The Embankment

4.3
455 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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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
What 455 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
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 Embankment
Responded on 1 September 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service. Food was fantastic. Lovely surroundings

The Embankment
Responded on 25 August 2021

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

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Anais
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 Embankment
Responded 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.

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Milly
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 Embankment
Responded 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

The Embankment
Responded on 21 July 2021

We hope to welcome you back again soon

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Neanie1961
Bedfordshire
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 Embankment
Responded 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.

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vipMark
London
154 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 Embankment
Responded 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everyone is lovely and the food was good

The Embankment
Responded on 30 June 2021

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

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KEITHA
Bedfordshire
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 Embankment
Responded on 19 June 2021

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

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SJ1981
Bedfordshire
24 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really lovely food and service - highly recommend! Xx

The Embankment
Responded on 12 June 2021

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

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RoyR
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

The Embankment
Responded on 9 June 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
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 Embankment
Responded 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.

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vipMark
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

The Embankment
Responded on 1 June 2021

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

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noeleend
Bedfordshire
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 Embankment
Responded 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, friendly staff and good atmosphere!

The Embankment
Responded on 23 May 2021

Amazing news- thanks so much!

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vipMaryB
London
21 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

The Embankment
Responded on 23 May 2021

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

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MartinK
Bedfordshire
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 Embankment
Responded 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!

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Whohas24lettersinanickna
London
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 Embankment
Responded 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

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

The Embankment
Responded on 19 December 2020

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

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KEITHA
Bedfordshire
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 Embankment
Responded 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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice as always!

The Embankment
Responded on 6 December 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
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 Embankment
Responded on 4 November 2020

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

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vipPEDZINBEDS
Brighton
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 Embankment
Responded 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.

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Steve
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 Embankment
Responded 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.

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ElaineC
Bedfordshire
3 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 Embankment
Responded 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.

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ElaineC
Bedfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

The Embankment
Responded on 21 September 2020

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

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Claire
Bedfordshire
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 Embankment
Responded 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

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katieb
London
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 Embankment
Responded 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

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JessMenelas
Bedfordshire
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 Embankment
Responded 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

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CharleneS
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 Embankment
Responded 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.

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lauren
Bedfordshire
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.

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KEITHA
Bedfordshire
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

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JANEL
London
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.

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JackieY
Bedfordshire
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal in lovely surroundings - thank you xxx

The Embankment
Responded 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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PhilA
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant with good food and service recommend to anyone

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NikD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant evening and superb service. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was really good.

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely food, lovely staff, lovely experience, would recommend the Embankment to a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
8 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Speed of service was spot on. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Took 20 minutes to get seated even though there were tables available. They then sat another couple before us and didnt seat us until I spoken to another member of staff to explain we had already been waiting. No point in booking if you have to wait!!!!!!

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The Embankment is rated 4.3 stars by 455 OpenTable diners.

The Embankment does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://peach-pubs.vouchercart.com/category/the-embankment-2716.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.