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Agreeable hostelry well placed for Bath’s best attractions

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Dog friendly

Just round the corner from the famous Royal Crescent, this 18th-century pub once refreshed foot-weary sedan-chair carriers. Today’s clientele is more likely to need a break from the rigours of traipsing around Bath’s shops, for which the Marlborough is handily placed. At the rear is a walled and trellised courtyard terrace, a secluded little spot that’s ideal for whiling away a warm summer’s evening. Butcombe and Box Steam Brewery’s Piston Broke are the prime ales dispensed in the spotless bar; the wine selection comprising 30 sold by the glass offers something for everyone. The lunch menu pleases too by not straying far from popular and traditional pub classics, such as beer battered fish of the day with triple-cooked chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. The must-book Sunday lunches might include roasted belly of pork with crackling, apple sauce and all the trimmings.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 9am–11pm (Bookings only 25 December)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday 12–3, Sunday 12–4
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6–9.30, Sunday 6–9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Butcombe Bitter, Box Steam Piston Broke
  • Real ciders: Symonds, Honey's Midford Cider

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

200 metres from west end of Royal Crescent.

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