Food & Drink

Reviews an info on all the best in Bedford, from fine cuisine to kebab shops, deli’s to coffee shops.


Bar flies

This Spring, Bedford has been blessed with two new bars, both offering great drinks, great atmosphere and great music. First up, we met with Matt and Jess, owners of The Third Place on St Peter’s Street and naturally, our first question was about the name. The ‘third place’ was conceived by urban sociologist, Roy Oldenburg. …


Unique Bedford: Companions Real Bread

Companions Real Bread was set up a year ago this month and began trading in June of last year.  The concept is simple. The micro bakery was set up to provide employment and work experience for prison leavers to help with reform and recovery.  The brainchild of Maggie Rich, Companions aims to build a community…


Food Review: 2 Like Us Bistro

I prefer bistro to restaurant, I prefer Roberto to Robert, I prefer Rimini to Reading. And if you’re like minded then I urge you to visit 2 Like Us, the new Italian bistro on Castle Road. But what makes it so special? It’s intimate and relaxed, as a bistro should be. Roberto is the perfect…


Clanger recipe: ‘Krabby’ patties

by Dan Fattorini Encouraging children to eat seafood can be a daunting task but often when introducing new flavours to young palettes, it’s more about context than taste. I’m personally a big lover of crab and eat it at any opportunity, but if I placed a plate of dressed crab in front of my…


Time for a Cheeky Cocktail!

Where better to get into the festive spirit than Bears and Tales? We sent Clanger and cocktail fan, Emily Finney to Lime Street to interview the man with the mixers, Tom Faden: Originally envisioned as spirits and mixer bar, Bear and Tales on Lime Street is actually home to the best cocktails in Bedford.  Created,…


Community Christmas Café

Charlie Fay has ‘popped up’ at the Old Fire Station in Mill Street. Charlie say, ‘It came about after having a couple of months available before my next project and wanting to do something in one of the many empty shops in town.  It was very last minute so the week has been spent trying to…


Great Bedfordians Cooking up a Storm!

The life of a travelling showgirl chef is never dull. My daily job of wedding cake making is peppered with traversing the country demonstrating the skills that every avid home baker wants to learn… always in stiletto heels! Years ago, I recall how these baking enthusiasts would corner me by the water cooler and confess…


Pavilion in Good Food Guide!

Congratulations to Emma Garrett and the Pavilion in the Park team on the news that they have been included in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2017.  Since 1951 the Good Food Guide has been the UK’s best-selling restaurant guide, so they know a thing or two about eateries.  The Pavilion has been recommended by the…


Coffee, Cake and Vinyl!

Charlotte White is the creative force behind, Restoration Cake, supplier of bespoke celebration cakes for the most glamorous events. As author of Deliciously Decorated and Burlesque Baking, Charlotte is passionate about sharing her love of cake decorating and vintage-inspired style.

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