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“A little bit of class in the middle of the countryside” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cornfields Restaurant & Hotel

Cornfields Restaurant & Hotel
Wilden Road | Colmworth, Bedford MK44 2NJ, England
01234 378990
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Ranked #80 of 316 Restaurants in Bedford
Cuisines: European, Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
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“A little bit of class in the middle of the countryside”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

I visited this restaurant last night for the second time and I was pleased to discover that the standard had not changed since my previous visit, which was about a year ago. The ambiance greets you as soon as you enter the place with a warm welcome from Graham the owner who has a passion to please everyone who comes in for dinner or as a guest stayimg in the stunning bedrooms. The service was second to none with attention to every detail to make the evening an enjoyable one, from the comfy couches by the open fire when you enter, then the crudities and olives etc., brought to you while you study the wonderful menu with everything fresh and locally bought. The food itself is cooked by Grahams wife who is a very talented chef with wonderful signature dishes included in the menu to tantalise everyone's taste buds. Will I be visiting this restaurant again Yes! definatly. 'A little bit of class' right in the middle of the countryside.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Capable of great food, but quirky”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2010

The chef is capable of some really great food, but the whole package isn't consistant enough. The prices are reasonably high (but the ceilings aren't!). We've been there several times on some of the many deals they have offered. Despite these deals being meant to entice you into the main menu, they are usually that little bit lacklustre and don't really hit the spot.
They do have £10 weekday fixed menu for the evenings, and that is reasonable value and worth a try. The last time I went, I did notice a younger girl taking charge of the front-of-house and it is possible that she will loosen up the rather starchy atmosphere.
Recommend: the coffee and home made chocs afterwards - very good!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Amaxing local produce and food, let down by service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2008

This is an impressive restaurant, and when entering into the bar areas being some several hundred years old, you expect something special. And that is what you get in the bar, with exceptional personal service, as you would expect from a restaurant with a great reputation. You are seated in comfortable sofas from which you admire the open oak beams and great history of the building, while being served drinks, and given the opportunity to take time in selecting from a very impressive menu.

However something then changes and it feels as if you have been lulled into a false environment, in that as you are taken in to the restaurant, you are transported in to a new extension to the building being square walls, little windows, and cramped seating. The table is finely decorated, but the room while suitably lit, is a mix of old fashioned prints you could buy from MFI, lampshades which don’t match, and just generally feels a little tatty. Despite having been promised a good table as we were celebrating a 66th birthday and retirement, we were positioned right next to the kitchen door which was far from relaxing, and highly distracting because of the noise from the chefs.

The food was however very good, well presented, and very fresh local ingredients. We felt the potatoes where a little oily, to which we were informed the cream used was from local farmers, and at this time of year, this results in more oil than normal. We found our inexperience of local produce to cause us some slight embarrassment, but other than that, the food was exceptional.

The service in the bar was perfect, however when we were transported to the main restaurant, quality and attention was lacking. We had to chase for someone to take our drinks orders, and when finally the drinks did arrive, we had already started our main course. Other than the wine list is exceptional poor for a restaurant of this standing, the bottle was delivered un-corked, not presented for sampling, and simply left on the table for us to serve ourselves. The water we requested was delivered on a tray, and we were again left to help ourselves to glasses, rather than water glasses being already on the table. Furthermore the main course was delivered over a ten minute period (the partridge must have flown away), so by the time we had waited for the final persons meal to be delivered, much of the other food was cold.

Overall this restaurant has great potential, in that it is a fantastic location, has great ambience in the bar, and outstanding food. A little money spent in the restaurant, upgrading their wine menu to a decent range, and employing trained staff to serve, rather than young teenagers, who have no training in dining etiquette would make a massive difference to the experience.

By all means visit this restaurant for the food and stunning quality of produce, but perhaps not so much to celebrate a special event.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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“If you can't stay there eat there!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2008

We eat in the restaurant for two nights (see review as hotel). The menu is varied with a choice of most main dishes. The food is all freshly prepared from local produce and very well presented. There are two dining rooms one of which could be used for a private function. The restaurant is an old inn and has a very comfy bar for a drink before the meal. Most of the diners are regulars which says a lot about the quality and standard of food. We will definitely be going back. See their web site for more information and sample menus. One word of caution mind your head as you move around I hit mine on a number of occasions

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