The Marlborough Tavern

4.6
1069 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 1069 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Michael
Bath
9 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was really good, I had mushroom arancini (never had that before) and pagers & mash. My wife had a game terrine and a fish. All very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Bath
6 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, especially the lemon meringue posset, very good

CJ
CJT1983
London
27 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic staff and a top-notch Sunday roast dinner!

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AldoR
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great pub and lunch venue, have been many times and they always do a great roast. Was a bit off par on this occasion however, perhaps it was the 5pm slot that was between lunch and dinner, but the food was a little cold and some of the veg over cooked.

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acvhod
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seriously impressed by the quality of the pub.... best roast I've ever had!

MK
vipMichaelK
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent sunday roast and great service, as always.

KM
KateM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food in a great location. Highly recommend the ruby burger!

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Clare
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Marlborough Tavern is always a great choice. Great food, service and atmosphere. Even Covid can’t spoil it!

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LeslieJ
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiters took great care to be socially distant and were very friendly and polite. We had steak that was beautifully cooked then the chocolate bronie with salted caramel ice-cream absolutely delicious.

TA
TheAdder
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very well cooked pub staples with nice service and sensible not overbearing safety measures.

VB
VikkiB
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Excellent attentive staff. Gorgeous cocktail. All this and dog friendly too.

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danielac
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant very clean good service and dog friendly.

MB
MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food was very good indeed. Perhaps it was the social distancing but the pub didn't have a great atmosphere and my wife found it underheated.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, delicious food, good service and atmosphere. Would recommend

CS
ClaireS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Sunday roasts, vegetarians well catered for.

FM
FinlayM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my partner came here after reading a handful of reviews online, and we were very excited. I think it’s safe to say that we were absolutely blown away by the superb meal we had. Everything was perfect and there are absolutely no complaints whatsoever

KD
KatyD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Roast was delicious and waiting staff were attentive and friendly. Would definitely go back.

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DFrancis
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing roast and sticky toffee pudding! Friendly service!

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vipMotekx
London
42 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time visiting, after reading the reviews.
Really nice location, the food is amazing with good service.

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Foodie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even greater staff! A great experience all round

RB
RachelB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Despite Covid restrictions we were made to feel v welcome at Marlborough Tavern. Cauliflower & courgette curry was delicious. Children enjoyed their fish & chips. Felt v looked after - great service & delicious food. Thank u

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RichieL
Bath
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, slightly overpriced. Table service was very good.

FB
FayeB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always .lovely calm atmosphere too . Recommend the fish dishes .

JR
JesseR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good flavours, excellent service. Still a good amount of atmosphere depsite restrictions. Covid-19 measurements very good.

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PaulD
Jersey
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Such a shame that really poor chips with my wife's fish & chips ruined her meal, the fish was great but the chips were rock hard and almost certainly oven cooked, my meal was really good so as i say a real shame. May seem picky but if you order fish and chips then chips are a key part of the meal and they were poor.
We did make the staff aware so not an after the event complaint, they did offer a free pudding but that wasn't the purpose of raising this so we declined that offer as not necessary.
A nice pub with good service and if they got this right I would recommend.

MR
MandyR
London
15 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good variety of gin based cocktails. Mixed review on food, I had Beef Teryaki, starter and Scalllop main which were both tasty and excellent. My husband had Wild Mushroom Arancini Balls, starter and the Hake main; he was very disappointed in both; no distinct flavour or appearance of Wild Mushrooms in starter and the Lobster Bisque that came with the Hake was not tasty enough! Did not get asked how the meal was until the mains was cleared away, was not our waitress and she immediately was sorry and compted dessert of our choosing.
However would return one more time and hope for a better experience.

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SCMG
Bath
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great Sunday lunch, one of the best we have had.
Welcoming staff who made a family birthday meal a special treat

KW
KimW
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively restaurant with excellent service and great food. Good choice of seafood and vegetarian options.

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Bathgirl
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual! We'll be back as soon as we can.

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PennyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Marlborough Tavern is a favourite but a little disappointed on this occasion. I had the pumpkin soup which was ok but tasted mainly of garlic. Also the bread was stone cold and ok it was sourdough, but I think it was from a packet of pre-sliced. At least it could have been warmed, or toasted even better! Being picky now, but the “butter” wasn't butter but one of those boring spreads from a plastic tub. Sorry, could do better!!

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SueP
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all-round and impressed with set-up for COVID

CP
CharlesP
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was first class and the portion size was perfect. There was some noise but not excessive and the ambiance was good I do not like to sit in silence in a restaurant so it was great.

JB
JonathanB
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food - my wife had the scallops and I had the steak for our mains after a couple of delicious starters! All COVID-secure and a great find in Bath.

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Miffy
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointing experience. Very noisy pub, slow customer service and when main meals arrived only warm as best. Portion sizes small. Final point - coffee very average. Will not recommend or bother returning.

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mands51
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatfood, great service and covid guidelines well follwed

NH
NikaH
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening, everything was perfect. Food was delicious, service attentive and a lovely setting.

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bevw
Bath
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding . Fish and chips yummy. My only negative is menu choice but I think that is a lot about Covid and me not being a big burger lover which I know a lot of people are.

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PennyP
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely Friday lunch with friends, the food and service were very good.

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Madso
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Good veggie options and very accommodating staff

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DavidW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Menu was restricted. All Pub Grub.
OK but rather boring.
There are much better in Bath.
Disappointing really.

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The Marlborough Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1069 OpenTable diners.

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