This excellent restaurant, is still very much the local village pub. The medieval building dates from before the Black Death, and certainly one of the oldest in the neighbourhood.
The menu on offer is both long and ambitious, particularly when what they list as 'Simpler dishes' - such as 'Bangers and Mash'; 'Club Sandwiches' and 'Steak and Kidney Pudding' are taken into consideration.
Chef/co-proprietor, Martin Lee, has worked in some top-quality kitchens, including that of Raymond Blanc, and it shows in the quality of the dishes on offer here.
Depending on the season, expect the likes of 'Celeriac Soup with Wild Mushrooms and Chives'; 'Mussels with Thai-Spiced Vegetables, Coconut and Coriander' and 'Pan-Fried Foie Gras, Crisp Potato Gallette and a Girolle and Aged-Sherry-Vinegar Sauce' among the starters.
Maybe 'Grilled Sea Bass, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Marinated Potatoes and Anchovy Butter'; 'Char-Grilled Cornish Lamb with Black Olive Mash, Grilled Red Onions, Spinach and Rosemary' and 'Char-Grilled Venison with Venison and Potato Hash, Baby Onions and a Red Wine Sauce' among the mains.
Excellent desserts aren't to be missed with maybe 'Lemon Tart with Crème Fraiche' and 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream on offer.
They also have an excellent selection of British and Italian cheeses.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.00 (Sun 14.30); mains about £17 to £32; set L Tues-Sat £15 (1 course), £20 (2 courses), £25 (3 courses); set L £23 (2 courses), £29 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat, 18.30-21.30; set D Tues-Thurs £15 (1 course), £20 (2 courses), £25 (3 courses); mains about £17 to £32
- Seats: 90, plus about 30 outside
- Wine: an excellent list, is usefully-arranged by type, and kicks off at around the £20 mark. It includes an excellent choice by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Bedford Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Mon. 26th Dec to Jan. 14th
- Outside eating