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Marlborough Tavern

#19 of 463 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
British, Pub, Gastropub
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35 Marlborough Buildings, Bath BA1 2LY, England
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.
+44 1225 423731
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Situated around the corner from The Royal Crescent, The Marlborough Tavern...
Situated around the corner from The Royal Crescent, The Marlborough Tavern combines the atmosphere of a local pub with the quality of a top restaurant. Two AA rosettes, a horde of local & national awards plus inclusions in The Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide bear testimony to their consistent delivery of high quality cooking. They have a clear approach to food ���find the best and freshest ingredients and to create great tasting, essentially simple dishes where the quality of the produce speaks for itself. Married to that is a passion for inventiveness that sees the menu constantly changing. Food is essentially ��� though not slavishly ��� English in character and takes advantage of locally sourced produce wherever possible. The lunchtime menu features a range of lighter dishes and sharing plates plus some traditional pub classics - and the Sunday roasts are legendary. Their food reputation is matched by their service ��� always friendly and attentive without being intrusive. They have an extensive wine list and selection of local ales, and they can mix a mean cocktail too. Outside they boast what is arguably Bath���s finest pub garden; a walled courtyard space, it���s perfect for summertime lunching and drinking.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Much better than it looks!

A fairly unprepossessing building from the outside and a very minimalist, scrubbed table look to the interior. But the food is great and with a reasonable range of wines and beers. Good value too!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
RonP365
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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641 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

A fairly unprepossessing building from the outside and a very minimalist, scrubbed table look to the interior. But the food is great and with a reasonable range of wines and beers. Good value too!

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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review

Hi RonP365, Many thanks for the kind words. Its always nice to hear when someone calls our food great. Look forward to seeing you again. The Marlborough Tavern Team More 

UK
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The staff were lovely-very warm and welcoming and were kind to my 86 Mum who has limited mobility. It has a nice welcoming and buzzy feel. They offer more expensive dishes along with pub classics so you can be quite informal. We had the duck which was cooked perfectly-nice and pink but Mum' s was slightly more cooked and she... More 

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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review

Hi WebsterUK, Glad you and your mum enjoyed your evening. Thank you for the review and if you are ever back in the arewe would love to see you again. Kind regards The Marlborough Tavern Team More 

cheltenham
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We had Sunday lunch in this nice pub for my husbands birthday. We had a warm and friendly welcome. The pub had a chilled out vibe with lots of families occupying tables and customers with various dogs. The service was extremely efficient. The food was tasty. My roast pork was slightly dry.... Apart from that it was delicious. Would definitely... More 

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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Janiechelt, Thank you so much for the kind words and great review. If you ever want to come back and give our roast pork another try let us know. Kind regards The Marlborough Tavern Team More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We arrived very early evening not having booked. Immediately a friendly waiter said he had one table we could have have for a couple of hours and all the staff here were most welcoming. My partner and I both opted for fish dishes and both were beautifully cooked. The choices on the menu are good and there are specials on... More 

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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Mary-marc E, I really hope you enjoyed your stay in Bath and especially glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Thank you so much for the great review. If you find yourself back this way please drop us a line and let us look after you again. Kind regards The Marlborough Tavern Team More 

Bath, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We booked and our table was ready waiting for us on our arrival. We were served with great food, nice wine and lager all with excellent service - all in all a great evening out.

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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Charles 1580, Thank you so much for the kind words. Looking forward to your return visit. Kind regards The Marlborough Tavern team More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Having eaten a superb meal at The Chequers only 2 nights previously, we thought we would try its sister pub, The Marlborough Tavern. What a difference a 5 minute walk can make! This pub was severely disappointing. Whilst we we were seated quickly and served promptly, the waitress was totally disinterested in us. The food was also nowhere near as... More 

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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review

Hi HolibobReviews, I can only apologise for your experience here at the Tav. The service side is something we work so hard on and I can assure you that your comments will be actioned (they already have and the whole team has been briefed). The food side we are looking into. There should be nothing bone like at all in... More 

Bath,UK
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Sunday lunch: Roast beef £15.50. Chocolate Brownie £6.50. Plus of course a 10% service charge, so roast beef is actually £17 inclusive of service. Our table wasn’t ready so we had a drink at the bar – this was of course put on a tab so it attracted 10 % service. Pre service cost of a small prosecco with a... More 

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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Pylesy, Thank you very much for reconsidering your original review it is greatly appreciated. Your feedback and comments will be actioned and as per my previous response the highlights still remain the same. Service charge will no longer be added to large parties. Previously we only added service charge to parties of 6 people. This will stop with immediate... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We're in Bath on a regular basis and have discovered the Malborough Tavern to be a real treat. Never once have we had a duff meal and the service is always friendly and welcoming. Even when we haven't booked they try their best to find us a table. The food is delicious and beautifully presented and I wholly recommend this... More 

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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Lynn G, Thank you so much for the great review. It's really appreciated. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Many thanks The Marlborough Tavern team More 

Bath, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My husband and I popped in to the Tavern at short notice last Sunday, and luckily, they were able to fit us in ( a reservation hadn't shown up). Both of us had a roast (I had the veg nut roast while he had a meat option), which were excellent. The nut roast has hazelnuts and pistachios in it (I've... More 

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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Val M, So glad we could get you a table and its great to hear how much you enjoyed the nut roasts. Look forward to seeing you again soon. The Marlborough Tavern team More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

What a blissful place to eat - delicious and well-thought through food, classy - yet comfortable - surroundings and lovely staff, who are attentive and friendly, and only seem to be there when you need them. Can't fault the Marlborough Tavern one bit.

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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Mark B, Thank you very much for the great review. We are open everyday you know and I'm sure we could come to some arrangement!! Thanks again and we all really appreciate the kind words. Kind regards The Marlborough Tavern team More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35 Marlborough Buildings, Bath BA1 2LY, England
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Bath
  • Phone Number: +44 1225 423731

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 25
  • Cuisine: British, Pub, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions

Description

Situated around the corner from The Royal Crescent, The Marlborough Tavern combines the atmosphere of a local pub with the quality of a top restaurant. Two AA rosettes, a horde of local & national awards plus inclusions in The Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide bear testimony to their consistent delivery of high quality cooking. They have a clear approach to food ���find the best and freshest ingredients and to create great tasting, essentially simple dishes where the quality of the produce speaks for itself. Married to that is a passion for inventiveness that sees the menu constantly changing. Food is essentially ��� though not slavishly ��� English in character and takes advantage of locally sourced produce wherever possible. The lunchtime menu features a range of lighter dishes and sharing plates plus some traditional pub classics - and the Sunday roasts are legendary. Their food reputation is matched by their service ��� always friendly and attentive without being intrusive. They have an extensive wine list and selection of local ales, and they can mix a mean cocktail too. Outside they boast what is arguably Bath���s finest pub garden; a walled courtyard space, it���s perfect for summertime lunching and drinking.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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