In the new year, one of your resolutions might be to try to expand your culinary horizons.
Everyone likes going out for dinner and not having to cook, but instead of getting your favourite chicken tikka masala or the usual pie and chips, maybe you want to push the boat out a little in 2022?
If you can afford something a little extra this year, then a visit to some of Bedfordshire’s top-rated restaurants would be an incredible experience.
Three restaurants in the county have even made it into the prestigious Michelin Guide.
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The guide was created by French tyre company Michelin to encourage people to use their cars to travel to excellent restaurants – so therefore their tyres would need to be replaced quicker.
The guide has been published for over 100 years and includes most of the best restaurants in the world.
Paris House is a very well known restaurant in Woburn, Bedfordshire.
The restaurant is a beautiful mock-Tudor house built in Paris and reassembled in its current park setting.
Its terrace overlooks the park where you can often watch deer.
The menu reflects the chef’s passion for Asian ingredients with complex and creative dishes.
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You will also find some challenging flavour combinations.
The Michelin Guide recommends trying the tasting menus.
Prices are given on the guide as between £31-75.
Eileen’s by Steve Barringer in Ampthill
Eileen’s is a tiny restaurant with only eight tables in Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
The restaurant is named after owner Steve Barringer’s grandmother Eileen.
The food is made up of two monthly tasting menus featuring complex dishes.
Often, the menu has one seasonal ingredient served in many different ways.
The interior of the restaurant is very modern, and there is a beautiful bar.
On Eileen’s website, you can learn all about Steve – who is from Bedfordshire – and how he got interested in food.
The Michelin Guide details that the average cost per person at Eileen’s is between £55-75.
John O’Gaunt Inn
John O’Gaunt Inn is a pub in Sutton, Bedfordshire.
Described as a ‘cosy, honest village inn’ by the Michelin Guide, it serves traditional pub food like pies, burgers, fish and chips and steak.
They use local produce wherever possible, and even offer some local wine and beer.
The pub is situated in a lovely location, with gardens overlooking wheat fields.
Inside there is a fire-warmed bar and a smart dining room.
The Michelin Guide make a note of the ‘Crumps Butchers’ steaks served at the inn.
It also suggests a spend of £28-48 per person.
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