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The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire

The Embankment

4.1
4.1
420 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
The iconic building in Bedford, The Embankment, is getting a new lease of life! Working with Bedford's very own Charles Wells, we're launching this flagship of the riverside in style. With a brand new bar overlooking the river, a welcoming eatery serving great fresh food all day, a stylish private dining room and twenty comfortable en-suite bedrooms with free Wi-Fi throughout. We look forward to seeing you!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 8:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 8:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01234 261332

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Simon Harris

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining space is perfect for a breakfast, lunch or dinner party. Whether you dine a la carte or from our set menu, bring the family together or gather a group and relax in the comfort of having your own space, enjoy a delicious dinner, paired with award-winning wine. We have a variety of options available catering for up to 80 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Kirsty: 01234 261332

  • Neighbourhood

    Bedford

  • Parking Details

    At the back of the Hotel and parking is available along the Embankment

  • Public Transit

    We are right in the heart of Bedford on The Embankment by the River Ouse, just off the A6. Arriving from the West (Milton Keynes & the M1) follow the A421 towards Bedford, then join the A6 and continue until you cross the river and can turn left onto the Embankment. We are half-way along on the right hand side.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 420 people are saying

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4.1
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  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a Sunday roast at the Embankment and it was delicious! The staff and the vibe were both great. I gave 4 stars for service just because the desserts took a long time to come out, but this was minor.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Great staff and wine shame food is not worth the charge. If you're paying £20 to £40 a dish you expect 1st class food. Second time I've eaten there and been disappointed. Shame really as staff are lovely but didn't make up for the slow service. We drank a bottle of wine before the starters arrived.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening - staff were great and food was amazing

    The EmbankmentResponded on September 2, 2022Thank you for the kind review and giving 5 stars!

  4. s

    stevee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great attentive staff Lovely Sunday laid back vibe Not having to actually cook dinner an added bonus Thanks

    The EmbankmentResponded on August 31, 2022Thank you for the 5 stars and for joining us!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We were early but didn’t have to wait, table was ready. Staff were very friendly and our order was taken swiftly. Had to asked if if fish & chips was on the menu as it didn’t appear on the Saturday menu!! Apparently it’s not in the Saturday menus but they do it anyway!

    The EmbankmentResponded on August 30, 2022Thank you! We are thrilled to read you had such a good time. We love our pub and the people in it- so it’s good to hear we are doing a good job. Please come back and see us again soon

  6. PF

    PatF

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Service was very slow and cod miso was very dry
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Delicious Sunday roast. Staff very pleasant, although service slow due to the demands of an ongoing large private party

    The EmbankmentResponded on August 23, 2022This is lovely feedback, thank you for your understanding on the wait times.

  8. KE

    KEITHA

    Bedfordshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, superb ambiance, excellent food and outstanding service. Thank you.
  9. t

    tinhut

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Dreadful service
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure coming here x friendly staff and great service and food . My go to place in Bedford x

    The EmbankmentResponded on July 7, 2022Thank you for your wonderful review and kind words regardng the service and food. We can't wait to welcome you back again soon.

  11. HW

    HermeW4

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning Riverside dining, attentive service, good quality dining.
  12. M

    Mark

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great team and service with really good food

    The EmbankmentResponded on June 5, 2022Thanks Mark! We love what we do and are really pleased you like us too. Come back soon

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent evening and exceptional service and excellent food

    The EmbankmentResponded on May 29, 2022Thank you so much for 5 stars! We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

  14. JK

    JaneyK

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to place when we are back in the UK and Bedford visiting. A great pub, food always fresh and hot. A good variety of drinks. Would highly recommend

    The EmbankmentResponded on May 17, 2022Wow Janey this is amazing to read thank you so much! We would love to see you again very soon.

