It’s officially the weekend, the sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and it is the perfect weather to hit the pub with your friends or family. Whether you’re after a G&T with the girls, real ale from local breweries, some classic pub grub or a high end dinner, the pubs in Bedfordshire have a lot to offer.
While we’re big fans of all our the pubs in our county, three have come up trumps with the Good Pub Guide. The experts are a top source for recommending Britain’s watering holes – and with 30 years of experience, they certainly know their stuff.
From meals, to drinks, entertainment and even an overnight stay if you’re planning to extend your weekend visit, we have all the details on these highly rated pubs so you know exactly what to expect. The Good Pub Guide has put these three pubs in their ‘recommended’ section.
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Here are the best pubs in Beds according to reviews by the Good Pub Guide:
The Birch is a family run pub in the Woburn countryside, described as “Bright, bustling and modern’ it’s the place to go for a sleek modern afternoon out. Drink lovers can find Adnams Ghost Ship and St Austell Tribute on handpump, 24 wines by the glass, a dozen malt whiskeys and quite a few teas and coffees, according to the Guide.
The food sounds incredibly tasty and classy, with sumptuous twists on favorite dishes including pan-fried chicken breast with chorizo, asparagus and gnocchi in tarragon cream, grilled swordfish steak with white wine, prawn and cream sauce, Thai-spiced red pepper and butternut squash risotto with pine nuts, braised rolled pork belly with mash potato, hispi cabbage and cider, bacon and mustard cream, and puddings such as Italian meringue lemon tart and raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake.
Children are allowed, plus there’s live music on Friday evenings. The average two course evening meal price is £25.00, and the price of cheapest bitter: £3.95
The Black Horse
The traditional exterior, adorned with flowing hanging baskets, entices pub goers into this 17th century high-end establishment in Ireland, Bedfordshire. It is a hot favorite with the Good Pub Guide after scooping awards for its drinks, food and overnight stays. Visitors will sink into leather armchairs and comfortable wall seats, with French windows open from the restaurant on to various terraces.
Drinks include Adnams Southwold, Sharps Doom Bar and Woodfordes Wherry on handpump, 27 wines by the glass, a dozen malt whiskeys, Weston’s cider and coffee. If you’re looking to max out with an overnight stay in the chalet-style bedrooms (just across a courtyard in a separate building) you’ll receive an included continental breakfasts and taken to your room.
Dining in this pub is taken to the next level, with classy cuisine including crispy pork belly, hoisin sauce, stir-fried vegetables, pickled mooli and sriracha mayonnaise, Cromer crab thermidor, crab apple salad, charred aubergine with romesco sauce, almonds, sherry and crispy buckwheat salad, baked sea bass fillet with spiced Thai sauce, wild rice and kohlrabi salad, local venison steak with celeriac purée, pickled carrots, crispy shallots and blackberry jus, and puddings such as banana sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel sauce and banana ice-cream and a chef’s souffle of the day.
The average two course evening meal price is £24.95 and the price of cheapest bitter is £3.70
The Legstraps is a cozy village pub, with a classic menu of British favourites. You can relax on plush upholstered chairs around with a wood-burning stove in a brick fireplace crackling in the background.
Gin lovers, this is the place for you as the pub stools 27 varieties, plus two guest ales changing each week on handpump. Food ranges from Devon white crab with avocado purée, pork and chorizo scotch egg with salad, roasted chicken supreme with sweet potato rösti, pak choi, romanesco sauce, rib-eye steak, triple-cooked chips with watercress peppercorn sauce, pork tenderloin with dijon dill cream sauce, fondant potato and crackling, sweet potato and chickpea curry with raita and onion bhaji, and puddings include chocolate mousse and stout sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream.
Coming in at the cheapest of the three, the average two course evening meal price is £22.50 and the price of cheapest bitter is £3.65.
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