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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

Afternoon tea. The service was good but sorry to say the foreign waiter was unable to speak or understand English. The waitress/s were more accommodating.

Anna Kiely 13 February 2017
from Lower Stondon

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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

3.8 ((((* (based on 92 reviews)
81% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (64)
  • dinner (23)
  • lunch (23)
  • views (23)
  • luxury (15)
  • value (14)
  • private dining (13)
  • large parties (11)
  • romantic (10)
  • al fresco (9)
  • breakfast (9)
  • business (8)
  • entertainment (6)
  • child friendly (3)
  • trendy (2)
  • ((((( 13 February 2017 by Margaret Moisey from Bedford

    Enjoyed a relaxed afternoon tea in the coy Lounge.

  • ((((* 13 February 2017 by Anna Kiely from Lower Stondon

    Afternoon tea. The service was good but sorry to say the foreign waiter was unable to speak or understand English. The waitress/s were more accommodating.

  • ((((( 29 January 2017 by Carol Gooch from Bedford

    Booking was easy, service was good, food was yummy, over all a lovely experience

  • ((((( 15 January 2017 by Edward Roberts from Bedford

    The quality,taste and selection of sandwiches was excellent as were the scones,cakes and variety of drinks.The staff were very attentive and obliging without being "in your face".

  • ((((* 9 January 2017 by Catherine Skinner from Luton

    My meal was excellent, but my Husbands beef was though ... and we had a loud mouth Australian or South Africa near us which was most off putting , when your out for a nice leisurely peaceful meal .

  • ((((* 5 January 2017 by Jean Saunders from Bedford

    Found the staff very helpful nothing too much trouble catered for our choices of sandwiches. Did not think the cakes were as nice as the last time we came.but overall very nice

  • (((** 8 December 2016 by nokey from Bedford

    4 of us recently enjoyed Afternoon Tea here - the food and drink provided were perfectly acceptable but the ambience was not. We were seated at the foot of the staircase in what amounted to a passageway from the rear entrance to Reception with a constant procession of guests dragging suitcases etc. in and out. Another guest walked through in a bathrobe on her way to the spa - and the smell of chlorine from the spa overwhelmed our table - the self-closing door to the spa was very slow to close, thus allowing the odour of chlorine and sound of rushing water to escape into the lounge.

    Our table was actually a long, low box with no room to put our feet and we had to sit sideways on a not very comfortable narrow settle.

    At this time of the afternoon (3.15pm) when lunch service is finished and dinner a long way off, surely 3 or 4 tables could be prepared in the River Side Restaurant for pre-booked Afternoon Tea parties - the tables could be furnished with perhaps a small posy of flowers and the view across the river would make the experience much more pleasurable.

  • (((** 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

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