A plant-based revolution has started in Bedford at Number 13, St Paul’s Square.
Made in Bedford, an organisation which brings together and promotes local artists, designers and makers, took up residence at Number 13, St Paul’s Square at the end of March.
The popular cafe and shop serves locally roasted coffee, homemade cakes together with arts and crafts made by local people.
For environmental reasons Made in Bedford took the decision for the cafe to become fully plant based from mid August.
“So far, we have had a great response from the vegan community but also non-vegan customers who are happy to try plant-based food,” said Rachel Atkinson, founder of Made in Bedford.
“The global focus on climate change has resulted in a growing number of consumers looking for tasty plant-based alternatives”.
Made in Bedford’s mission is to promote locally produced, sustainable products which are single-use plastic free.
Founded in 2016, it has brought together over 80 local creatives who take part in Bedfordshire’s largest twice yearly display of arts and crafts, the Bedford Artisan Spring and Christmas fairs.
All Made in Bedford’s makers are committed to cutting their carbon footprint, e.g. using corn starch wraps instead of plastic to protect greetings cards and using local suppliers where possible.
In the kitchen, vegan chef, James, has created a plant based menu, soon to be expanded with the addition of homemade soups and pies. Waste is either composted or recycled.
“We all love being here,” said Rachel. “Customers love the cafe’s friendly, welcoming feel and enjoy browsing in the shop. Even if it’s just buying one greetings card, it makes a big difference to local makers”.
Made in Bedford at Number 13 is open from 9.30am – 4.30pm every Wednesday to Sunday.