Nothing says love like a romantic dinner for two. Delicious food, subdued lighting, a bit of background music and someone else doing the washing up all combine to make the perfect date night. Here are our top tips for a table for two. You’re guaranteed to get in their good books!
With views over the River Great Ouse, The Embankment is a modern gastropub with rooms in the heart of Bedford. The clue to its location is in the name! The building dates from 1891 but with all the modern comforts and facilities of a great pub. The atmosphere is relaxed and hospitable and the innovative menu features seasonal and locally sourced produce. The lively bar and riverside terrace are perfect for a pre-dinner G&T or post-dinner cocktails.
In another beautiful Victorian building, the d’Parys hotel and restaurant is close to Bedford Park and Bedford School on De Parys Avenue. This magnificent building underwent a full refurbishment in 2013 and has just had a refresh. The cosy bar, uniquely designed dining space and fresh food menu is perfect for special occasions. There are 14 bespoke bedrooms too, so if you want a night away from the kids, it’s the perfect romantic getaway!
Still within the town centre and nestled in the Cultural Quarter you will find The Higgins Pantry. Here you will find an authentic Italian menu to include Italian Tapas – that’s true love when you share plates of food!
With its lakeside setting, stunning contemporary building and panoramic windows Corner 5 Restaurant in Box End is a unique dining experience whatever time of year. With an emphasis on high quality, freshly prepared food, the team source as much as possible from local suppliers.
Paris House is a Michelin recommended restaurant set in the stunning 22-acre deer park of the Woburn Estate in Bedfordshire. It is the perfect setting to enjoy Great British Hospitality from owner and head chef, Phil Fanning. Originally built in 1878 as part of The Paris International Exhibition, the 9th Duke of Bedford fell in love with the building, had it dismantled, shipped piece by piece and rebuilt in the stunning grounds of Woburn Abbey. It has played its part as a tonsil hospital, staff accommodation and a bolt hole for Winston Churchill when he was at Bletchley during WW2 before becoming a restaurant in 1983.
With its low beams, intriguing layout and few windows, the Tudor origins of The Plough in Bolnhurst add to the character of this ever-popular pub. The kitchen is open to view from the bar and restaurant, serving up delicious and seasonal plates. The perfect blend of formal and informal – a great date guaranteed!