Review: The Embankment, Bedford

Set along the picturesque Great Ouse, The Embankment in Bedford is the perfect place for a weekend of good food, good booze and a very good bubble bath.

The Embankment, Bedford

The imposing mock-Tudor building hugs the river bank and you can enjoy the view on hot day in one of the seats outside with a speciality Gin & Tonic from the bar’s extensive list.


When you start feeling peckish, nip to the restaurant for a feed. The menu is just the right length and offers a mix of comfort food – like steaks, gammon & egg and roast lamb – with exciting modern dishes such as Mojo chicken and edamame beans or lamb croquettes. The crispy camembert proved a crowd pleaser on our table, along with perfectly cooked rump steak with all the trimmings.


With a belly full you head up to your bedroom. The newly decorated suites are decadent and modern. There are touches of glamour sprinkled throughout the space, and an open-plan bathroom – complete with roll-top copper bath, which forcefully encourages a long soak with a glass of champagne in hand.


After a good night’s sleep in huge and luxuriously quilted bed, it’s time for a filling breakfast before popping in town for a bit of shopping.


If you visit this month, you can help donate to a great cause! Pub goers are being asked to put their change from buying a round – or any cash they can spare – towards Herds for Change, a project aimed at delivering vital and sustainable change in the Mara, Kenya.

The pub is aiming to raise the money to buy a breeding herd of bulls and cows for the Enonkishu community in the Mara, which will support the community and livelihoods of local families.     

It’s part of the work of the Peach Foundation, a non-profit organisation set up by the pub’s parent company Peach to help safeguard the long-term future of the Mara and its people, as well as support good causes closer to home.

6 The Embankment, Bedford MK40 3PD  |Tel:  01234 261332
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