Bedford Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Bedford

March 21, 2018 Trinity Boughner

Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire, England. The town has a population of around 80,000, whereas the Borough of Bedford had a population of 166,252 in 2015 together with Kempston.
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1. St Helena

High Street | Elstow, Bedford MK42 9XP, England Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$494 - HK$494 +44 1234 344848
Excellent
83%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 790 reviews

St Helena

Ideal For romantic dinner,Special Occasions,Bussiness lunches or just a Night out. £45 is for a 5 course fine dining dinner menu

Reviewed By teresa502014 - Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Celebrated my husbands 60th birthday here. Wasn’t disappointed. The food can only be described as beautiful and presented just as well. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful. Gorgeous restaurant with lovely atmosphere. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it, best restaurant in Bedfordshire.

2. Amici

27 St. Peters Street, Bedford MK40 2PN, England Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean, Grill, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$102 - HK$212 +44 1234 340734
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 747 reviews

Amici

AMICI is a traditional Italian & Mediterranean restaurant in the centre of Bedford. With its warm and intimate atmosphere, it is the ideal setting for any occasion, lunchtime or evening. We strive to offer the best quality of food freshly prepared on the premises combined with an unrivalled customer service. We cater for most dietary requirements (gluten-free, vegetarian, halal...Etc) and can accommodate parties of up to 40 people also covered (Courtyard) garden available at back of the restaurant with seats of 35 people.

Reviewed By KL88xx - Bedford, United Kingdom

Lovely atmosphere and staff. Food is amazing and good value. My favourite is the linguine marinara! Still the best restaurant in Bedford. I cannot wait to return :-)

3. Green Man La Stalla Restaurant

The Green, Bedford MK45 4AD, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$275 - HK$549 +44 1525 860352
Excellent
78%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 250 reviews

Green Man La Stalla Restaurant

Reviewed By Venusbeachreturners - Bedford, United Kingdom

Have visited a number of times and always enjoyed the excellent Itallian food. Our latest visit was for Sunday dinner, so for a change chose the traditional roast beef dinner. It was excellent - portion size just right - the beef cooked to one's liking and all was hot. Service as always was excellent. The whole meal was value for money.

4. Indiya

1-3 The Broadway, Bedford MK40 2TE, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$110 - HK$385 +44 1234 327493
Excellent
71%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 377 reviews

Indiya

Fine dining restaurant

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Indiya never ever disappoints!!
Absolutely stunning restaurant, the Seating lay out, lighting and all decor is extraordinary. The entire restaurant is always spotlessly clean and have very high standards. The staff are extremely attentive, well mannered and nothing is ever to much for them and even when there really busy the staff always ensure your looked after.
I have been to Indiya a few times and always try to have something new and have never been unhappy with what I’ve chosen. The quality and presentation of the dishes they serve you is just spectacular. This remarkable restaurant is great value for money and I would highly recommend this beautiful Indian cuisine to anyone .. you won’t be disappointed!

5. Riobello Italian restaurant

6 St Marys Sreet, Bedford MK42 0AS, England Takeout, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$102 - HK$275 +44 1234 364430
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 324 reviews

Riobello Italian restaurant

An authentic and genuine Italian Restaurant set near the River Ouse in Bedford and adjacent the Park Inn hotel. This long established place is owned by Italians serving fresh and seasonal meals with a slight twist, prepared by our Italian chefs with fresh products. We have had a number of interior updates since taking over in December 2015 and our new seasonal menus are changed and updated reguarly since November 2017.focusing on a smaller dedicated menu. There is something different for everyone to sample and try to whet your appetite. Come and enjoy a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with fantastic food, wine and service - You can also order a takeaway and collect as well. We do not rush you and we shall always try and accomodate your requriments, after all it is a dining experience to savour! We do cater for vegetarians, Vegans and gluten free options too. Gio & Amanda<br>You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and instagram as well.

