Tar and Chip Surfacing in Bedford

We specialise in Tar and Chip surfacing, delivering top quality workmanship no matter the size of the job, big or small. We are a 3rd-generation family-run business with passed-down knowledge and experience. We are only to happy to offer helpful advice to our customers. We've offered Tar and Chip services in Bedford for over 30 years and we're proud of our reputation throughout Bedfordshire.


Tar and Chip is a product that has been used on driveways and roadways for over 70 years. It is also known as "Tar and Pea Shingle", "Tar and Gravel", "Tar and Stone" and "Surface Dress".

In the beginning bitumen was used to stick the aggregate in place; over the years this has now developed to using a modified binder, which is a hot tar-like substance that has less impact on the environment. Previously used as a seasonal product, the modified binders can now be applied all year round (with some exceptions due to the weather).

Tar and Chip can be used to unify two different types of surface in a cost-effective way, such as concrete and tarmac.

Tar and Chip is flexible, so in many cases there is no need to dig up the surface. It can even be laid over badly cracked concrete. And the product is highly durable, so it doesn't crack after installation.

As we use natural stone, our Tar and Chip surfaces will keep their colour.


Tar and Chip is an excellent surface for:

  • Driveways
  • Roads
  • Footpaths
  • Forecourts
  • Car Parks
  • Estate Roads
  • Farm Roads
  • Yards

Tar and Chip is a popular product, with its extensive colour choices and aggregate sizes. It can be left with surface loose on top, or the loose can be removed depending on your personal preference. A wide range of edging is also available.

What we do

The Tar and Chip laying process involves:

  1. Clean the surface
  2. Make any repairs required
  3. Mask any necessary areas
  4. Apply a layer of hot binder covered with your choice of stone or granite
  5. Leave the site clean and tidy
  6. Ready for use

Tar and Chip can be laid on almost any existing hard surface, including concrete or tarmac. It is an ideal product to transform your driveway in a cost-effective way. It can also be used on an existing tar and chip surface which is looking old and tired. It is easy to have it resurfaced to freshen it up again.

If you do not have an existing sub-base, we offer a full range of groundwork services to prepare the site for Tar and Chip.

Why work with us

  • 30+ years surfacing experience
  • All jobs overseen from start to finish
  • All work is guaranteed

Service highlights

We've worked with

We are thrilled with our new driveway. Thank you! It is very rare these days to find people with such pride in their work. The whole job was done with the minimum disruption by men that were reliable, polite and hardworking.

5 out of 5

Cambridgeshire Tarmac

We would like to thank you for your services in connection with the re-surfacing of our drive. It was clear to us from the start of your operations that you have a very thorough and professional approach and the finished job bears witness to that. We are extremely pleased with the result. In particular, we appreciate your attention to detail and we are grateful for your professional advice concerning the various decisions we had to make.

5 out of 5


I felt it appropriate to write expressing our satisfaction with the surfacing work on our tarmac car park that your firm recently undertook for us. In view of the very hot weather over the last week, it has been pleasing to see that the newly laid surface has remained 'rock hard' and has not been adversely affected – just as you assured us would be so.

5 out of 5


We are writing to say how pleased we are with the finished result of our extended tarmac drive. And, would like to thank you and your team for keeping the cul-de-sac accessible to the neighbours during the work and leaving the area clean and tidy on completion.

5 out of 5


Your price, while not the lowest of the quotes we obtained was, I am certain, good value for the work carried out to a high standard. It is certainly true that one really does get the result that you pay for.

5 out of 5


I was especially pleased with your prompt response to our initial request to your company to quote on the work, and your efficient and close attention to the job from beginning to completion. The advice you offered to overcome certain problems presented by the site conditions was most helpful and gratefully received.

5 out of 5


Get a Free Quote

If you're thinking about a new Tar and Chip project, get in touch and we'll be happy to offer a free, no-obligation quotation.

Phone 01234 247125
Email info@allsurfacing.co.uk

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Our teams cover the whole of Bedfordshire

For 30 years we have offered a wide range of surfacing, resurfacing and surface dressing services throughout East Anglia. We pride ourselves on offering good advice and great value to all of our clients, whether it be a small job or large contract.

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