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Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Pub Guide

Branch area pubs selling real ale

  • Bedford
    • Anchor 397 Goldington Road Bedford MK41 0DS Telephone(01234) 353606

      A Hungry Horse pub aiming for the family market, although it opens late Friday and Saturday. Large eating area and separate drinks area. There is a conservatory, garden, patio and large screen TV, with occasional live music. 10% discount to CAMRA members.

    • Anchor 300 Cardington Road Bedford MK42 0DA Telephone(01234) 306461

      Large, two-bar community pub at Fenlake, close to the River Great Ouse at the south-eastern edge of the town. There is occasional live music.

    • Balloon 52 Foster Hill Road Bedford MK40 2ET Telephone(01234) 359357

      Two-bar street corner local in a popular residential area close to the town centre. Live music or disco Saturday eves and occasionally afternoons too. Base for several games and sports teams.

    • Bear 92 High Street Bedford MK40 1NN Telephone(01234) 630235

      Traditional High Street pub dating back to the 19th Century. Today the pub caters for all with a transition to the alternative scene in the evenings. Features a gothic ambience and regular live music. One of the few pubs in Bedford to still have a pool table and lounging facilities, enabling people to enjoy the traditional British pub culture. Local CAMRA Young Members Pub of the Year 2018.

    • Bears & Tales 31 St Cuthbert's Street Bedford MK40 3JG Telephone07471 681318

      A relaxing, cocktail bar that recently moved across the town centre from Lime Street. It offers table service within the town-centre area of wines, cocktails and craft beers. The lighting is atmospheric and helps customers chill out. No real ale is available, however they have recently teamed up with Maule Brewing Company whom are providing craft beer, pilsner and lager (currently the only venue in the area stocking these beers). Contact in advance to book for a group as customer space is limited.

    • Bedford Athletic Rugby Football Club Wentworth Drive Bedford MK41 8QA Telephone07849 167149

      Semi-professional rugby club on the north-eastern outskirts of Bedford. The bar is open to the public when events are taking place. Real ale normally avaiable, often Theakston's or Sharp's Doom Bar. The main bar, lounge bar and function room will accommodate over 200 people and can be hired for private events.

    • Bedford Blues Rugby Football Club Goldington Road Bedford MK40 3NF Telephone0871 871 1886

      Four separate bars are open on match-days. Function rooms accommodating up to 300 guests are available to hire.

    • Bedford International Athletics Stadium Barkers Lane Bedford MK41 9SB Telephone(01234) 351115

      Major athletics venue with function rooms and bar open for events and on certain evenings. The complex is open 09.30-22.30 Mon-Fri, 09.30-17.30 Sat & Sun, 5-11 bank holidays, but regular bar opening times are more restricted. Flexible function spaces can hold 150, with smaller rooms available for more intimate meetings. Membership on subscription is available for some facilities. Full survey in progress.

    • Bedford Rowing Club The Boathouse, Duck Mill Lane Bedford MK42 0AX Telephone(01234) 353183

      A members club with a lounge bar open to the public. The first floor Riverside Bar with its lounge and balcony overlooking the River Great Ouse and the Town Bridge offers probably the best view in Bedford. The lounge offers a variety of seats and is generally quiet except when there is a rowing event on the river. A chair lift operated by the bar staff is available for those unable to climb the flight of steps outside.

    • Beerfly 45 St Cuthberts St Bedford MK40 3JG Telephone(01234) 303211

      A bar serving a wide variety of beers from different independent breweries across the UK. Beers are served in 1/3 or 2/3 pint volumes. There is a good selection of beers in bottles or cans which can be consumed on the premises and beer from the taps can be taken out in cans or flagons. The selection of beers changes frequently. Real cider is also available on draft. Real Ale is available in KeyKeg, Bottles and cans from Local and National Breweries. Local CAMRA Young Members Pub of the Year 2020 and 2021; Lockdown Hero award 2020.

    • Blue Glass St. Peter's Street Bedford MK40 2PN Telephone(01234) 347732

      Formally a wine shop located on St. Cuthberts Street, is now a specialised wine bar. John has been within the wine trade for over 25 years and holds a WSTC Higher Certificate. As well as selling a large selection of wine, some of which can be consumed on site, they have a good selection of spirits with their own bottled ale (RAIB) from Richard at Brewhouse and Kitchen, Bedford. They hold monthly wine tastings which are ticketed.

    • Bluebell 115 Putnoe Lane Bedford MK41 9AH Telephone(01234) 353652

      Busy suburban community pub featuring a raised seating area and conservatory. Underwent extensive refurbishment in early 2017. London Pride formerly a guest but now permanently available. TV sports are very popular.

    • Brewhouse & Kitchen Bedford 115 High Street Bedford MK40 1NU Telephone(01234) 342931

      A former bank then Wetherspoon pub re-launched by the Brewhouse & Kitchen Group in 2016. The microbrewery is located within the main bar area alongside different seating areas separated by half-height dividers that are features in themselves. Orders can be placed at the table or at the bar, the menu includes an extensive list of drinks as well as food. Seasonal and special ales are available but only in KeyKeg.

    • Brewpoint Taproom Cut Throat Lane Bedford MK41 7FY Telephone(01234) 244444

      Modern taproom bar with restaurant and beer garden attached to Wells & Co's new Brewpoint brewery, serving a range of cask and other beers brewed on site. Breakfast is available from 8am, bar nibbles from 12 noon to 10pm. A pizza garden menu is available on Thursday evening and Friday to Sunday. The main bar is also the brewery shop and off-sales counter.

    • Bull 259 London Road Bedford MK42 0PX Telephone(01234) 355719

      Large, single-bar pub divided into separate drinking, eating and games areas. Live Premiership football is shown, while there is a quiz night on Sunday evening. The new food menu includes roasts on Sunday. The pub is popular with families at weekends. Awaiting new survey after a change of ownership in April 2019.

    • Burnaby Arms 66 Stanley Street Bedford MK41 7RU Telephone(01234) 330056

      A traditional street-corner community pub with a single bar at the front and a step down to the larger drinking area. It's at the heart of an area of Victorian terrace houses originally (and still be some) called Black Tom and now moving up-market as the Prime Ministers area. A variety of board games and a book swap are available while a good range of spirits is also available.

