The Bedford House was the first real restaurant I ever went to as an 18 y.old. In 1983 I was invited by my high school girl friend's mother to dinner at the Bedford House. Prior to that, the height of my dining experience was "Dino's Place" -Lougheed Hwy in Haney (if it is still there...)
So... 25 years later I was looking for a quiet place for a annual dinner for joint venturers in a business project. I talked to Bea (manager??) and told her my needs: privacy to discuss our business, but we did not want to be ignored by the servers in some out-of-the-way corner. (Try to find a quiet restaurant in Langley for a party of 11) Most of the party would be over 50 years old and I wanted something with solid familiar food, prepared well, a good wine list, no loud music, etc. In short, big on class, small on attitude
I was more than pleased. My guests were delighted with the food and the staff were excellent. This restaurant has fine dining classics - rack of lamb, chateaubriand, schnitzel, steaks, halibut and salmon. Familiar stuff, sure nothing fusion or avant garde here. In truth, it was likely a similar menu to what I had 25 years ago - and there is nothing wrong with that.
I have enjoyed West, Cru, etc all within the last several months. I loved them all. But what started me on a love of fine dining may well have been that meal at the Bedford House 25 years prior. My overall experience I rated "outstanding" in large measure because the staff took care of the us very well and we all enjoyed a great evening.