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 parsnip hash browns with parsnip crisps and wild mushrooms cooked in honey and soy, followed by Cornish wild venison loin and crispy shoulder, paired with truffle mash, pear purée, parsnip crisps and red wine sauce. Desserts are similarly tempting, with options such as rich chocolate fondant with pistachios, chocolate soil and salted caramel ice cream. 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 fresh coffee from 9am throughout the week, making it an ideal spot for an early meeting or a quiet hour or so 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.