    • Castle 17 Newnham Street Bedford MK40 3JR Telephone(01234) 353295

      Lively town pub with a pleasant walled patio garden, five minutes from the town centre and convenient for the Bedford Blues rugby ground. Lunches and light evening meals are served. Current guest beers with tasting notes are listed on the website and social media. A guest house behind the pub provides five en-suite bedrooms. Open mic features on Monday evening. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016.

    • d'Parys 45 De Parys Avenue Bedford MK40 2UA Telephone(01234) 340248

      There is a welcoming bar area immediately insidfe the main entrance that does not fel like simply a hotel bar or the adjunct to a restaurant. The change from the previous eclectic decor is to be welcomd as being more appropriate to its setting and the intended clientele.

    • Danny's Bar at Esquires 60A Bromham Road Bedford MK40 2QG Telephone(01234) 340120

      Part of the Esquires music venue, Danny's Bar is open Wednesday to Sunday. Every Wednesday night is the always popular "Jam Session" for musicians. Additionally there's free live music most Fridays and Saturdays, along with the legendary "Sunday Sessions".

    • Devonshire Arms 32 Dudley Street Bedford MK40 3TB Telephone(01234) 301170

      Pleasant late-Victorian pub in a residential area, a Wells house for its whole 120 years. Beer and cider festivals are held twice a year. The front bar has bare floorboards and an open fire, while there is a separate rear bar. The garden has a gazebo for smokers and a non-smoking paved area. A range of wines is sold by the glass or bottle. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2020 and 2021, Town Pub of the Year 2022.

    • Embankment 6 The Embankment Bedford MK40 3PD Telephone(01234) 261332

      Attractive mock-Tudor pub and hotel with a front terrace overlooking the River Great Ouse and a rear patio garden with a smokers’ kiosk. There are 20 ensuite bedrooms. The Embankment is leased by Charles Wells to local pub-restaurant group the Peach Pub Company.

    • Flower Pot 25 Tavistock Street Bedford MK40 2RB Telephone(01234) 296732

      One of the oldest pubs in Bedford. It was thoroughly refurbished during Covid restrictions making it muchg lighter inside. A new garden room has also been addred. The addition of food service on Wednesday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes plus bar snacks during the week until 9 om. is another new development. Check Facebook for live music sessions.

    • Fox & Hounds Goldington Road Bedford MK40 3EB Telephone(01234) 965339

      Prominent suburban roadhouse with several drinking areas and a mixed clientele. Outside they offer a comfortable garden as well as a small smoking area. Inside the Fox and Hounds offers pool tables, regular and digital dart boards, sports TV, regular karaoke and occasional live music including DJs. Every Sunday night they offer a quiz. Upstairs there is a function room for hire.

    • George & Dragon 39 Mill Street Bedford MK40 3EU Telephone(01234) 345061

      Former coaching inn, now a spacious urban pub with a pleasant conservatory and a good-sized and attractive rear garden. A large function room upstairs is available for hire. Evening entertainment includes DJs on Friday and Saturday. For those that enjoy traditional games a dart board and pool table are available to use upstairs.

    • Gordon Arms 118 Castle Road Bedford MK40 3QY Telephone(01234) 348668

      Reopened August 2021 following extensive remodelling to give an extensive bar area with distinct areas. Some tables have taller chairs for those who prefer them. Extensive outside seating front and back. Food pizza, burgers, etc.) and drink can be ordered from the table, helpful for those on their own. A small selection of board games is available. The Ent Shed provides a separate reasonably sized function room. Local CAMRA Most Improved Pub 2021 and Community Pub of the Year 2022.

    • Kent Arms 54 Salisbury Street Bedford MK41 7RQ Telephone(01234) 354156

      Spacious back street two bar local in an old residential area of the town known as Black Tom' or 'Prime Ministers'. Large garden to the rear.

    • King's Arms 24 St Mary's Street Bedford MK42 0AS Telephone(01234) 354494

      A busy former coaching inn that has been a public house since 1230. It has several interconnecting rooms and a conservatory providing a quiet area. There is free pool on Tuesday eve, a ukulele band on Wednesday, TV poker on Thursday and live performances by top local bands every Saturday evening. A selection of real bottled beers is available. No food at weekends.

    • North End Social Club 60 Roff Avenue Bedford MK41 7TW Telephone(01234) 210359

      Locals' club north of the town centre founded in 1910 in former brewery offices. There is regular live entertainment on Saturday evening and a quiz on the last Tuesday of the month. New members, members' guests and visiting CIU members are welcome. Local CAMRA Club of the Year 2021.

    • Park Pub & Kitchen 98 Kimbolton Road Bedford MK40 2PA Telephone(01234) 273929

      A large single-bar, mock-Tudor pub-restaurant near Bedford Park. The emphasis is on fine, home-prepared food, using local suppliers where possible, but casual visitors are welcome just for drinks. It is advisable to book for meals beforehand. The large restaurant is partly housed in a conservatory/garden room. The TV is normally on only for rugby internationals. The pub is leased to Little Gems Country Dining, a regional company with about six pubs.

    • Pheasant 300 Kimbolton Road Bedford MK41 8YR Telephone(01234) 262300

      Comfortable, refurbished modern pub serving a large suburban area north of the town. There is a comfortable, open drinking area with TVs showing sports, with a large patio and children’s play area outside. Separate eating area serving home-cooked lunches and evening meals. Booking for Sunday lunch is advised.

    • Pilgrim's Progress 42 Midland Road Bedford MK40 1QB Telephone(01234) 363751

      Originally a furniture shop it has been remodelled to a pub and now to a hotel. The bar has five distinct areas plus a small mezzanine. This gives access to the upper (non-smoking) outside area with a garden area below. Across from the pedestrianised shopping area separating it from the other town-centre pubs it attracts a wide age-range and is a good place from which to see the world go by. Suspended trombones mark Glenn Miller's time in Bedford.

    • Priory Marina Barkers Lane Bedford MK41 9DJ Telephone(01234) 352883

      Large Beefeater pub-restaurant overlooking Bedford Marina, with accommodation at the Premier Travel Inn next door. Outside seating and play area for families. Can be busy in fine weather.

