Pitchside pint at Bedford’s newest bar and restaurant

Easy breezy

Bedford’s newest food and drink venue reopens today (Thursday) and is one of the town’s best-kept secrets.

With access off Goldington Road, The Burrow is a purpose-built bar and restaurant situated pitchside at the Blues rugby ground. With open sides, it is classified as an outdoor venue, so can welcome groups of up to six people and two households up to eight people.

It’s been built by Burrow Venues’ Matt Dwyer and Alex Bosman, who previously ran a pop-up bar at the club during last summer’s brief semi-respite from lockdown restrictions.

So successful was the venture that the team collaborated with Bedford Rugby Club to create a semi-permanent venue that will be in situ for the next three years.

They’ve teamed up with Peckish Festival Food to offer eat-in and takeaway options.

The Burrow launched in December 2020 and was doing a brisk trade before the last lockdown was announced. Since then they’ve been running a takeaway service from the kitchen, but are looking forward to having customers back in the heated bar area from tonight.

“It’s been a challenging year,” said Matt, who set up Burrow Venues five years ago, providing mobile bars and temporary venues for events including All Points East, Newmarket Races, the Isle of Man TT, Taste Bedford and Bedford Park Concerts.

“We would usually be really busy setting up and running bars at festivals, so we had to adapt our business model once the pandemic hit in 2020.

“It’s been great to work with the Blues to create a new venue for match days – when the spectators are allowed back – plus we have our own entrance on Goldington Road so we can be open at other times.”

Jamie of Peckish Festival Food also praised the collaboration. “Opening the kitchen at The Burrow at the Blues has allowed us to diversify into having a permanent outlet in the very uncertain times of the pandemic.”

Feeling peckish?

The Burrow is open Thursdays (6pm – 11pm), Fridays (5pm – 11pm), Saturdays (noon – 11pm) and Sundays (noon – 8pm) and each table has its own heater.

“We’ve been really pleased with the variety of people that have been coming,” said Matt. “It’s been popular with families as well as the rugby crowd and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more people now we can reopen.”

To book your table, visit the Burrow at the Blues website.

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