The Marlborough Tavern

4.6
1210 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1210 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WillS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, spotlessly clean premises. Great location just off the Royal Crescent.

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SamC
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’d give 10/5 for our meal and service if we could.. will would now make any future visits to Bath fall on a Sunday just to have a roast again!

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KathrynD
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely roast dinner and staff were very friendly and attentive.

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Phil
Bristol
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good restaurant standard food in a nice pub - for a pub I would rate the food as excellent. It is probably tending towards a bistro pub rather than a traditional pub in style and clientele.
The IPA was very good and well kept but a slightly wider range of real ale would be an improvement. Good range of other drinks and good coffee. I have been twice and will definitely come back.

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JodiTD
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend if you're looking for that pub atmosphere but with a menu that has that little extra. The food was incredible and the they accommodated our two small pups perfectly. We were also running late and they were so helpful in making sure we would get a table.

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DebraD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food with good service. Went on a Saturday lunch time and it was not too busy very chilled environment wound not hesitate to recommend

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Heather
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, with really good vegan options - the curry was amazing. The service was also excellent, can't fault anything

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vipTonyR
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening at the Tavern with excellent food and fantastic service. Scallops outstanding!

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Islingtonmum
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good lunch in a lovely location. Definitely low on staff, but those who were there were very good

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BeverleyE
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really lovely pub/restaurant. Staff were really polite & friendly.

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Rafaelad
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. It was a very pleasant evening.

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AnnamariaC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice and cozy venue ! Their Sunday roast is an other level

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RichardM
London
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, excellent service, a wonderful and friendly atmosphere

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RicDaRat
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Sunday Roast we've had in a long time! Friend was right to recommend, enjoy.

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PennyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious Sunday roast. Pub roasts are usually fairly bland with dreadful tasteless gravy but here everything was well seasoned and tasty. The beef was perfectly cooked, pink and juicy and the veg just right. Great house red wine and good cheeseboard. We ordered one to share and it was plenty. We love the Marlborough Tavern - friendly service, buzzy but not loud ambiance and always fab food.

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AshleyT
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A pleasant location for a Saturday lunch with fine food, good wine and excellent service.

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ElspethF
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We enjoyed our visit and were made very welcome by our waitress. The table was in a ventilated position, with 3" of open window nearby, but by the end of our meal the ventilation was very poor and the door was not open during our meal. I should have noticed and asked for this to happen.

My dish, spaghetti with prawns etc., came just as it was with no frills and a tomato sauce. The prawns were rather dry and overcooked - they did not seem fresh. The flavours were good, but I would not order this dish again. My friends all enjoyed their dishes: cod, chips for two of them and a curry for the third. We will come back, as we had a lovely time and the staff were very helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff were delightful and nothing was too much trouble plus the food is always excellent

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MCRLDN
London
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely outside area for a hot day. Great service despite being very busy.

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Carl
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Unhappy with the food, it used to be so good here. King Pawns were overcooked and tasteless and poorly presented. the vegetable sharing platter was just a dump of overcooked tasteless aubergine and courgette, even the pickles were dull, how do you get dull pickles! but the bread was nice as were the Pokora's.

would i recommend to a friend? not at the moment no

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Sweetie
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food at the Marlborough was very good. The garden is beautifully shaded against the hot sun. Service was excellent...staff efficient and friendly. Have recommended to friends.

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TomB
Bath
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a pleasant meal that didn’t take too long to turn up. Able to eat and chat with minimal interruption. A decent pub. I would consider going back.

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JenniferR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We arrived early for our booking so enjoyed a cocktail in the outdoor area. The staff were extremely helpful and the food was delicious. Would return on another trip to Bath.

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GillM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had mainly starters which were really good and sat out in the garden area but equally would have been as nice inside

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, and superb service all at a very reasonable price. Would highly recommend.

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NicolaW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Quick service. Really nice place to eat

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It My 2 friends and I had a lovely Sunday lunch ….. but being super critical I think the Icecream dessert should have had a wafer and it would of been nice to have a small biscuit with our coffees. Otherwise it was a great meal.

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RussP
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating and a covid safe environment. Service was excellent as wad the food and drink. A very reasonable price.

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EsteeJ
Bath
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue and brilliant staff. Food portions are large and meals are traditional pub food done to a high standard. Will definitely go back!

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JanR
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was quite nice - menu was short and designed to have something to appeal to everyone, but without much choice.
Acoustics around the bar were appalling - you couldn't hear when cocktails were being shaken, but they moved us to a quieter spot with good grace.

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londjc
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant gastropub in good, convenient location in Bath. Good food and lovely service.

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AlexS
Bath
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely as the sun was out and we got to sit in the garden. Staff were great - nothing was too much trouble

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Lis10
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent attentive service and very enjoyable, well-cooked food in a nice atmosphere. We would definitely go again.

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AmandaW
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great choices and food well cooked and presented, but slightly under seasoned. But would definitely return!!

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KateS
Bath
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food with brilliant service - the girls were so nice and super efficient without hassling you. Thank you.

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BobC
Bath
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, and excellent Piston Broke beer.

I didn't risk Fish and Chips this time because I don't like more batter than fish

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KatarzynaP
Bath
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and professional staff , beautiful garden . Were so lucky with Sunny weather so we had our lunch outdoor . Our starters ( duck breasts ) were absolutely delicious! We will come again to dinning with a such great atmosphere! You should be proud of your hard work !See you soon !

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OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really lovely pub and fantastic food. The desserts especially were very good. Would definitely return again next time we visit Bath.

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JJenks
Bath
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great visit with excellent food and drink from really nice and friendly staff

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Francine
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Sunday roast I’ve had in a very long while. Great service all round!

FAQs

The Marlborough Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1210 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 reservations at the moment.