  15. a

    alison

    Hertfordshire

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food and good service. Excellent location on riverbank

    The EmbankmentResponded on May 9, 2022Thank you so much for your lovely comments and the 4 stars Alison

  16. CC

    ChrisC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place, would recommend. Pretty busy but as expected on a Friday evening.

    The EmbankmentResponded on April 17, 2022Thank you Chris, we would love to see you again soon!

  17. U

    Umar

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant service, lovely food, nice ambience. Went for an anniversary dinner and the extra touches of a free mocktail and a special dessert was just amazing. The meal was fantastic too; will deffo be going again. Thanks to all the staff; we were the asian couple at 730 on 1st April - u made our day.

    The EmbankmentResponded on April 3, 2022Oh Umar this is wonderful to read, we are so pleased that you had a wonderful visit! Please come and see us again soon.

  18. KJ

    KimJ

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I went for dinner at the Embankment with friends for the first time in a while. We were so disappointed. The menu was underwhelming. After some deliberation I ended up ordering a burger which was exactly what it said on the menu a burger and fries. To make the plate look full the fries had been spread out! I asked if there was supposed to be any salad garnish, at the very least , and was informed if I wanted salad I had to order it separately. At over £15 it could have been dressed to look slightly more appealing. All of us were disappointed with our food. At 10.10pm on asking for further drinks we were told that this would be our last order of drinks, surprisingly early in a hotel restaurant bar. We were then given the bill with out requesting it and the waitress came over with the card machine almost immediately at which point I asked if she could give us a minute to relax after our meal and to finish our drinks. Needless to say no tip was left and we will not be returning for the foreseeable. Very disappointing

    The EmbankmentResponded on March 28, 2022We are sorry to hear this visit did not rise to the occasion and this is not how we would like our guests to leave us, we always strive to take all comments on board and we would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us at reservations@peachpubs.c o m so we can look into this.

  19. SD

    StephenD

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was staying for a few days. The location is beautiful, right on the bank of the river. My room overlooked the river and was exquisite. The breakfast was very good. I dined in for 2 nights and again the food and service was exceptional. I would highly recommend this hotel.

    The EmbankmentResponded on March 10, 2022Stephen thank you for taking the time to share your review, we value all guest feedback. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and the team helped you feel right at home. this is great to hear! We would love to welcome you back again very soon.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    It took too long for our drink order to arrive. The lady that took our order was in too much of a rush and did not appear to be friendly. It was actually abrupt. However the food was delicious and the ambiance was excellent. I will continue to go back and wish that service will be more friendly and efficient.

    The EmbankmentResponded on March 8, 2022Thank you for your review, it is great to hear that we hit the mark on both atmosphere and our delicious food! We pride ourselves on our high standards of food and service so it saddens us to hear we didn't get it right on this occasion. It would be a great shame not to see you back, we would hate for this to be lasting impression of us. We look forward to seeing you again and showing you what we are truly all about!

  21. SJ

    SharonJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely roast dinner with plenty of extra veg, roasties and Yorkshire puddings!! Fantastic friendly service too!

    The EmbankmentResponded on February 15, 2022We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your scrummy Sunday Lunch and our team Sharon! We hope to see you again soon.

  22. JR

    JamesR

    Bedfordshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food, average prices. Pretty noisy on a Friday evening but I guess that's what you expect. Will go again.

    The EmbankmentResponded on February 5, 2022Thanks James! We are sorry to hear you found it a little noisy, we hope this does not deter you from joining us again.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    We ordered daily special Dover Sole for £38, fish arrived super dry with out brown butter which was on the menu, green vegetables very dry and brown instead of green. Overall that fish dish was horrible that’s why we sent it back. Manager took the fish dish off the bill tho and apologised. We ordered gin & tonic and was waiting 30 min for a drink and had to asked waitress twice for it. We were very disappointed.

