The Marlborough Tavern

4.4
584 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, English, Beer Garden
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, Saturday: 12:30pm - 2:45pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm,
Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
01225 423731
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Dan Edwards
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Private Party Facilities
We're a popular choice for groups organising special parties and functions. Our extensive experience of hosting private parties means you can rest assured it will all go smoothly. Whilst there is no separate function room, part or all the the pub can be made available as required.
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Private Party Contact
Fabia Selwood-Miller: 01225 423731
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Area
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Parking Details
There is unrestricted street parking surrounding the pub after 6pm and on Sundays. Nearby Royal Victoria Park has plenty of parking and is a 2 min walk away from the pub.
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Public Transit
Bath Spa rail station is a short taxi drive away (5 mins) or a pleasant 20 min walk. A City Sightseeing bus stop is directly outside the pub.
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Special Events & Promotions
We hold lots of regular foodie events. Call 01225 482682 or visit www.marlborough-tavern.com for more info
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Wine
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JD
2.0
Dined on 15 July 2018

The Marlborough has a very nice garden/seating area, although customers have to ferry everything out from the bar themselves. I was given a large (uncleaned and sticky) tray loaded with wine glasses, ice, wine and wine cooler plus water glasses, a jug of water and a pot with cutlery; no one offered to help me, even though they weren't particularly busy.
An octopus starter with crab & wasabi was so saturated with wasabi it was inedible, although the manager did come and apologise by way of a free glass of wine.
Our main courses arrived before we'd finished our starters so we had to clear the plates ourselves, although the fish and chips were good.
We were with a friend who has just moved to the area, and in the past the Marlborough has always been a good reliable local place to eat, but we were slightly disappointed on Sunday evening.

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OT
Dorset
4.0
Dined on 12 July 2018

Lovely pub with a good atmosphere. Varied menu with quite a few vegetarian options - the quinoa and black bean burger was excellent.
Service perhaps a little slow due to the pub being busy however the staff were great.

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PW
1.0
Dined on 8 July 2018

This was the worst Sunday roast I have ever had in a restaurant. The vegetables weren't cooked, the table not laid properly, the service painfully slow and sloppy and the pub noisy and unwelcoming. The meal was overpriced. Do not go there - almoat anywhere else would be better.

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MA
3.0
Dined on 2 July 2018

Went for a holiday evening meal. But new menu different to the one advertised. Not much suitable. Both picked a burger mine was good but my wife's had a small piece of bone in it. To be fair staff very apologetic was offered an alternative . But nothing suited the diatary requirements so was given a full refund. No where else near to dine .

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C
5.0
Dined on 24 June 2018

Came to the Marlborough Tavern for Sunday lunch - the food was great! Everyone was really happy with it and we'll definitely consider coming again.

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JC
Bath
5.0
Dined on 23 June 2018

Good old MT - never disappoints. Beer garden for drinks was buzzing then came indoors for food & quite chit chat. Food & service excellent - easy, casual early-evening supper - just the job!

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RG
2.0
Dined on 17 June 2018

Pre-booked a high chair. Arrived and none available. Had to eat with 14month old on lap. Poor service, nobody checked on how our food was. Staff not very pleasant towards us. Feel like we wasted a lot of money on a stressful meal

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JP
3.0
Dined on 14 June 2018

Disappointing food. Rather bland and lacking in flavour or finesse. Limited menu and difficult to choose starters/ first courses to compliment each other. Just not for us.

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SL
London
5.0
Dined on 9 June 2018

Great food and friendly staff. Had a long wait for our dessert but they rectified it by taking it off our bill.

Though I was a little disaapointed that when booking i mentioned it was my wife's birthday and no effort was made to make that little extra special.

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DR
Yorkshire
5.0
Dined on 9 June 2018

The garden is a delight and they cater for winter as well with individual heaters. When we arrived the pub was absolutely packed and the staff were literally running to keep up. However they still made time to look after us, with lots of personal touches and thoughtfulness. Service was excellent and quick. Food was delicious. They know what they are doing and are doing it well, a great team. Will be back, thank you.

