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The Knife & Cleaver

The Grove, Houghton Conquest, Bedford MK45 3LA England
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The 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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Highchairs available
Non-smoking hotel
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Snack bar
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Sun terrace
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Polish
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michael m wrote a review Dec 2020
63 contributions15 helpful votes
An attractive place inside and out, although the one-way system was not being properly enforced while we were there. Service overall was slow but the staff were friendly and honest - they promptly informed us that certain dishes were 'off', and that one of the guest ales remained too cloudy to serve. My substiture lamb shank was melt-off-the bone tasty and the vegetables, even the dreaded kale, more than acceptable. However,the meat in my partner's steak and ale piewas definitely on the chewy side - I confirmed this by trying a couple of pieces! The portions were large enough for us to forgo our customary desserts Quite busy by the time we left so obviously popular.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Karen M wrote a review Dec 2020
Bedford, United Kingdom30 contributions9 helpful votes
Decided to treat ourselves after ano lockdown. Lots of measures in place for COVID. We both had chilli prawns and chorizo to start , prawns were perfectly cooked and delicious. I had the mussels for main and the portion was huge! I couldn’t finish them all despite them being delicious. My husband had the Indian burger which was huge too and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Service was attentive and friendly. Lovely evening.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Nomad589421 wrote a review Dec 2020
10 contributions2 helpful votes
Our second superb delivery this week. The best roast ever... thank you😀😀 lovely food great portions and great cheese board. We will be ordering again soon and will certainly visit again too. Delivery is just as good as eating in.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Gemini166 wrote a review Nov 2020
8 contributions
First time back in a few years and was really pleased we did The staff all really friendly lots of Covid measures, nice selection of brunch items Food came fresh and hot very large portions... we had ciabattas with skin on fries delicious Highly recommend and will def be back
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Danielle HooHing, Marketing at The Knife & Cleaver
Responded 02 Nov 2020
Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed your meal with us and we hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Danielle
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Work4holiday wrote a review Oct 2020
Flitton, United Kingdom7 contributions6 helpful votes
I have been here three weeks in a row now. The service is excellent, servers very attentive. Main meals are generous and on the whole good. The mushroom risotto leaves a lot to be desired but everything else has always been of a good standard. Now for the low point. What really needs work are the desserts and digestifs. We had to send desserts back on every visit. The treacle sponge was cold in the middle with a stingy portion of custard. The rice pudding was swimming in grease. The pineapple upside down crumble was pale, unappetising and dry (pineapple was hard and looked like an after thought). The chocolate Sunday was tiny and over priced. The eton mess doesn’t come with strawberries as advertised but instead mixed berries (3 weeks in a row). The cheese board was very generous with cheese but only had 5 crackers for two people sharing. The digestifs choice was never available. I think this side of the menu really needs more thought. Desserts should be a real treat but instead here they are over priced and below average and they really let this place down.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Danielle HooHing, Marketing at The Knife & Cleaver
Responded 02 Nov 2020
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so pleased to hear you have visited us a number of times and enjoyed your experience. Thank you for leaving your feedback with regards to the desserts, we will take this on board and look into it. We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Danielle
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Knife & Cleaver
Which popular attractions are close to The Knife & Cleaver?
Nearby attractions include Birds of Prey Centre (5.1 km), Wrest Park (6.9 km), and The Forest of Marston Vale - Forest Centre (4.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Knife & Cleaver?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Knife & Cleaver?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Knife & Cleaver?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Knife & Cleaver?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tawa-Roadside Indian, Eileen's By Steve Barringer, and St Helena.
Is The Knife & Cleaver located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Houghton Conquest.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Knife & Cleaver?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Polish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Knife & Cleaver?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wrest Park (6.9 km), Houghton House (1.9 km), and Old Fire Station Bedford (6.4 km).
Is The Knife & Cleaver accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.