    The EmbankmentResponded on January 29, 2022We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your recent visit. We pride ourselves on our high standards of food and service so it saddens us to hear we didn't get it right on this occasion. It would be a great shame not to see you back, we would hate for this to be lasting impression of us. We would really like to chat with you further about your visit, please do get in touch with us at reservations@peachpubs.co m, so that we can pick this up with you directly.

  24. j

    juliam

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Poor waiting staff

    The EmbankmentResponded on January 17, 2022We are sorry to hear you felt this way regarding the service and this just isn't good enough- we are sorry! We would really like the chance to make this right, if you wish do get in touch with us at reservstions@peachpubs.co m.

  25. CF

    CFul

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food . Nice ambiance & amazing cocktails.

    The EmbankmentResponded on January 1, 2022Thanks for taking the time to share your kind words, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and the team, atmosphere and food had all exceeded your expectations.

  26. PJ

    PhilJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant sitting under the heaters outside…warm and dry in spite of cold wet weather. Staff always pleasant and helpful. Nice and Christmassy too! Thanks guys 👍

    The EmbankmentResponded on December 26, 2021We are so glad you chose to join us during the festivities, we hope to see you again soon!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service and lovely food celebrating my husbands birthday.

    The EmbankmentResponded on December 10, 2021Thanks so much for choosing us to celebrate such a special occasion, we are overjoyed to hear you enjoyed your visit.

  28. S

    Saty

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We were seated at a bar table advising we would be seated at our dinner table at 8.30 10 minutes passed and we were then told they couldn’t move us as the other guests ran over. We were never moved ate on a small table. Lady serving was polite but we drove in 90 minutes for our yearly Christmas get together. Luckily we still made best out of bad situation but wouldn’t go here again

    The EmbankmentResponded on November 30, 2021We are sorry we let you down on this visit, we are always listening to our guests, please do get in touch with us a reservations@peachpubs.c o m so we can look into this and make amends!

  29. GJ

    GrahameJ

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very helpful and patient stuff, wonderful food, would highly recommend

    The EmbankmentResponded on November 19, 2021Grahame, Thank you so much for such a kind review! we hope to welcome you back again soon!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food always takes a really long time, has happened every time we have come. Food was undercooked, sent back and the replacement meal wasn’t great either. Staff were helpful but food took way too long and wasn’t great quality

    The EmbankmentResponded on November 10, 2021We are sorry we let you down on this visit, we are always listening to our guests, please do get in touch with us a reservations@peachpubs.c o m so we can look into this and make amends!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    As we walked in, we were not acknowledged by the manager, who instead opted for speaking to someone they knew, despite us being waited for 30 or so seconds in advance of them even arriving, it was like we were not there! Once seated at the table, we waited for around 5-10 mins and then asked if we could order drinks as up until this point we hadn't been asked. Drinks arrived and we ordered our food, Goats cheese for me and tempura prawns for my friend. We also both ordered steak for main. The starters went without issue, other than the irritating bit where the servers call you 'guys' we are not in america, whats wrong with gentlemen?? Then the steak arrived, it looked good however, even a brutal looking steak knife was no match for these, my mate and i tried but we just couldn't chew it, by the time we had attracted some attention to the issue we spoke to a younger member of the team who looked a little scared, we were pretty fed up and kind of expected the manager to come over, we had also run out of drinks, the manager didn't even venture over and was too busy so we ate the chips and left the rest, some 15 mins later he did come over and offered us a replacement but as we were pretty fed up we opted to settle up and leave. To be fair to them they cancelled the whole bill and we didn't have to pay anything at all, probably realised that their service was in fact appalling. My wife and i had actually eaten here before and it was much better than this, last night the whole ambience was rubbish, the steak was rubbish, whoever the chef buys their meat from should have a serious word as costco cheap meat is better than that, I wouldn't feed it to my dog! We understood from a conversation that the previous chef has moved on? Personally I would never return regardless but as your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning, for their sake I hope they learnt something. An evening was ruined and we’d not seen each other for months!
  32. B

    Bigaleff

    Dorset

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We always like coming for Sunday lunch at The Embankment. We like the ambience and obviously the food! Yesterday was no exception other than the beef being a little fattier than usual and the creme brûlée being unset (which resulted in it being removed from the menu.) The staff dealt with it very well and it didn't diminish our experience.

