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 in and around Bedford.

Pen & Cob brasserie in The Swan Hotel is a top choice if you date loves art deco inspired décor, signature cocktails and a classic British menu.

Pen and Cob

Pen and Cob

On St Cuthbert’s Street Herd is perfect for all Burger lover’s (delicious veggie options always available) looking for a cosy ambience. You can move to the bar after you’ve eaten or pop just along the road to Bears & Tales for pre or post food cocktails.

If you fancy more of a relaxed sharing board, The Blue Glass on St Peter’s Street is a great place if you share a love of wine.  You can pick a wine from the menu or browse all of the wines sold to really make your evening bespoke.

Housed in a 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 (that’s really budget friendly too) to include Italian Tapas – that’s true love when you share plates of food!

Also in the cultural quarter sits Decant Cheese & Wine – perfect if your date has a love of both cheese and wine as their platters (and wine menu) get star reviews. Book ahead though as tables are sought after.

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.

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.

Paris House

Paris House

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!