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The Embankment

4.3
4.3
447 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

The iconic building in Bedford, The Embankment, is getting a new lease of life! Working with Bedford's very own Charles Wells, we're launching this flagship of the riverside in style. With a brand new bar overlooking the river, a welcoming eatery serving great fresh food all day, a stylish private dining room and twenty comfortable en-suite bedrooms with free Wi-Fi throughout. We look forward to seeing you!

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Booked 26 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 08:30–23:00
    Sat 08:30–23:30
    Sun 08:30–22:00

  • Phone number

    01234 261332

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Simon Harris

  • Area

    Bedford

  • Parking Details

    At the back of the Hotel and parking is available along the Embankment

  • Public Transit

    We are right in the heart of Bedford on The Embankment by the River Ouse, just off the A6. Arriving from the West (Milton Keynes & the M1) follow the A421 towards Bedford, then join the A6 and continue until you cross the river and can turn left onto the Embankment. We are half-way along on the right hand side.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 447 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Ambience

  • Bedfordshire

    Lunch

  • Bedfordshire

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  1. GJ

    GrahameJ

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very helpful and patient stuff, wonderful food, would highly recommend

    The EmbankmentResponded 7 days ago

    Grahame, Thank you so much for such a kind review! we hope to welcome you back again soon!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Food always takes a really long time, has happened every time we have come. Food was undercooked, sent back and the replacement meal wasn’t great either. Staff were helpful but food took way too long and wasn’t great quality

    The EmbankmentResponded on 10 November 2021

    We are sorry we let you down on this visit, we are always listening to our guests, please do get in touch with us a reservations@peachpubs.c o m so we can look into this and make amends!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    As we walked in, we were not acknowledged by the manager, who instead opted for speaking to someone they knew, despite us being waited for 30 or so seconds in advance of them even arriving, it was like we were not there! Once seated at the table, we waited for around 5-10 mins and then asked if we could order drinks as up until this point we hadn't been asked. Drinks arrived and we ordered our food, Goats cheese for me and tempura prawns for my friend. We also both ordered steak for main. The starters went without issue, other than the irritating bit where the servers call you 'guys' we are not in america, whats wrong with gentlemen?? Then the steak arrived, it looked good however, even a brutal looking steak knife was no match for these, my mate and i tried but we just couldn't chew it, by the time we had attracted some attention to the issue we spoke to a younger member of the team who looked a little scared, we were pretty fed up and kind of expected the manager to come over, we had also run out of drinks, the manager didn't even venture over and was too busy so we ate the chips and left the rest, some 15 mins later he did come over and offered us a replacement but as we were pretty fed up we opted to settle up and leave. To be fair to them they cancelled the whole bill and we didn't have to pay anything at all, probably realised that their service was in fact appalling. My wife and i had actually eaten here before and it was much better than this, last night the whole ambience was rubbish, the steak was rubbish, whoever the chef buys their meat from should have a serious word as costco cheap meat is better than that, I wouldn't feed it to my dog! We understood from a conversation that the previous chef has moved on? Personally I would never return regardless but as your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning, for their sake I hope they learnt something. An evening was ruined and we’d not seen each other for months!

  4. B

    Bigaleff

    Dorset

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We always like coming for Sunday lunch at The Embankment. We like the ambience and obviously the food! Yesterday was no exception other than the beef being a little fattier than usual and the creme brûlée being unset (which resulted in it being removed from the menu.) The staff dealt with it very well and it didn't diminish our experience.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 25 October 2021

    Thank you so much for your review! its great to hear you enjoyed your Sunday lunch with us and that you enjoyed the environment, we are sorry about the crème brulee and it seems we fixed these in good time! we are so glad this small error did not deter you from enjoying the rest of your visit! Hopefully we will see you again soon!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My experience was absolutely beautiful and the food was excellent and the waitress service was exceptional.. I am looking forward to going again very soon..

    The EmbankmentResponded on 1 September 2021

    What a beautiful 5 star review, thank you so much! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great customer service. Food was fantastic. Lovely surroundings

    The EmbankmentResponded on 25 August 2021

    Thank you for the 5 stars and wonderful comments, we hope to see you again soon!

