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The Fox at Carlton has been named the North Bedfordshire Pub of the Year, with judges saying the free house is "a fine establishment ". Dan Veal, North Bedfordshire CAMRA...
Summer 2022 in Bedford is already shaping up nicely and there's a new addition to the festival calendar with the county's first event dedicated to gin on 25 June. Bedfordshire...
A new gourmet deli and kitchen will open its doors on Newnham Street today, built on 40 years of food and business expertise in Bedford. Based in the old ‘Fred’s Chippy’ on Newnham Street, the shop...
The Barley Mow - the country's longest-established and much-loved LGBT venue - is back in safe hands following the departure of its disgraced former...
Devonshire Arms
Bedford's Devonshire Arms on Dudley Street has been named the North Bedfordshire CAMRA Pub of the Year. Each year the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) chooses...
Luci and Lina's fish and chip shop, has been recognised as one of the best in the country, and shortlisted for the National Fish and Chip Awards 2020. The family owned business...
Oktoberfest Esquires 2018
This weekend sees Bedford's German Beer Festival reborn thanks to a team at Bedford Esquires, and we've been given an exclusive look at what's in store. Bedford has been twinned...
(L-R) Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith Badminton Olympians at Bedford's FatCap Smokhouse.
A Bedford restaurant got a welcome surprise this week when two of Team GB's Olympic Badminton stars came along for a date night treat. Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis, who competed in the...
Devonshire Arms
The landlord of a much-loved Bedford pub has been chosen to front a national campaign asking people to support their local. Ronnie Toms, who runs the Devonshire Arms with his wife Rebecca...
The Gallery cafe on Howard Street (formerly Délices) opens its doors on Saturday 9 February following a complete refurbishment and unveils a collaboration with Companions...
Made in Bedford @ Number 13
After a “bumpy” first year of facing challenges from skeptical meat-eaters, a Bedford vegan cafe is now planning for its second year. The eco-cafe Made in Bedford @ Number 13, next to the Corn Exchange, in St...
Queen's Park Academy Kitchen
When the Kitchen Manager at Queens Park Academy anticipated they’d be short staffed for a couple of weeks, she knew just who to ask for help. Ileana Stein, who has headed up QPA’s school kitchen since January called...