A few years ago I swore never to go back to the Swan. Tried again for Sunday lunch. Sensible menu, sensible but expensive wine list. The building looks the part but the interior is mixed: a lot of the parts are dark and gloomy and our part of the Riverside restaurant didn't actually have a view of the river (although it is across the road). Bare wood tables. At first plenty of waiting staff but food slow to come: a bottleneck in the kitchen I presume. Food quality ok, but the vegetable accompaniment included ratatouille and red cabbage, which seems to me to be a lazy option. Towards the end of the meal most of the waiters had gone and the two remaining ones were concentrating on doing the lay up for the next meal. It took ages to actually get a bill and then to pay. £83 for three people wasn't too bad; they charge you to park there though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bedford Swan Hotel is situated in a stunning town centre location overlooking the river and just 30 minutes from central London. Steeped in character and history yet fully refurbished to meet the needs of both our corporate and leisure guest The Swan provides outstanding hospitality expected from a 4 star Hotel. REST Enjoy a perfect night's sleep in one of our stunning bedrooms with thick soft duvets, contemporary fabrics, throws and cushions, signature wall papers and stylish furniture. Air conditioning is in all rooms as standard along with flat screen 32 inch LCD TV with in - room entertainment offering a wide range of up to date movies and high speed internet access. EAT We offer a fantastic range of dining options including the fabulous AA rosette awarded River Room Restaurant and relaxing lounges. 24 Hour room service is available daily and in the summer enjoy al fresco dining or drinks on our terrace overlooking the river. All our food is freshly prepared by our highly skilled team of Chefs. SPA: Our stunning Roman bath inspired pool and Jacuzzi provide the perfect way to unwind after a long, busy day. Our fully trained therapists also offer a wide choice of treatments including Swedish massage, Decleor facials and luxury OPI manicures. MEET: The Hotel is the ideal destination for conferences and meetings. Tailor made to suit the individual requirements of all our customers. CELEBRATE: With its superb location and stunning setting, the Hotel is a popular choice for weddings and functions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bedford Swan Hotel Bedfordshire