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The Embankment

No 6, The Embankment, Bedford MK40 3PD, England
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Ranked #96 of 305 Restaurants in Bedford
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Price range: $39 - $39
Cuisines: European, British, Pub, Gastropub
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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.
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English first
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

food ok but expensive not many lighter options in a lower price bracket for lunch. Lovely setting overlooking the river with seats outside. Good for breakfast or a coffee.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Guests choice as staying locally, was excited about lunching here as had driven past on way to The Swan last summer and also that it was part of the group that own the Black Horse in Ireland (extremely good). Met on terrace, jiggled tables and chairs about as 7 of us including a baby and waited and waited, not realising... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Ate here on a business trip to Bedford. Located in a quite picturesque part of Bedford opposite the River Ouse this pub restaurant was busy even on a Monday evening. The weather was good so we ate outside and were treated to a great view of the river. It was burger night so I had the classic and my colleague... More

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Three of us went for Sunday Lunch and sat down in the restaurant area after spending a while looking for various table/seating options with no staff offering to seat us. A couple of minutes later we were told that the table was reserved (although no reservation notice on the table) and we would have to move but were not offered... More

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SwanGM, General Manager at The Embankment, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. I am really sorry you received this service on Sunday. It really is not the service from which we have built our reputation on over the last 5 years. If you could please get in touch via the email address below with some contact details that would be great. I would like to discuss you... More

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Ate here tonight after my son's graduation and the food was gorgeous and service excellent. Visited a couple of years ago and the food is certainly as good now, if not better. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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SwanGM, General Manager at The Embankment, responded to this review

You are very welcome indeed. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes Jonathan More

Great Barford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We called in on a Monday lunchtime, ate on the terrace, the service & food quality were very good, the menu is extensive, including daily specials. The food we saw go past to other tables also looked amazing. No complaints whatsoever.

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SwanGM, General Manager at The Embankment, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. The terrace really is the perfect place to be when the weather is good. I look forward to seeing you when you next visit Bedford. Kind regards Jonathan More

Steppingley
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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Standard pub offering of reasonable food, friendly staff and over priced drinks. I asked them to turn the muzak down while our guest of honour made a speech but before she had finished, up went the volume again. When will pubs learn that not everyone wants to listen to gangsta rap throughout their dinner?

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SwanGM, General Manager at The Embankment, responded to this review

Hi Marvin Thank you for your recent review. I am sorry you found our drinks over priced. We aim to keep them as low as possible, however we only sell good quality drinks which are by no means ‘standard’ and so our prices are slightly higher than other pubs. I am sorry the music went up during one of the... More

Bedford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Visited here for our friend's birthday last week. Had had a bad experience at a wedding in April in fact, but on this occasion the food, service and staff were excellent. The reason we tried it was that if you fill in a particular form, you are given a free bottle of Prosecco to celebrate an occasion. It was a... More

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SwanGM, General Manager at The Embankment, responded to this review

Hi Elaine Many thanks indeed for your kind review. I am glad we redeemed ourselves following a not so good previous visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to the pub many more time s in the future. Kind regards Jonathan More

London
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

This used to be really good Now the bad service is getting frustrating The food is overpriced for what you get and in the last year they have run out of half the menu by sunday evening on 2 occasions. The chefs need to plan better

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SwanGM, General Manager at The Embankment, responded to this review

Hi Suka If you could be more detailed in your comments about the service it would be more helpful. My email address is below. My chefs do plan very well for sales, however, occasionally – as you mentioned twice in a year, we are way more busy than we would ever have predicted and therefore some dishes become unavailable on... More

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Went with friends last evening and the menu is not extensive and definitely on the pricey side. With that, the expectation is entitled to be very high indeed. It was nice but the starter of Devon Crab came on the hardest bread I have ever seen in my travels around the world, even the German breads were of slimcea grade... More

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SwanGM, General Manager at The Embankment, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review, I am sorry you felt the position size of your ice cream was a little small and also the toast on your crab salad was too hard. We use sourdough which is naturally harder when toasted than usual bread. If we know of any issues at the time we will always rectify them. We are... More

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