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St Helena

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English, Eclectic
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High Street, | Elstow, Bedford MK42 9XP, England
+44 1234 344848
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Ideal For romantic dinner,Special Occasions,Bussiness lunches or just a...
Ideal For romantic dinner,Special Occasions,Bussiness lunches or just a Night out. £45 is for a 5 course fine dining dinner menu
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  • 379
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A real gem

This is a real find - tucked away in the small village of Elstow but fit for a big city. The food was lovely and the service personal but unobtrusive.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Margaret S
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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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English first
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is a real find - tucked away in the small village of Elstow but fit for a big city. The food was lovely and the service personal but unobtrusive.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

If you need somewhere to go with a wow factor then this is the place. From the warm welcome to the innovative but not too fussy menu you are in for a great treat. The team have a great way of making everyone feel important without being intrusive. I can not recommend enough.

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Cessy
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I know this restaurant since the early 90's and I noticed in my last visit a certain complacency that needs to be corrected. Unfortunately the lounge with confy chair in which we could have a glass of Champagne before dinner is now replaced by more tables and unless the weather allows to sit in the tiny garden, you will have... More 

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Raffael M, Owner at St Helena, responded to this review

Well after your last visit in the mid nineties I think perhaps most people would expect to see changes ! The old sitting room area was changed to a dining area to give more people a chance during busy periods i.e. at weekends to dine at St Helena ..... It gives us no pleasure in telling people we are full... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We have eaten several times at St Helena's and as always we had a wonderful meal. The service was wonderful, not over attentive and the food delicious. No wonder this is Bedford's no 1 restaurant.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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83 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

It was still light when our party arrived at the Cottage. We learnt immediately that it has alot of history and is totally characterful. The original cottage has been extended. we were in the Conservatory which was excellent for the occasion. The gardens are charming and the whole place has a real charm to it. The staff were friendly. the... More 

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Milton Keynes
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4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Recently dined with friends, had great evening. Very attentive service way beyond the usual 'get you in, get you out', a genuine desire to please. One small issue with a dish served over cooked resolved very quickly with no fuss. Really impressed by the buzzy vibe yet professional, courteous approach. OK, on the negative it was a bit pricey, but... More 

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Bedford
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Good location. Very nice ambience. Very comfortable. Excellent food and wine. Excellent service. What more do you want?

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Bedford, UK
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64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We came here at the start of May as a little treat after a stressful few months. From start to finish the evening was wonderful. The staff are amazing, I can't say enough nice things about them It feels like you're being looked after by your own family - a excellent balance to the fantastic food thats being served. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

We really struggle to find a good place to eat in the area but the meal we had here was flawless, very impressed!

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northants
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

As you enter the front you will be amazed by the amount of pink blossom on the lawns ,which just sets it off for a most theatrical evening of divine food and hosts that are of the finest in England bar none . The fine Sicilian olive oil has to be the best oil i have had since a Sicilian... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: High Street, | Elstow, Bedford MK42 9XP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bedfordshire  >  Bedford
  • Phone Number: +44 1234 344848

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 69 - 69
  • Cuisine: English, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business

Description

Ideal For romantic dinner,Special Occasions,Bussiness lunches or just a Night out. £45 is for a 5 course fine dining dinner menu

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