Bear, Bedford

Welcome to new landlord Stuart Turtill, with support once again from former bar manager Hannah, at what is again a traditional town centre pub. The Bear caters for everyone but moves closer to the alternative scene in the evenings with regular live music. Marstons EPA (under the house name Big Cat Ale), Wychwood Hobgoblin + two changing guest beers are available, together with Westons Rosie’s Pig cider. Phone 01234 630235 Facebook: TheBearinBedford (use this link otherwise you might open the old site).

Published 16/12/19

Bedford Arms, Oakley

Welcome to Marek Obler and Emil Beian, who took over this large village inn during the summer. A new food menu offers creative British dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients where possible. There is a choice of roast lunch on Sunday. Eagle IPA, Courage Directors and a changing guest beer are available. Book for meals beforehand by phone or online. Phone 01234 822280, web

Published 16/12/19

Bedford Arms, Souldrop

Welcome to Stewart Allister & Louise Shepherd, who now run this 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. Book beforehand for main meals. Black Sheep Best Bitter, Greene King IPA, Sharp’s Doom Bar and two changing guest beers are available. Closed on Monday. Phone: 01234 781384 Facebook: Thebedfordarmssouldrop

Published 16/12/19

Brewery Tap, Shefford

Welcome to mother and daughter Louise & Aimee Fitzpatrick, who now manage this B&T pub not far from the brewery. Primarily a drinkers' pub offering three B&T beers and three from guest breweries. The open-plan interior also provides a quiet family room at the rear. Lunchtime rolls are available. There is occasional live music or a quiz. Phone, 01462 628448,

Published 20/02/20

Five Bells, Cople

Welcome to Mandy and Sam, who took over this historic, timber-framed village pub in the autumn. Greene King IPA and a changing guest ale are available on the bar. Home-cooked meals are served from Wednesday to Sunday. There is a quiz on Thursday, a live band once a month on Saturday and a large garden for use in fair weather. Phone 01234 831330, web:

Published 20/02/20

Fordham Arms, Sharnbrook

The restaurant at this former railway station inn now operates as The Spice Tree, offering a range of British and Asian dishes to eat in or take away. A separate entrance has been opened to the old public bar, which still offers real ales: Greene King IPA, Sharp’s Doom Bar and a guest beer were available on our last visit. Phone 01234 781416, Facebook: fordhamarms

Published 16/12/19

King William IV, Kempston

Welcome to new landlady Michaela Lyon, who took over this attractive, oak-beamed old pub before Christmas. A large, modern restaurant is built at the rear. Good-value meals offer separate bar and restaurant menus. There is regular live music and we expect to see summer events in the garden. Phone 01234 400292, web:-

Published 20/02/20

Railway Steamer, Shefford

A lively local pub with a large lounge bar and beer garden. After several years without real ale, the pub recently changed hands and now offers cask Draught Bass and Eagle IPA. Basket meals are served Monday to Saturday, with a roast lunch on Sunday. Cooked breakfast is available at weekends. Phone 01462 814414, web

Published 20/02/20

Swan with two Nicks, Sharnbrook

A warm welcome to Beccy Herbert, who took over this friendly village pub back in the autumn. Regular beers Eagle IPA and Courage Directors are served, plus a changing guest ale. Home-cooked lunches and evening meals include daily specials and home-made pies. Award-winning wines are available by the glass. Phone 01234 781585, Facebook:- swanwithtwonicks1

Published 20/02/20

Three Fyshes, Turvey

Welcome to Chris and his team who took over this old riverside inn a few months ago. Traditional pub meals are served in the restaurant, with bar snacks available on a separate menu. The attractive, rear courtyard garden overlooking the river is available for food and drink in fine weather. Three changing real ales are available. Phone 01234 881463, web    
Published 16/12/19

Wellington Arms, Bedford

Little has changed recently at this iconic real ale pub, except that staff member Liz Sutton has succeeded Lesley Griffin as manager. A constantly changing selection of 12 real ales and two real ciders is served, plus a range of world beers served draught and bottled. Always a welcoming pub, but it can get very busy on Friday and Saturday evenings. Phone 01234 308033, Facebook Wellybedford

Published 16/12/19

White Horse, Southill

Welcome to new manager Andy Woolley and the Old Spot Pub Company, which now runs this historic pub near the Whitbread estate. Three changing real ales are available and there is a new food menu. The function room in a converted stable block accommodated up to 80 people and can be hired for private functions. Phone 01462 813364, web:

Published 20/02/20
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