    • Queen 36 Preston Road Bedford MK40 4DX Telephone(01234) 305041

      The last surviving pub in Queens Park is a lively community local, where families are welcome up to about 7pm. There are occasional barbecues, but no regular food.

    • RAFA Club Bedford 93 Ashburnham Road Bedford MK40 1EA Telephone(01234) 350107

      Converted Edwardian residence serving as the clubhouse of the Bedford Branch of the Royal Air Force Association (est 1937). Parking is limited at lunchtime as rear car-park spaces are hired to commuters. The club offers interesting local aviation memorabilia and is home to the Rhodesian Armed Forces Museum (well worth a visit). There is a quiz on the third Wednesday of each month. The function room can be booked for private events. Wednesday evening meals and Sunday roast lunches must be booked in advance. CAMRA members welcome. Local CAMRA Club of the Year 2016 and 2017.

    • Rose 45 High Street Bedford MK40 1RY Telephone(01234) 353749

      Popular high street pub with party atmosphere and music in the evening. Food is available throughout the week, including a roast on Sunday. A large beer garden at the rear is well used in fine weather. The function area is available for private hire. Discounts on beer and cider prices are available on Monday and Tuesday. Local CAMRA Young Members Pub of the Year 2019

    • Ship 102 Bromham Road Bedford MK40 2QH Telephone(01234) 409303

      Large one-bar pub with a nautical theme and a rear garden, just west of the town centre. Regular quiz Thursday evening, karaoke Friday evening, live or disco music Saturday and poker players on Sunday. May stay open later on Friday and Saturday if busy.

    • Ship 7 St Cuthberts Street Bedford MK40 3JB Telephone(01234) 267126

      Popular three-bar pub with hidden corners attracting a mixed clientele. Following recent refurbishment, a new bar layout has created more customer space and direct access to the smaller cabin bar at the front, which may be hired for functions. There is a patio garden to the rear and a decked outside seating area at the front.

    • Sportsman 58 The Boundary Bedford MK41 9HA Telephone(01234) 349443

      Busy suburban local with two bars, after many years now offering real ale again.

    • Star Rowing Club Batts Ford, Commercial Road Bedford MK40 1QS Telephone(01234) 212070

      Busy rowing club with fully licensed bar and function room accommodating up to 110, which can be hired for private functions.

    • Swan Hotel The Embankment Bedford MK40 1RW Telephone(01234) 346565

      Handsome, partly 18th century hotel next to the Town Bridge over the Great Ouse, an important hotel and conference centre. The magnificent staircase is one of the few surviving artefacts from the ruined Houghton House near Ampthill. There is an award winning restaurant and an outdoor terrace overlooking the river. Real ale is available in the new Pen & Cob River looking out acroiss the river. An annual Beer and Food Festival is usually held in November.

    • TAVI Bar & Indian Grill 117 Tavistock Street Bedford MK40 2SB Telephone(01234) 219595

      During the Covid restrictions the premises became an Indian Grill with an emphasis on North Indian food. Diners (up to 3 in number) can get a Tul Tuk ride home afterwards within a 4 mile radius, subject to availability.

    • Three Cups 45 Newnham Street Bedford MK40 3JR Telephone(01234) 352153

      Comfortable inn dating from the 1770s, now a Greene King with Kelchner Brewery as tenants. Occasional music as advertised and other breweries' beers regularly available. Easily walkable from the town centre and a pleasant garden to enjoy in the summer. Food available through a local street food vendor.

    • Toby Carvery Goldington 403 Goldington Road Bedford MK41 0DS Telephone(01234) 272707

      Large pub-restaurant attached to an Innkeepers Lodge Hotel.

    • Wellington Arms 40-42 Wellington Street Bedford MK40 2JX Telephone(01234) 308033

      The Welly has been a key part of Bedford's real ale scene for over 20 years. Banks & Taylor's beers (now brewed elsewhere) still feature in the wide selection that is available. A mild and a stout are available from the handpumps while the well-stocked fridge includes a range of Belgian and other beers. The walls are decorated with a range of pump-clips and other breweriania. The courtyard provides an attractive outside area.

    • White Horse 84 Newnham Avenue Bedford MK41 9PX Telephone(01234) 409306

      Three seating areas, each with its own style, are served from a single bar. The quizzes on Sunday (smartphone) and Tuesday are popular. Jazz and other musical events are advertised on Facebook. Food is freshly cooked to order. A choice of roasts is available on Sundays. Pre-booking is advised on Sundays and Tuesday evenings. The beer and wine selection is complemented by a wide choice of gins. Afternoon tea can be ordered for groups. Local CAMRA Community Pub of the Year 2021.

  • Biddenham
    • Three Tuns 57 Main Road Biddenham MK40 4BD Telephone(01234) 354847

      Attractive, partly thatched village inn and restaurant with an large garden and fenced children's play area. A TV in the bar is used for major sports events and the lounge can be hired for business meetings or family events. Meals are temporarily unavailable following a recent change of management.

  • Bletsoe
    • Falcon Rushden Road (A6) Bletsoe MK44 1QN Telephone(01234) 781222

      Large, 17th Century coaching inn offering an extensive seasonal menu of freshly cooked meals, home-made desserts and a large wine list. Enjoy the large, riverside garden and marquee in summer, and crackling log fires in winter. With a variety of rooms holding up to 110 seated guests, it can cater for corporate and private functions including weddings and anniversaries. The splendid oak-panelled restaurant was once a local court room, while the A new quiz has started every other Tuesday evening.

  • Bolnhurst
    • Plough Kimbolton Road Bolnhurst MK44 2EX Telephone(01234) 376274

      Award-winning pub restaurant dating in part from the Tudor period, serving excellent food and beer. The main bar has an open fire and a second room is used for diners and functions. There is a large garden with decking beside a pond. The pub has no prominent signage, just a modest hanging sign on a post by the road entrance. Closed from Christmas until the second week of January each year. There are two large steps from the car park to the pathway to the entrance and two more steps to the main doorway. A portable ramp can be laid down for wheelchair users, but they should inform the pub beforehand if no one accompanying them is available to alert bar staff on arrrival.

