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The Marlborough Tavern

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930 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub

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Sunday 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.

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 930 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LouK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and lovely setting - we sat in the beautiful courtyard. We'll be back

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itsmebethy
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat outside on a hot day, the pub was busy but the service was good. It felt safe and they are obviously doing things right re: coronavirus

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NicolaH
Bath
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The welcome, service and food were very, very good. Had the mint, pea and feta starter and the minted peas been seasoned with salt and pepper, I would have given it 5*. The flavours were there but needed enhancing.

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vipAlessandraF
London
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service and lovely food! Unfortunately from the back garden you hear a bit of noise from the Main Street; that’s the only reason why I rated 4 rather than 5 stars

Highly recommended!

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BendeS
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good pub grub in a nice surroundings.
Very helpful staff. Adhered to government covid safety guidelines.

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MrsP
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very lovely place for lunch. Social distancing measures were great

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michaelh
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

it was a very pleasant sunday lunch - no complaints at all - but it lacked the magic I would have expected from an eating establishment with two AA rosettes. I say that as someone who ate the previous sunday at another two AA rosette establishment and I have to say that was an infinitely better experience specifically in terms of food quality.
Hopefully this was a temporary hitch and I appreciate the challenge of getting back on your feet following lock-down.
As I say good food - my plate was cleaned but AA rosette sets an expectation in my mind based on experience elsewhere and unfortunately this fell short.

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OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for Sunday lunch, cannot fault the food, service or staff. Would thoroughly recommend the Marlborough Tavern.

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Jools
Bath
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good experience with well thought out Covid plan. Service friendly and efficient. We had steak that was a little disappointing as although expensive was a tad tough. Other food we had was good.

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Mumahammond
Essex
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looks nothing from outside but Fab place to eat. We sat in garden, Great atmosphere staff very helpful and friendly

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HarbS
Bath
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cracking location, food, staff and of course drinks

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice lunch menu
Cornish oysters, hake yummy
Staff were COVID competent

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SamK
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were fantastic from start the finish. Food is spot on as always. Very happy with their social distancing measures. 10/10 would recommend

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Service was mixed, at times very good but then had to wait to long for main course to be cleared and desserts menus to be provided and ordered. Food was good and with the governments assistance reasonable value. Ambiance was a bit lacking, perhaps needing a bit more noise or bustle.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch- attentive staff, and safe environment.

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TimothyW
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food very tasty good wine list cozy perfect for Sunday lunch or weekdays dinning the staff all were masks and have a one way system in place which works very well

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londonguy
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and amazing food. We really enjoyed our time here and would highly recommend it.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was exceptional. The best mussels we’ve ever had. The staff were very good and you wouldn’t have noticed the challenges they are facing serving people behind masks. Friendly, polite and attentive. Well done team!

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Synergy
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Glad to be out again. My wife’s meal needed to be wheat and dairy free so the staff marked the menu accordingly. There were a couple of main course choices but only sorbet for dessert. My roasted cauliflower curry was very nice, but my view is that the two strips of courgette did not add anything as the texture was, excuse me, slimy and it didn’t belong.
The staff did well to manage the customers, especially the ones who breezed in having not booked and obviously having indulged in alcohol already whilst playing a n the golf course opposite. It was mainly younger people, who acted liked they owned the place and could hover close to our table and ignore the one way system.
All staff wore face coverings, although I can imagine this is difficult for a whole shift and we noticed a lot of touching of the mask and partial removal by one staff member. Challenging times.
For dessert, my sticky toffee pudding was well out together and presented and I had to do a three mile walk home to partially balance the calorie intake.

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ClaireD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love the Tav! Food was exceptional; we had a mixed bread board to start, followed by muscles and a burger and nothing disappointed. By far the best muscles I’ve eaten. We sat outside and it was delightful, the ambience was perfect and the seating was cosy. Staff are always lovely and welcoming. Can’t wait to pop back in

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JezA
Bath
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service welcoming and suitably attentive and food very enjoyable

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Mid2son
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience1

Dogs barking loudly insides spoiled the ambiance. Same last time. Inconiderate owners. Not keen to return

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WallaceP
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

With less tables for covid limited atmosphere and menu. A bit noisey

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MICK
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really nice, relaxing evening meal with excellent service, good food and good atmosphere.

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mattl
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little gastro pub. Sunday lunch was delicious.

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NicolaC
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wine! Great service and atmosphere.

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RachaelC
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and a delicious roast! The outdoor area is lovely on a sunny day and not too busy. Would definitely reccommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Under the current circumstances we had a very pleasant evening
Great food and friendly service

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AnitaT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep returning as we really appreciate how careful the masked staff are. And the food is delicious!

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SarahB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food, great atmosphere outside. Great service.

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jaker
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner, lovely pub with really nice garden.

Food was excellent, higher-end pub fare.

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hw71
London
48 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal - great choice of drinks including wines that we had had in Michelin starred restaurants and superb quality food - it might be a burger but how’s it’s done is delicious - if you want good food and good drinks with great service then this is the place for you

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BrianD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Marlborough Tavern was situated close to where we were staying on holiday and we visited it 3 times during our week as it was so good. Food is great quality and lovely selection. Also had a pinot origin rose wine each time which was perfect. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent garden and the food was very good. Service also very good with friendly staff willing to help with food and with finding a table in the garden.

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KLDE
Bath
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Have already recommended to others.

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PeterT
Bath
10 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Marlborough team have put together a splendid offering given the very difficult situation. The food is excellent and the staff superb; they deserve our full support as we try to return to normal.

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AdrianF
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely day so sat in the courtyard garden, fab. Service was attentive but not too much. Food was really tasty - we had scallops and the jerk chicken caesar. Wine by the glass and cask beer were excellent. Will be back for more of the wine list which looked excellent. Tad expensive but worth it for the quality.

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MrsH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Roast beef was nice, as were the vegetables and gravy, but the roast potatoes not great. They tasted like they had been cooked the day before and reheated in the microwave. It is a shame because the Sunday lunch used to be really good there.

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Ciaraglos
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Sunday Roast and thoroughly enjoyed it. Lovely food and great service. Social distancing was extremely well managed and I felt very safe and comfortable. Well done to all the staff and thank you for a delicious meal and very enjoyable and relaxing Sunday lunch

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vipTeapot
County Durham
14 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A top quality Gastropub with a lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. Delicious roast beef and lemon posset. Very good range of wines by the glass. Excellent value.

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