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 and hospitable. There is no stuffy hotel lobby or residents’ lounge, just a team of friendly faces to look after you.
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 and sleep; a place for local people, businesses, families and 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 and 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!
Gemma, Simon and the Team
Gemma Mallett, General Manager
Gemma’s original plan was to become a graphic designer, a goal she achieved after studying graphics at uni. To keep afloat financially at college, she took on barwork at her local Beefeater in Luton, a job she juggled with office life after graduation. Sitting at a computer all day turned out not to be her thing, though, and Gemma jumped ship to work full time at Beefeater, soon becoming assistant manager. After a stint in hotels in Dubai, Gemma came back to The Black Horse in Ireland, a lovely old inn with rooms in rural Bedfordshire, where she spent a happy couple of years before moving to its sister pub The Birch in Woburn. It was only a matter of time before her path crossed ours; Gemma came to Bedford to join the Embankment team and lost no time in making it her own. After three short years, she’s stepped up to run it. The fun starts here!
SIMON HARRIS, HEAD CHEF
Simon’s inspiration for being a chef was seeing his Dad cook Sunday lunch and the family sitting round the table tucking in. Being able to make people happy through food just seemed right. So he went to Bedford College to get his whites whilst working at The Bedford Swan hotel learning the ropes. Hungry to learn more, Simon cooked at Brasserie Blanc in Milton Keynes, soaking up all he could from Monsieur Blanc’s classically trained brigade. With the move back to The Bedford Swan a year later, Simon’s love affair with two classic Bedfordshire venues began in earnest. He spent the first part rising through the ranks at The Swan, taking the food to Rosette standard in a short time, before getting a new lease of life as sous chef at the fabulous Flitwick Manor Hotel. Simon was at the forefront of a successful team cooking fantastic quality cuisine for every occasion, from bespoke weddings to charity fundraisers and intimate dinners. Back in Bedford a couple of years later, Simon did a stint at The Swan before returning to Flitwick Manor to be their head chef. With all this amazing experience under his belt, our Embankment’s going to fly.
Bevy Berenger, POD Director
Reared in Australia, Bevy continues to be patriotic despite being on this side of the pond for the last 24 years and we quickly learned about his love for family the importance of his friendships and his healthy obsession with all things sporty and outdoor life.
Leaving Australia after several years as a bass player (complete with long hair) he decided to put music on hold and travel the world, falling into Hospitality in the early 90’s in a cocktail bar in Manchester to supplement the plan. He was instantly captivated.
Following a couple of years of rock and roll catering style, he decided to get serious and studied hospitality at Surrey Uni where he met the love of his life. She must have felt the same as they now have a beautiful daughter and still speak highly of each other.
During a hugely successful career, many of the industry heavyweights such as M&B (All Bar One & PCDG) and Whitbread (hub by Premier Inn) have been lucky enough to recruit his expertise and exciting new concepts always sparked his interest. But we were pleased to find out that he’d always kept an eye on Peach and our independent feel, individuality and pace of growth won him over in the end.
Bevy brings that calm Aussie charm you can’t help but relax into and he’s made a huge impact on his pubs and the Teams he looks after, which after all, is what we’re all about.
Join Bevy for a chat about surf, sun, sea and great pubs such as Brookmans, The White Horse, The Swan, Black Horse and The Embankment.
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. Each menu includes a chosen dish which supports the Peach Foundation, for each dish sold, 25p will be donated. 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.