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“Just the right lunch” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Marlborough Tavern

Marlborough Tavern
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Ranked #22 of 563 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$25
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Soups, Gastropub
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Bath
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Just the right lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

I wanted a quiet lunch with my 86 year-old mum and the Marlborough served up trumps - lovely generous sandwiches, no loud music so we could chat comfortably and service was attentive and friendly without fuss. Great value - hope to visit again for dinner in the future.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Baydon
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food, great staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visited Bath to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary and were recommended this restaurant. We are certainly glad we visited, it is lovely and informal, the food was excellent and the staff were extremely friendly. The menu is small but you know everything on there is prepared with love with great attention to detail.
Can't recommend highly enough.

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1 Thank Oliver B
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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Hi Oliver B,

Hope you had a great anniversary weekend. Thank you so much for the great review.

Best Wishes

The Marlborough Tavern Team
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Rude & Confusing - We Felt Very Welcome”
1 of 5 bubbles 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".

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank leytonjay
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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review, 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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“Lovely sunny outdoor area,”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited June 2014
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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review, 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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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Great dining experience for a special occassion.”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank schwaina
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MarlboroughTav, Manager at Marlborough Tavern, responded to this review, 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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