The Marquess Tavern
The Marquess has always had great potential (fantastic space with a vaulted ceiling in the back) but in recent years it seems to have been suffering an identity crisis. It made it clear some years ago it was not a 'pub' - ie you cannot just go for a drink at the bar - as it was focussing on food. This worked - sort of - but having just been there for the first time in months it appears the menu has now been (overly) simplified too. Go, if you want a quiet chilled environment in a beautiful building, but a relatively average meal.
Sunday lunch was excellent - would definitely recommend!
Pleasant atmosphere and food, though the range of kids options was very limited, and there was no menu at all.
Great Food, lovely cosy surroundings and a good selection of wine & beer.
very friendly staff and made to feel very welcomed.
Best pub in London. Such a beautiful looking pub. Food is delicious, staff are so lovely and it’s also dog friendly win win 😁❤️🐶
Nice and relaxed - great sunday roast, limited options if veggie or vegan. nice ambience, and wine list too
Very enjoyable family Sunday lunch. Portions are generous and food good. It is a wonderful building, beautifully decorated and with homely touches like board games. The welcome is always very friendly.
One minor quibble: I was served a pint of bitter which was well past its best. Changed for something else without any quibble - but no alternative bitter on tap. It would be great to have a second bitter more generally available.
Reasons NOT to go to this pub for a meal
1. The only time anyone came to our table was to take an order for the main and desert - not once were we asked how the food was or if we needed any extra water, drinks or accompaniment
2. When we wanted extra drinks or accompaniments one of us had to ask at bar
3. Arrived at 130 and at 3.10 asked for two double expressos and told we could not order them as the table had a two hour time limit. We still had 20 mins.
4. Went to the bar and mentioned this and told they need 20 mins to turnaround the table. It’s a bare wooden table with a paper napkin and cutlery.
5. The Sunday roast was tasteless thin pieces of beef
6. The Sunday roast lacked gravy
7. The Yorkshire pudding and potatoes were dry and cold
8. Asked for mustard and given English (no other choice) and it was congealed and only one teaspoon left in the dirty jar. After waiting 15 mins for someone to walk past that worked there had to ask at the bar for a clean and new jar.
9. Every time we wanted anything had to ask at bar due to lack of service
10. Ordered the desert and the Elton Mess was dry and the meringue was so hard it was inedible
11. The cheapest glass of large wine is £8 and not great
12. Bill arrived and given the wrong one so had to be given two and pay twice. They gave us a bill from another table.
13. £33.40 per person and refused a coffee with 20 minutes to go.
What a terrible experience.
Lovely food, lovely atmosphere, lovely staff. A real treat.
Amazing food, atmosphere and love the eccentricity is the place. Total must visit
Food is traditional, not super adventurous, but very well done and very tasty. The staff are friendly and efficient. We had a post Christmas lunch which was excellent, portions are huge, even too much for some.
Great drinks selection (but this is a pub!) with a varied wine list including some quite affordable good wines.
Not our first visit, and won’t be our last. There are fewer and fewer pubs like this with good food not at hipster yummy mummy prices.
Friendly pub in a quiet setting by the New River. Good menu and drink, with a decent range of beers. The Marquess is particularly good for young children and dogs because it's welcoming and quite big. Recommended for family groups.
Great atmosphere, with a distinct look and feel across all three rooms. Excellent, varied menu, with good vegetarian and vegan options. The staff was also very mindful of dietary requirements, as well as being friendly, helpful and attentive. Would highly recommend the Marquess Tavern, especially for groups.
Lovely staff and ambience. Hearty pub food with some good veggie options. Overall a really nice experience
Really great and accommodating staff,, when I forgot to tell them we had a new born baby and massive buggy with us!!!
The staff were great,, sooo attentive at taking our order!
Great service, will go back !!!!
The roast was very well cooked and not too heavy at all. The atmosphere felt very festive and the seating was incredibly comfortable and relaxing. Despite the restaurant getting gradually more busy throughout our meal, I never felt pressure from the staff for us to hurry and finish our leisurely lunch. The prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food and think I will be making this my local Sunday roast venue.
We got beef Sunday roast and loved it, all delicious, good portions and very tasty! Attentive service. We will definitely come back!
Such a cosy little pub, tucked away in Islington. We only discovered it a week or so ago and we weren't disappointed when we returned for food. Warm, ambient, friendly staff, delicious food and a very reasonable price. We're going back for the Christmas menu!
I ordered a tofu pad thai, the pasta was not cooked enough, there were only a few pieces of tofu in it, maybe 3, which did not feel enough for the dish. I have had the same meal there previously and it was a lot better before.
We ordered pudding which was forgotten about.
Staff are friendly and nice, ambiance is lovely.
I alwauys recommend it. Only issue this time was that the sunshine beamed directly on to my face so was a bit sweaty unfortunately, but dinner still great!
Always good and reliable food and services, one of our favourite neighbourhood pubs for Sunday roasts.
