Dining out in beautiful Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire is a really under-rated place. In a 2018 YouGov poll, 42000 people named Bedfordshire as the least popular of the 42 countries. It seems to be a country that people pass through, rather than linger in. However, there is plenty to enjoy and experience in Bedfordshire, not least the food.

Here is a round-up of some of the best meals I’ve enjoyed whilst eating out in mid- Bedfordshire over the last few months.

The Chequers, Westoning

This cute little thatched pub is about 10 minutes off junction 12 on the M1 and is worth a visit if you find yourself in the area. I really couldn’t fault this place when I visited for a birthday meal recently. Despite the fact that they had just re-opened after lockdown and were really busy, the service was excellent. The food was also top-notch. You can’t really go wrong with ham, egg and chips and this was spot-on. Recommended.

The Flying Horse, Clophill

Everything about our visit was great, from the gorgeous sunny weather to the lovely ambience. We just couldn’t get enough of the food and ended up eating three courses. I particularly recommend the calamari- it was delicious.

The White Hart, Maulden

The chicken burgers here are amazing! I’ve been a fan of the White Hart for so long and it’s changed management several times, but they seem to have hit a winner now. I particularly enjoyed sitting on the veranda overlooking the pleasant garden whilst enjoying my meal.

The service was good as well.

The Cross-Keys, Pulloxhill

The Cross-Keys has a beautiful location, set in the middle of countryside, and the surrounding area is good for walks.

I wanted to try something different so opted for the beef stroganoff. It was very creamy and tangy. It was also the most expensive thing on the menu, but didn’t break the bank. Good food for sensible prices- the Cross-Keys never lets you down.

EDIT: I went back to the Cross Keys a few evenings ago and had their gorgeous brownie blowout:

Do you have any recommendations for food in Bedfordshire?

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