Agreeable hostelry well placed for Bath’s best attractions
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
Open all year
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. The interior is contemporary yet retro, with an abundance of mismatched chairs, sturdy solid wood tables and scrubbed floorboards. 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 26 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 haddock with triple-cooked chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. The must-book Sunday lunches might include roasted Berkshire Boar belly of pork with crackling, apple sauce and all the trimmings.