Boat hire open Saturdays & Sundays only from Sept 3rd

Welcome to The Longholme


Café - Boat hire - Bike hire


We're open 7 days a week 


Cafe Services

Quality Food

Free range eggs

Order from our menu or pick from our display fridge. Don't forget our dedicated children's choices & delicious fresh cakes!


Great Coffee

Flatwhite Bedford

Bean to cup every time. We love coffee and want you to enjoy every cup with us. 

All specialities served with decaffeinated choices & herbal teas also available.

Homemade Drinks

Homemade Lemonade

Try the homemade lemonade & iced tea choices for a refreshing alternative.

 NEW -Virgin Mary jars


Loyalty Scheme

Rewarding loyalty - 

Collect 5 stamps on hot drinks and get one on us! T&C's apply. 

Upcoming Events


Click above or more info on upcoming public events @ The Longholme.


Frequent Questions

Got a question?

 We might already have the answer here.

Hire Services

Boat Hire

Boat Hire Bedford

'ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT'

The Iconic Viking boats are back! 

Boat hire available daily.

Bike Hire

Bike Hire Bedford

Bike hire now open!

Adult bikes for 2018

Booking & ID required

Longholme Life

The Front terrace on the Lake side at The Longholme Cafe

The jewel in the crown

Hidden back from the main road over the river you can find us on Longholme Island between the upper & lower Great River Ouse. Join us for breakfast, lunch or hire one of our boats. Our humble venue is open to all and has been refurbished to benefit all who use the river & local area. For our latest events please reference the above tabs for more information. Parking is available free of charge on The Embankment for upto 2 hours.

Variety is life

With many years hospitality experience, this family run cafe in Bedford won't let you down. We are one of the few places to offer recreational boat hire in Bedford & proud of it. Our food and beverage choices have been carefully selected and lovingly prepared to ensure the best quality at an affordable price. We pride ourselves on good coffee and local fresh foods with regular seasonal changes and special dishes available. Card payments welcome.


Say hello!

Managed locally by Tom & Andreas we're on site daily making things work. We would love your feedback and your support as we grow the site to add more activities and attractions in the coming months & years.  

You can contact us via our social sites, in person or here: hello@thelongholme.com