  • Bromham
    • Prince Of Wales 8 Northampton Road Bromham MK43 8PE Telephone(01234) 822447

      Family-friendly, modern community pub with a single long lounge seating up to 80 people. Outdoor drinking areas include a rear garden with children's play equipment and a covered patio at the front. Traditional, home-cooked pub meals are available, with rolling daily specials.

    • Swan Bridge End Bromham MK43 8LS Telephone(01234) 823284

      Comfortable village inn with oak beams near the Bromham Water Mill Museum and Art Gallery, and the Ouse Valley Way footpath. The building has been an inn since 1798 and retains many old features, despite recent refurbishment and conversion to a through lounge bar. Meals are available in the bar and restaurant, offering a classic pub menu with Sunday roasts.

  • Cardington
    • King's Arms 31 The Green Cardington MK44 3SP Telephone(01234) 838533

      Attractive, rather cosy village pub at the central road junction. It has a popular food trade, but the two real ales vary from week to week and may include beers from small breweries. The village is home to two famous airship sheds, one of which now houses the set for making Batman films. Freshly cooked food is available daily.

  • Carlton
    • Fox High Street Carlton MK43 7LA Telephone(01234) 720235

      A charming, thatched community pub with a warm welcome and an attractive garden popular with families. Guest beers are often from local microbreweries. Good value, home-cooked lunches are served (daily except Monday) and evening meals from Tuesday to Saturday. There is a regular quiz on Thursday evenings. Spring and summer bank holiday festivals are held using an outbuilding as an additional bar, plus a one-day gin festival in June. Local CAMRA Country Pub of the Year 2016-17 and 2020-21, Branch Pub of the Year 2022.

    • Royal Oak 23 Bridgend Carlton MK43 7LP Telephone(01234) 720441

      Attractively designed village pub re-opened as a free house in May 2016. The small snug and larger lounge are linked by an open doorway and share a wood-burning stove set in the separating wall. The menu offers seasonal fare using local ingredients where possible, providing a range from light bites and sharing boards to larger main meals. Fixed price set lunches are also available.

  • Clapham
    • Bedford & County Golf Club Green Lane Clapham MK41 6ET Telephone(01234) 352617

      One of Bedfordshire’s premier 18-hole courses, set in open countryside with a testing and well-presented course. The clubhouse features an attractive modern bar with a choice of real ales. Full survey in hand.

    • Fox & Hounds 1 Milton Road Clapham MK41 6AP Telephone(01234) 340114

      Two-bar community pub with a neat garden and children's play area. Wheelchair ramp access to the lounge, darts and pool in the public bar. Occasional live music and karaoke. A quiz is held on the last Thursday of the month to support Macmillan nurses. Meals are no longer served.

    • Horse & Groom 15 High Street Clapham MK41 6EQ Telephone(01234) 217502

      Attractive old coaching inn with comfortable, divided seating areas, including the former coach yard now roofed in to provide extra accommodation. Guest ales are not always from Greene King. The patio includes a children’s play area and the large garden beyond runs down to the River Great Ouse. A new food menu is available.

  • Clophill
    • Flying Horse 2 The Green Clophill MK45 4AD Telephone(01525) 860293

      Large Grade II listed former coaching inn recently reopened after extensive refurbishment. It is predominantly a large restaurant with multiple dining areas but just drinking is still possible, albeit completely seated. The former bar at the front of the pub has now been integrated with what used to be the restaurant bar towards the rear of the pub.

    • Green Man The Green Clophill MK45 4AD Telephone(01525) 860352

      After operating as an Italian restaurant for some years, this old oak-beamed pub has been re-launched as a traditional-style pub and now sells real ale. Further details awaiting survey.

    • Stone Jug 10 Back Street Clophill MK45 4BY Telephone(01525) 860526

      Originally three 16th-century cottages, this popular village local has an L-shaped bar serving two drinking areas and a family/function room. Excellent home-made lunches are available Tuesday to Saturday. Guest beers are often from local microbreweries. Picnic benches at the front and a rear patio garden offer outdoor drinking space in fine weather. Parking can be difficult at busy times. A good refreshment stop for the nearby Greensand Ridge Walk and a former CAMRA Pub of the Year.

  • Cople
    • Five Bells 1 Northill Road Cople MK44 3TU Telephone(01234) 831330

      A 17th century building with colour-washed rough cast walls over a timber frame, listed for its special architectural and historic interest. The main bar has low beams and a side snug with an even lower ceiling. A second smaller bar, which can be hired for private functions, and a small room at the rear are used for dining. A large garden opens on to fields at the rear.

  • Cotton End
    • Bell 61 High Road Cotton End MK45 3AE

      A small, attractive, thatched pub near the Cardington airship sheds, with a separate, cosy room at the rear. The building has been an inn since 1772. There are regular musical and other events in the bar, but no meals are served at present. The bar is decorated with photographs of old airships.

    • Cotton End Social Club Playing Fields, Wood Lane Cotton End MK45 3AN Telephone(01234) 742767

      Thriving private members' club with pool and a relaxing lounge, located within the village hall. The club room is available for hire. Annual subscription only £5. Full survey in progress.

  • Cranfield
    • Cross Keys 159 High Street Cranfield MK43 0JB Telephone(01234) 750213

      A friendly village community pub. Bar games are played and there is an open fire in winter. Home-cooked food is served in the lounge/restaurant. The garden includes a large play area.

    • Swan 2 Court Road Cranfield MK43 0DR Telephone(01234) 757689

      Spacious dining area, comfortable seating, relaxing atmosphere, welcoming staffs, fully air-conditioned restaurant, smoking shelter with summer/winter back garden Three guest rooms recently refurbished are available.

  • Eaton Socon
    • Crown 1 Great North Road Eaton Socon PE19 8EN Telephone(01480) 212232

      A Chef & Brewer pub-restaurant close to, but separate from a Premier Inn hotel near the A1/A428 road junction. Breakfast is available daily from 7-9am. New local government boundaries left this pub in Bedfordshire after the remainder of Eaton Socon was transferred to Cambridgeshire in 1974.

  • Elstow
    • Red Lion High Street Elstow MK42 9XP Telephone(01234) 359687

      Old village pub with low ceilings and exposed beams close to Elstow Abbey and the historic Moot Hall. There is a large lounge and a separate dining area. Classic pub grub with different bargain deals is available each day. There is a quiz on Sunday evening.