Reviewed By mummam4

We dined here recently and we loved it. The parma ham grizzini and cod bites starters were delicious, the pizzas were really, really tasty and the brownies were gorgeous, very light and delicious. Service was excellent. Definitely worth a visit.Hello, Thank you for your review and comments. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and we certainly look forward to seeing you all again very soon. Kind regards Gio & Amanda

6. The Plough at Bolnhurst

The Plough Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK44 2EX, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1234 376274
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 887 reviews

The Plough at Bolnhurst

Reviewed By Gary C - Virginia Water, United Kingdom

Everything about the Plough speaks quality, the entire building has a warmth and charm that lends itself to a pleasurable relaxed dining experience.
The attention to detail shown by the well trained staff is a delight and very much appreciated, the food itself is very well cooked and presented full of flavour and extremely enjoyable as is the real ale.
Without doubt the Plough is highly recommended.

7. The Horse & Jockey

Church End | Ravensden, Bedford, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1234 772319
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 275 reviews

The Horse & Jockey

Reviewed By BarkersLane - Bedford, United Kingdom

I called today to book a table for lunch with my family, I was asked what time we’d like the table for and for how many, I told the lady we would like to come around 3:00 and that we would like a table for 3 and room for a buggy if possible. After thinking about it, the lady on the phone told me they were fully booked all day. I wasn’t convinced as it took her a while to come to that conclusion. About a minute or two later my husband called, he just asked for a table for 3, with no mention of the buggy. The lady on the phone didn’t ask what time but told him that there was a table available anytime today!! Took his names and booked the table for 3:00. I then called back and asked to speak to the manager who was actually the lady who had been taking our calls, I explained the situation and asked for an explanation. I was told that a large table had just left the restaurant which is why there was now availability. I was amazed that a large table of people had manage to ask for the bill, pay it, get their coats on and leave all in the space of 2 minutes max! She asked whether we would still be needing the table that my husband had booked, I told her no as this doesn’t appear to be a family friendly pub at all, to which she said ok thank you, bye!! Unbelievable!! This is disgusting!!

8. Thai Lagoon

36 The Broadway, Bedford MK40 2TH, England Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$165 - HK$275 +44 1234 363300
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 391 reviews

Thai Lagoon

Thai Lagoon is a family run business which aims to serve food cooked with love and care at a reasonable price and in a warm atmosphere. Here at Thai Lagoon, we take pride in the fact that all our dishes are cooked fresh and to the customer&apos;s tastes. Fresh Thai herbs, spices and vegetables are imported each week and expertly blended with the finest quality local ingredients to provide an authentic taste of Thailand. Please note: The kitchen closes 1 hour before the closing time

Reviewed By Alan C

Bedford seems to be becoming the place to go for Thai food, first Rice now this place! Very tasty authentically cooked dishes, atmosphere was quiet, but it was a mid-week night when we visited. Friendly staff and all in all an enjoyable evening

9. Deshi Spice

60 Tavistock Street, Bedford MK40 2RD, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Bangladeshi, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$110 - HK$275 +44 1234 327755
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 310 reviews

Deshi Spice

Serving fine dine Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine with a friendly atmosphere and staff we pride our self&apos;s on cooking with fresh ingredients and spices from our CHEF with 30yrs experience

Reviewed By Gordon1309 - London, United Kingdom

Visited with friends for a meal on Thursday night. The food was excellent, spicy, hot and very tasty. The staff were helpful, explaining the dishes, and very helpful. The mixed starter is excellent and the main dishes were all spiced to our individual requirements.The restaurant...MoreThank you for your review GORDON1309 it's good to get good feed of your food and staff hope to see u soon @DESHISPICE

10. Rice Thai Restaurant

41 St. Cuthberts Street | Bedford, Bedford MK40 3JG, England Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +44 1234 272053
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 610 reviews

Rice Thai Restaurant

Reviewed By Kasia S - Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Wow wow wow! I am I converted thai food lover now!
Don’t be put off by the size of the restaurant, the food and customer service is top notch!
Very professional friendly staff and the food just talks for its self! Full of amazing flavours and will certainly be back again!

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