IRELAND, Shefford, SG17 5QL
Original beams, slate floors, inglenook fireplaces, original artwork and low ceilings combine to create a chic and modern interior in this family-run, 17th-century inn. The flower-rich garden and courtyard offer alfresco dining in the warmer months. Grab a pint of Adnams, or choose from the excellent wine list, and settle down in comfort to appreciate the tempting seasonally inspired dishes made from locally sourced produce - maybe smoked trout and horseradish pâté with apricot and ginger chutney; spiced roasted duck leg, Puy lentils, with light chicken and orange jus; or griddled Dingley Dell pork chop with sage and apple sauce.
From S: M1 junct 12, A5120 to Flitwick. Onto A507 by Redbourne School. Follow signs for A1, Shefford (cross A6). Left onto A600 towards Bedford. Right at next rdbt, immediately left towards Ireland. Pub on left.