When the sun is shining and the ‘out of office’ message is on, then there is nothing better than a staycation. There are so many places to explore in our green and pleasant land, that often there’s no incentive to go further afield. And sometimes you don’t even need to leave Bedford. If you’re looking for a bit of luxury on our doorstep, then look no further than the newly-refurbished rooms at the Embankment Hotel. After an exhausting weekend camping, our child-free dinner, bed and breakfast was the perfect, luxurious antidote!
We were in Room 2 and it was fabulous. Enormous bed? Check. Huge free-standing bath? Check. Lovely complimentary shower and bath products? Check. After unpacking and enjoying the view over the Embankment and River Great Ouse we headed down for dinner and were greeted by the wonderful Maddie – the hostess with the mostess. After a weekend spent in camping chairs, it was heaven to sit at a proper table and we opted for a sharing platter starter, followed by scallop & monkfish risotto for me and full Sunday roast for Mr Clanger. He thought all his Sundays had come at once when additional roast potatoes and Yorkshire puds came out from the kitchen halfway through the meal! Service was subtle and slick, with Maddie over-seeing things and generally being great. The Embankment’s dining room and bar is always busy and lively, with lots of families, couples and groups enjoying the riverside location. We visited during the recent hot spell (also known in the UK as ‘summer’) and the terrace over-looking the river was full of revellers. Any concerns about noise from outside disturbing our 8 hours’ of shut-eye were unfounded. The rooms are well sound-proofed, with fans provided so you can keep your cool.
The following morning we enjoyed breakfast on the terrace, watching the world go by. Coffee, granola and American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup set us up perfectly for the working day ahead, not-to-mention the gruelling the five minute drive home to be reunited with the children. We had a wonderful ‘night off’ and would recommend it to anyone. It might be just on our doorstep, but it’s a world away from the day-to-day routine. Go on, treat yourself!
The Embankment Hotel, 6 The Embankment, Bedford MK40 3PD embankmentbedford.co.uk 01234 261332