The Marlborough Tavern

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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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NeilM
London
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Visited from out of town and enjoyed a really impressive veggie curry, and fish and chips (lovely chunk fish, great crispy chips and proper mushy peas).

Warmly welcomed, good vibe with a mixed crowd, we went back the next day for drinks.

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simonC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gteat place

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chriss
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our memory of Marlborough Tavern has always been excellent, however having not visited for a while, we were on this occasion a little disappointed.

The food was average. For example, the pastry on the Spring Rolls was stodgy and the Lamb Burger was fine but nothing more and expensive for what it was.

We have always thoroughly enjoyed the our previous visits, but this time the food was not as good as we remember.

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vipsimonr
London
144 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since the Chequers shut in Bath this is our go-to gastro boozer. And what a beautiful walk to get there round the Crescent!

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food with great value for money

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StuartB
Bath
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Fish and chips was poor - fish was tasteless and a very thin piece
Veg Curry was very mild and uninspiring
Burger was good
Considering this is a 'sister' pub to Hare & Hounds, the food falls a long way behind

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable, friendly environment, and a varied menu including both pub standards and "new" cuisine. We enjoyed the vegetarian Indian curry and the wild mushroom risotto, as well as the local ciders.

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AbramR
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

We love the pub, its a great local, the staff are fantastic, but the food has been very low quality recently, and poor value for money. Our last meal has made me not want to eat there again.

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TrondJ
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, relaxing atmosphere. Dog friendly, what more can you ask for!

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Karina
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and the service was very good. I particularly liked the pakora starter.

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LaurenceE
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I'm definitely giving 5 stars. But with a couple of comments (hopefully constructive). After two visits in 3 days, both times the delicious oxcheek balls were definitely not in the shape of a croquette, nor hot in the middle (hence the need for the shape of a croquette). And the seafood mixed grill was perfectly cooked, but £22 for 2 very small bits of fish and one delicious scallop was a bit punchy. If I could have paid £27 for double, I would have been gushing right now, and you still would have made good profit.
Definitely coming back. Hoping to see how my GF yorkshire pudding recipe is being used

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icejunky
Bath
19 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place - they SO deserve the Bath Award (again?). The food is always consistent.

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vipsimonr
London
144 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We must have booked this place about 20 times by now. Which should tell you all you need to know.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Felt the food was okay but not where it has been on previous visits. Restaurant had a couple of raucous tables in, not the fault of the restaurant but still a bit of a pain nonetheless.

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SarahS
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly, good food and service. Tables well spaced and attractive place

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DanielB
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, high quality gastro pub food, great friendly service

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JoelM
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff and great service. Highly recommended!!!

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SueG
Bath
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were greeted warmly arriving early for our meal on a very wet day. Our food was good, we liked the atmosphere and background music which was quiet enough to make conversation easy, we had an enjoyable evening. Only minuses were the draught of every time the door was opened and the loos which were a bit grubby.

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GaryU
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely pub, great food & dog friendly throughout

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KrisR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Charles Dickens ate here!! Truly lovely ambiance...food was great-get the pudding...might be best dessert ever.

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Henry
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were really looked after here and, at short notice, they gave us our first Valentine’s meal, serving up Prosecco to begin with.

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Sassy
Gloucestershire
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was great, highly recommend for lunch or dinner

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EmilyO
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a cosy table for two by the fire. Food was really good, as it always is! Great wine selection and wait staff were attentive but not overbearing. Would highly recommend

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vipsimonr
London
144 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily our favourite pub for lunch in Bath

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DamianS
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really easy to book a table online, and someone called to confirm the next morning. Service was excellent throughout. Food was delicious and filling. Could not fault!

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JadeR
Bath
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food (especially the “proper chips”) staff are really friendly and attentive & the place has a lovely cosy feel. Would definitely recommended!

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DeniseT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Marlborough has been a go to for us over the years we have visited Bath and we have never yet been let down by them. This time was with a group for Sunday lunch and they dealt with various food issues patiently as well as juggling numbers twice in advance! Always a pleasure.

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AnitaT
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, discreet efficient very friendly service, and best of all could have a conversation with my guests.

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DebraC
Bath
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely pub, lovely food service could be better, location is great

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SaaB
London
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Gorgeous Sunday roast. Food and service was great. We'll definitely be back.

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vipTeresaR
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was lovely. The only small complaint was that my husband had the roast chicken. The meat he had on his plate was such a small portion. Only comparing to other Sunday roast dinners that we have received. The Yorkshire pudding however was huge so if they can reduce the size of that and put a bit more meat on the plate then that would take the food to an excellent. Thanks

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SearchingAuthentic
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

We regularly have family celebrations here and just love it. Sunday lunch is fantastic and the service great. However, on this last visit this Sunday for a 17th birthday treat, all our food (except the non roast choice) was served cold! It was, of course, replaced though inevitably we ended up eating after one of the party had finished. The meal was missing cauli cheese that was billed on the menu, we asked we where this was and the waitress churlishly told us it would be 'underneath' - it wasn't so we again asked for it and this time it was served separately. Two of us ordered cheese following the main course and this came without one of the 3 billed cheeses ... For the most part the staff were great at sorting, particularly our main waitress and the man who sorted out the missing stuff but I have to say it certainly marred the 17th birthday. Teenage kids really find it uncomfortable when their parents 'complaining'.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food!

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Angelchris
Bath
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service. Very high standard as usual. So good we’ve booked for February.

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VickyG
Bath
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful attentive staff serving top class fish& chips.

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FelixK
Bath
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming here for years and have never had a bad experience - the food and service is always great.

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vipTeapot
County Durham
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious traditional roasts, succulent beef with all the trimmings. I prefer my gravy served separately and I am not a fan of spiced red cabbage with beef - hence my score of 4 rather than 5 stars.

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SophiaD
Bath
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice food and a good atmosphere. The service was friendly and helpful. Would go there again.

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Libby
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to the Marlborough. Nice to have good service that isn't intrusive. We all really enjoyed our food and it was very reasonable for Bath. Pleasantly warm, enough space between tables to offer some privacy and no unpleasant noise from sound bouncing off hard surfaces.

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Helen
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed our visit. Food was great and it was really relaxing. The sticky toffee pudding was delicious

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