Apologies for any inconvenience but the restaurant will be closed on Tuesday 14th November and Wednesday 15th November.

After returning from Italy to the Uk in 1986 and vowing after the bad experience we had in Italy that we never wanted to run a restaurant again I walked past this beautiful old building in Hockliffe St Leighton Buzzard that had a little "To Let" sign in the window, I peeked through and thought what a lovely little place full of old beams and so much character. When I got home that day I mentioned it to my husband and amazingly we went to have a look, as soon as we walked in and looked around we thought this would make a great little restaurant and so in 1991 Martini Restaurant was opened.

We are a  family run restaurant, a combination of both classic and modern Italian dishes all prepared by my husband the  chef Nello who has over 40 years experience. We wanted to create a menu that would change people's perception, Italian food is so much more then pizza's and spaghetti bolognese, in fact in Italy if you ask for Spaghetti Bolognese they do not know what you mean, the iconic dish is Tagliatelle alla ragu from the food capital of Italy Bologna. Italy is made up of 20 different regions, every town and village makes the same dish in a different way  and every town & village has its own speciality. Every 2 weeks we hold a regional cuisine night offering a tasting menu so you can try different dishes from different regions in Italy. Every Thursday evening we now offer an Italian style tapas menu along with a new wine tasting menu. This is all complimented by a carefully selected wine list. The restaurant also has a lovely covered courtyard for summer Al fresco dining, weather permitting!! We wanted to create a cosy relaxing atmosphere so that when you visit the restaurant we hope that you feel you have stepped into a little part of Italy.


If you would like to book a table you can text your booking to 07479666891 but in the first instance please call the restaurant.

Opening hours

Evening Tuesday - Saturday  6pm - 10pm

Telephone 01525 853796

Mobile  07479666891

Email Martinirestaurant@hotmail.com

Cuisine Nights

Every other Wednesday we hold our regional Cuisine nights, where we feature menu’s from various regions of Italy. Our chef’s work hard to bring you new authentic flavours and styles which represent the culture and tastes of that region and we source complementary wines that suit the meal. A set menu for Martini Cuisine night includes 3 taster starter dishes and 3 taster main course dishes. Our next cuisine night is on Wednesday 13th September and is from the region of Bologna. Call us on 01525 853796 or email martinirestaurant@hotmail.com if you would like more information or to reserve a table.
Every Thursday night is wine tasting and nibbles menu
Would you like to be able to go out just for a few drinks and a few nibbles without having to eat a full blown 3 course meal then Martini is the place, every Thursday night we now offer an Italian style tapas menu. With all the extra space after our refurb we thought it would be good to offer our customers something new where you can sit in nice surroundings have some cocktails and try some new wine with a few nibbles that you can all share. Italian tapas is an ideal way to start your evening out so if you are going to the theatre why not pop in for a few nibbles and sample some of our lovely wine or try one of our new cocktails.
Prosecco Night
Every thursday evening when you dine in our restaurant and order a glass of Prosecco you will receive another glass for free.
Theatre Nights
If you are going to the theatre on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings we are open from 6pm giving you plenty of time to enjoy a meal before you go to the show or to see a film. We also now offer an Italian style tapas menu every Thursday evening giving you the time to pop in for something light to eat before going to the theatre. We are also ideally located just opposite the library theatre car park.