The Duke of Marlborough
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
A traditional Cotswold stone hotel and restaurant near Blenheim Palace, The Duke of Marlborough has been in the same family for almost 20 years. The interior is cosy with a log fire for chilly evenings, and when we visited, the pub was bustling in anticipation of a sea shanty folk music evening. The owners pride themselves on their offering of home-cooked food, using local suppliers wherever possible, and they clearly have a loyal following. The Duke is proud to cater for everyone, and one of their specialities is an extensive gluten-free menu that boasts many of the same dishes as the main menu, as well as additional gluten-free desserts, beer and wine.
The seasonal menu also includes a good selection of vegetarian options. We appreciated the great choice of fi sh dishes including whole sea bream, homemade fish pie and traditional fish and chips. We plumped for whitebait served with lemon wedges and sautéed mushrooms in a garlic and cream sauce to start – both very tasty. These were followed by a crispy roasted half duck with orange and rosemary sauce, a portion not for the faint-hearted, and a rib-eye steak with brandy and peppercorn cream sauce, which was beautifully tender. For desserts we chose apple and blackberry crumble with custard, and a selection of excellent ice cream and sorbet. The Duke of Marlborough is an excellent traditional pub, and one that we’re sure to return to.