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River Room Restaurant

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The Embankment The Bedford 1 High Street, Bedford MK40 1RW, England
+44 1234 346565
12:30 - 22:00
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Sun 12:30 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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England, United Kingdom
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369 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We ate here with our family prior to a wedding reception the next day. Food was OK, but mine lacked taste. Wine prices were as expected in a hotel. Total bill was around £225 for six people with a bottle of wine per couple and a bottle of prosecco between us all.

Thank Kath B
Cornwall, Canada
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61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

There is a good choice of food and the three of us had very different dishes and we all made an excellent choice.

Thank 275Sue
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Don't ever go here to eat worst restaurant in UK. Half the food on menu not available. Staff hopeless. Management should be held to account. Wine list expensive and red was hot and fizzy.some also not available. Food what there was certainly not up to AA rosette standard. Steak tough and full of gristle. Awful experience.

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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

These days, I am on a low carb diet, and the staff were happy to work that out for me from their menu with modifications. The food was very good. Earlier, I enjoyed the bars for some wine. The view of the river is not spectacular from the restaurant or bar, but overall, I wished that I was staying at... More 

Thank ShingletonSam
United Kingdom
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117 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Nice food at a reasonable price considering the surroundings, and well served by smiling and attentive staff.

Thank valannrob
Bedford, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

Together with many 60 friends from the railway we attended our Christmas Dinner Party on Sunday 20 December. Although the place setting looked attractive the rest was was awful. Dreadful service, our meal booked for 19.30hrs served at 21.00. No member of staff to supervise the dining room to get people seated. Food was cold and very poor quality. Could... More 

3 Thank strettonbilldavies
Staines, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

We were staying at the Swan whilst attending the Twinwood Festival and decided to eat in the hotel restaurant. It was fairly quiet but that was to be expected on a Sunday evening. The staff were pleasant and welcoming although service was rather slow. We placed an order for drinks, which seemed to disappear as our main course arrived without... More 

Thank vinyljeff
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

Having done the 'cruise in the Ouse' we arrived at the Swan for the optional three course meal. We sat down at 8.45pm and didn't finish our meals until midnight, The service was ridiculously slow. It took them an age to take a drinks order, and then a good length of time for said drinks to turn up. They'd also... More 

Thank David V
Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

Very disappointed. Really looking forward to a quality afternoon tea with my wife and baby to start off our Summer, celebrating our anniversary, and felt that the home of the 'Duchess of Bedford's Afternoon tea' was the place to go. I couldn't have been more wrong. After booking in advance and informing the restaurant we would be coming with a... More 

3 Thank Stephen C
Derby, United Kingdom
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753 reviews
423 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 396 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2015

Starting with the crab cakes, followed by steak and sea bass, and ending with the salted chocolate and sour cream tart, this was a very good dinner. Located with fine views of the River Ouse, where you can watch the various rowers, whilst enjoying your glass of red, this is a fine place to enjoy an evening meal. The service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$67 - US$102
British, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
12:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Embankment The Bedford 1 High Street, Bedford MK40 1RW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bedfordshire  >  Bedford
  • Phone Number: +44 1234 346565

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?