday lunch. Great prompt service, delicious food and really reasonable. Cannot wait to go back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and great service

ST
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service lovely beer lively atmosphere what’s not to like!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous authentic British gastro pub - with great food and neighborhood atmosphere

H
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If you want a great place in Bath that is out of the touristy area of town, this is the place. Very nice British pub with great food and atmosphere.

CM
Bath
7 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening of quality food- so rare for vegans! Please do this again in the new year! Thank you.

S
Bath
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and very pleasant atmosphere, food excellent