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The Embankment

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European, British, Pub, Gastropub
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No 6, The Embankment, Bedford MK40 3PD, England
01234261332
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Today
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Embankment is an imposing mock-Tudor pub with rooms in the heart of...
The Embankment is an imposing mock-Tudor pub with rooms in the heart of Bedford. The clue to our location is in the name! We sit right in the middle of Bedford's beautifully-landscaped Embankment, with wonderful views out over the River Great Ouse, the boathouses and all the hustle and bustle of life on the river.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 108
    Excellent
  • 133
    Very good
  • 74
    Average
  • 48
    Poor
  • 22
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Disappointing

We came here a few weeks ago for a birthday tea at about 5pm. The decor is really nice, feels contemporary yet friendly and welcoming. The gins were excellent! Then it kind of went down hill. Service was terribly patchy. The waitress seemed very harassed and despite there being plenty of staff... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
ReviewerII
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Watford
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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385 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bedford, United Kingdom
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

14 work colleagues went for dinner on Thursday to The Embankment and left vowing never to return. The evening had been booked weeks in advance and a set menu circulated. We were sat down in the lovely dining room and orders were taken. To start I ordered the kedgeree, what arrived was a very tasty haddock risotto but not kedgeree.... More 

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Watford
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147 reviews 147 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We came here a few weeks ago for a birthday tea at about 5pm. The decor is really nice, feels contemporary yet friendly and welcoming. The gins were excellent! Then it kind of went down hill. Service was terribly patchy. The waitress seemed very harassed and despite there being plenty of staff milling about, she and what I think was... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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175 reviews 175 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visited here on a short business trip to Bedford. The menu was very average and the specials of the day we're all burgers. Decided to have the Cumberland Sausage and Mash. Overcooked sausage and a tiny bit of mash improved only by the very nice Eagle IPA. The staff were friendly and it was pretty empty so it was quiet... More 

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Bedford UK
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This place has had a couple of management changes since I last ate here. Saturday evening service was good The food was tasty enough but portions were small and the prices too high for what you get. £3.75 for a small dish of boiled potatoes. As a previous reviewer pointed out there are other places in Bedford which are far... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Menu was uninspiring and appeared overly expensive for what was on offer. Provenance of the ingredients was laid on just a bit too thickly. When the food arrived it was OK but nothing special and one of our party had to send her meal back because the salmon was not cooked through. Throughout the time we were there, staff seemed... More 

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woburn
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

we visited the embankment on a saturday morning.the place is in a great location five minutes from town,and by the river.the staff were friendly,we were shown to are table given a menu,we opted for the full english,[it didn't tell you what was included so we had to ask] the breakfast was very tasty,good quality, the only i didn't like was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I visited twice in three days as I booked for my birthday on March 13th and the Sunday myself and my family visited for Mother's day. First of all, loving the new look. On my birthday we were given the quiet table I requested, however the restaurant grew very hot very quickly, my friend found it very uncomfortable. The food... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Came in to find only a set mother's day menu on offer, chose the lamb option. Starter was the best part of the meal, being smoked salmon and a bit of horseradish cream, but served in a bowl which was a little offputting. Main was lamb, which I can only describe as very tough to cut, lying in a bowl... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Poor, really :/ Menu was choice of 3 roasts, pork beef or lamb, cod with gnocchi or a risotto. None of those really appealed but that could be just me. Thought oh well can't really go wrong with a roast. I ordered well done beef, rest if part had pork and lamb. When the food arrived it was very unattractive.... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Yes it was Mothers day but I can find no justification for charging £6.40 for a port and lemonade and £5 for a wine spritzer. 2 adults and a child all 2 course meals - £56 but three drinks (a soft drink in addition to the above) and a coffee - £17.25 or 25% of the cost of a very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No 6, The Embankment, Bedford MK40 3PD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bedfordshire  >  Bedford
  • Phone Number: 01234261332

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 39 - 39
  • Cuisine: European, British, Pub, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

The Embankment is an imposing mock-Tudor pub with rooms in the heart of Bedford. The clue to our location is in the name! We sit right in the middle of Bedford's beautifully-landscaped Embankment, with wonderful views out over the River Great Ouse, the boathouses and all the hustle and bustle of life on the river.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
7:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?