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Ampthill, Bedfordshire

Review of Ampthill by g.alfieri on May 20th, 2009
A lovely place to live with loads of history to keep you busy. great walks, good shops however parking is a problem, waitrose carpark is avabile but for only two hours. the schools are fab and there still comunity spirit, not much of that about in other places.

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Arlesey, Bedfordshire

Review of Arlesey by denise mavor on August 30th, 2006
HI MY NAME BEFOR DENISE HOUGHTON,I LIVED IN THE VILLAGE FOR 18 YEARS RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE TRUE BRITON PUB. IV BEEN HOME 6 TIME OVER THE YEARS. IV FOUND LITTLE CHANGE WHICH I LIKE. LOVED GOING WITH MY DAD WHEN ALIVE THOUGH THE FIELDS THE WILD FLOWER STILL THERE. THE STREET ARE STILL THE SAME, LIKE GOING BACK IN TIME. HOPE ALL GOES THERE ENJOY IT LIKE I DO NOW DENISE MAVOR

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Bedford, Bedfordshire

Review of Bedford by Gemma Turner on June 19th, 2009
Harrold Country Park Everyone is feeling the pinch these days and as summer approaches, having to cut back on those hazy weekend afternoons spent at the local or out shopping can be a little frustrating. However we live in an amazing part of the country. Surround by beautiful scenery, itís a wonder how anyone could feel perturbed when there is so much to do whilst spending barely a thing. Harrold Country Park, for instance is a wonderful place to spend a day. Whether itís a long lazy picnic or a brisk stroll that takes your fancy, there is plenty to see and do. Situated adjacent to the River Ouse, it has a total area of 58.7 hectares, made up of 12.3 hectares of water meadows and 45.1 hectares of lakes. The adequately named Cafe in the park is situated near the main entrance and provides drinks and light refreshments to keep everyone topped up. There is also an ice cream van conveniently parked up offering a wide range of refreshing treats before or after your wanderings. If you do fancy a stroll there are a few routes to take. You can head either way around the three lakes, or make your way across to Odell, a picture perfect little village just a few miles away by car. There is some striking wildlife to be spotted, and on your meandering you may come across one or two of the several huts situated around the lakes, used to quietly watch and wait for Harroldís natural beauty to unfold around you. The park offers wide expanses of open space, just right to toss a Frisbee between friends or play chase with the kids. If they are a little older, and far too cool to be seen with parents then send them off to discover the cycle and kick-wall facilities. Just along from The Cafe in the Park, both are easily accessible and can provide entertainment with just the right twist of a challenge. All in all there is a pleasant day or at least afternoon to be had by all who visit. Parking is free, although there is a suggested donation which goes to the upkeep of the park. And for everything else you can spend as little or as much as you want to. So why not take advantage of what we have on our doorstep and check it out for yourself.

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Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Review of Biggleswade by chris and tina on August 16th, 2006
My husband Chris was having terrible trouble with his back tooth and his breath smelt awful. Despite being on the road, we knew we had to get it sorted out. I was even starting to have trouble sleeping because of it. We stopped off at Ballard and Tucker Dental Practice and they pinpointed the problem swiftly and efficiently. It turns out Chris needed to update his brush which he'd had a couple of years. I knew this but there was no telling him. Thankyou Ballard and Tucker!

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Clapham, Bedfordshire

Review of Clapham by Peter McNaughton on February 18th, 2006
I was brought up in the beautiful village of Clapham and spent the formative years of my life there at 22 Clapham High Street rom 1944 to 1949. My god mother, Ada Askew, lived there. My father was there from 1941 before being sent to the Royal Engineers where he served at Normandy, Belgium and Java and Sumatra. I have wonderful memories of long hot summer's days with the sweet scent of the countryside wafting all about. Our friends were the Ruck family who lived up the Warren - a magical place. My brother David and I will be revisiting the village on the 28th February and look forward immensely to our walk down memory lane. David lives in Crieff, Perthshire and I in Montreal, Quebec. Hope to have lunch in the Swan Inn right opposite where we lived. Can hardly wait!!:)

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Cublington, Bedfordshire

Review of Cublington by David on October 30th, 2006
Fantastic place, great food fine ale and friendly staff that our interested in talking to you. Give it a go.....

