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 you're with and let us do the rest.
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. Vegan and Gluten free options.
Take advantage of our free to use booking service for your brunch and lunch visits. Book ahead and secure your tables at peak times, new for 2022.
Card details are required and booking conditions apply.
On the day we revert to walk in's only. If we're busy on arrival say hello to the host who will be happy to put you on a wait list if we're full.
Please note we are a fully outside / alfresco style venue with covered areas. In freak weather moments, it may not always be possible to relocate everyone. Heaters are available on some tables along with blankets and shade cover for many others. Bookings requests can not always be accommodated.
Order from our menu or pick from our display fridge. Don't forget our dedicated children's choices & delicious fresh cakes!
Ground to order every time.
We love coffee and want you to enjoy every cup with us. All varieties served with decaffeinated choices & Organic herbal teas also available.
This summer try our homemade Iced teas or one of our iced coffees. Enjoy them to stay or to take away
in a biodegradable cup on your walk.
Rewarding loyalty -
Collect stamps on hot drinks and get one on us! T&C's apply.
With lots of places to roam and run The Embankment is a perfect dog walk, more so with a coffee or light breakfast. Treats available!
Fresh juice, smoothies, great coffee
18 hole putting, table tennis + more
Across the river in Russell Park.
Our boat hire is open seasonally from Easter break - October half term. Opening times and days vary.
Scooping during high season in fair weather. Some of the best local artisan Gelato supplied by Gelato Johns of Bedford.
Open peak summer only
Just across the river in Russell Park you can enjoy putting. Our 18 hole course is available during high season from April - October