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The Rose, Bedford Central, Bedford

45 High Street
MK40 1RY
Phone: 01234353749

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Thuck Phat left this review about The Rose

A traditional town centre pub which, despite modernisation, felt almost cosy on a mid-week visit.
Beers on were Purity Mad Goose, Wadworths Game of Stones and Doom Bar along with 8 keg taps. The Mad Goose was in decent shape and went down well.
Bedford isn't superb on the ale front and that makes the Rose well worth a visit.

On 12th April 2019 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Rose

This pub described itself as featuring craft beers,and as I could see that it had a traditional exterior with a courtyard,I braved it past the bouncers expecting to be disappointed.There has certainly been a modern refurb with the long interior on a few different levels,but original features do exist.The first section by the front window is open plan with a lot of metal furniture but retains a fireplace.Past a few fruit machines there are sports screens but the the volume on mute.Two seating booths and then the long bar,opposite which are a series of two seater high tables,while further to the rear is a section with some high benches and more normal dining tables before an open kitchen.The courtyard leads to a very large beer garden which is rather cool with a series of brightly coloured small sheds converted to seating and a central awning with two more flatscreens.Muzak was hip but not blaring.The garden in particular is the hang out for young drinkers,and very popular on a Saturday night.On a sweaty evening the degree of lack of coverage afforded by many young ladies clothing made averting the eyes a tricky task.
The bar has 8 wall mounted craft beer taps from the likes of BrewDog,Camden and a sparkling cider,while the 4 handpumps were drawing Doom Bar,Kansas Avenue Zesty Jester (part of Hydes ) and Old Mill Liquid Gold (initially fine,faint tang at the end ,£3.15)
I felt a little old in here but I wasn't alone and given an ale line up a bit more interesting that some nearby GBG pubs,there is nothing wrong with giving this place a try if crawling around town.It's very much a chain pub with menus everywhere but a Sunday quiz starting at 6pm.You may get lucky in here,and also on the ale front.

On 22nd July 2018 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Rose

Looks like it might have been a decent pub at some stage, but this historic building has been ruined by a partial conversion into a soul-less High Street lager emporium. Had to make do with a bottle of Newcastle Brown with my cheap microwave dinner.

On 8th February 2010 - rating: 4
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