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The Knife & Cleaver
Reviewed 13 February 2014

Just returned from a visit to this wonderful pub/inn. We had lunch on the day of arrival, and an evening bar meal . Food was brilliant, staff very friendly and attentive, and the décor of the pub and accommodation was first class.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Graham R, Owner at The Knife & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thanks so much you are great,
All the staff say a big hello and thank you
Graham

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Reviewed 30 January 2014

I did submit this when we went and after checking I've realised after going to the trouble my review wasn't published ,I've also submitted this direct to the knife & cleaver so here it is again ..sadly we can't get a table for valentines night ❤️❤️Can't believe we weren't in time..
We went on the 18th January for my husbands birthday and it was our first visit. We had a great evening and found the staff so friendly and welcoming as soon as we attended we were greeted with great big smiles, it's hard when you have not been somewhere before and sometimes a little daunting but the relaxed atmosphere made us feel at ease and I suppose the only way to really express what I mean is when we stepped through the door it felt like a great big hug.

The food was excellent and our choices of the Chicken and Duphonaise potatoes and the Lamb Cutlets were fantastic. We both tried each other's and we were very impressed with the amount and the quality and the plain white plates gave a expensive air to the dishes, the stark whiteness introduced the colours and the textures of the food and managed to do both dishes the justice they so deserved.

We are fans of four in a bed and we remember the establishment being on it and doing very well In fact we both thought at the time that you were robbed and should have been given first place, because the water problem wasn't your fault.

The staff that attended our table were polite and fun at the same time, they asked regularly if we were okay and attended to us and we felt important and they left a nice amount of time between courses so we could decide what we wanted and provided a nice conversation whilst dealing with us.

We had an excellent experience and will be returning and recommending it to our friends. A huge big thank you to Terry, Graham and all the staff involved at the Knife and Cleaver your hard work certainly shines through and we couldn't possibly fault our evening , it's a shame we live so close by as we would love to come and stay and try your accommodation as I'm sure it's second to none.

Thank you and Best wishes to you all
Kind regards Lesley & Steve Badham

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Graham R, Owner at The Knife & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2014

Thanks so much for your rerview, your very kind comments have been passed on to everyone here at The Knife & Cleaver.
Thanks again
Graham

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Reviewed 19 January 2014

What a smashing 'find'. In a tiny quiet village, opposite a beautiful church, and within 15 minutes of so many 'attractions' - from heritage sites like Woburn to the superb shopping in Milton Keynes. A lovely pub that's been renovated with real care and attention. An excellent restaurant or dinner with great food, a decent wine list and on the following day, a slap-up breakfast. A resident multilingual parrot. Terrific staff who maintained smiles even on a very busy Saturday night. A warm welcome for our small dog who had her own little garden to run in and a very comfortable modern bedroom to stay in while we had dinner. And owners who make you feel like you're visiting their home for the weekend. We'll definitely be back!

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Graham R, Owner at The Knife & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2014

Thanks so much for the review.
Love you lots.
Graham

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Reviewed 13 January 2014

Recently visited the restaurant with 6 other friends for a meal. From the moment we arrived we were struck by the attention to detail and friendly attitude of the staff, particularly the 2 owners who were in attendance in the background making sure everything worked like clockwork. The service and quality of food (particularly the garlic mushrooms hidden away on the vegetarian section) would grace any establishment. Despite the place being very busy, the area where we were seated was a small alcove which added to the intimacy of the meal. The place was spotless and it was obvious that a great deal of hard work had gone into making the establishment as good as it was. Even a friendly parrot to talk to if you wanted. Will definitely be re-visiting in the not too distant future

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Graham R, Owner at The Knife & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2014

We all loved him and he will always be remembered. Only the best is good enough.
Graham & Terry

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Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

Drinking for my Dad on a difficult day but within a special place, wonderful decor and detail, food looked fab! Gastro pub looks perfect opposite such a lovely church. Really good day, my dad would have been proud a huge thanks to all the staff for the perfect send off for Andrew Riseley RIP Dad

Stayed: January 2014
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Graham R, Owner at The Knife & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2014

Great bloke, great family.
Graham

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Reviewed 3 January 2014 via mobile

What a little gem..
Stayed for one night, room was warm, clean and modern.
The rooms are away from the pub so there was no noise and some have small gardens for pets, for a small fee of £5!!
Dinner (ribs) and breakfast (full English) were superb and very friendly and attentive staff..
I would happily stay here again if in the area- thank you!

Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Graham R, Owner at The Knife & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2014

Great guests make great stays.
We hpoe to see you again soon
Thanks so much
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in October as we were attending a wedding nearby. A lovely b&b. Modern furnishings, rooms done to a good standard, tea making facilities. As this is attached to a nice county pub and restaurant we took the opportunity to eat here in the pub the night we arrived and the pub food was lovely. My only hesitation was that they wrote down your card details on a piece of card when we arrived as guarantee and was kept in a box would rather they scanned it as they do in all modern hotels as this doesn't seem to be a very secure way of doing things! Apart from that a lovely stay and great breakfast the next morning too.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Graham R, Owner at The Knife & Cleaver, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2014

Thanks and hope to see you soon.
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Additional Information about The Knife & Cleaver

Address: The Grove, Houghton Conquest, Bedford MK45 3LA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Bedfordshire > Bedford > Houghton Conquest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Houghton Conquest
Price Range: £93 - £100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Knife & Cleaver 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The recently refurbished Knife & Cleaver is situated in the pretty village of Houghton Conquest just 5 miles from the centre of Bedford and less than an 1 hour by rail from London.Overlooking the magnificent grade 1 listed All Saints church and beautiful countryside. The Knife & Cleaver is a ramblers paradise, with a great selection of walks ranging from two & a half miles, three miles, four and four and a half miles. We offer 9 beautiful double or twin rooms, each en-suite & offering T.V. Tea & Coffee making facilities, hair-dryer, Iron & Ironing Board, Room service, open 7 days a week from 7 am until midnight.The mainline Rail station to Brighton thru London for Flitwick runs 7 days a week and there are trains almost every 20 minutes.We have disabled access & Cots available. Our four fine chefs are very proud to offer you a varied menu only using all fresh locally sourced ingredients. Special dietary requirements are offered. We are here to serve you and look forward to seeing you soon. ... more   less 
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