Food & Drink

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


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…


The Bedford Clanger Food – Amici

It’s the restaurant you might cycle or drive by on St Peter’s and think: must go for lunch there one day, or possibly dinner. It’s Italian / Mediterranean and offers a more intimate experience than Pizza Express, which is slap-bang opposite. A £10 lunch grabs the eye, and for at least a year I’ve been…


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…

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