Food & Drink

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


Knife & Cleaver Beer & Cider Festival

With live music, craft ales and ciders plus recent releases from Charles Wells’ fantastic Wandering Brewer project, this promises to be a fun-filled weekend at the Knife & Cleaver in Houghton Conquest.  The pub’s outdoor bar will also be serving a range of gins and vodka while Head Chef Dan and his team will be…


#bedfordindies: Beerfly

By Paul Hutchinson St. Cuthbert’s Street is set to become even more of a destination location with Beerfly, a new beer shop and taproom, due to open this month. There’s an old saying that if you don’t like beer, you just haven’t found the right one. Beerfly’s owner, Tim Edwards, is giving everyone a chance…


Sisters are brewing it for themselves

by Bedford Clanger drinks correspondent Zoe Stafford @3oetrope Brewing beer is a man’s game, isn’t it? Perhaps now the industry is largely testosterone-fuelled, but it wasn’t always the way. Until the 1960s beer brewing was done by women, known as ‘Brewsters’, and on International Women’s Day (8th March), Bedford did its part to get women…


Clanger restaurant review: Riobello

By Stephen Bywater @authorbywater Riobello prides itself on being Italian and Giovanni, the owner, welcomes you with the warmth of a Roman holiday. Italian parents, supports Juventus and cultivates conversations with the ease of a man who’s travelled the world and is now determined to have the very best Italian restaurant north of the Alps….


Here’s one club we ‘knead’ to join…

Companions’ Bread Club is held the first Saturday of every month from 10am at their bakery on Mill Street. Relaxed and informal, it’s basically, a coffee morning themed around bread!  Membership is just £5 a year which allows the use of Companions’ bread oven by arrangement; then £1 per meeting to cover refreshments. “Each session is different,” explained Companions Real…


The Eagle has rebranded

On Friday 19th February, the newly rebranded visitor centre at Eagle Brewery in Queens Park was unveiled. The former home of Charles Wells is now owned by established brewer, Marstons who will continue to brew Eagle IPA and Bombardier alongside their other ales.  The iconic Bedford eagle has been reimagined by Ampthill-based creative agency, Bonfire,…


Clanger review: Cocktails!

Need help navigating Bedford’s bars? Want to up your Christmas cocktail game? Then help is at hand. We sent roving reporter Zoe Stafford (plus one) on a cocktail crawl to find the finest strong liquor available to humanity (within the town centre)… Myself and Roll Your Own Records’ Captain, Dave, were given the arduous task…

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