New Bedford boutique brings a taste of the big smoke to the city

Verve Hotel

A new boutique hotel has opened in Bedford, as the new owners bid to bring ‘a bit of excitement’ to the city.

The Verve Hotel in Shakespeare Road Bedford opened last month following a £500,000 transformation that saw its interiors given a ‘London-inspired’ makeover.

Formerly The Shakespeare Hotel, the new-look boutique is home to 23 bedrooms, a garden, a bar and dining room, plus a large function room.

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Head chef Darren Woodhams has been tasked with creating new menus for Verve, that will aim to offer food that is ‘fancy but at a reasonable price’.

He has worked in a number of five-star restaurants across Europe and in London and has cooked for A-list stars such as Liz Hurley and Hugh Grant.

Verve Hotel also has a barman who developed more than 400 recipes for his signature frozen mojitos which he created while working in Mexico.

Speaking to Bedfordshire on Sunday, manager Milena Horrocks added: “We want to bring a bit of the big city, without the big city prices, and we are excited for the people of Bedford to come down and see what we have here.”

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