I always love going to the Marquess. The ambiance is great and the food is always a winner. Anytime we have friends in town this is the place to take them for a pub lunch. Slightly disappointed that one of the staff demanded that we be seated to make way for her. It's a pub, so I was a little surprised. Once seated she was fine. Wouldn't stop me from going again and again, was just a little taken aback.
The atmosphere and general ambience is great. Lovely, homely place. We ate at 5pm on a Sunday, the roast potatoes were hard and the meat quite fatty. I didn't feel it was good value for money. If you want to go somewhere with great decor and a relaxing feel then this is the place to go, but not if you're going for a good culinary experience.
Good food and nice pub. Service was so-so and the staff a little grumpy but partly because they were quite busy at the time. Overall a pleasant experience.
The pub is very nice, clean and the staff very friendly and helpful.
The food was good but we all found the meat (we all had Sunday roast) very fatty and left most of it, unfortunately.
Excellent food, drinks, service and setting as always.
great gasttropub with lovely food, quiet & green location off the beaten track, and very helpful and friendly staff - highly recommended!
The staff were really nice the pub is really nicely decorated however the food was not up to the same standard. The meat was tough the gravy was watery and the roast potatoes were so over cooked.
This is a quirky pub with eclectic furniture, nestled in a lovely spot in green Islington. The lunch menu is vast, with offerings ranging from Thai street food to traditional roasts. One does wonder how the kitchen manages to cater such options.
The roast itself is good, not quite very good, but good. The large Yorkshire pudding with which contains the rest of the meal is a novel, if calorific, feature. The meat was well cooked and potatoes were good.
The real shocker is the dessert offering of ice cream. Whilst the Sticky Toffee Pudding was £6.50 (and included a scoop of ice cream), the pub offers three scoops of ice cream for £7.50. That is an absolute travesty. That's almost half the price of the roast. Considering that it takes around 11 seconds to serve ice cream, I am at a loss to why it is so expensive.
Perhaps I have missed the point and the ice cream itself is made by nuns in the foothills of mount Tibidabo using milk from virginal cows - but for me - bad choice.
Won't be coming back. It's a shame really as I love ice cream.
Excellent service and lovely food in this smartly decorated pub. Quiet inside as everyone was outside enjoying the summer evening! Really enjoyed my pulled pork burger on brioche but I still find the wine by the glass a bit pricey in London pubs. I guess it is London!
Best roast in London with fantastic service. Could not ask for more
Is a quiet elegant place with very nice ambience and positive vibe. The food is decent and service very kind, willing but a bit slow in our case. Nevertheless it was a nice experience but not something memorable. Would I go again? Maybe.. not sure. Would I recommend it? I would say yes. Is very good for families,for relaxed drinks with some ok appetisers and okish main dishes
Lovely setting and really friendly staff - food was lovely and would definitely recommend 👍🏼
The service and the staff were outstanding, can not fault! The food was good but I would expect to be able to order the meet to ones liking. The quality of the meet was good but both the beef and lamb were over cooked. Also, the portions were huge - personally prefer a more refined plate. Overall was good though, would be happy to return.
It was a lovely pub can’t believe I’ve never found it before. We tend to use canonbury towers more.. but this was great... food nice but quiet expensive
Overpriced based on portion sizes. Seared tuna starter was good but minute. The swordfish salad was £17 for a very small piece of fish on a very basic salad. Fish & chips were pretty good.
An excellent meal served with care and attention in the back garden, which was warm and peaceful. A very happy experience!
Went to the Marquess Tavern for the first time in many years. They used to do beautiful cuts of pink beef to share for Sunday roasts. Now they serve roast beef served in a giant Yorkshire pudding which makes the presentation of the roast look awful and also sucks up all the gravy leaving you with none left on the plate. Veggies were well cooked and roasties were pretty good. My friend had the so called King of Roasts at a very pricey £23. Beef, lamb and chicken. The beef and lamb were just indistinguishable brown meat that he couldn't tell the difference between before tasting. All meats were thinly sliced and fatty. Assume they were thinly sliced to ensure they weren't too tough as they were overcooked. I can't really see the point of the giant Yorkshires. Just a gimmick. I can't imagine many people finishing half of one. We had to ask for extra gravy as a result and this took asking 3 times to get (and then they charge you an extra £1 for it) . Two starters we had were nice, the Lincolnshire Poacher croquettes and squid. I was told the sticky toffee pudding was good. Nice beer and wine and we had a lovely little booth in the corner which was good for the kids. They both liked their tomato pasta dishes and there were nice options for kids (not on the menu). However, I won't be back and couldn't recommend to anyone unless they get rid of Giant Yorkshires and learn to roast beef and lamb properly. I understand that Sunday roasts are probably the hardest meal to get ride in large quantities but for the prices here (roast lamb £17 and roast beef £18/19) they should be doing a lot better.
Lovely place, especially for pre game roasts, good food, wine and ambience!
Nice dinner. Family friendly. Menu could do with an update
OpenTable ダイナー219名によるThe Marquess Tavernの評価は4.4☆です。