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The Knife and Cleaver, Houghton Conquest - pub details

Address: The Grove, Houghton Conquest, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 3LA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 25930) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Stewartby (1.8 miles), Millbrook - Bedfordshire (2.5 miles), Kempston Hardwick (2.6 miles)

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Chequers, Houghton Conquest (0.9 miles), Chimney Corner, Kempston Hardwick (1.8 miles), Red Lion, Wilstead (1.9 miles), Woolpack, Wilstead (1.9 miles), Queens Head, Ampthill (2.0 miles)

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This was my penultimate pub for me to visit in Bedfordshire last night. It is now a very popular restaurant. The last review over 7 years ago mentions Greek food. But I don't believe it is now Greek food. There were plenty of tables. But most were set out for diners. I sat down at one with my drink and that clearly confused the waiting staff, one of whom came over and said "Can I help you" and "will you be eating with us this evening?". I politely declined the offer of any help and said I'd just like to enjoy my drink! As a Wells & Youngs pub, the ale range was disappointing too with just Wells Eagle IPA & Bombardier Glorious English & Youngs London Gold. I moved on from here to the Chequers in Wootton, which is not listed on here, but was much more of a traditional pub.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Dec 2016 18:28
Used to go here every so often as a known and reliable place for lunch. Sadly since the last time it has changed hands and is now not really a pub but a (mainly) Greek Food Restaurant. We were the only people there at quarter past noon and still the only ones when we left. The only ale was John Smiths, Thwaites (which was off) and Guinness. There were several lagers and cider on tap too. I had a half of Guinness (�1.65) but it tasted 'old' and rather sharp. The bar-food menu can only be described as dire. Only a few dishes like sausages and mash at around or over �8 with, I recall, an extra portion of chips (hand cut though!) being priced at �4.95! The previously lovely layout of the bar area is different with rather odd tables that don't seem in keeping. I cannot recommend this place as a pub. We persevered though and instead (and having come especially) chose to have a meal in the dining room from the a la carte menu. VERY nicely set out, immaculately laid tables with white cloths. Tap water brought to the table without asking. New chairs throughout too. Very comfortable. We chose chicken souvlaki (�10.95) and beef stifado �14.95). These were preceded by bread sticks and olive oil and garlic butter dips (both free) and then as a second dish by houmus and bread, also free. The main courses were really excellent, well presented and served very nicely too. I can certainly recommend this place for its Greek food. Another thing in its favour is that the toilets (both G&L) were immaculate. That bodes well for the cleanliness of the accommodation though we did not explore that. There is also what looks like new children's play equipment in the garden outside. If you want a Greek lunch or dinner which tastes better than I have ever had in Greece itself then do come here. But sadly it's not a venue for Beer in the Evening. It could so be different.
Realalediner - 13 Aug 2010 18:46
In a word, terrible. Under new management. Shame as this was once a great restaurant but not any more.
agl - 26 Nov 2009 17:42
No real ale on when visited. When questioned, the reply was "it won't be on until tonight". Not a great start for a GBG pub!
Dayoff - 8 Oct 2009 18:44
Good selection of wines here!
JonTheMan - 1 Feb 2009 13:50

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