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R
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on 3 June 2018

We went for Sunday Roast. It did not disappoint and will

Go back again when in London next

We ,are an open table reservation however and didn’t get our points!

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JB
London
5.0
Dined on 3 June 2018

Excellent experience. Great food, fantastic with our (occasionally messy) children, and generally excelled in service. The Sunday Roast was fantastic and was served quickly. Childrens portions were big!

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NB
Bristol
5.0
Dined on 3 June 2018

Very good Sunday Lunch with a good varied menu. Great choice of beer and wine and great service

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P
5.0
Dined on 27 May 2018

Love love love The Matlborough Tavern . Never had a bad meal or service, decor gorgeous gardem amazing!! Just ♡♡♡ it!

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RD
London
4.0
Dined on 27 May 2018

Relaxing, chilled option near Bath's famous Royal Crescent. Friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the local beer & cider selection as well as the Sunday Roasts. Great outdoor seating area.

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m
London
4.0
Dined on 19 May 2018

Food was better this time than when we've been before but with the exception of my husband's meal which featured cod's cheek which he said was unpleasant. The service was very slow initially and one starter was missed out so came late. Wine and other service fine. Not reliable enough to recommend but as we live locally we will keep trying it from time to time.

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CR
4.0
Dined on 13 May 2018

Lovely lunch. Bit pricey but typical of Sunday lunch prices in Bath

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BD
3.0
Dined on 13 May 2018

Wife & I went for Sunday lunch. The food and service were both good.
I would hesitate to recommend this place to a beer lover as the staff don't appear to be well enough trained to handle real ales. A couple of examples; first drink I had was slightly cloudy and definitely "on the turn". This shows that the person who served it either didn't care or didn't know what it should look like. As another example; they serve short measures!

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DH
London
4.0
Dined on 7 May 2018

Booked for Bank Holiday Monday and not disappointed. Food quality very good as was presentation. Would definitely return.

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CY
4.0
Dined on 6 May 2018

Classy pub with delicious food, close enough to centre of Bath but away from the hustle and bustle. We live in Bath and can honestly recommend Marlborough Tavern as a quality restaurant frequented by the locals.

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TS
5.0
Dined on 4 May 2018

Very pleasant dinning. Some of the best tasting food in a long time. Highly recommend

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AT
4.0
Dined on 28 April 2018

Great menu - plenty that I would have happily chosen. Busy and lively atmosphere, but service was quick and attentive. Food tasted fantastic. All good!

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HC
Bath
3.0
Dined on 21 April 2018

gorgeous tasty food, but the acoustics with a large noisy table made conversation almost impossible

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MF
London
4.0
Dined on 21 April 2018

We all really enjoyed our burgers, both the meat and chickpea.

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RK
3.0
Dined on 14 April 2018

This ambience in this pub is really lovely for quiet conversation. Food was really excellent apart from the chips. The wine was awful, have an ale instead.

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AP
3.0
Dined on 14 April 2018

Bit mixed. Two of the mains were sold out, so there was limited choice. They were quite busy, so service was a little slow, especially at first, but got better later.

Overall, OK but not brilliant and lack of choice was a shame.

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D
2.0
Dined on 12 April 2018

Disappointing. Last visit was a couple of years ago and food options and food fantastic. This time limited and food OK but nothing to write home about. Burger rather overcooked. All meals OK only. Wine excellent. Staff lovely

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w
London
5.0
Dined on 8 April 2018

Best vegetarian Sunday lunch in restaurant or pub ever. Consistent quality. Lovely range of well prepared veg. Great, friendly service. Make occasional visitors feel welcome whereas some gastropubs are very 'clichly'.

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A
4.0
Dined on 7 April 2018

The Marlborough is a lovely place, the ambiance is perfect for a cosey meal for two or larger parties. The decor is modern and relaxed but also has a rustic feel. The service was very good and the taste and presentation of the food is excellent. My only criticism was the portion size, I had a rump steak and it was very small.. I think this needs considering somewhat but overall I had a lovely night
Andrea

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LC
5.0
Dined on 3 April 2018

Welcoming staff, excellent service and great food and wine, The Marlborough has become a firm favourite.

