Bedford Swan News
Keeping you up-to-date with the latest news at The Bedford Swan.
July 2012 - The Torch Comes To Bedford
On Sunday 8th July, the streets were filled with spectators waiting to catch a glimpse of the torch as it passed through Bedford as part of the pre-games celebrations.
Representing Bedford as a torchbearer was Barry Funnell. Barry lives in Clapham Bedfordshire and works as the CEO of the charity Word for the World. Barry was paralysed from the chest down in an accident 29 years ago.
Barry gave up a career in dentistry to go to Malawi, Africa, to do language development and has recently taken up hand cycling.
June 2012 - Afternoon Tea Your Majesty?
Bedford Swan hotel is celebrating its connections with The Queen by opening a Jubilee afternoon tea marquee.
Hotel manager Dominic Mills was delighted to discover that today’s Monarch had once been photographed waving from the front balcony of the building - the picture was taken by the Bedfordshire Times. Then, still Princess Elizabeth, the royal visitor was in the town on February 14th 1946 as part of her work with the Land Army girls organisation. Of course Her Majesty has visited Bedford since, but never again waved to the crowds from the Bedford Swan Hotel balcony.
“It’s a moment of history which shows how important the hotel has been to the town. We are making the connection with another great moment in Bedfordshire history, the invention of ‘Afternoon Tea’ by a former Duchess of Bedford.
“Our Afternoon Teas are famous all year round, but we are hoping to help everyone celebrate the Jubilee in a civilised fashion in our riverside marquee which will be serving teas on from Saturday June 2nd - Tues June 5th.
“We don’t know for sure, but would like to think The Queen had time for Afternoon Tea when she visited here in 1946!”
April 2012 - Super sausage order from the Swan
Bedford Swan Hotel is putting local produce on the plates of diners including a whopping 1,000 sausages a week. Laid end-to-end that is nearly one kilometre of sausages a week!
The hotel has placed the bumper banger order with Summerhill Farm Shop of Cardington after matchmaking by Sue Miller of Taste Real Food. When Bedford Swan Hotel joined the Taste Real Food group it pledged support for local producers. The relationship has resulted in two food and drink fayres - including an 18th Century Beer Festival which attracted 100s of visitors.
Another link was Summerhill's offer to produce a special version of their Bedfordshire Banger to be served up at breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Bedford Swan Hotel, which welcomes non-resident visitors to the riverside restaurant.
Sue Miller from Taste Real Food said: "This shows that buying local can work for restaurants and suppliers - we are delighted to have brought them together."
Richard Sanders, Master Butcher of Summerhill said: "It's great to know when people are eating at the best hotel in Bedford they are eating our Bedfordshire sausages."
Dominic Mills, General Manager of the Bedford Swan Hotel : "Our restaurant has a new menu for summer and we hope people will agree it is all as tasty as Summerhill's sausages."