the embankment in bedford

The Embankment has been a Peach Pub since 2008 since when it has become one of the premier spots in the heart of Bedford.  The clue to our location is in the name!  Bedford’s beautifully-landscaped Embankment has wonderful views out over the River Great Ouse, the boathouses and all the hustle and bustle of life on the river.

The Embankment Hotel was built in 1891 and we renovated it to reflect its late-Victorian heyday, but with all the modern comforts & facilities of a great pub.  The atmosphere is relaxed & hospitable.  There is no stuffy hotel lobby or residents’ lounge, just a team of friendly faces to look after you.

The Embankment appears in the Sawday’s guide and website. Read what Alastair Sawday writes about the Embankment here

the peach family

In 2008,  after spending a small fortune The Embankment opened. Our aim is to make our pubs great places, full of character, great individual places to eat, drink & sleep; a place for local people, businesses, families & tourists to meet and call their own. Every pub is unique, individually designed to suit their town or village, and respecting each pub’s history.

Peach is not a chain, it’s a group of like-minded enthusiasts. If you like one of our places, you’re almost bound to like the others. Click here to find them!

We will never be the biggest pub company; we’re out for perfection on a small scale, fuelled by passion for good food and drink and a keen interest in protecting the environment.

We are open Monday to Friday from 7am for breakfast, weekend breakfast service starts at 7.30am. Lunch is served from noon & hot food available all day. We take huge pride in serving the best ingredients we can find, from ethical producers, freshly prepared by our chefs. Whether you pop in for a pint, a business lunch or a special dinner, we promise you a friendly welcome. All day long.


We look forward to seeing you soon!

Frazer, Ben & the Team

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Ben Paul, General Manager

benWe’re saying hello to our new manager, Ben.  He’s thrilled to be making the move to Bedford after spending five happy years in Woburn where he ran our lovely sister pub The Black Horse, the pride of the village.  Highlights for him were undoubtedly helping them win best pub in the Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards two years on the trot as well as throwing a birthday bash to remember when the pub turned ten last year. Not to mention the many great friends he made locally.  Now, with a fresh challenge in his sights, he can’t wait to get to know you too and share his own brand of great friendly hospitality with everyone here.  Make sure you come and say hi and have a drink with him soon.

Jonathan Aylard, Head Chef

Jon Aylard

Welcome back to Jon, our new head chef.  He’s back from our sister pub The Black Horse in Woburn where he ran the kitchen and it’s great to have him running ours. Jon was only 13 when he first felt the lure of the kitchen and it was right on his doorstep that he first experienced it. Working his school holidays at the beautiful Georgian Moore Place Hotel in the heart of Aspley Guise proved irresistible and it wasn’t long before he put university on hold and concentrated on cooking instead. Life in the kitchen was thrilling and Jon sailed through his NQV in half the normal time, learning all he could from his talented co-chefs before it was time to try something different.  So he headed for the coast to work under the renowned Pierre Chevillard at Pebble Beach, the beautiful cliff-top restaurant at Barton-on-Sea, picking up a passion for cooking fish and the skills to match. Feeling the lure of home, he helped open The Embankment when we first came to Bedford, and then rose to take charge of the kitchen at The Black Horse before finally coming back to us.  Now he’s really come home and we’re as excited to have him back as he is to be here

Frazer Sutherland, Partner

Frazer Sutherland

It’s a warm Embankment welcome to Frazer.  He may be a new face here, but he’s an old hand at hospitality having been in it as he says, since ‘year dot’. Dabbling in domestic science at school only fuelled his passion and catering college sealed his fate.  After working abroad at The Summit in Sydney, he returned to London and ran The Green Room, now Chinawhite, before moving to Harvey Nicks Fifth Floor. Heights must have suited Frazer because his next job was at The Oxo Tower, when the brasserie with the bird’s eye view of London was really flying.  Since becoming a partner in Peach in 2008, he has established two of our lovely sister pubs in leafy Oxfordshire as stars on the social scene.  The Thatch in Thame is now its number one food destination, whilst The James Figg down the road was voted Oxfordshire’s Best Traditional Pub in 2013. Let the good times roll!

the peach foundation


The Peach Foundation is a grant giving organisation, we work with Local Heroes promoting and supporting projects that make a real difference to the communities we live and work in. For every Caesar Salad sold we will donate 25p to our charity,  the Peach Foundation. This raises approximately £1000 per year. Our focus is to support local individuals who are passionately promoting and living our values in one or more of these areas:

Food Provenance – happy animals/tasty fruit and vegetables
Healthy Eating – promoting better health in the community
Sports Education – promoting and/or providing local sports facilitates for all
Planetary Hero – saving our planet one small step at a time
To find out more, click here.