Pub of the Week: The Marlborough

Posted 16 July 2021

This week we’re in our hometown, at the aptly named pub, ‘The Marlborough‘. Situated in this historic market town which comes steeped in a rich history – the hunting grounds of Henry VIII at Savernake Forest, Wolf Hall where his 3rd wife Jane Seymour’s family resided and a world famous highstreet known for being the widest in Europe – this bustling town has plenty to offer. The Marlborough, an independent 15th Century Coaching Inn sits perfectly on the hightstreet with classic old brick work, a large ‘tavern style’ front entrance and its very own coat of arms as its signage. As you enter, traditional and classic wood panelling, beam work and large brick fireplace arches tie in the history of the building with modern comfort. Every part of this pub’s décor has been carefully considered to reflect its heritage, as well as present day as modern art hang neatly on the walls and beautifully handwritten chalkboards fill the bar and reception area.

Which brings us to the bar. Here  you’ll find a variety of local ales which rotate, including our Ramsbury Gold which is a permanent fixture, craft lagers and ciders, with a vast range of spirits lining the backbar too. Our  Ramsbury gin and vodka feature as their house spirits, which complement the exquisite cocktail menu – ever changing to keep it fresh, not to mention delicious. If it’s wine you’d like, the extensive fine wine list is something to behold, with each bottle carefully selected and can be ordered by the glass, bottle or to be paired with your meal. The staff are quick, attentive and incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to drinks, so if you’d like a recommendation of what to try, they are more than happy to help!

Not only are its drinks superb, but The Marlborough is renowned for its exceptional food. Whether you choose to eat in the restaurant area, the bar or the large tiered garden, the food really is some of the best in town. The menu itself is crafted to reflect local, seasonal and fresh produces, focussing on perfectly executed classic pub dishes, as well as a list of specials. It teeters on the edge of fine-dining, but with a relaxed feel – this lends itself to be the perfect place for a special occasion evening dinner or a summer weekend lunch with friends.

To the rear, on any day, it is clear to see that this is a popular venue for locals and tourists alike. When we visited (much like when we always visit) the large garden was a hub of activity, with a range of families eating an early dinner, couples enjoying a bottle of rose, and groups of friends with various different pints in hand. This pub is absolutely full of life, a fantastic sight to see after such a long period of lockdown after lockdown. Lights are strung above to the light the courtyard when the sun fades, plenty of flowers and plants add to the greenery and the new chalet – a Cocktail Bar and Pizzeria – complete the setting. The Marlborough is a place of luxury, but most importantly a place to relax and enjoy the company of those around you. You’ll be wonderfully looked after, and if you fancy staying the night, is also complete with 5 boutique bedrooms. For more information visit https://themarlboroughgroup.co.uk/

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