North Beds

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


CAMRA LocAle promotes pubs stocking locally-brewed real ale.

The scheme builds on growing consumer demand for quality local produce and increased awareness of “green” issues. Everyone benefits from local pubs stocking locally-brewed real ale

  • Pubs - as stocking local real ales can increase pub visits
  • Consumers - who enjoy greater beer choice and diversity
  • Local brewers - who gain from increased sales
  • The local economy - because more money is spent and retained locally
  • The environment - with fewer “beer miles” on deliveries, reducing road congestion and pollution
  • Tourism - by increasing a sense of local identity and pride. Let’s celebrate what makes our locality different.

Many CAMRA branches have already launched LocAle schemes to encourage local pubs to offer locally brewed beers. Our North Bedfordshire Branch scheme includes all real ales brewed within 25 miles of Bedford.

All pubs and clubs that join the branch scheme are listed on this page. CAMRA will provide licensees with point-of-sale material and pumpclip crowners to promote beers from breweries within the scheme. If you run a local pub or club and would like to join LocAle, please contact Peter Argyle (see Contacts).

LocAle Breweries - Real ales from the breweries on this page currently qualify for the North Bedfordshire LocAle scheme

  • Bedford
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kempston
    • 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.

    • Mulberry Bush Southfields Centre, Orchard Street Kempston MK42 7JB Telephone(01234) 409299

      Modern pub with big screen TV within a suburban shopping centre. Real ale is no longer available.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sharnbrook
    • 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.

  • Stevington
    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.