  • Felmersham
    • Sun Grange Road Felmersham MK43 7EU Telephone(01234) 781355

      Pretty, thatched community pub with a family-friendly rear garden, convenient for visits to the historic parish church and a nature reserve just across the river. Guest beers are often from local microbreweries. The creative food menu includes rotisserie-cooked chicken, hand-cut chips and seasonal ingredients from local producers. There is also a monthly food and drink theme night. The refurbished dining room can accommodate up to 40. Local CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year and Lockdown Hero award 2020.

  • Great Barford
    • Anchor Inn High Street Great Barford MK44 3LF Telephone(01234) 870364

      Busy inn next to the church, looking over a medieval bridge across the River Great Ouse. At least two guest beers are usually available from an extensive range offered by the pub company. Good home-cooked food is available in the bar and restaurant, as well as a fine selection of wines. The pub is popular with river users in the summer. Occasional themed food nights are held, mainly during the winter months.

    • Golden Cross 2-4 Bedford Road Great Barford MK44 3JD Telephone(01234) 870439

      Busy two-bar village pub with an attached Chinese restaurant. Takeaway food also available. Pub games are played in the bar, with monthly quizzes and karaoke. Beer is more expensive in the lounge.

  • Harrold
    • Muntjac High Street Harrold MK43 7BJ Telephone(01234) 721500

      Smartly refurbished free house offering three changing real ales and Saxby's real cider. The restaurant to the rear features an unusual covered well in the floor. Reopened in March 2022 under new management. Website under construction, use Facebook page for latest information.

    • Oakley Arms 98 High Street Harrold MK43 7BH Telephone(01234) 720166

      Attractive, 400-year-old village inn with a modest bar and large lounge. There is no car park, but street parking nearby is not usually difficult. There are various seating areas including a private dining room for up to 10. The menu varies daily according to what is in season. Food is prepared to order with a preference for locally sourced ingredients.

  • Haynes
    • Greyhound 68 Northwood End Road Haynes MK45 3QD Telephone(01234) 381239

      A family-run village pub on the John Bunyan Trail and close to the Greensand Ridge Walk, with a large garden offering play equipment and a pétanque court. Families are welcome in the spacious lounge and dining area until 9pm. The dog-friendly public bar area hosts darts and other village teams. The fortnightly quiz is a popular event. There is no food on Monday or Sunday eve, Sunday lunch is a carvery.

  • Houghton Conquest
    • Knife & Cleaver The Grove Houghton Conquest MK45 3LA Telephone(01234) 930789

      A smart pub and restaurant with accommodation, now leased to a small regional operating company. The food is of high quality and prepared using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible. Thursday is steak night and special events are organised occasionally to showcase local produce. Nine en-suite bedrooms are housed in a separate block behind the secluded, family-friendly rear garden. A good base for walks on the nearby Greensand Ridge.

  • Ickwell
    • Ickwell Cricket Club The Green Ickwell SG18 9EE Telephone(01767) 627493

      Friendly cricket club with well stocked pavilion bar open every evening. The club also provides a social centre for surrounding villages and has a golf section, crib teams and many social functions.

  • Ireland
    • Black Horse Ireland SG17 5QL Telephone(01462) 811398

      Attractive rural pub with a restaurant, well-kept gardens and accommodation. It has a good reputation for food, with hot and cold food served in both the bar and restaurant. The accommodation is ideal for that quiet weekend hideaway. The owners also run the Birch just outside Woburn on similar lines. The small hamlet is named after the Irish navvies who built the now dismantled railway nearby.

  • Kempston
    • Brewers Fayre Bedford South Fletcher Road (off Wilkinson Road) Kempston MK42 7FY Telephone(01234) 844046

      Brewers Fayre pub/restaurant with companion Premier Inn opened in March 2013 as part of a new housing and light industrial development near an important main road junction. The trade is orientated to all-day, family-friendly food, but visitors are also welcome for drinks at the bar. Breakfast is served every day from 6.30 to 10.30am (7-11 Sat and Sun).

    • Daley's 86a Bedford Road Kempston MK42 8BB Telephone(01234) 851143

      Former club now fully open to the public, but still offers games and other facilities more typical of clubs. Bar food was recently discontinued.

    • Duke 10 Woburn Road Kempston MK42 7QA Telephone(01234) 853620

      Large community pub just south of the main shopping street and close to residential and light industrial areas. An L-shaped bar separates the large lounge from a games area with a pool table, and there is a big screen for sports. At the rear is a beer garden where children are welcome.

    • Griffin 174 Bedford Road Kempston MK42 8BL Telephone(01234) 840984

      A comfortable, recently refurbished pub linked to the Diya Royal restaurant in the same building, which specialises in Indian and Gurkha (Nepalese) food. Snacks and light meals are available in the bar. There is currently a Happy Hour from 4 to 5pm Monday-Thursday (but not for Real Ale). The website currently covers only the restaurant and its menu.

    • Kempston Constitutional Club 196a Bedford Road Kempston MK42 8BL Telephone(01234) 851120

      Large, popular members' club in the heart of Kempston. Members must sign visitors in.

    • Kempston Hammers Sports & Social Club 134 High Street Kempston MK42 7BN Telephone(01234) 853262

      Community-focused, family-orientated club offering football, rugby, cricket and its own adjacent bowling green. There are also pub game teams, and even a choir that performs at local community events. A function room accommodating up to 150 with its own bar and catering facilities is available to hire for private and community events. Non-members charged 50p for occasional visits, but full membership costs only £8 per year.

    • Kempston Rovers Football Club Hillgrounds Road Kempston MK42 8SZ Telephone(01234) 852346

      Semi-professional football club with a bar open to supporters club members, but also to visitors on match days. Function rooms are available to hire.

    • King William IV 56 High Street Kempston MK42 7AL Telephone(01234) 400292

      Attractive, oak-beamed old inn with a large modern restaurant built at the rear. Good-value meals use locally sourced ingredients where possible, with separate bar and restaurent menus. There is a monthly quiz night, occasional live music and there will be summer events in the garden. A convenient stop for popular local walks by the River Great Ouse just a short distance away.

