Eat, drink and shop local with Bedford’s indies


Many of Bedford’s independent restaurants and cafes are still able to open for takeaways and deliveries – and they’d love to hear from you.

Here are our top tips for your lockdown 2.0 caffeine fixes, pizza pick ups, takeaways and food and drink essentials and treats…

Sunshine coffee
The Suitcase Coffee Co

Ethically sourced speciality beans from the DRC. Roasted in the UK by Manumit, who support survivors of modern day slavery. Ground and packed in Bedford. A portion of profits goes to WYLD, who support youth projects in deprived areas globally. Coffee that does good.
Christmas gift boxes now live!

The Longholme

The Longholme café remains open for take away grab-and-go options throughout November, offering a quick and COVID secure order and collection system, much like a drive through without your car, all in the open air.

Their kitchen is also open, with a limited offering and also online via Deliveroo. Enjoy your parks in a safe and responsible way, with a coffee.

FatCap Smokehouse

FatCap Smokehouse is an American style BBQ restaurant in Castle Lane, specialising in low and slow authentic smoked meats with a great selection of burgers and sides.

Currently operating takeout every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday (5pm – 9pm) and Saturday from midday to 9pm.

Rice Thai

Unique Thai dining from traditional Thai entrees and soups to authentic Thai salads, curries, stir fries, rice and noodle.

Rice Thai dishes are prepared and cooked fresh to order, ensuring they are fresh and flavoursome when they arrive at your table. Open for takeaway, collection and delivery service (25% OFF collection)

Made in Bedford at Number 13

Made in Bedford No. 13

The Made In Bedford @ No. 13 eco cafe and shop in St Paul’s Square is a great place to find beautiful and unique gifts and cards, designed and made by local creatives.

The shop combines with a 100% vegan cafe, serving hand made food and locally roasted coffee, making this the perfect place for your sustainable and ethical Christmas.

Bridges Espresso Bar

Bridges Espresso Bar is a family run business in the heart of the Riverside development which prides itself on its “local first” policy.

They have a great range of homemade cakes including their signature Bridges Espresso Chocolate Toothpaste. During Lockdown Bridges will be open everyday from 9am – 4pm with a selection of hot food to take away ranging from breakfast ciabattas, Croque Monsieur and delicious scotch eggs.

Fay’s (illustration by Kitty Dinners)


Nestled on the corner of Mill Street and St Cuthbert’s Street, Coffee at Fay’s offers delicious coffee & treats plus kitchen and coffee retail goodies.

Fay’s is currently open for takeaway drinks however you can browse their website for lots of gift ideas, free local delivery. They also deliver handmade gift wrapped brownies.


Beerfly is Bedford’s independent craft beer and cider shop. With a range of over 150+ different beers from the best breweries across the UK and around the World, you can expect friendly, relaxed and knowledgeable service from Tim and Wes.

With a range of different styles from light, sessioning pale ales to heavy Imperial Stouts, the guys promise to find the beer you’ve been waiting for.

Flagons – 2L fills of fresh draught beer. Drink, clean, fill, repeat.
Gift packs – 3, 6 and 12 packs of cans, bottles – pre packed or fill your own.
Local delivery service
Gift vouchers – Beerfly can load up a card of cash so you can give someone some free beer!

Herrings Green Farmshop

Herrings Green Farm Shop in Wilstead is your one stop farmshop for all your festive needs, stocked with fresh fruit and veg, dairy, cheeses, chutneys and pickles, cider, ale and gin, sweet treats and stocking fillers.

You’ll find Brockelby’s Pies, Field Fresh frozen produce, Grimsby fish and more.  Fresh cut and potted Christmas Trees and handmade wreaths available.

Open Monday to Sunday 10am – 5pm and for deliveries to Bedford and surrounding areas. Place orders via email:



Brewpoint’s online store is now open – and between their exclusive range of canned beers and branded merchandise, you’re sure to find the perfect lockdown treat or stocking filler for the beer fan in your life.

Bedford locals can also ‘click and collect’ Brewpoint’s range of delicious pizzas and beers fresh from the tap at their landmark HQ at Cut Throat Lane, Fairhill, available every Friday and Saturday from 5-9pm.

Decant Cheese
Say cheese…

Bedford Cheese Company

Decant bar presents the Bedford Cheese Company… for all your essential cheese needs.

Offering cheese and charcuterie grazing boards to take away and a pop-up cheese deli with Christmas cheeses too, you can order online for click and collect or visit the shop at 20 Castle Lane Bedford Mk403US every Friday and Saturday from 10am-3pm.

The Store Christmas
Lots in Store this Christmas

The Store

Bedford’s first and only zero-waste refill shop will continue to trade, safely staying open to shoppers, also offering their online click-and-collect service.

From dried foods, cleaning products, to household and personal care items, including Christmas wrapping and gifts, you can find a range of quality, eco-friendly and refillable products.

The Gallery

The Gallery is a local cafe and bakery situated below Lurke Street car park. During Lockdown Part Two they are still open for takeaway, serving hot drinks with a selection of fresh pastries, sausage rolls and sourdough bread from 10am – 2pm Monday to Saturday

Tana Thai

Tana Thai

Tana Thai was born of a passion for healthy Thai food. Each dish is developed using the best and freshest ingredients, ensuring that all is of the utmost quality.

The enthusiastic chef Tana and her team work hard to provide an enjoyable dining experience, which you can enjoy in the comfort of your home during lockdown (10 miles radius for delivery). 20% discount if you collect (phone 01234 481482).

Naughty Pizza – Pizzeria Contemporanea

Newly opened at Riverside North, Naughty Pizza is a contemporary pizzeria using the finest Italian ingredients to create delicious pizzas and Antipasti.

Delivery and collection is available during lockdown and they will soon offer click and collect from their website

Check with businesses direct as plans may change. All offers correct at time of publication.

Other independent Bedford food and drink businesses operating during lockdown for deliveries and collection:

Baja (Mexican), Bears and Tales (cocktails), Bellinis (Italian), Black Cat Farm Shop, Blue Orchid (Thai), Creams (desserts), Cross Keys (pub dining), D’Parys (gastro pub), Dessert Island (desserts), Diya Royale (Indian), Flute Winebar, The Flying Cork (wine), Gallone’s (ice cream), Herd (burgers), Higgins Pantry (Italian), Indian Summer (Indian), Mimo’s (Mediterranean), Nazar (Turkish), New Bombay (Indian), Papillion Coffee House, Pavilion at the Park (coffee shop), Quay Restaurant, Radhuni (Indian), Royal Gurkha (Indian and Nepalese), Roosters (deli sandwich bar), Siam Heaven (Thai), Tavi Bar & Indian Grill, Thali and Tandoor (Indian), Vanilla Tree (coffee shop), Vesuvios Restaurant.

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