Best of Bedford with Peter Budek

I returned to my home town of Bedford in order to establish The Eagle Bookshop in 1991. What began as a small room and a dream has expanded into six rooms and two buildings full of bookish treasures together with a community art gallery. Surrounded by books and people who love books, life is pretty good and Bedford has proved the perfect location for my dream.

Name: Peter Budek

Occupation: Bookseller

Born here or blow in?  Raised, left and then drawn back in – like so many others.

Best thing about Bedford?  Its diversity.

Best place to get a coffee or cuppa? Foods of Italy for coffee. (Tea always best homemade)

Best breakfast? The cafe in the new Peacocks sale room – we’re suddenly using the auction more!

The one place you’d recommend to visitors? The Higgins

Ever read John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress? Yes – but it is my job.

Bedford’s best boozer?  The Devy (or The Welly, or most that have a fond ‘y’ stuck on the end for that matter)

Best Bedfordian? Are you fishing for compliments, Erica? Seriously, Bedford has a fantastic generation of women doing great things at the moment – a hugely appropriate legacy for future generations as we mark the centenary of votes for women ourselves. I would have to shout out for my great friend Ruth Hogan in particular – her second novel has just been published, and her first was a massive literary and commercial success.


Ever eaten a Bedfordshire Clanger? Yes – even tried to create the ‘samanger’, combining the samosa and the clanger. Diversity again, you see.

Three words that sum up Bedford: “Food bridges community”

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