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

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

Three Cups, Bedford

Familiar face Bobby from the Wellington Arms has moved across town to manage this award-winning pub still leased by White Park brewery, which moved here in 2018 although brewing has sadly not re-started. Greene King IPA, Morland Old Speckled Hen are served with five changing guest beers, often from local microbreweries, plus a real cider. A tray of tasting thirds is available. 01234 352153.

Published 16/12/19

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

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

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
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