    The EmbankmentResponded on October 25, 2021Thank you so much for your review! its great to hear you enjoyed your Sunday lunch with us and that you enjoyed the environment, we are sorry about the crème brulee and it seems we fixed these in good time! we are so glad this small error did not deter you from enjoying the rest of your visit! Hopefully we will see you again soon!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My experience was absolutely beautiful and the food was excellent and the waitress service was exceptional.. I am looking forward to going again very soon..

    The EmbankmentResponded on September 1, 2021What a beautiful 5 star review, thank you so much! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service. Food was fantastic. Lovely surroundings

    The EmbankmentResponded on August 25, 2021Thank you for the 5 stars and wonderful comments, we hope to see you again soon!

  35. A

    Anais

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great venue for Saturday evening family get-together. Excellent ‘Specials’ dishes. Quite pricey but great service and overall quality.

    The EmbankmentResponded on July 26, 2021Hello Anais, thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are so happy that you've had an enjoyable visit and we would love to see you again soon.

  36. M

    Milly

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    When we first arrived they could not find my booking, despite having confirmation on my phone, they left us waiting for a bit which was a bit annoying as I was taking my Mum out for her birthday and wanted it to be special, it was sorted but it did mar our experience. Without that it would have been 5 stars all the way 😊Food was excellent, well worth the wait and the cost.

    The EmbankmentResponded on July 24, 2021Thank you Milly for taking the time to send us a review. We are sorry for this slip up with the booking system, glad you still had a excellent meal and hope your Mother enjoyed her birthday treat. Hope to see you again soon!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Service was a little slow but the food was great and the staff were friendly

    The EmbankmentResponded on July 21, 2021We hope to welcome you back again soon

  38. N

    Neanie1961

    Bedfordshire

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    I came here for dinner on a Saturday night. While the greet/initial drinks were timely, our starters did not arrive before the main turned up and one of the waiting staff offered to bring the starters after we had finished the main. Very Fawlty Towers. We eventually had the starters wiped from the bill but came away with the feeling that we had been forgotten. With a bill for two exceeding £125, I expected a little more in terms of service.

    The EmbankmentResponded on July 14, 2021Thanks for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that everything was not right and would love to pick this up with you directly. Please do get in touch with us at reservations@peachpubs.co m so we can look to putting this right.

  39. M

    Mark

    London

    179 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    179 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Great position overlooking the park and the river. Parking free on the road after 6pm. This is a good gastropub, ok for families.

    The EmbankmentResponded on July 14, 2021Looks like we didn't quite deliver Mark- can you let us know more about your experience - email us direct reservations@peachpubs.co m so we can listen to you.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everyone is lovely and the food was good

    The EmbankmentResponded on June 30, 2021Lovely news- thanks for your review! We hope to welcome you back soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Embankment is rated 4.1 stars by 420 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Google Map for The Embankment

No 6, The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK40 3PD

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Bedford

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 8:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 8:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    At the back of the Hotel and parking is available along the Embankment

  • Public Transit

    We are right in the heart of Bedford on The Embankment by the River Ouse, just off the A6. Arriving from the West (Milton Keynes & the M1) follow the A421 towards Bedford, then join the A6 and continue until you cross the river and can turn left onto the Embankment. We are half-way along on the right hand side.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Simon Harris

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01234 261332

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining space is perfect for a breakfast, lunch or dinner party. Whether you dine a la carte or from our set menu, bring the family together or gather a group and relax in the comfort of having your own space, enjoy a delicious dinner, paired with award-winning wine. We have a variety of options available catering for up to 80 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Kirsty: 01234 261332

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