  7. A

    Anais

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Great venue for Saturday evening family get-together. Excellent ‘Specials’ dishes. Quite pricey but great service and overall quality.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 26 July 2021

    Hello Anais, thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are so happy that you've had an enjoyable visit and we would love to see you again soon.

  8. M

    Milly

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    When we first arrived they could not find my booking, despite having confirmation on my phone, they left us waiting for a bit which was a bit annoying as I was taking my Mum out for her birthday and wanted it to be special, it was sorted but it did mar our experience. Without that it would have been 5 stars all the way 😊Food was excellent, well worth the wait and the cost.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 24 July 2021

    Thank you Milly for taking the time to send us a review. We are sorry for this slip up with the booking system, glad you still had a excellent meal and hope your Mother enjoyed her birthday treat. Hope to see you again soon!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Service was a little slow but the food was great and the staff were friendly

    The EmbankmentResponded on 21 July 2021

    We hope to welcome you back again soon

  10. N

    Neanie1961

    Bedfordshire

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    I came here for dinner on a Saturday night. While the greet/initial drinks were timely, our starters did not arrive before the main turned up and one of the waiting staff offered to bring the starters after we had finished the main. Very Fawlty Towers. We eventually had the starters wiped from the bill but came away with the feeling that we had been forgotten. With a bill for two exceeding £125, I expected a little more in terms of service.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 14 July 2021

    Thanks for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that everything was not right and would love to pick this up with you directly. Please do get in touch with us at reservations@peachpubs.co m so we can look to putting this right.

  11. M

    Mark

    London

    160 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Great position overlooking the park and the river. Parking free on the road after 6pm. This is a good gastropub, ok for families.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 14 July 2021

    Looks like we didn't quite deliver Mark- can you let us know more about your experience - email us direct reservations@peachpubs.co m so we can listen to you.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Everyone is lovely and the food was good

    The EmbankmentResponded on 30 June 2021

    Lovely news- thanks for your review! We hope to welcome you back soon!

  13. KE

    KEITHA

    Bedfordshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great location, outside on a beautiful day, good service, excellent food - what more could you ask for. Thank You

    The EmbankmentResponded on 19 June 2021

    Thanks so much for your great review, we are so pleased you enjoyed!

  14. SJ

    SJ1981

    Bedfordshire

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Really lovely food and service - highly recommend! Xx

    The EmbankmentResponded on 12 June 2021

    Great to hear you enjoyed! Thanks you- we hope to see you again soon.

  15. RR

    RoyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Took my son to lunch. Good service,really nice food definitely go again

    The EmbankmentResponded on 9 June 2021

    Greta to hear you enjoyed! Thanks Roy- we hope to see you again soon.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Went there with the family to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Had heard good things but left slightly disappointed as having ordered a steak which was sent back 3 times for not being cooked to my liking. Didn’t like to complain but it wasn’t right. The staff were polite, attentive and dealt with it all well but I’d lost my appetite after the 3rd attempt. The rest of my family had eaten and enjoyed their meals so didn’t want to wait any longer for mine. Not sure we would rush back and as I said slightly disappointing as our first post lockdown meal out and for a special occasion.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 3 June 2021

    No- don't avoid us. I am terribly sorry you had such a bad time. We listen to our guests and always try to rectify any wrong doings. Can we chat to you about this? We would love to try and make amends. If you contact us at reservations@peachpubs.co m perhaps we can provide a better experience.

  17. M

    Mark

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great quality food with an excellent team. Perfect outside dining for a sunny bank holiday.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 1 June 2021

    What a great bank holiday we had! Thanks MarkS- we hope to see you again soon.

  18. n

    noeleend

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    very nice roast dinner -the vegetables were more al dente than we would have liked but overall very tasty

    The EmbankmentResponded on 3 June 2021

    Thank you for taking the time to send a review. When next visiting let the team know how you like your vegetables so we can get them right next time.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, friendly staff and good atmosphere!

    The EmbankmentResponded on 23 May 2021

    Amazing news- thanks so much!

