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

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At the Café

Quality Food

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


Great Coffee

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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. 

Homemade Drinks

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New seasonal winter warmer include the Pumpkin spiced latte, chai latte and

 the classic hot chocolate with your choice of cream and marshmallows,


Loyalty Scheme

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Rewarding loyalty - 

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

Dogs welcome

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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

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Got a question?

 We might already have the answer here.

Upcoming Events

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Bedford town lights switch on & fireworks!

Join us on Sunday 24th November for later opening at The Longholme. 

We will be serving mulled wine by the class and have some great offers available on food and beverage on the day. 17:30 -20:00. Open fire, blankets and heaters available to welcome in the festive season!

Other Services

Boat Hire

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'ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT'

The Iconic Viking boats are back! 

Boat hire available daily. 

Closed for the season from 26.10.2019 

The Gelato Cart

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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. 

Closed for the winter season

Bike Hire

Bike Hire Bedford

Closed for the season - 2019