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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AK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sunday dinner sirloin, Yorkshire pudding and veg was delicious!

AW
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and very pleasant atmosphere, food excellent

LJ
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly staff who are on top of every need, food was just fantastic loved every second being there

DB
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very good service. Friendly and helpful.

BP
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive and friendly staff, great food and good atmosphere. The fact they’re usually fully booked most evenings says a lot. Highly recommend.

BL
Berkshire
9 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Travelled over 80 miles to stay in Bath for a reunion with former associates. We had dinner there for the first time, having previously enjoyed lunch several times. The place (always) has a great buzz to it and the manager Callum and server Caitlin looked after us very well indeed. We all enjoyed our food, in particular the sirloin that was perfectly cooked. A very good choice of wine also led to a super evening. Thanks to the team there and we hope to see you again soon.

MK
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience2

My wife and I have been to the Marlborough Tavern many times in previous years when we have visited Bath. In fact it had been recommended to us by friends who live in the area, and up until now we have thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambience. This time was completely different. I wanted to book a table for 8pm on Sunday evening we were coming with my cousin and his wife to visiting from Canada. But I could only get a reservation for 7.45, which was ok. We were running a few minutes late so I tried to call the pub to let them know. It took five attempts before anyone answered - only to be told I needed to hurry as the kitchen closed at 8pm. We arrived just after 8. The place was practically empty - I had never seen it so quiet. A few of the starters snd mains were off the Sunday menu leaving us with a limited choice. The roast beef was actually a lump of steak. We asked for more gravy and were eventually brought a soup bowl of gravy but no spoon. All in all a throughly disappointing experience with average food and service. I felt embarrassed as I had been telling my relatives how great the Marlborough Tavern was - and quite frankly it was a letdown and I’m not surprised it was empty. We didn’t hang around, and I certainly won’t be going back again.

EF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very happy to recommend the Marlborough Tavern. It is good food at a reasonable price. However, the noise level is too high.

DR
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall we had a great experience over 2 days, in fact we booked Sunday lunch there on the strength of our first visit

R
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as they were very busy, would definitely go back.

CJ
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great venue, would certainly recommend and will return again soon I’m sure.

MC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The atmosphere is absolutely lovely in the Marlborough Tavern. I would thoroughly recommend this pub. Just a note though, the menu online was different to the one in the pub which was a little disappointing as the online menu had a dish I really liked the sound of. Having said that the food was good but the sauce on the fish dish was too spicy/hot for me. Atmosphere great!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpected pleasure! Burger was amazing!

CM
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bloody hell, this was good! Probably the best roast I’ve ever had (recommend the lamb). We had a bottle of wine, dessert wine and pudding so it was a bit on the pricey side in the end but such a treat and can’t fault any of it. Can’t wait to go back - thank you!!

OT
Gloucestershire
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food never disappoints
Service was under par and not aligned to the quality or price point despite being lots of staff around.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best pub dinners I've had!

C
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

A favourite for many years, we will be back, but not based on our last meal. Whilst delicious, the service was unusually poor. After waiting over an hour for our starters we were told they were about to be prepared and would be deducted from the final bill. A nice gesture, but our guests from New Zealand not impressed. The mains took ages too. Perhaps our table number was between service areas and fell into a gap? Also, a bit frustrated that the wine we ordered was a final bottle so when we asked for a second we had to change wines. Oh well... I'm sure just an aberration and all previous experiences have been much better.

GC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Consistently good! Friendly team and good food. We will visit again ...