The Kingfisher opens on Saturday, August 6

Take a look around former Barns Hotel as it prepares to open with new name

It all looks pretty swanky

By Clare Turner
Friday, 29th July 2022, 5:05 pm

After the long anticipated wait since the flooding in December 2020, The Kingfisher will open its doors next weekend (August 6).

Formerly the Barns Hotel, it’s been transformed into a stylish riverside pub with rooms and will serve cask ales, wines and seasonal dishes.

The new menu has a focus on local produce, with many standout suppliers including AB Fruits of Bedford and Woburn County Foods.

And it doesn’t stop there – Warden Abbey Vineyard will be supplying the wines and there’ll be guest ales from around the county.

Signature dishes include catch of the week, oven-baked freshly sourced fish; the Kingfisher burger, grass-fed Bedfordshire beef, Woburn black bacon; and a wide selection of vegetarian dishes including pesto gnocchi with baby spinach, roquito pepper and parmesan cheese.

The 49 bedrooms have had a refresh and the 13th century barn has been relauched as The Tithe Barn, Bedford and will continue to host weddings and events.

Managing director Andrew McKenzie said: “The Kingfisher has undergone a complete transformation and we hope it will become THE place to be on the Bedford dining scene. A bold and creative re-design coupled with locally sourced, imaginative food and drinks will be a great draw for guests both old and new.”

At the end of 2020, the Cardington Road hotel was flooded by the River Great Ouse and was closed throughout 2021.

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