The Marlborough Tavern

4.6
1262 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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1262 People Are Saying
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BelfastAnn
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Most of our meal was deep fat fried and not very nice.

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SimonB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Booked on-line for a wedding anniversary. Expected it to be quiet as a Monday lunchtime, but was almost deserted inside (a few people outside). Staff didn't refer to the booking being for a wedding anniversary (had put this on the booking comments, so expected a passing comment at least). Table service was ok, nothing special. Unfortunately the food was disappointing compared to previous visits, ingredients were good - just not done very well, and overpriced because of this. I hope this was a one-off and the team will do better next time.
Would go in for a drink before eating there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic roast, great service and lovely atmosphere. Thank you!

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Ardmore
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose this restaurant as it was dog friendly but the humans were all extremely impressed. The menu had so many delicious options and we were all delighted with our choices.

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chrissieh
Bath
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

If you want to read a full review about my dining experience, please go to Trip Advisor as I am a regular contributor.

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denisef
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food definitely Michelin Guide standard. Lovely relaxed unfussy atmosphere. Dog friendly (we only saw 3 well behaved ones.)
Not overpriced. Very good service. Clean and attractive. Well spaced seating with lighted garden also. Large wine selection. 9/10

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GreigF
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic meal - really recommend visiting Marlborough Tavern. Make sure you try the squid starter too - best squid we’ve had in a long time. Really grateful for non-alcoholic cocktail options that aren’t just juice too!

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PeteM
London
80 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The menu was a little narrow so we'd expect a specials board but there wasn't one. My partner loves fish and there was only fried fish 'n' chips or one grilled option. That all said the food was tasty and cooked well (I had steak, rare).

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Will
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Prompt service, good pub menu, would definitely go back again.

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Zappakat
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Sunday lunch was decent but not worth the money. 2 slices of beef and some veg but no mash. Just puree sweet potato.

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vipTeapot
County Durham
19 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined fairly often at the Marlborough Tavern but have not managed a visit since they reopened after refurbishment. This lovely pub looks fresh and smart but has not lost its character. We thought that the cooking (always good) had gone up another notch. Excellent starters of cauliflower pakora and terrine. The roasts (pork, chicken and beef were sampled) were first rate, delicious accompaniments and superior gravy. The Yorkshires were 10/10 and we have sampled many. Divine sticky toffee pudding. The only blemish was the vegan version of lemon posset which didn’t work for me. I hope the traditional lemon posset might reappear on the menu one day soon. Prompt and friendly service and excellent wines by the glass/ bottle. Can’t wait to return.

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Crystal
London
80 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There were 7 of us and we all raved about the food. Everything was outstanding - even the chips and dressing on the salad. Good, friendly service too. My only issue with the evening was that it was quite noisy and hard to chat with everyone around the table. It would be better with a smaller group.

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Bentens
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten at a lot of places over the past week whilst travelling around the UK and so far this has been the best overall! The food was incredible and the service was amazing! The waitress was so on the ball, the second a glass was empty she was straight over to take the order. We have a 5 month old working cocker spaniel and his needs were thoroughly catered for. Cannot recommend highly enough! We will be back!

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Stuckbetweenbathandhome
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely atmosphere, and the children’s portions were particularly generous.

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OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a great location with excellent service - thank you! Highly recommended.

MW
MaiyaWignall95
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was 3 people and we shared a meat board for a starter and the selection of meats were so tasty and there was something for everyobe, we then ordered lamb chops, beef steak and sea bream for mains, and the food was fresh hot and delicious when it arrived. There was no waiting in between courses the service was excellent from all the staff who were friendly, accommodating and polite so overall very happy and would come again on my next visit to Bath.

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TimP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fab pub off the beaten track that I definitely recommend - just minutes from the centre. Lovely interiors & great outside terrace. The food was simply stunning - best Sirloin Steak in a long time. Great atmosphere & very friendly & attentive staff. Thank you all !

