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The Birch at Woburn
“A reputation built on friendly service and good food”
Close to Woburn Abbey and the Safari Park, this is a smart, family-run bar and restaurant. In the contemporary bar, you'll quickly take in its red walls, slate bar-top and strategic lighting, designed to help you relax and unwind. The equally contemporary restaurant is welcoming, with a menu offering baguettes, salads and dishes such as pan-fried Woburn Estate venison steak, with roast beetroot and shallots; roasted free-range chicken supreme, sautéed mushrooms and shallot purée; and vegetarian platter. On the evening menu are chargrilled swordfish steak with lobster and brandy bisque; confit English pork belly with caramelised apple purée; and Thai spiced red pepper and butternut squash risotto. Then again, why not choose fresh fish or a steak cooked on an open griddle? Traditional roasts on Sundays, of course, and live music some Friday evenings.
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About the area
At its most southern point, Bedfordshire is only 35 miles from London Waterloo, so there’s a good reason for the UK’s fifth busiest airport to be called London Luton Airport. The county is one of England’s smaller in terms of area, but more than makes up for it in terms of business HQs and visitor attractions. Among the most popular of these, and among the top attractions in the UK, is ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, founded in 1931, and now covering around 600 acres.
Along similar lines Woburn Safari Park opened more recently (in 1970) and is just over half the size. Fans of old flying machines or cars will enjoy a visit to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, a tiny village near Biggleswade. Among the oldest examples in the collection are a pioneering French Blériot XI from 1910, and a number of early French and German automobiles from the very late 19th century.
Bedford itself is located on either side of the River Ouse, and has a large Italian population, descended from those who came to work at a local brick factory in the 1950s.
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