our 3rd season

Open - 09:00 -17:30 

Monday - Sunday 

Now using 100% renewable electricity  

Longholme Life

Coffee with a view in Bedford

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. The Longholme Café sits lake side with ever changing views, plentiful wildlife and a guarantee that you and your party take away with you something that we like to call 'The Longholme Life'  - let us look after you, enjoy the view, love the people your with and let us do the rest. 

Eggs on toast at The Longholme in Bedford, Brunch at it best

Variety is life

With many years hospitality experience, this independent cafe in Bedford won't let you down. We are one of the few places to offer recreational boat hire in Bedfordshire & 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.

Breakfast buns at The Longholme in Bedford, Brunch at it best

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

contact / find us

Upcoming Events


Music in the Meadows

A special summer event, sponsored by The Longholme. Running over 6 dates though the summer of 2019. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and some fresh English strawberries and while away a Sunday afternoon in the sunshine!

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At the Café

Quality Food


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

See our menu

Great Coffee

Flatwhite Bedford

Ground to order every time. Premium beans.

We love coffee and want you to enjoy every cup with us. All varieties served with decaffeinated choices & Organic herbal teas also available. 

our coffee

Homemade Drinks

Homemade Lemonade

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

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Loyalty Scheme


Rewarding loyalty - 

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

Dogs welcome


We love dogos! With lots of places to roam and run The Embankment is a perfect dog walk, more so with a coffee or light breakfast to finish it all up.

Frequent Questions


Got a question?

 We might already have the answer here.

Q&A corner

Other Services

Boat Hire



The Iconic Viking boats are back! 

Boat hire available daily.


The Gelato Cart


A New addition for 2019, scooping during high season in fair weather. Some of the best local artisan Gelato supplied by Gelato Johns of Bedford.

Bike Hire

Bike Hire Bedford

Bike hire now open!

Adult bikes for 2018

Booking & ID required