103 Locksbrook Road, Bath. BA1 3EN. 01225 427119
Invited along to try the main menu, we arrived at the Locksbrook Inn, on a freezing cold Tuesday. At 6pm the bar was buzzing, and we had a drink to take to the atmosphere and wait for our table.
We were greeted by Helen who showed us to our table, in the dining room out the back, with views onto the outdoor patio and river.
There is a Starter and Bar Snack menu to choose from, we opted for the Scotch Egg with HP sauce (£4.50) and the Potted Crab with Apple and Toast (£8).
Whilst waiting we chatted to Suzie the Manager, and it was clear how proud of the pub she is. Our starters arrived promptly, and we tucked in. The Scotch Egg was lovely and warm, with a slight gooey yolk, complimented perfectly by the tart brown sauce. The Potted Crab was soft and smooth, and delicious with the toast and slices of apple.
For the Main Course we went for Confit Duck Leg (£17.50) and Hake with New Potatoes (£17).
The duck was beautifully soft and fell away from the bone. The crispy skin and delicate fried onions on the top were fantastic, a great compliment to the softness of the cassoulet it was served with. The hake was light, and perfectly pan fried, served with caper beurre noisette, buttered kale and new potatoes. Both meals were perfect for a cold winter’s evening, and the portions were generous.
Although full, we decided on Sorbet (£4.50 for 3 scoops) and the Lemon Tart (£5). The sorbet packed a punch (in a good way), zingy lemon, tart raspberry and refreshing mango – a lovely combination. The Lemon Tart was fabulous, warm, with a caramelized crisp top, and served with Chantilly cream and raspberry coulis. The name lemon tart really did not do this dish justice as it was so much more!
Although tucked away, just a 15 minute walk from town will lead you to the Locksbrook Inn and it’s certainly worth the trip. There are parking spaces out the front, and if you cycle or walk you can travel along the towpath and take the scenic route. There are theme/special events most nights, including Meat Free Monday, Quiz night on a Tuesday, Steak Night on a Wednesday, Wine Night on Thursday! Open from 8.30am seven days a week for tea, coffee, smoothies and breakfast, they stay open until 11pm Mon-Thurs, and Midnight on Fri-Sat, 10.30pm on Sunday. In the summer there is a large outdoor patio area, perfect for al fresco dining!
35 Marlborough Buildings, Bath BA1 2LY. 01225 423731
On a dreary Wednesday night, we walked across town to sample the menu at the Marlborough Tavern. A stone's throw from the Royal Crescent, the Marlborough is easy to find and just a short walk from town.
We arrived at 6pm, and it was already busy. The after work drinks crowd were in, and food was being served, making for a warm atmosphere. Jordan showed us to our table and talked us through the menu, making sure we felt welcome. A really mouthwatering menu, as usual it was a tough choice. Whilst deciding, Callum the manager chatted with us and took our drinks order. We opted for Ox Cheek Croquettes (£8.50) and the Goats Cheese Salad (£8).
The croquettes were light and crisp, served with gorgonzola aioli and charred baby leeks. The flavours were delicious, and perfect for a cold winter's evening. The goats cheese salad was a delight, the pomegranate and basil cut through the goats cheese perfectly and the flavours of the baba ganoush completed the dish perfectly.
Onto the main course, we decided on Roasted Sea Bream Fillet (£21.50) and the Fish & Chips (£14.50).
The Sea Bream was served with green onion mash, tender stem broccoli and a brown shrimp and cockle bisque. The flavours were stunning, the bisque was rich and moreish, the fish light and crisp. Definitely a dish we will order again. The classic Fish & Chips was served with mushy peas and tartare sauce. Light crisp ale batter around flaky white cod was delicious, and the hand cut chips were spot on. So often this dish can go so wrong, but not here. It was perfect.
Although full, we looked at the dessert menu and just had to order as two of our favourites were on there. Sticky Toffee Pudding (£7) and Lemon Posset (£7).
The Sticky Toffee Pudding was served warm, with salted caramel ice cream, toffee sauce and honeycomb pieces. It was super tasty and a firm favourite. The Lemon Posset was delicate in flavour and very rich. The berry compot complimented it beautifully, cutting through the creaminess and adding an extra depth of flavour. The lemon shortbread was a great accompaniment, and tasted incredible.
In summary, we really enjoyed our evening at the Marlborough Tavern. The staff were great (also a shout out thank you to Caitlin), and the service was fast and efficient. The menu includes specials and pub classics, offering Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options as well. You can sit outside even on a cold day or evening as they have outdoor heaters by many of the benches, in fact we sat outside in February last year on a sunny snowy Saturday. Thank you MT for hosting us, we will be back soon!
Husband & Wife living in Bath for over 20 years. All views are our own although we do get freebies along the way, which we will always tell you about.