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“Rude & Confusing - We Felt Very Welcome”
Review of Marlborough Tavern

Marlborough Tavern
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Ranked #33 of 587 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$25
Cuisines: British, Pub, Gastropub
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Good for: Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
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.
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.
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We walked in and seated ourselves (standard, this is a pub, surely?). I went over to the bar to hear the staff gossiping that my girlfriend had seated herself and someone tutted. Basically we were made to feel that this was a restaurant and we were not welcome for drinks, despite it being a pub, having no menus anywhere (least of all on tables) and there not being any kind of sign saying "Wait to be seated". When I said we might consider getting a sandwich I was simply told "We don't do sandwiches" - again, no one gave me or directed me to a menu, so I felt extremely wrong and unwelcome. We drank up and left as soon as possible, despite having come here specifically because the owner told me on twitter it was a "great pub for ales".

1  Thank leytonjay
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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2014

Hi Leytonjay,

There has been a breakdown in communication here which we are extremely apologetic for. Yes we are a pub, but we are a pub that was fully booked on the day of your visit. You should have been greeted at the door, which you weren't which has ultimately led to this review. We don't always hit our usual service standards and in your case we have come nowhere close.

Please accept our apologies and if you are ever back in the area drop in and let us make it up to you.

Kind regards

Kristian

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

We found this randomly walking down through bath, a great find, a bit out of the way which makes it more charming, very nice sunny outdoor area, big tables, attentive service, a cute local pub.

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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2014

Hi DavidF2011,

Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again.

Kind regards

The Marlborough Tavern team

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

We came here on Friday evening to celebrate our anniversary and weren't disappointed. We like real ales and the selection of three local (and different) brews were great. The food was delicious, well cooked and interesting. It is pricey here so we won't come here often but for another special occasion we certainly will return. It does get busy here so it is worth booking in advance. Service isn't speedy but this isn't a bad thing, it gives time for each amazing course to settle and at least you know that each course is being lovingly prepared.

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1  Thank schwaina
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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2014

Hi schwaina,

Thank you very much for the review. We're glad that you enjoyed the 'brews' and the lovingly prepared food. Next time you are celebrating something please keep us in mind.

All the best

The Marlborough Tavern team

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Just had a lovely meal-wasn't expecting it to be so good as it seemed to be just like a casual pub/bar. The pork was delicious and my son said it was the best fish and chips he has ever had!

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Thank Christine G
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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2014

Hi Christine G,

Glad we exceeded your expectations. Thank you for the review and come see us again soon.

Many thanks

The Marlborough Tavern Team

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

I've been to the Malborough Tavern a fair few times now and I've never been dissapointed. The food is delicious, there is a wide-ranging choice of booze and the staff are all really friendly. Would definitely recommend.

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Thank Sean H
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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2014

Hi Sean H,

Great to have you coming back to us and glad that you enjoy it. Thanks for the review and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind regards

Everyone at the Marlborough Tavern

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