Food & Drink

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


Roll up to Riverside Bedford!

The official launch of Riverside Bedford may not be taking place until 2nd & 3rd September, but there’s still plenty to see, do and eat there.  We took a Sunday morning stroll along the river to report back on what’s open.  Here’s your handy Clanger guide to Riverside Bedford: Vue Cinema The new town-centre Vue…


Staycation at The Embankment Hotel!

When the sun is shining and the ‘out of office’ message is on, then there is nothing better than a staycation. There are so many places to explore in our green and pleasant land, that often there’s no incentive to go further afield.  And sometimes you don’t even need to leave Bedford.  If you’re looking…


Restaurant review: Paris House, Woburn

The extraordinary Paris House is an award-winning fine-dining restaurant, set in 22 acres of parkland on the beautiful Woburn estate.  Built as part of the Paris Exhibition in 1878, the Renaissance half-timber structure was dismantled and rebuilt in Woburn at the behest of the 9th Duke of Bedford.  Among its many incarnations, the building has…


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…

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