The Embankment Pub with rooms in Bedford, Bedfordshire

Prices from:
£95 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Striking Victorian riverside pub
  • Revamped with style by Peach Pubs
  • Super alfresco terrace with river views
  • Seasonal all-day menu
  • Great rooms; best overlook the Ouse

Sticky FingersGood for WalkingClose to WaterVisit a Stately Pile90 Minutes from LondonNo Car NeededPrivate Dining

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Overview

The Embankment Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3PD

The personal touch

The iconic black and white Victorian hotel dates from 1891 and stands proudly on the banks of the River Ouse in the heart of Bedford. Peach Pubs have transformed the place, successfully renovating it to reflect its late Victorian hey-day and creating a vibrant pub with rooms. On sunny days you can quaff local Bombardier or tuck into fresh seasonal dishes on the terrace as swans drift by and rowers skull in unison on the river. Inside, Victorian stuffiness has been replaced with a lively local and business crowd who fill the bar for the beer, small-batch gins and the pub’s Union coffee blend sold by the bag! Surrounded by pale grey walls and panelling, there a nod to the Victorian era with tiled fireplaces, comfy button backed chairs, velvet sofas and an eclectic mix of stools and tables. Fish-related paintings and large picture windows overlooking the river are always a reminder of its watery location. There’s a cosy dining room with petrol blue walls and a larger, elegant restaurant with wooden floors, green botanical wallpaper and open fireplace – perfect place for parties and celebrations. Upstairs some of the 20 rooms have views of the Ouse but the terrace outside is still the best spot for a sundowner at this flagship on the river.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome and can be accommodated overnight by arrangement. Smaller or simplified versions of the dishes on the fresh, seasonal menu are available for children.

Muddy paws

There are bowls and treats for furry friends who are allowed in the bar and outside on the terrace. No dogs allowed in the rooms.

Alfresco

The stunning terrace, a sun trap in summer, runs the length of the pub and overlooks the River Ouse and park beyond.

What’s the damage?

20 doubles/twin (4 with river views): £95 – £125. Family rooms from £135

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining rooms (seat 20 & 50)

Disabled access to bar, restaurant and one bedroom

Parking – limited spaces on a first come, first served basis; metered parking along the Embankment

 

Sleep

The Embankment Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3PD

Do not disturb

With high ceilings and Victorian proportions the rooms are airy and calm, decorated in soft blues and greys, with colorful fabric headboards, crisp white linen and comfy sofas. Each room has an individual touch, from the antique guilt-framed mirrors, to retro angle-poise lamps or bright coloured pottery. All have flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, quality teas and Union coffee as standard. The bathrooms are special and sparkling with a range of high quality toiletries, fluffy towels, bathrobes and some with fabulous brass roll-top baths. Some premium rooms also have an honesty bar and stunning river views. Ground floor rooms in an adjoining Victorian cottage have full wheelchair access for guests. But the river always has its pull and strolling beside the Ouse, by the boathouses and over little bridges, is the perfect end to the day, before falling into bed.

What’s the damage?

20 doubles/twin (4 with river views): £95 – £125. Family rooms from £135

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining rooms (seat 20 & 50)

Disabled access to bar, restaurant and one bedroom

Parking – limited spaces on a first come, first served basis; metered parking along the Embankment

 

Eat & Drink

The Embankment Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3PD

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5.50-£7.50; Main Courses: £13.50-£27.75; Desserts £5.75-£7.75; set menu £14 Monday to Friday)

Head chef Jon Aylard is passionate about fresh, seasonal and quality ingredients sourced from around Britain, from Wye Valley asparagus to Yorkshire rhubarb, seafood delivered daily from Brixham day boats and Cornish lamb, and his menus reflect this. Inside or outside by the river, the shared fish deli platters are a great way to kick off a meal, brimming with breaded whitebait with chilli mayonnaise, poached salmon and watercress, smoked mackerel pate and Devon crab cakes with tomato salsa, best accompanied by chilled glass of Picpoul. Expect good vegetarian options to follow, perhaps sweet potato lasagne with Jalapeno salsa and for the more traditional, succulent pork rib-eye, creamed peas, charred baby gem & smoked bacon gravy, washed down with a pint of Bombardier. Puddings include peanut butter iced parfait with chocolate sauce, although cheese lovers will enjoy nibbling on organic Cropwell Bishop, one of several British cheeses served on the excellent cheese platter.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7am – 11.30am (from 7.30am Saturday & Sunday)

Food all day: 12 noon – 10pm

Time at the bar

7am – 11pm (7.30am – 12 midnight Saturday; 7.30am – 11pm Sunday)

What’s the damage?

20 doubles/twin (4 with river views): £95 – £125. Family rooms from £135

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining rooms (seat 20 & 50)

Disabled access to bar, restaurant and one bedroom

Parking – limited spaces on a first come, first served basis; metered parking along the Embankment

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Embankment

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Embankment

Activities

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Located on The Embankment, which runs parallel with the river in Bedford. Following the A6 into Bedford, once over the bridge, take first turning right onto The Embankment and the pub is on your left

By Rail: Bedford train station is within walking distance with regular services from London (King’s Cross)

Address:

6 The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3PD

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