    • Maypole Farm Fletcher Road (off Wilkinson Road) Kempston MK42 7FY Telephone(01234) 857218

      Large, newly built Farmhouse Inns pub-restaurant near the Marsh Leys road interchange. Breakfast is served from 9 to 11am and main meals including a carvery are available from noon to 9pm. The food range includes pub classics, luxury ice creams and a "cakeaway" range of fresh cakes to eat in or take away. Children are not allowed in the drinkers' area near the bar, but a separate dining area for families with children under age 12 includes the "Farm Yard" indoor play area.

    • Royal Oak 91 Woburn Road Kempston MK42 7QR Telephone(01234) 851114

      Small basic pub catering for a local clientele. Pool, darts and dominoes are played in the public bar. Real ale available. Usually St Austell tribute.

    • Smiths Arms 15 Margetts Road Kempston MK42 8DS Telephone(01234) 962345

      A street corner local in a residential area, with an unusual split-level bar. Kempston's answer to The Rovers Return, but with less drama! Jazz nights and karaoke evenings are held about once a month. Closed for more than two years, but recently reopened under new management. Information on available beers and other services to follow.

  • Kempston Box End
    • Corner 5 Box End Park Box End Road Kempston Box End MK43 8RQ Telephone(01234) 846223

      Impressive, contemporary, timber-framed building with a panoramic lakeside setting, part of the Box End Park water sports complex. Facilities are available for conferences, weddings and private functions. The Corner 5 Restaurant and Bar offers freshly prepared, traditional English cuisine and a comprehensive wine list. The cask ale may vary occasionally. The whole site is closed on Monday.

  • Kempston Wood End
    • Cross Keys 2 Tithe Road Kempston Wood End MK43 8TH Telephone(01234) 853939

      A large, Italian-style bar and restaurant in a small rural hamlet. Caters for weddings and other private functions.

  • Lidlington
    • Green Man High Street Lidlington MK43 0RN Telephone(01525) 840764

      Pretty, thatched village pub with a large garden, concentrating on service to the local community. Clairvoyant evening Sunday, chocolate parties, loyalty passport scheme and murder mystery evenings.

  • Little Staughton
    • Crown Green End Little Staughton MK44 2BU Telephone(01234) 376260

      A modern pub built in the 1970s after the original thatched building burnt down. The pub sits back from the road behind the car park, with a large garden to the right. The main bar is L-shaped with a wood burning stove. The fireplace is the only part left of the original building. A small room to the right of the door is used for dining and functions. The pub now has its own microbrewery with a range of beers usually available on the bar. The brewery is located in a building behind the pub and has a capacity of 300 litres. The first brew was produced in June 2017. There are two standard beers. Beers are brewed exclusively for sale in the Crown. Production is governed by the demand in the pub, at present brewing takes place weekly. All beer is put into casks, normally 7 firkins per brew.

  • Marston Moretaine
    • Bell Bedford Road Marston Moretaine MK43 0ND Telephone(01234) 768310

      Busy village pub serving meals in the lounge and bar. There is a beer garden and ample parking. Occasional beer and cider festivals are held in the lounge and garden.

    • Marston Social Club Station Road Marston Moretaine MK43 0PW Telephone(01234) 768234

      Limited information - full survey to be completed shortly.

  • Melchbourne
    • St John's Arms Knotting Road Melchbourne MK44 1BG Telephone(01234) 708238

      Built as a hunting lodge but used as a pub for the workers on the Melchboune estate.The L-shaped bar opens into a conservatory and large garden. A second room is used for dining and for skittles and darts. There are camping facilities in the field behind the pub. There is occasional live music, a quiz on Tuesday and an annual summer beer festival. Beers are mainly from Marston's and local microbreweries.

  • Milton Ernest
    • Queens Head Hotel 2 Rushden Road Milton Ernest MK44 1RU Telephone(01234) 822412

      Relaxed country inn with wartime links to Glenn Miller, extended into an 11-bedroom hotel. Two bars, restaurant and conference room are open to non residents. Bar and restaurant menus offer imaginative à la carte meals, including daily specials. Booking for meals advisable. Function room can accommodate 10 people.

  • Moggerhanger
    • Guinea Bedford Road Moggerhanger MK44 3RG Telephone(01767) 640388

      Large 18th century village pub with beamed ceilings in a prominent position at the heart of the village. There is a garden at the front and car parks at the side and rear. The main bar has a drinking area and two areas beyond for diners. A separate games bar has hood skittles and darts. There is a regular quiz on Thursday. Freshly prepared food is available daily (not Sunday eve).

  • Northill
    • Crown Inn 2 Ickwell Road Northill SG18 9AA Telephone(01767) 627337

      Pub-restaurant tucked away between the church and village pond, a stone’s throw from the Greensand Ridge Walk. With its antique bay windows, low beams, flagstones and copper-topped counter, the main bar and its adjoining snug are traditional and welcoming. The restaurant has a more contemporary and elegant feel. There is a sunny patio and a large garden with children’s play area. Freshly-prepared food is served in all areas. The pub can accommodate private functions for up to 60 guests.

  • Oakley
    • Bedford Arms 57 High Street Oakley MK43 7RH Telephone(01234) 822280

      Large village inn refurbished as a smart pub/restaurant. The single lounge with side seating areas and a conservatory offers dining throughout. A new food menu offers creative British dishes, prepared with locally sourced ingredients where possible. There is a choice of roast lunches on Sunday. Booking a table online is advisable. Small groups are welcome to meet in private, while large parties can also be accommodated by arrangement.

    • Oakley Sports & Social Club Church Lane Oakley MK43 7RU Telephone(01234) 824977

      Popular community club with playing fields offering a social atmosphere and facilities for a number of sporting and recreational activities. New members welcome - annual adult membership is only £5.

  • Odell
    • Bell 81 High Street Odell MK43 7AS Telephone(01234) 910850

      Handsome, thatched village pub with a large garden near the River Great Ouse. A popular stop for walkers with the Harrold-Odell Country Park just down the lane. Sympathetic refurbishment and a series of linked but distinct seating areas help retain a traditional pub atmosphere. Good value, quality food includes a Sunday roast, steak and chips Monday evening and pie and chips Tuesday. Tea and cakes are available all day. Local CAMRA Most Improved Pub 2016 and a Lockdown Hero award 2020.