  20. MB

    MaryB

    London

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    First time in this pub. Very welcoming, good service and nice food.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 23 May 2021

    Great to hear you enjoyed! Thanks for the review, hope to see you again soon!

  21. PS

    PaulS

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Good food, pleasant customer service and reasonably priced.

  22. MK

    MartinK

    Bedfordshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    overall it would have been a 5 star review, the only thing that let the embankment down was that the table my party of six was sitting and was of poor quality, it shoke and wobbled every time someone put a drink down or tried to eat food from it. I did advise the staff but they said they couldn’t help.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 2 May 2021

    Sorry about that Martin, we will check the tables and see if we can rectify the problem- thank you for bringing it to our attention. Otherwise we are very pleased you had a good time!

  23. W

    Whohas24lettersinanickna

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    It's now overpriced and can't remember the last time I felt so underwhelmed after going out for a meal. I understand the last year means things have been tough and it maybe finding it's feet after such a long break in hosting but my steak was cold and the scallops 8 for 50 pounds is completely ridiculous at £12.50 a starter, the cocktail I was served looked like a slush puppy and tasted awful. £9.50 I expect a trained cocktail maker to provide me with what I am paying for. Otherwise it was fine

    The EmbankmentResponded on 27 April 2021

    Thanks for review- we are very puzzled by the prices you are mentioning for the scallops? Pan-fried Native Scallops, Watercress & Tartare Hollandaise is a starter we serve for £12. So if you would like that as a main course we would double it bringing the cost to £24. We would like to chat further as these prices you are mentioning are odd. Please get in contact reservations@peachpubs Thank you

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Night out before lockdown!!!!!!!!!!!

    The EmbankmentResponded on 19 December 2020

    Thanks for the review and fingers crossed we will see you again in the new year!

  25. KE

    KEITHA

    Bedfordshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The embankment have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep us safe in these challenging times. We ate outside on a cold and wet morning but the umbrellas heating and supplies blankets were excellent. The food and service was great.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 14 December 2020

    Thank you for your great feedback, we have worked hard to re open (again) and so to hear you felt we had things right and that you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back again.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Nice as always!

    The EmbankmentResponded on 6 December 2020

    Thank you. Hope we can welcome you back again soon.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bedfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    With such a difficult time all the staff couldn’t be more helpful and amazingly cheerful. We had a very good meal and thought it was very good value. We will miss you during this lockdown.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 4 November 2020

    Oh this is lovely to hear- thank you! We will miss you too!

  28. PE

    PEDZINBEDS

    Brighton

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2020

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    Missing the mark - food returned twice as not warm and the meat was like eating leather shoes - the food in so sorry to say missed the normal standard tonight.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 19 October 2020

    We are sorry to hear you were disappointed, we value all guest feedback so please do get in touch with us at reservations@peachpubscom with details of your visit so we can look into this. We look forward to hearing from you.

  29. S

    Steve

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2020

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    I was disappointed because the Embankment used to serve good food. Unfortunately the emphasis now is on very cheap dishes at inflated prices. ‘Seasonal vegetables’ turned out to be a bowl of salty cabbage; while a ‘ragout’ was simply a bowl of pasta with trace elements of meat and tomato. Clearly there is nobody in the kitchen who has any idea how to cook. Eat elsewhere !

    The EmbankmentResponded on 1 October 2020

    No- don't avoid us. I am terribly sorry you had such a bad time. We listen to our guests and always try to rectify any wrong doings. Can we chat to you about this? We would love to try and make amends. If you contact us at reservations@peachpubs.co m perhaps we can provide a better experience.

  30. EC

    ElaineC

    Bedfordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quickly popped in for a roast dinner ... it was delicious!! Great service lovely ambience and fabulous food Could not ask for anything more !

    The EmbankmentResponded on 21 September 2020

    Thanks for popping in - glad you enjoyed your roast dinner and that the team looked after you so well. Hope we can welcome you back again soon.

