Pen & Cob

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

Breakfast:
Monday- Friday 06:30-10:00
Saturday & Sunday, Bank Holidays 07:30-10:30

Brunch:
Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday - 10:00 - 12:00

Lunch & Dinner
Monday-Saturday 12:00 - 22:00
Sunday 12:00 - 21:30


Lounge:
Monday-Sunday 10:00-22:00 (last orders 21.45)


Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Families and Children Welcome

About Pen & Cob

The Bedford Swan's riverside British Brasserie open all day for brunch, lunch or dinner as well as cocktails, coffee and much more!

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Excellent food, pleased with the value given the continuation of the eat-out-to-help-out, and staff wearing masks etc. all made me feel very safe

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Very clean, Covid secure and good atmosphere. The food was nicy presented and delicious!!!

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Felt very clean, stuck to COVID guidelines. Food was lovely. Would like a bigger selection of soft drinks.

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Visited On Monday, 21 September 2020

The place is beautiful and I’ve been here several times because it truly is one of the nicest environments in the local town. However, on every single occasion that I’ve dined here I’ve found the service to be very poor. The staff are inattentive, slow and all round not what you’d expect to receive in such a well presented restaurant. Nobody even came to service check. After several attempts of trying to get the waitresses attention, my partner had to get up to ask someone over. It’s such a shame because acquaintances also agree that the staff really let the place down. I think the issue is that there are a lot of inexperienced staff working together without any guidance. I’m sure that with a team of properly trained staff, the place would do a lot better!

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Visited On Monday, 21 September 2020

Service was very poor we asked for a jug for baby’s bottle and had to ask 4 times . Staff were very pleasant but it was very slow, real shame as food good and surroundings lovely.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 September 2020

Felt very safe for Sunday lunch, lovely meal too

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Visited On Sunday, 20 September 2020

Excellent food and service as always

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Visited On Sunday, 20 September 2020

We had a great time a lovely meal

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Visited On Sunday, 20 September 2020

We had a really lovely meal for a couple of family birthdays. The food and drink were of a very good quality and at very reasonable prices. We were looked after really well by the staff, the right level of attentiveness and the only reason I've marked it as just 4/5 for atmosphere was because we were seated to the side of the main restaurant, in the entrance walkway, so we were slightly out of the way.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 September 2020

Great service, felt very safe and well looked after.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 September 2020

Lovely lunch on the terrace, good service, all Covid measure in place, well done Pen and Cob

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Visited On Saturday, 19 September 2020

Great service inside and out, the beef shin is absolutely amazing. Lovely afternoon/ evening and reasonable prices.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 September 2020

Enjoyable brunch in a lovely setting

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Visited On Saturday, 19 September 2020

My brunch consisted of eggs and ham benedict it was Luke warm untoasted muffin fatty ham not good quality at all ,my cappuccino was also poor and cold I would not eat here again very dissatisfied and I would have complained on the day but I was with a friend who payed I was embarrassed as I hadn’t eaten here before.

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Visited On Friday, 18 September 2020

A lovely afternoon celebrating my mother's 70th Food was amazing and the waitress attentive Following the COVID guidelines to the letter but didn't impact on our celebration Will definitely be back 😊

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Would definitely come back, superb food and beautiful surroundings.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 September 2020

Been here many times in the past, lovely old building matches with old fashioned service. This is the first time since a major refurb. While it has been carried out to high standards it has lost its unique feel. Youngsters may love it as it is modern and bright but would prefer the old fashioned look that the main building represents. The service is not anywhere near the days gone bye. We had afternoon tea as a treat to see the refurb but was disappointed with the overall service. Our tea came without milk so I had to leave my table to ask for some And again had to go and find someone to bring our Prosecco. Not once did anyone come to see if everything was to our satisfaction and check on us. I put this down to poor customer training as in days gone bye service was paramount. Hence why we were often visitors. For people of our age we look forward to a warm welcome and attentive service. The food was good and would like to try sunday lunch or an evening meal but not sure due to a disappointing experience.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 September 2020

Normally buy 6 vouchers for our friends at Christmas, we won't be doing that again, came for my mums birthday, waited 10minutes for drinks to arrive, had the tea which was rather uneventful, went to the bar to get a drink on the way to the garden, was told someone would take my order even though id told the bar staff what i wanted, waited another 10 mins to be asked and didnt bother ordering, dreadful service if im honest, 6 people near to us working on laptops drinking out of flasks didnt add to an already lack lustre ambience, normally the Swan was my voucher go to but not any more

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Went 16/9 and we felt very safe. Distance of tables, cleanliness, arrows etc all very good. Lovely place and beef was amazing. Really nice place for a girlie get together. Staff were polite and professional.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 September 2020

The atmosphere was non existent due to the fact that the speakers were not working, according to our waitress, which meant the restaurant was awkwardly silent. I would suggest not seating customers in this portion of the dining room if there is no atmosphere to be enjoyed. The menu was also a little lacking, with the same menu being handed out for dinner service as was handed out at lunchtime. My shin of beef was tasty but definitely not what I’d call a shin of beef. More like a block of pulled beef, not what I was expecting. Having been to your restaurant almost a year ago, it was disappointing to see the same main courses being offered. Staff were very friendly and courteous.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 September 2020

we had a really enjoyable evening. the staff were great and helpful and the food was excellent. Many thanks, we will be back soon

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Visited On Monday, 14 September 2020

Quite slow service...food was OK

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Comfortable and accommodating. Will visit again

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 September 2020

When we first arrived and were seated, we were then waiting another 20-25minutes before we were asked what drinks we wanted. We then ordered food as well, then we had to go and find someone when we wanted more drinks.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 September 2020

We were sat in a draught,asked for the door to be closed,refused.Air conditioning came on above our heads,asked to be turned off,refused. Needless to say our food did not stay warm for long. First round of drinks sat on the bar for 15 mins before being served. No tip was left.

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