Live music, food, drink and fun at St Cuthbert’s Street Festival

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As part of the weekend’s Coronation celebrations, the independent businesses on St Cuthbert’s Street will be welcoming visitors on Sunday to their very own street party.

The St Cuthbert’s Street Festival will see oysters and Champagne on the courtyard at Herd, ice cream at The Store, pizza by Italian Touch, wine tastings at the Flying Cork, special menu offerings from Roosters and Rice Thai and a collaboration between Beerfly and Brewpoint, all from noon on Sunday 7 May.

“The businesses on the street have come together to offer something positive in our town centre, each doing something a bit different to normal,” explained Rosanna of The Store, St Cuthbert’s Street’s refill shop.

“We’ll have locally sourced ice cream as well as a soft serve too, plus our own delicious toppings.”

There will be live music from Jimmy Judge at Vanilla Tree, Roll Your Own Records DJs at Beerfly and everyone’s welcome to the after party at Herd from 6pm.

“We’d love to welcome everyone to come on down, support the local independent businesses and spend the bank holiday weekend wandering through town enjoying some good food, drinks and live music,” said Rosanna.

Businesses not usually open on Sundays – including Roosters and the Flying Cork – are throwing open their doors especially for the festival and there will be chairs and tables on the wider parts of the pavement to encourage visitors to chill out and soak up the atmosphere.

“This is the first collaborative event with all the businesses since before Covid,” said Tim Edwards of Beerfly.

“It’s completely funded by the traders on the street and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to this great little area of the town.”

Herd, a restaurant, bar and club on St Cuthbert's Street in Bedford which opened in 2015
Independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants like Herd make Bedford a unique place to live

The team at Herd have once again joined forces with their near-neighbours on Newnham Street, GCH Fishmongers, to offer shucked oysters and Champagne, plus dressed crab and seafood platters on their courtyard. Inside, they’ll be serving their legendary Sunday roasts, so if you want to guarantee a table, you’d better book in advance.

“We’re really hoping this becomes a regular thing,” said Herd owner, Matt Wolton.

“The last one we did was so busy, it was insane. It’s great to remind people that Bedford has some amazing and unique shops, bars and restaurants and our street is a brilliant example of what Bedford has to offer.”

Brewpoint tap badge for their Staring at the Sun hazy pale ale in collaboration with Beerfly for the St Cuthbert's Street Festival 2023
Brewpoint tap badge for their Staring at the Sun hazy pale ale in collaboration with Beerfly for the St Cuthbert’s Street Festival 2023. Image: Brewpoint

Roosters and Rice Thai are offering exclusive menus for the day and for the first time ever, Bedford brewery, Brewpoint has collaborated with Beerfly to create a hazy, hoppy 5% cask IPA called ‘Staring at the Sun’.

“We haven’t put a cask beer on in Beerfly since before the pandemic, so we’re really pleased to be able to offer this to Festival customers.”

There will be DJs in Beerfly and Herd all day and from 6pm the Roll Your Own Records DJs will be at Herd, taking things up a gear for the rest of the evening and we’re keeping everything crossed for some bank holiday sun to shine on the celebrations.

 
 
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