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The Bedford, Tunbridge Wells Central, Tunbridge Wells

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2 High Street
Tunbridge Wells
TN1 1UX
Phone: 01892510133
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Bedford

This is a fairly simple Greene King pub located just across the road from Tunbridge Wells station, but as uninspiring as that may sound, there is a redeeming feature in the shape of twelve handpulls, of which nine were in action on my late Friday night visit. These options amounted to Greene King IPA, Belhaven Bedford Steam Best Bitter, Laine Breaker and Merry Berry, Wantsum Citra and Montgomery, Musket Fife & Drum and Iron Pier Bitter, with a pump dedicated to a real cider option as well. My pint of the Citra was in pretty good shape and served to me by one of the attentive team of bar staff who seemed upbeat even at the end of the Friday night shift.
The pub has a fairly no frills, single room set-up, with a bare boarded room, whitewashed walls plus a section of ‘fake’ brickwork to the front, and the servery along the mid-section of the left hand wall. Some nice banquette seating has been provided either side of the entrance, aided by some standard chairs to create a couple of decent, mid-size seating areas. High tables further into the room, give way to more basic tables and chairs and a few short sofas. A small performance space in the rear right corner was occupied by a rather dull local band playing covers with a good degree of ineptitude as well as a few of their own tuneless numbers, whilst a plasma screen above them remained stubbornly switched off, which was a shame as it would’ve provided much more entertainment. Beyond the end of the bar, there is a small area with a couple more tables for those keen for a bit of privacy. The bar itself has a fairly standard tongue and groove counter – a theme throughout Tunbridge Wells it would seem – a modern bar back and metal frame pot shelf. A dartboard to the left of the bar had a shelf full of board games next to it as well as a TV screen showing muted music videos. Boards next to the stage list the ales available, but they are blocked by a pillar when you’re stood near the bar, so consultation is required prior to approaching the bar.
This was a decent enough pub in which to round out my crawl around Tunbridge Wells, its proximity to the station making it perfect for exactly that purpose. The wide ale range makes it a tempting option, although it would be interesting to know whether they’re able to maintain quality across so many handpulls at all times. A slightly characterless place, but certainly worthy of a look.

On 5th June 2019 - rating: 7
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Mark Davey left this review about The Bedford

Good solid pub with great selection of ales on the bar. Well worth a visit despite the GK badge. IPA, OSH and Abbot on the bar along with many kentish brews. loyalty card system in operation, no CAMRA discount. Superb location next to the station, makes it a first and last for the town of Tunbridge Wells.

On 11th July 2016 - rating: 8
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Malden man left this review about The Bedford

First stop off the train and a splendid start to an afternoon in Tunbridge Wells. Despite the GK signage this is a cask ale Mecca with no less than eleven operational handpumps. A single boarded room with the bar centrally along one side, the area narrows to the rear. Mixed seating of most known types, candles in bottles, homage is paid to two local achievers, Tom Baker (Doctor Who) and cricketer David Gower. Some bookcase wallpaper plus an area with a design based on music speakers, fake exposed brick to the front return wall. The wall mounted TV was off during my lunchtime visit while music played, they do food but my table didn't have a menu so not recorded but a chalkboard offered sausage rolls for £2.50.
The beer range was excellent and judging by the plethora of beer mats on the ceiling above the bar and on a back wall, changes constantly. My visit found Pilgrim Surrey, Long Man Long Blonde (£3.00), High Weald First Gold IPA plus Charcoal Burner, Bedford Steam Best Bitter, Gadd's Uberhop, Brighton Bier Mino Bier, Belhaven Grand Slam, GK Abbot and a cider, Biddenham Bushels; another plastic vessel on the bar back looked to contain another cider but I didn't see the name. My Long Blonde was tip top, a great start to the day. On Wednesdays there is 50p off a pint of cask between 5 and 8pm. Loyalty card scheme too, buy ten get one free.
It was my first port of call but if it is your last, they have an iPad mounted behind the bar giving real time train information, a nice touch. They also have a bottle shop and cask takeaway downstairs called the Beer Cave.
A very nice spot and clearly popular with the ale fraternity, plenty in, all drinking the real stuff.

On 26th February 2016 - rating: 8
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Tunbridge Wells, 0.06 miles, 1 min walk (show)
High Brooms, 1.81 miles, 34 min walk (show)
Frant, 2.85 miles, 54 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 14 October 2011 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 14 October 2011 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 17 December 2015 by Aqualung .
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 10:30pm
Monday12noon - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - 11pm
Wednesday12noon - 11pm
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - Midnight
Saturday12noon - Midnight
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