The Marlborough Tavern
“Agreeable hostelry well placed for Bath’s best attractions”
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.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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