The Heath Inn

“Great cask ales in a traditional setting” - AA Inspector



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Tracy Balen took over this free house on the outskirts of Leighton Buzzard in 2015. The comfortable bar is very cosy, with a wealth of exposed bricks, plenty of ancient beams and an open fire, and in the summer, if the weather is fine, you can take your drink out to the pretty courtyard garden with its children’s play area. Cask ales are well represented from the likes of Vale Brewery and the Leighton Buzzard Brewing Co., ably supported by cider from Westons, draught lagers and quality wines. There’s a good range of gin, too. Eat in the bar or restaurant, choosing from a menu of traditional pub classics, from breaded whitebait, prawn cocktail or the pâté of the day to homemade pies; sausage and mash; gammon steak, chips and egg; or spicy vegan beanburger with sweet potato fries. You can pop in for breakfast, and you’ll also find a wide selection of ploughman’s, filled jackets, sandwiches and paninis, and a good choice of roasts on a Sunday. Theme nights, including karaoke, quizzes and music, prove popular, check the website for up to date information. Smart bedrooms are also available.

The Heath Inn
76 Woburn Road,Heath and Reach,LEIGHTON BUZZARD,LU7 0AR
Phone : 01525 237816


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Prices and payment
  • Main course from: £10
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover Bedfordshire

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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