Located a stone’s throw from the Royal Crescent, The Marlborough Tavern is a charming establishment that combines the atmosphere of a local pub with the food offering of a top restaurant, making it a firm favourite with locals and visitors to Bath alike.
The menu is essentially British in character and uses local produce to create great-tasting, inventive dishes in which the quality of the produce speaks for itself. The pub has held two AA rosettes for good food since 2009, and features in both The Good Food Guide and The Michelin Guide. You might find yourself enjoying a starter of goat’s cheese with honey, truffle, shallot purée, braised beetroot, and figs, followed by pan-fried hake, smoked haddock chowder, sautéed courgettes, samphire and crispy Parma ham. Desserts are similarly tempting, with options such as assiette of chocolate with blackberry purée and a hazelnut tuile. The Marlborough Tavern doesn’t shy away from its pub heritage, though, and there’s a selection of hearty pub classics available too, including a 6oz Ruby Red beefburger with fries, and beer-battered fish and chips.
Sundays are especially busy, with groups of friends and families enjoying the friendly pub ambience and legendary roasts. The pub also offers toast and fresh coffee from 9am throughout the week, making it an ideal spot for an early meeting or an hour of blissful solitude with the morning papers.
The Marlborough Tavern’s reputation for good food is matched by the service, which is friendly and attentive without ever being intrusive or pretentious.
The wine list is extensive, as is the selection of local ale. Outside, The Marlborough boasts what is arguably Bath’s finest pub garden – a walled courtyard space that’s just perfect for summertime lunching and drinking with good friends. For summer diners wishing to walk off their lunch or dinner, the entrance to Royal Victoria Park is just a few steps from the door.