  31. EC

    ElaineC

    Bedfordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Always love coming to the Embankment!! Great food friendly staff and a fantastic location

    The EmbankmentResponded on 21 September 2020

    Great to hear you love visiting us - thanks for your continued support Elaine and hope to see you again soon.

  32. C

    Claire

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Chicken dish was bland, and greasy with no salad,garnish or vegetable, just chicken and chips. It was very busy, we were given a table next to the bar , Overpriced and slow service as it was so busy . The doors were open and cigarette smoke poured into the restaurant,

    The EmbankmentResponded on 2 September 2020

    Sorry to hear you were disappointed. We'd love to pick this up with you direct, please do get in touch with us reservations@peachpubs.co

  33. k

    katieb

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Choice of indoor and outdoor dining. Decor inside very nice and outside you’re looking over to the water. Menu impressive variety with nice specials. Something for everyone from the meat loving hearty pie or burger eater to the fresh and lighter food. Sea bass with miso aubergine was lovely. One of the waiters very helpful and chatty. Very relaxed service (in a good way). Really nice late sunny lunch.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 25 August 2020

    Thanks for the 5 stars! We are very pleased you had a good time. The Pie is one of our most popular dished- although I do love our roasts. We do take away now did you know? We hope to see you in the pub again soon

  34. JM

    JessMenelas

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 August 2020

    overall4food1service4ambience4

    Had a great time on Saturday evening at the embankment. Service and quality of products was great. Only reason I put a low score for food was because we didn't order any food and the form wouldn't let me continue forward without doing so

    The EmbankmentResponded on 18 August 2020

    Ok- fair enough! order something via our app next time to see how we are trying to cope with the new rules in place. We hope to see you again soon

  35. CS

    CharleneS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    I dined solo on a lovely summer afternoon, the hostess was very accommodating to my solo dining needs and offered me a choice of tables even though it was very busy. Great interior, lovely hostess and waiting staff. I ordered cod, chips & onion rings, it was quite bland!! Cod was not seasoned at all. Dessert was delicious (apple tarte tartin). Overall the food is just ok, it does not warrant the amount they charge for it, definitely a bit overpriced.

    The EmbankmentResponded on 25 August 2020

    Oh that's a shame -Our prices were raised because all of our supplier increased their demand as they have lost so much of their trade during the pandemic- its a vicious circle! All of our produce is free range, sustainable and from ethical producers so this also has a small impact. I'm very pleased you were looked after so well though and that you enjoyed the apple tarte tatin, Thank you for your feedback.

  36. l

    lauren

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    lovely food and lovely atmosphere, the service we had was excellent and never had to ask once for anything. food is really lovely but I would say a little bit over priced.

  37. KE

    KEITHA

    Bedfordshire

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great first breakfast following lockdown. The embankment had gone to great lengths to protect and reassure customers and staff. The service and food was excellent. Many thanks, KEITH

  38. JA

    JANEL

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 March 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Waited 15 minutes after being seated with no contact, menu or drinks. Only when requested were menus provided. After the main course we were left for 40 minutes without offer of dessert or coffee. Food was fine, service poor.

  39. JY

    JackieY

    Bedfordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Party of 4 all if us enjoyed our starters and mains. everything was perfectly cooked. We were impressed with standard of food, choice and flavours. Fantastic. Staff pleasant and attentive.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Liverpool

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal in lovely surroundings - thank you xxx

    The EmbankmentResponded on 2 September 2020

    Cheers for the 5 stars, so glad you enjoyed and do hope we can welcome you back again.

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The Embankment is rated 4.3 stars by 447 OpenTable diners

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Booked 26 times today
Google Map for The Embankment

No 6, The Embankment Bedford, Bedfordshire MK40 3PD

  • Area

    Bedford

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 08:30–23:00
    Sat 08:30–23:30
    Sun 08:30–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    At the back of the Hotel and parking is available along the Embankment

  • Public Transit

    We are right in the heart of Bedford on The Embankment by the River Ouse, just off the A6. Arriving from the West (Milton Keynes & the M1) follow the A421 towards Bedford, then join the A6 and continue until you cross the river and can turn left onto the Embankment. We are half-way along on the right hand side.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Simon Harris

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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