Bear, High St, Bedford

The Bear re-opened in September after refurbishment under new licensee Daniel Fisher from the Barley Mow and manager Hannah Deverick. Four changing real ales and Westons Old Rosie cider are available. Local CAMRA Young Members Pub of the Year 2018. Call 01234 630235 or visit

Slug and Lettuce, High St, Bedford

After complete refurbishment, the former Yates’s re-opened in September with a new name and a new style. Food and drink are available all day, but sadly there is no real ale or cider.

Foresters Arms, Union St, Bedford

After a thorough refurbishment and interior reorganisation, this Charles Wells pub re-opened at the beginning of October under new licensee Suzy Spilling. There is now a single, split-level bar and conservatory, with an attractive, enclosed garden. Eagle IPA and three changing real ales are available, usually including the current Wandering Brewer beer. Five keg taps include one reserved for a seasonal Wandering Brewer craft beer.

Anchor, Cardington Rd, Bedford

The Anchor Choma Zone community sports bar at Fenlake now offers real ale again, with Sharp’s Doom Bar usually available on handpump. Call 01234 306461 or follow it on

Bridge, Shefford

Welcome to recent arrivals Tom and Vicki at this modernised corner pub near a long-demolished railway bridge. After several years without cask beers, Eagle IPA and up to two changing guest ales are now available. The pub caters for all ages - a pool table and large sports TV screen dominate the larger bar, while the smaller lounge is quieter. Quiz night is Thursday, karaoke and open-mic nights are held on Sunday. Call 01462 351395 or follow it on

Cornerstone, Shefford

Welcome to new licensee Corri-Ann Burke, whose business also runs the Greyhound at Haynes. Four changing real ales are available, with a real cider served direct from the cellar. Popular corner pub with a long, L-shaped bar and a pool table near the main door. Call 01462 811118 or follow it on Facebook @The-Cornerstone-Shefford

Three Cups, Newnham St, Bedford

The relocation of White Park Brewery from Cranfield to its new home at the Three Cups has been completed, although brewing has not yet re-started. Meanwhile, Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and five changing real ales are available, most of them from independent microbreweries. Local CAMRA Town Pub of the Year 2018.

Horse && Groom, Clapham

Welcome to Karl & Sarah Weaver, new managers at this popular Greene King pub-restaurant. Classic pub food, including a traditional Sunday roast, is now joined by Barrel and Stone quality stone baked-pizzas. Greene King IPA, Abbot and a changing guest ale are available.

Red Lion, Stevington

Five years after the doors closed and the window boards went up, this prominent pub by the historic village cross has finally re-opened as a smart, but friendly pub-restaurant with a new conservatory dining area and three letting bedrooms. Up to two changing real ales are served, with an innovative food menu prepared with local ingredients. The bar and kitchen are open from Wednesday to Sunday.

Cricketers, Goldington Rd, Bedford

After a short period closed and looking unwanted, this popular community pub reopened early in December with new landlords Clay and Jakie in charge. The Cricketers is always well patronised on match days at the nearby Bedford Blues Rugby ground. Black Sheep Best Bitter, Fuller's London Pride and Sharp's Doom Bar are usually available, plus one changing guest beer. Call 01234 330049 or follow it on Facebook@CricketersArms Bedford
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