  • Old Warden
    • Hare & Hounds The Village Old Warden SG18 9HQ Telephone(01767) 627225

      Pub-restaurant in this charming thatched village. The car park entrance leads into the main bar and dining rooms beyond. Follow the corridor or enter through the front door to find the second bar and cosy rooms harking back to village times past. Good quality meals include light bite lunchtime options, traditional roast on Sunday and evening meals with daily specials. Spring bank holiday beer and music festival. One mile walk to the Shuttleworth aircraft and vehicle Collection and Swiss Garden.

  • Pavenham
    • Cock High Street Pavenham MK43 7NJ Telephone(01234) 822834

      A friendly village pub with a warm welcome and a choice of cask ales. The bar has a late Art Deco look mirrored in the bright new pub sign outside. The large rear garden connects with the Ouse Valley Way and John Bunyan Trail public footpaths. No food is served currently, but snacks and light meals may be available during 2022.

    • Pavenham Park Golf Club High Street Pavenham MK43 7PE Telephone(01234) 822202

      A popular golf course set in the parkland of a former country house, with the clubhouse and bar fully open to non-members. It also caters for weddings and private functions of all sorts using a spacious marquee outside or a modern lounge and balcony upstairs offering fine views of the surrounding countryside. Offers breakfast and a bistro-style lunch menu, with a roast on Sunday. Closes at 3.30-4.30pm in winter.

  • Ravensden
    • Horse & Jockey Church End Ravensden MK44 2RR Telephone(01234) 772319

      Single-bar village pub-restaurant with a separate dining room serving a variety of fine food and a a selection of fine wines. The restaurant offers a fine view over Bedford. Reopened under new management in March 2022, details here are subject to confirmation.

  • Renhold
    • Polhill Arms 25 Wilden Road Renhold MK41 0JP Telephone(01234) 771398

      Family-friendly village local with a welcoming atmosphere and a large garden, play area and restaurant. There are regular quiz nights, regular live music and busy skittles. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2018 and 2019, and Cider Pub of the Year 2019 and 2021. No food currently available.

  • Riseley
    • Fox & Hounds High Street Riseley MK44 1DT Telephone(01234) 709714

      Originally a 16th-century farmhouse and attached cottage, converted into a beer house in the 19th century. Refurbishment in the 1990s revealed a priest's hiding hole. A more recent facelift brought a new look butcher's counter, steak flame grill, bar and restaurant. The Riseley Room to the right of the bar can be reserved for parties. The large, lawned garden includes a covered patio with heaters.

  • Roxton
    • Royal Oak 33 High Street Roxton MK44 3EA Telephone(01234) 871061

      A friendly one-bar village pub offering a range of changing beers. It is now part of an extensive modern development at the rear incorporating a post office, village shop, several flats, a hotel with four en-suite letting bedrooms and a restaurant. The picturesque village is close to two main roads but includes a rare Grade II* listed, thatched Congregational chapel.

  • Salford
    • Swan 2 Wavendon Road Salford MK17 8BD Telephone(01908) 483254

      Large, friendly pub-restaurant renovated and extended with good home cooking. There is ample parking and a safe play area in the large garden.

  • Sharnbrook
    • Colworth Club Yelnow Lane Sharnbrook MK44 1LQ Telephone(01234) 822202

      Private employees' club on an industrial research campus occupied by Unilever and partner companies. It offers extensive sports facilities, including cricket, football, rugby and a private golf course. Bar hours are flexible, opening after normal working hours on weekdays and at weekends when there are sporting fixtures.

    • Sharnbrook Playing Field Club Lodge Road Sharnbrook MK44 1JP Telephone(01234) 781080

      Members' club linked to local sports facilities, including tennis, football and cricket. The well-furnished lounge bar can be hired for private functions up to 50 people. Breakfast is available from 9.30 to 11am on Saturday only. New members welcome, no subscription.

    • Swan With Two Nicks High Street Sharnbrook MK44 1PF Telephone(01234) 781585

      Friendly village pub with a rear courtyard and patio garden. Home-cooked quality lunches and evening meals are served, using locally sourced ingredients where possible and including daily specials and home-made pies. A selection of award-winning wines is available by the glass or bottle. A good base for local walks and nature reserves near the River Great Ouse, walking and cycling groups welcome.

  • Shefford
    • Brewery Tap 14 Northbridge Street Shefford SG17 5DH Telephone(01462) 628448

      Primarily a drinkers' pub offering two former B&T beers and up to four guest ales. The open-plan bar area has two distinct sections with wood panelling, decorated with breweriana. A smaller family area to the rear offers more tables. Sandwiches, toasties and other light lunches are available. A monthly quiz, live music and occasional charity fundraising events. The large rear garden with seating is heated on cool evenings. Car park access is through an archway beside the pub.

    • White Hart Hotel 2 Northbridge Street Shefford SG17 5DH Telephone(01462) 811144

      Handsome old coaching inn with a bar, lounge, restaurant and four rooms available for bed and breakfast. Bar snacks and a full menu of quality meals are served in the bar or restaurant (not on Monday). Families are welcome, with a child-friendly garden available in good weather.

    • Woolpack 1 Hitchin Road Shefford SG17 5JA Telephone(01462) 235032

      A one-bar pub licensed since 1830, but refurbished and re-opened in 2016 after standing empty for nearly three years. It has a bright, uncluttered look with upholstered dining chairs and leather sofas, which may surprise those who remember the old wooden pews. There is a family garden to the rear. The three real ales change regularly, responding to what regular customers want.

  • Souldrop
    • Bedford Arms High Street Souldrop MK44 1EY Telephone(01234) 781384

      Popular village pub created partly from a 17th century hop and ale house. The restaurant has a central open fireplace and offers traditional, hearty pub favourites with daily specials and a roast on Sunday. A games room with skittles runs off the main bar. The spacious garden with petanque is popular with families in summer.

  • Southill
    • White Horse High Street Southill SG18 9LD Telephone(01462) 813364

      A refurbished old inn designed for drinking and eating indoors and out. The attractive garden includes play equipment and a heated dining patio. The Stable function room in a converted stable block accommodates up to 100 and a private dining room above the restaurant seats 25.

