Welcome to the St. John’s Arms, Melchbourne


pub-longshot-A traditional English country pub based in the north Bedfordshire Wolds. You will find it between the two attractive villages of Yeldon and Swineshead. Hidden Britain describes this area as the The quiet, pastoral, rolling landscape of the Wolds provides a haven of peace from the rush of everyday life and we could not describe it any other way.

door-0719Eamonn and Julie Dowling took over the St John’s Arms properly in June 2014 and are continuing to enhance it with their personality and experience. With their love of good English ales and CAMRA recommendation they have a range of excellent, properly conditioned real ales on draught including Greene King IPA and guest beers.

The St John’s Arms was built around 1890 as a former gamekeeper’s lodge.  Skittles and darts are played in the games room.  Good value home-cooked food is served throughout the week and a Sunday roast. We are dog friendly.

The pub has a strong tradition and association with the countryside including being the HQ for the Oakley Hunt and 3 or 4 regular pheasant shoots that call in for breakfast and lunch.

Walkers, hikers and cyclists are always welcome.Eamonn at the bar

garden-quoits-0779In addition to those who are touring the area for the day many of our regular customers come from nearby towns and villages including Rushden, Raunds, Sharnbrook, Swineshead, Kimbolton, Riseley and Thurleigh .