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The River Room

The Bedford Swan Hotel , The Embankment, Bedford , United Kingdom, MK40 1RW
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Opening Information

Lounge and Coach Room

Breakfast:
Monday- Friday 06.30-10.00
Saturday & Sunday, Bank Holidays 07.30-10.30

Lunch:
Monday-Saturday 12.00-15.00
Sunday 12.00-16.00

Dinner:
Monday-Sunday 18.00-21:30 (last orders 21.15) contact us directly to book

Lounge:
Monday-Sunday 10.00-22.00 (last orders 21.45)


Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome

About The River Room

Afternoon Tea, Lunch and Dinner are served in our beautiful Lounge whilst our Bar provides and ideal location to meet up with friends, enjoy a pre-dinner drink or cocktail.

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

We had lunch yesterday, Sunday 9th December. The new dining room is extremely attractive. We both had roast pork which was beautifully tender. We had to ask for apple sauce and stuffing (which are the accompaniments for roast pork, as they did not feature on the menu) and these were brought to us. We had apple crumble and custard for pudding which was delicious. It was excellent value for money and we will certainly dine with you again. Many thanks.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

The River Room was closed despite you confirming my reservation there only the day before!

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Staff were very friendly and accommodating

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Visited On Saturday, 27 October 2018

A lovely afternoon spent with close family and the afternoon tea was very nice and nicely presented.

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Visited On Saturday, 27 October 2018

Not enough sandwiches and very dry, cakes two sweet, scones were fab though, not enough for the money but very pleasant atmosphere staff are friendly

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Visited On Monday, 22 October 2018

We had a wonderful experience at The River room! Great service, lovely food and beautiful surroundings. Well worth a visit.

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Visited On Saturday, 20 October 2018

Lovely afternoon tea great selection of sandwiches and cakes and of course tea! Nothing was too much trouble. Beautiful hotel

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Staff friendly, hand made scones were delicious.. Very filling took home a "doggy" bag as couldnt eat it all Will definately recommend and return

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Visited On Sunday, 09 September 2018

Fantastic service.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 September 2018

Very pleasant Afternoon Tea in lovely surroundings.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 September 2018

Initially we were seated in a lovely quiet soft sofa area, which was very relaxed, but unfortunately we were then informed that we had to move to the main dining room, we informed the waitress that we would prefer to remain where we were, but the waitress did not seem to think that this was possible, and she did not suggest looking into this further. The dining room was lovely, but very empty, and very formal in comparison to the first place we were seated, that said, the service was very good, the waiter was attentive but not annoyingly so, the tea selection was impressive, and the quality of the scones, sandwiches and cakes was very good as well. I did not feel that we were rushed in any way which was lovely, and it wasn't too busy so my friend and I could easily hear each other, and the tables were positioned so we had enough privacy. Overall a lovely experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 September 2018

great service from start to finish, great location.

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Visited On Sunday, 26 August 2018

Had a lovely lunch only spoilt by the gross family with four unruly children who promptly thought the restaurant was a place for them to scream and shout and show off without any discipline from the parents/adults. Also, the supposed dress code in the River Room was most certainly not followed by the tribe of half wits.

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Visited On Friday, 24 August 2018

Excellent food, atmosphere, and staff.

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 August 2018

I thought the menu was poor and I had an upset stomach in the night after eating my evening meal . Tables scratched and tatty, chairs not much better. Road noise horrendous right by the tables. Staff were excellent and attentive.

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 August 2018

A lovely afternoon tea . Great value and good service enjoyed by all . Thank you .

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Visited On Monday, 20 August 2018

We had such a lovely time and we were looked after so well. The food was delicious. Thank you

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Visited On Sunday, 19 August 2018

We all had a great time enjoying the afternoon tea. We were well looked after, would definitely come again. Great value for money too. Thankyou.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 August 2018

Celebrated my 70th Birthday with family on Sat 18th Aug. The carpet in The River Room needs replacing, it was in an awful state. This let the whole venue down as far as making a recommendation is concerned.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

The food was great, some people in our party had allergies which they catered for very well! Found it a little odd when waiters started talking to each other in a different language while we were trying to pay. Sounded as though one was telling the other off, they continued speaking in a different language the whole time we were paying, just came across kind of rude.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

Service was brilliant.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 August 2018

Lovely way to spend a Saturday lunchtime

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Visited On Saturday, 04 August 2018

We enjoyed the scones and cream however the could be a better selection of sandwiches

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Visited On Wednesday, 01 August 2018

Location Great, surrounding lovely, Staff fantastic, could not do enough for us. Went for an afternoon Tea with my sister and 84 year old Mother staff made it a wonderful afternoon

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Visited On Sunday, 29 July 2018

When we walked in the immediate ambience left us feeling a little underwhelmed. The restaurant was all but empty and they were just moving furniture around as they were obviously setting up for another party. However, the welcome (given that we were 30 mins early) was very warm and the staff couldnt have been more accommodating. They even offered to let us swap seats after we had ordered so that my mum would have a view of the river. The food arrived quickly, was warm and DELICIOUS. The service was impeccable.. friendly and attentive. It's such a shame that the room is so tired (paint is scuffed everywhere) and the carpet is filthy in places. Though I would definitely want to eat there again, I would say that there are nicer places to have a meal and - for that reason - we probably wont be back. With some aesthetics and more attention to the actual dining experience, it would be a wonderful venue.. but right now, it's very tired and unwelcoming. Your staff probably are the difference between people coming back or not - and I couldnt recommend them more.

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