Barns Hotel in Bedford will reopen as The Kingfisher – a riverside pub with rooms – next month following a major facelift.
The hotel was devastated by floods in December 2020, but after two years of renovations, is set to reopen to the public as The Kingfisher on Saturday 6 August.
The Kingfisher is billed as a stylish riverside pub, serving cask ales, a curated selection of wines and a menu of seasonal dishes.
Upstairs, there are 49 guest bedrooms, which have undergone a refresh.
The striking 13th century barn on the site has been relaunched as The Tithe Barn, Bedford and will continue to host weddings and events.
The new food menu at The Kingfisher has a focus on local produce and will source ingredients locally wherever possible.
Fresh fruit and vegetables will be sourced from AB Fruits of Bedford and meat will come from Woburn County Foods. There are also wines on the wine list coming from Warden Abbey Vineyard and guest ales from around the county.
The menu consists of the likes of burgers, freshly made pizzas, sharing plates and chef’s signature dishes which include catch of the week and a wide selection of vegetarian dishes. There will also be sharing platters, including a traditional style ploughmans and antipasti.
Andrew McKenzie, Managing Director, commented: “The Kingfisher is the result of a complete transformation of our building 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, served by a great team of happy, smiling people will be a great draw for guests both old and new.”
The Kingfisher is a four-star, 49-bedroom pub with rooms which is privately owned by Sir Peter Michael and family. The property is part of The Vineyard Group.