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River Room Restaurant at Bedford Swan Hotel

The Embankment, 1 High Street, Bedford, MK40 1RW +44 1234584098

((()* British
Main course: £15
Food spend: £30

Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was lovely and the staff were very friendly and had a good sense of humour.

Linda Mitchell 19 November 2016
from Bedford

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Boasting 2 AA Rosettes, River Room Restaurant at Bedford Swan Hotel serves traditional English recipes in a stunning 1794 building with a multimillion pound refurbishment. On Bedford’s embankment, views of River Ouse can be enjoyed from the pretty al fresco garden.

The River Room menu changes with the seasons, playing host to the freshest ingredients in the local area. The vegetarian options are tempting, with spinach, nutmeg and chestnut parcels served alongside dressed potatoes and peppery rocket. Classic sausage and mash with tasty onion gravy features award-winning Jay Bettsworth sausages. A steak menu offers meat exclusively from Cumbrian farms, while the creative dessert list brings red wine-poached pear with an innovative chocolate and basil sauce.

As part of Bedford’s most historic hotel, River Room restaurant has maintained a beautiful classic interior, with a regal feel oozing from stone walls, red and gold upholstery and dark wooden features. The garden presents a striking stone fountain and cushiony furniture.

River Room Restaurant in Bedford hosts regular events, like a seasonal beer festival with cask ales, cider and entertainment. The River Room at Bedford Swan Hotel in Bedfordshire is a 6-minute drive from Bedford Rail Station.

River Room Restaurant at Bedford Swan Hotel

The Embankment, 1 High Street, Bedford, MK40 1RW

Contact +44 1234346565
Reservations +44 1234584098

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Customer reviews for River Room Restaurant at Bedford Swan Hotel

3.7 ((()* (based on 85 reviews)
80% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (59)
  • dinner (21)
  • lunch (20)
  • views (20)
  • luxury (13)
  • value (12)
  • private dining (10)
  • large parties (9)
  • romantic (8)
  • al fresco (7)
  • breakfast (7)
  • business (6)
  • entertainment (4)
  • child friendly (1)
  • (((** 28 November 2016 by Andrea Thompson from Cambridge

    The food was lovely, it was a nice feature taking home what we couldn't manage to eat in the foil swan!
    The booking was easy, I booked online and received an email immediately confirming my booking which was reassuring.
    The service however, we'd say was pretty disappointing. We felt staff were not attentive. Whenever we wanted something we had to call for the waitress, and often for long periods of time they were nowhere to be seen. We waited 20 minutes after we finished our sandwiches before finding someone who could bring more tea. One pot of Jasmine tea never arrived,
    We would recommend afternoon tea at the Swan, as I'm pretty sure the service we received would not be typical.

  • ((((( 19 November 2016 by Linda Mitchell from Bedford

    Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was lovely and the staff were very friendly and had a good sense of humour.

  • ((((( 17 November 2016 by Graham Wiseman from Swan Hotel Bedford

    We had a great afternoon tea. The service was excellent and our friends from Australia were overwhelmed by the experience. They really did not expect such a treat and thought the place and food was amazing. The staff were really helpful too. Thank you

  • (**** 1 November 2016 by Ivana Beddall from Bedford

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  • (((** 30 October 2016 by Rosie Hopkins from Kettering

    Good selection of sandwich fillings friendly staff overall a good experience

  • ((((* 26 October 2016 by Helen Endersby-wood from Bedford

    Good atmosphere and service as expected. Menu selection and quality of food very good.

  • ((((* 24 October 2016 by Jill Thorburn from Bedford

    Lovely food but very slow service

  • ((((( 17 October 2016 by Julie Brotheridge from Bedford

    Very elegant, table beautiful laid, lovely silver cutlery, excellent tentative service, sandwiches and cakes absolutely delicious, and warm fresh scones delightful

  • (**** 15 October 2016 by Mackayla Lawrence from Pulloxhill

    Our afternoon tea experience was very poor. We had one person who required a gluten free menu, which was stated in advance when booked on line. When her sandwiches came out 3 of the 5 had extremely hard bread like cardboard. We sent them back and waited for 15 mins for replacements. By that time everyone else had finished their sandwiches and tea so we asked a waiter to not bother with the sandwiches and just bring the scones/cakes.
    The sandwiches arrived a few minutes later. We then told the waitress we did not want them now and please just bring the scones and cakes.
    The gluten free option for this was satisfactory with warm scones and a selection of cakes. The rest of us not so much. The menu advertised two types of scones, butter and fruit but we did not have any fruit scones. The butter scones that we did have were hard and not very appetising. We also did not have any speciality cupcakes as the menu said.
    We did complain about the gluten free sandwiches and received a 50% discount on that.

  • (**** 12 October 2016 by Andrew Green from BEDFORD

    Arrived on time,a lady showed us to our table and gave us the Sunday lunch menu and that was it! Despite asking one of the staff if we could order we were totally ignored! We sat there for over 20 mins without even being asked what we would like to drink. Needless to say we got up and left, one of the girls saw us leaving and tried to apologise, funny they never noticed us before!

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