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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

Very nice afternoon tea

Maxine Pickering 04 October 2016
from Cambridge

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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 78 reviews)
79% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (53)
  • dinner (19)
  • lunch (18)
  • views (17)
  • luxury (11)
  • private dining (10)
  • value (10)
  • large parties (8)
  • romantic (7)
  • al fresco (6)
  • breakfast (6)
  • business (5)
  • entertainment (3)
  • child friendly (1)
  • ((((( by from Bedford

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

  • (**** by 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.

  • (**** by 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!

  • ((((* by from Shefford

    Afternoon tea

  • ((((* by from Cambridge

    Very nice afternoon tea

  • ((((( by from Bedford

    Pleasant staff

  • ((((( by from Bedford

    It was a fantastic afternoon! Lovely choice of food, which was all delicious!

  • ((((* by from Bedford

    Everything was beautiful. Caring efficient staff, wonderful food and a relaxing environment.

  • ((((( by from Bedford

    We had afternoon tea in the lounge area, beautifully done, good service, lovely choice of cakes. Scones were warm and delicious. Really enjoyed it, thank you.

  • ((((( by from Bedford

    This was the first time we had had afternoon tea and we were very pleased with the food and the service.

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