Probably merits 'good' rather than 'very good' but that's not an option.
I had lunch here with friends on a quiet Thursday. The restaurant has large picture windows overlooking the river. We had a lovely table by a window from where we could watch the swans sailing by. It would no doubt be delightful in the summer.
The lunch menu had plenty of options. We all chose the plum tomato soup to start with. This was very nice. The accompanying rolls were the part-baked sort you get from the supermarket. I'd have preferred fresh bread.
For our main course we had the pork tenderloin (a very large portion), the salmon fillet with pea risotto and the liver and bacon. Everything was nicely presented. My friends said their dishes were very tasty. My liver was cooked just as I like it. (I had asked our waitress to let the chef know I liked it cooked all the way through rather than rare as many places now serve it.) The potato cake which accompanied it was delicious. I'd have liked a vegetable with it though and was sorry I hadn't thought to order a side dish. The lemon curd Eton mess dessert was okay but nothing special.
My friend was disappointed that the only sugar-free soft drink option other than water was Diet Coke.
A good selection of wines were available, some by the glass.
Our waitress, Maria, was charming.
I would happily return for lunch or dinner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Barns Hotel is situated in a beautiful riverside location, within three and a half acres of landscaped gardens, yet it is just 10 miles from the M1 and 8 miles from A1. The tranquil setting offers Bedford accommodation with views of the great River Great Ouse and the local country park and wonderful grounds in which to stroll and relax. Come and join us for a beautiful and relaxing stay! ... more less
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