Review on St Helena Restaurant

Named after the nearby Abbey Church of St Helena, which has associations with evangelical author John Bunyan, this stylish and elegantly appointed restaurant occupies a secluded sixteenth-century manor house behind a walled garden just a few miles from Bedford.

Long-serving owners (brothers-in-law Raffaele and Franco) have clocked up over two decades here, and continue to please the locals with a wide range of European and international dishes with strong Mediterranean influences, backed up by a fine selection of vintage wines. Typical dishes from their lengthy seasonal menus and daily specials might include steamed crab and prawn layered with fresh pasta and served with lobster cappuccino sauce, pork shank with faggots, black pudding, Savoy cabbage and cider sauce, and boned stuffed quail on truffled cauliflower with a creamed Marsala sauce.

St Helena Restaurant is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens

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Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.15pm - 1.15pm (last orders) Wed-Thu
Dinner: 7.00 - 11.30pm Tue-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at St Helena Restaurant

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


St Helena Restaurant
High Street
MK42 9XP

Customer Ratings on St Helena Restaurant

4.2  / 5

Based on 3 reviews

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    September 2018

    5 people found this review helpful

    Firstly I would like to say the food, wine and the setting is amazing.
    I had dinner there last night with 3 friends and have to say how amazed i was with how a situation was handled...... by the owner!!!!!
    My observation was a comment I made in connection with a bottle of vinegar that was placed on the table, I have eaten in lots of restaurants all over the world and never have I seen this, I raised the point to the owner and his reaction was unbelievable and i quote "YOU ARE SUCH A SNOB AND I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYONE SAY THIS" is this how to deal with a paying customer.
    Having recently moved to the area I can assure you I will not return and will be telling all my friends about this.
    Such a shame.......

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    Mr And Mrs Garbat
    January 2017

    11 people found this review helpful
    A little bit of exclusive magic in Bedford

    Well.....this little rare, hidden gem is certainly a special place. Ambiance is like a clip from a romantic novel. The service, they make you feel like a movie star. The food is outstanding! How is it they don't have a few Michelin stars? All in all the place is second to none, a place that once you go, you will never forget..,

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    April 2014

    22 people found this review helpful
    Dinner at our favourite restaurant

    As always we have had the most wonderful evening at the restaurant and the new chef did us proud. We have had some of the best food we have ever had tonight with our fantastic hosts who are always there to ensure a wonderful evening. Thanks to all. We will be back!!!!!
    Rosemary and Jim

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