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Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Review of Leighton Buzzard by Sonia Abbott on March 30th, 2009
I had a wonderful time in Leighton Buzzard. I stayed at The White horse hotel after I was recommended by locals who also recommended a local mechanic by the name of Joe Edwards. He specialised in Land Rover, eventhough I/we had a BMW at the time, he was terrific. I would love to be able to contact him again. Does anyone know if he's still in town or of his whereabouts? Cheers Sonia from Down under

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Newton Blossomville, Bedfordshire

Review of Newton Blossomville by Paul Davis on August 24th, 2006
Very welcoming, much improved and a great pub for the village. Super function room.

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Westoning, Bedfordshire

Review of Westoning by Sarah Quirke on June 16th, 2006
I lived in Westoning for two years consistently, 1998 - 2000, then during certain holidays from university. The first 2 years were those that come to us all. At 16, I always wanted to be anywhere but where I was at the time, and from that perspective, Westoning was definitely where I didn't want to be. The buses only came once an hour though, so that was a bit of a shame. Luckily Westoning is surrounded by fields - the possibilities were endless! A friend and I were once chased off a field by means of fertiliser, the only thing the farmer had to hand at the time! But despite its lack of anything whatsoever to do at that age, I simply cannot think badly of Westoning. Yes, if you drive up or down Church Road it is with your life in your hands, simply due to the improbability of this ever having been designed for two way traffic - but the road markings have been changed to reflet this!!! You are advised (through the painting of one small roadmarking) to take the longer way round and possibly save your life! Plus the second route takes you nearer to The Bell pub (and Thai Restaurant - don't ask!) The Bell is lovely. It is a real old-fashioned pub where everyone knows eachothers names, or if they don't know your name, they soon will :) You can roast chestunts in the fire in winter, and drink outside in the summer, and be served by some of the friendliest people around. Not sure about the Thai-Ga (tiger?!) Thai Restaurant. It was considered to be a bit of a joke when it started, but I've heard its got better since then (My mum, stepdad and younger brother still live there) The Chequers pub (if you'd carried on driving the treacherous way down Church Road) is less personal, but they do good food, the clientele is more varied (ah yes, forgot to mention that the Bell has mostly regulars. Who have been regulars for quite a while..) they have at least one pool table, TV and fruit machines. It is the place to go if you haven't been to Westoning before, and are just there on holiday - you can ACTUALLY hire cottages near by! So, anyway, to sum up, Westoning is the most interesting boring place I've ever lived. So far. And that's not necessarily an insult, so hopefully Johnathan Sayeed won't have any objections (MP for Westoning. I think)

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Woburn, Bedfordshire

Review of Woburn by Gary Cooper on February 24th, 2010
Magpies Hotel Woburn We had a great weekend at Magpies Htel located in the main high st in Woburn. A very friendly hotel with small pub and restaurant. The food was particually good value and far exceeded our expectations, considering its cost. Our room was very clean and well presented allbe it up the top of the building. We will definately like to return when the safari Park opens, which we missed out on

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Review of Woburn by Ann Waine on January 19th, 2008
Don't dare to complain in this restaurant! We found Paris House (Woburn Park) in Hardens Guide, where it had an excellent review. When we arrived, we found the lounge rather cramped and the decor tired but we hoped the food would compensate for this. We chose the Gastronomique menu which was excellent apart from the fondue potato, which can only be described as 'cold and old'. The young guy on the next table complained very politley about the potato and while we were nodding in agreement the chef, Peter Chandler appeared at his table and began remonstrating with him in a loud voice. He then proceeded to ask the young couple to leave and almost threw them out of the door! He then apologized to the rest of the diners and said that the complainant had been speaking 'bollocks'. The diners at the other tables nodded in agreement and confided to each other that the guy who complained 'obviously knew nothing about food' (we met in the car park and he told us he was a chef!). We have eaten in the best restaurants throughout this country and the world and needless to say, we would not recommend it and we shall not be returning, especially as the final bill was in excess of £200.

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