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CK
5.0
Dined on 2 April 2018

Really prompt attentive service. Fab food and not too dear! Wonderful x

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SA
Bath
5.0
Dined on 1 April 2018

Fantastic Easter lunch, thank you everything was perfect.

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LE
5.0
Dined on 1 April 2018

We love the Marlborough Tavern! Literally one of the best roasts I’ve ever had. The second visit was equally as good as the first. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable but also not in your face. Drink selection is excellent. Portions large so very good value for top quality food. We will be back many many times. Amazing food with slick service and great wines. You simply must go! Well done Marlborough Tavern. 20/10

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NM
5.0
Dined on 25 March 2018

Very good Sunday lunch with mates . Nice wine list and beers . Very good food . Lovely starters , squid for 2!and salmon with pickles veg both excellent and imaginative . The roasts were sensational my chicken , also the beef and pork others had . Great veg and then good puds . It is very difficult to make Sunday roast a memorable meal but they did . I would recommend this to anyone .

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JD
Bath
3.0
Dined on 23 March 2018

We went on a special offer, so it was good value for the price, (but I might not have thought so if we'd paid full price). I was a little disappointed with my choice of main meal from the new lunch menu because I didn't feel it matched the menu description. The description was 'mackerel fillet with warm potato salad and watercress', but what came was a (rather small I thought) mackerel fillet with sauteed potatoes and two very tiny sprigs of watercress - a garnish in fact. I wished I'd chosen the mussels which my husband had (or the salt and pepper squid)!
The dessert was more substantial - a generous slice of toffee cake, with cream and toffee sauce - but more sauce would have been nice (there was only about a spoonful).
Hope this feedback is helpful!

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OT
5.0
Dined on 23 March 2018

Excellent friendly and efficient service despite pub being very busy. Good choice of food and high quality. Pub atmosphere rather than restaurant- which was just what we wanted. Very dog friendly too.
We will return.

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SC
London
4.0
Dined on 20 March 2018

We went to try the new lunch menu, tempted by a special offer that made it very good value, and the fact that the Marlborough is close and dog-friendly (why isn't that on the list of attractions above? It's a biggie!)

Our smoked mackerel starter was very nice (though potatoes were under-seasoned). However, while my partner's burger was pretty good and came with exceptional chips, my pan-fried chilli lime chicken with salad - chosen as a healthy option - was distinctly underwhelming. It was basically a few pieces of bland, hardly lime-flavoured fried chicken with just two lettuce leaves and three halved cherry tomatoes on a slice of dry toast, with some tiny slivers of tasteless red chilli scattered around the plate! There wasn't even any dressing on the so-called salad I'd ordered it for! It wasn't worth complaining about but I certainly wouldn't recommend it at full price.

However, all was redeemed by a sensational orange polenta cake and creme brulee dessert with citrus sorbet. Divine! Added to that, the place is classy, the atmosphere was good, and the service was professional and friendly.

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OT
3.0
Dined on 20 March 2018

Acceptable for quick lunch bite - but not exciting. Chips seemed like they had been around for a while & then refried. Not great. Vegetable sharing platter not great value for £14.

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L
Bath
3.0
Dined on 20 March 2018

We visited on the introduction of new lunch menu, we had a voucher for half price lunch.
It therefore was very good value but not sure would return sadly, the young lady serving us was very sullen and a bit frosty :(
The food was ok but we were not blown away, portions small and would say light lunches.
We visited over Christmas with a party of 8 in the evening and found service and atmosphere lacking again and food average, this was not a discounted time.
Good friendly service goes a long way to a successful meal.

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SJ
4.0
Dined on 11 March 2018

Visited as a group of 8 for mothers day. It was quite busy and initially given a table to seat 6 - it did extend but we had to ask, no way 8 adults would of fit round it otherwise.

Food was good, although too much gravy for my liking. Also good that it wasn't a specific mothers day menu with hiked prices, but just the normal Sunday lunch menu.

Atmosphere was good and the decor nice and cosy.

Would recommend.

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