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River Room Restaurant at Bedford Swan Hotel

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

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

Very good food. Service was quick and very friendly. Recommend.

Darren Gladden 09 July 2017
from Ipswich

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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
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Customer reviews for River Room Restaurant at Bedford Swan Hotel

3.7 ((()* (based on 107 reviews)
79% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (73)
  • views (30)
  • dinner (27)
  • lunch (27)
  • value (17)
  • luxury (16)
  • private dining (16)
  • large parties (13)
  • romantic (13)
  • al fresco (11)
  • breakfast (11)
  • business (10)
  • entertainment (8)
  • child friendly (7)
  • trendy (3)
  • (((** 9 August 2017 by Pauline Sharp from Bromham Bedford

    We were shown to a room that seemed pleasant enough then we were moved to another room {by the river) we were the only people in there and the room looked like it had been half laid up for another function and was not a very welcoming room faded carpets etc. The food was very tasty except for the cup cakes which were still partly frozen. The waitress that served us was very pleasant and helpful she was the only good feature of the afternoon tea.

  • ((((( 9 July 2017 by Darren Gladden from Ipswich

    Very good food. Service was quick and very friendly. Recommend.

  • ((((( 30 June 2017 by Layne Hankin from Bedford

    I was so pleased with the whole experience of my afternoon tea. The staff were amazing, the food was super amazing. They have different floor levels for those who cant do stairs, but they also have a stair lift, How amazing is that in such an old building. Read about it all on their webpage, far too much to to write on here. Brilliant. I would recommend The Swan Hotel for a great afternoon Tea.

  • ((((( 25 June 2017 by Rupinder Judge from bedford

    Excellent in every way

  • ((((* 11 June 2017 by John Burlison from Sandy

    The Restaurant is situated, as the name suggests, near the river. Service was excellent. We were a little surprised to have the sandwiches brought on plates rather than together with the cakes etc on a stand, as with all the previous afternoon teas we've had. Sandwiches were fresh and the scones and cakes excellent. Could finish all the cakes, so they kindly wrapped them in a swan-like wrapper (the Hotel is the Swan).

  • ((*** 30 May 2017 by Elena Keys from Bedford

    I booked the "traditional afternoon tea" as a special treat to my friend who wanted to experience the famous tea at the Swan.
    My friend and I liked attentive service and ambience. Oolong tea and warm scones were nice and tasty. However, we were disappointed with a choice of cakes and "sweet treats and signature cupcakes". In fact the cakes looked that they were picked from a discounted supermarket shelf. I really hoped for better selection of cakes made by leading pasteurisers at the Swan. Unfortunately, the cake selection was extremely overpriced for the things we got yesterday.

  • ((*** 9 May 2017 by Jono Harrison from Biggleswade

    The afternoon tea was excellent but service was poor.

  • (((** 3 May 2017 by Miranda Smythe from Lidlington

    First waitress was incredibly rude...we turned up on time and we were greeted with such a negative attitude including her raising her eyes to heaven and a sulky "I'll have to set a table up for you"...which was puzzling as we had booked in advance and a table should have been ready set. We nearly turned around and left, but as it was my birthday outing, we stuck with it.
    The waitress disappeared and we were then served by delightful staff. The tea was very nice. Fresh sandwiches and some pleasant cakes. I have definitely had better teas, but it was a fun afternoon. I was pleased that we had not let the first member of staff spoil it for us.

  • ((((* 16 April 2017 by Sue Bralant from Bedford

    Beautiful surroundings and amazing food. Great children's options would definitely return

  • ((((* 16 April 2017 by Janet Baker from Flitwick

    Great sandwiches for Afternoon Tea. Nice ambience.

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