Tim

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TimN
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times but never for Sunday Roast . It tasted just like home cooking . Superb .

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely Sunday roast, even at 7pm was still fresh and they hadn’t run out of anything which I love. Service was a little slow at times but they were very busy.

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AngelaN
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent roast dinner and good sized portions. Friendly service and value for money.

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chrish
Bath
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

service was poor (which they did acknowledge) but staff charming!
food nice, but not as good as was expecting! butcombe beer and
ambiance perfect!

JM
JackM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great roast, will 100% be coming back. The staff were really friendly and welcoming.

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SarahN
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Sunday lunch. Two of us had the chicken and two of us had the pork belly. Would have liked to have seen a bigger helping of veg, but overall the food was hot, tasty and very nice. Fabulous chocolate brownie for pudding. I think we were on a time limit for the table but didn't feel we were rushed. Would come back again!

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MichelleT
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food good value excellent choice of real ales & the staff were excellent

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Jess
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. Food and service was wonderful.

DB
DavidB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a selection of starters to share. 3 prawns arrived. There were two of us. Would happily have paid extra for 4.
Otherwise amazing, though a little quiet. It was a Tuesday lunch though.

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A2B1
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Slow service, overpriced, took over an hour to get main courses and bugs everywhere.

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OpenTable Diner
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, prompt service! Fantastic food and a lovely atmosphere, which was helped with Dogs being allowed inside 🐶

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AlexC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding Sunday roast with friendly and attentive service in a lovely setting.

CD
CarolineD
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food just around the corner from Royal Crescent. We visited on a Sunday and had the roast beef dinner which was delicious. Booking is essential as it was busy!

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EmmaW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Lovely food, fab garden.

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Wrtp
Bath
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent and service was quite good. General noise level was not good.

CG
CharysG
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from friendly and attentive staff. The food was delicious and the wine list was extensive which is great.

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Marmaduke
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have always enjoyed the Marlborough. Interesting dishes and the usual favourites. Service was good although you still can’t go to the bar yourself. I hope that will come back soon . Hale dish was scrummy. Pudding menu a bit predictable.
Good atmosphere inside and out.

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Mert
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was incredible! Food, ambience, and service 10/10

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AshleyT
Devon
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ll presented tasty, good food and very good service

NC
NicolaC
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Efficient service from friendly staff. Good menu and excellent food and drinks.

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AnnG
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We met at 1.15 and I left at 3.15 and the pudding arrived at 3.0. Very slow service!

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FamilyDinner
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lovely pub with a nice atmosphere. Drinks were well made and the service was ok.
It took quite a while for our food to arrive which was a little frustrating as we had our children with us. They forgot parts of our drinks order and whilst we arrived early for our booking and they told us our table wasn’t ready, the table we eventually ate at had been empty before we sat down at it for a while, this was frustrating as we had our hungry kids with us.
We had ordered a plain burger for one of our kids and whilst the waitress had taken the order correctly, the kitchen didn’t follow our requests. This meant that our youngest didn’t eat it. They offered to cook another burger but we’d waited a while for the first one so didn’t want to risk another long wait.
Our adult food was ok; steak and chips. Chips were just about cooked and not plentiful.
The waitress took off our sons burger from the bill that was a kind gesture but for a pub with rave reviews we did come away disappointed.

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sallyc
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The staff were lovely, the place is lovely and clean.
We ordered our food and drinks at
7-45, the drinks arrived promptly the starter came 15 minutes later we ate this and then nothing, we waited and waited and at 8-45 I had to ask where the rest of our meal was it turned up at our table 9
This isn’t good enough,we wasn’t the only ones who asked. The young man who came to speak to us was apologetic and said they had been doing the outside covers, it’s not the sort of service I expected when the place had been recommended to us .
We didn’t really enjoy it as we’d had to wait so long .

FAQs

The Marlborough Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1262 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.