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5 of the best Bedford restaurants

When you visit Bedford, you’ll discover an attractive market town in the south of England.

After a day spent wandering streets filled with Victorian redbrick houses, soaking up the culture in the Cecil Higgins Gallery, or cruising down the river, you might be feeling a bit peckish. 

The good news is that Bedford is filled with tasty independent eateries for you to sample. Whether you’re looking for tantalising tapas or high-end cuisine, you’ll find a range of eateries to sate your appetite here.  

Struggling to choose? We’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in Bedford to get your taste buds working overtime. 

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Deshi Spice 

Kicking off our list of Bedford restaurants is the award-winning Deshi Spice. Earning a reputation for excellence among even the most discerning foodies, Deshi Spice is a must-visit. Receiving rave reviews including “the best curry in Bedford”, this popular restaurant is perfect for those seeking delectable Indian and Bangladeshi dishes. Combining a fantastic menu, polite service and a welcoming atmosphere, this restaurant is so much more than “just a curry house”. 

Serving up a range of vegetarian, meat, and special options, at Deshi Spice you can indulge in everything from fresh seabass to tender lamb. Whatever you choose, you bet it’ll be packed with fresh aromatic spices. 

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Indiya 

Another curry house that tops the list of restaurants in Bedford town centre is Indiya. An upmarket establishment that brings a fresh taste of India to the area, this sophisticated restaurant has been cooking up a storm for decades. 

Built upon the mantra of “escape the ordinary”, when you visit Indiya you’ll get not only tasty food, but excellent service. Dishing out a range of vegetarian, vegan, halal, and gluten-free options, there’s something for everyone at one of Bedfordshire’s favourite restaurants. 

a bowl of food on a table

Amici 

A small, traditional restaurant nestled in the beating heart of Bedford’s town centre, this relaxed eatery is a local favourite. Crafting anything-but-ordinary food, Amici is an authentic Italian restaurant that happens to be one of the best restaurants near Bedford. Exciting flavour combinations, hearty Sicilian food, plus friendly service and an intimate atmosphere are all on offer here. 

Wash down a selection of meat, fish, and pasta dishes with a scoop of homemade gelato or get more for your money with Amici’s special party menu, perfect for special occasions. Combining value for money with tasty food and friendly service, it’s easy to see why this has become the “favourite Italian restaurant in Bedford”.  

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The Embankment  

A contemporary pub with a modern twist, The Embankment is a riverside restaurant in Bedford that serves up tasty food made from fresh ingredients in a hospitable atmosphere. 

Recently renovated yet in keeping with its Victorian roots, this modern yet characterful pub offers wonderful views over the river, making it one of Bedford’s most popular riverside restaurants. As well as its stunning location, this restaurant places its guests’ needs first. Those with dietary requirements are always welcome. Whether you’re vegan or gluten-free, there are dishes to suit everyone.

Serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner and even a traditional Sunday roast, The Embankment is a firm favourite to visit at any time of day with friends and family.

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Tana Thai 

If you’re a lover of spice, then Tana Thai might be the restaurant for you. Headed up by Tana, this sensational eatery was awarded the Travellers Choice by Trip Advisor in 2021. Serving up traditional Thai food made from only the best ingredients, there’s a world of bold flavour combinations to discover here.

Whether you opt for a traditional pad Thai, a fresh seafood platter, or a spicy Thai green curry, your taste buds are in for a treat. 

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If good food is what you’re looking for, Bedford has it all. To sample all the culinary delights this market town has to offer, get there in no time when you book your tickets with Thameslink today

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