  • Stagsden
    • Bedfordshire Golf Club Spring Lane Stagsden MK43 8SR Telephone(01234) 822555

      Leading 18-hole golf course with two courses, driving lessons and shop. The modern clubhouse featuring a first floor bar, lounge and balcony overlooking the 18th green is open to members and visitors alike for a drink and a wide range of food. Banqueting and conference facilities for up to 150 are available for hire. Bar details to follow.

  • Stevington
    • Red Lion 1 Park Road Stevington MK43 7QD Telephone(01234) 823946

      Village pub by the ancient cross, re-opened in November 2018 as a smart but friendly pub-restaurant with a new conservatory dining area and three letting bedrooms. The restaurant and function room are available for business meetings or private functions. A continually evolving menu will celebrate the changing seasons, with freshly cooked dishes using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. An extensive wine list is available. The patio garden is used as an attractive outdoor dining and drinking area.

    • Royal George 8-10 Silver Street Stevington MK43 7QP Telephone(01234) 822184

      A lively community pub created from two old buildings joined together. London commuters will appreciate the hanging straps over the bar. Live bands play occasionally at weekends. A key to the 18th century Stevington windmill museum may be borrowed for a £10 deposit.

  • Stewartby
    • Stewartby Club Stewartby Way Stewartby MK43 9LJ Telephone(01234) 768261

      Former brickworks club in a village with no pub. The large function room is available for weddings and private parties. Live music nights and many other social events are held regularly. Breakfast is served on Sunday mornings. The yearly beer and cider festival was first held in October 2016 also open to non-members. Membership is open to all for just £5 per year. Local CAMRA Club of the Year 2020.

  • Turvey
    • Three Cranes High Street Turvey MK43 8EP Telephone(01234) 881365

      Comfortable, 17th century coaching inn re-opened as a free house in 2014. A split-level bar provides inviting corners for drinking and conversation. Home-cooked food is served in the bar and restaurant throughout the week, with the kitchen using local suppliers as far as possible. Served from 12 noon, with lunchtime specials available from Tuesday to Friday.Five luxury bedrooms upstairs.

    • Three Fyshes Bridge Street Turvey MK43 8ER Telephone(01234) 881463

      Old riverside inn next to the 11-arch medieval bridge over the Great Ouse. The main bar has a flagstone floor and inglenook fireplace. Traditional pub meals are served in the restaurant, with light meals and bar snacks also available. Ste4ak night is Thursday, traditional roasts on Sunday. The attractive, rear courtyard garden overlooking the river is open for food and drink in fine weather. Customers are invited to suggest guest ales.

  • Upper Dean
    • Three Compasses High Street Upper Dean PE28 0NE Telephone(01234) 708346

      Attractive, thatched and partly boarded pub on the southern edge of the village.The main bar is to the left of the entrance with a games area behind. A small lounge bar on the right is used mainly for dining, and there is a large garden at the rear. Since reopening the pub several years ago, the current owners have successfully created a popular rural venue for food and drink. Local CAMRA Most Improved Pub 2019.

  • Upper Shelton
    • Exhibition 39 Upper Shelton Road Upper Shelton MK43 0LT Telephone(01234) 768202

      Local community pub with a large garden. Bring your own food, with free use of the barbecue and a permanent marquee in the garden for self-catering functions. Closing time may be postponed until midnight if there are enough customers.

  • Wilden
    • Victoria 23 High Street Wilden MK44 2PB Telephone(01234) 772190

      Village pub re-opened as a free house in May 2019 after being closed for two years. A new bar at the back serving the garden is open at weekends. Food now being served. Live music on Thursday evenings.

  • Willington
    • Crown 17 Station Road Willington MK44 3QH Telephone(01234) 831024

      Lively community pub with a single, large, L-shaped bar. Traditional pub meals are served with a roast on Sunday. Locally sourced ingredients are used whenever possible. Fish and chips are available to take away. There is a quiz on Sunday evenings.

  • Wilstead
    • Red Lion Bedford Road Wilstead MK45 3HN Telephone(01234) 305102

      Village pub with a friendly atmosphere serving home cooked specials and bar snacks. Occasional beer festivals and fun days are held throughout the year.

    • Wilstead Bowls Club Jubilee Way Wilstead MK45 3HN Telephone(01234) 742390

      Friendly members' club with a licensed bar and large, comfortable lounge. Non-playing social membership costs £15 per year. Full survey in progress.

    • Woolpack 2 Bedford Road Wilstead MK45 3HW Telephone(01234) 742318

      A friendly village local with a warm welcome to visitors. The open fire helps to create a warm, cosy atmosphere and an old well in the corner adds further interest. The car park leads to a pretty patio garden. Good, home-cooked food with a gastro twist is served at lunchtime (not Mon) and evenings. From May to September the pub opens all day on Tuesday to Thursday.

  • Wootton
    • Cock Inn 2 Bedford Road Wootton MK43 9JT Telephone(01234) 930034

      Friendly, traditional village pub with an attractive garden, offering something for everyone. Live bands monthly, acoustic evenings every other Tuesday. Large meat raffle on Sundays, fun days held to support causes. Free use of the barbecue and garden. Buffets and functions catered for.

    • Fox & Duck 13 Bedford Road Wootton MK43 9JT Telephone(01234) 930098

      Community local backing onto the recreation ground. Real ale has been more reliable since the pub became a free house. New morning coffee shop opened summer 2020.

    • Legstraps 20 Keeley Lane Wootton MK43 9HR Telephone(01234) 854112

      Formerly the Rose & Crown but always known locally as the Legstraps, the pub has been completely renovated and re-launched as a free house. A welcoming and comfortable bar area has an open fire in the- winter. The elegant restaurant has an interesting menu with a daily special and the modest function room will seat 10 to dine. The Snug private dining room can be hired for private functions.

  • Wyboston
    • Gravel Pit Brasserie & Bar Wyboston Lakes, Great North Road Wyboston MK44 3AL Telephone(01480) 212033

      Large pub-restaurant overlooking a lake, part of the Wyboston Lakes conference and leisure complex. Dogs (other than guide dogs) are not allowed anywhere within the complex.