Off the beaten track, discover the best of St Cuthbert’s Street

Independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants like Herd make Bedford a unique place to live

Have you been to St Cuthbert’s Street recently? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Just off the beaten track, over the last few years the area has been attracting more and more independent businesses, making it one of the hottest destinations in Bedford.

From the beautiful épanoui at the end of Mill Street to the Third Place on St Peter’s Street, there are shops, bars, eateries and more.

From day to night, in and around St Cuthbert’s Street is the place to be.


HerdWith a cool bar, courtyard, restaurant and nightclub, Herd really is all things to all people.

Serving the best burgers in Bedford – plus excellent Sunday roasts – the restaurant is great for families, mates’ get-togethers and pre-theatre dinner. Brilliant DJs too…

The Third Place

Third placeThe Third Place on St Peter’s Street is the perfect place to start, end or spend your evening in Bedford.

With regular DJs, craft beer and cocktails, the ethos of a Third Place (according to Wikipedia) is somewhere to relax in public, where you encounter familiar faces and make new acquaintances.

Join the Third Place movement now!


epanouiOwner and jewellery-maker, Hannah Paine, has curated a beautiful collection of homewares, stationery and soft furnishings in her shop, épanoui, on Mill Street.

Stocking local makers alongside established brands and her own beautiful jewellery products, Hannah’s shop is the perfect place to pick up gifts or to treat yourself.

The shop regularly transforms into a creative space, with evening workshops in floristry, calligraphy, printing, photography and more. Even the window displays are inspirational.

Toucatelha Portuguese Restaurant

A taste of Portugal is to be found tucked away on Newnham Street.

Toucatelha will tantalise your taste buds with authentic cuisine using only the finest ingredients with dishes ranging from pork belly, piri piri chicken, grilled sardines, mussels and more.

This friendly and intimate restaurant is perfect for a date night, meeting friends for dinner or for special family occasions.


Odell's ShoesSince 1917 Odell’s has been the cobbler of choice of many Bedfordians, but they offer more than just shoe repairers.

If you are a discerning gentleman whose shoe of choice is luxury at affordable prices, then you will be delighted to find a wide range of footwear from Loake.

They are also stockists of Cosyfeet, footwear that’s specially designed to fit and flatter swollen fit and that is also easier to get on, for men and women.

Experienced and long-serving staff are on hand providing friendly customer service.

Rice Thai

Mixed Platter Rice ThaiRice Thai restaurant offers a unique Thai dining experience in the heart of St Cuthbert’s Street.

Traditional dishes are prepared and cooked fresh to order, plus there is a dedicated gluten free menu.

Take advantage of some great offers, including their ‘Earlybird’ 25% discount on tables booked at 6pm or before (must vacate by 7.30pm) and Thursday’s Banquet Night: 3 course meal for £19.95 per person.


BeerflyBeerfly is a bottle shop and tasting room specialising in modern-style craft beers and ciders from the best small independent brewers in the UK and across the world.

Their fridges are full of hundreds of cans and bottles with fresh brews coming in every week and six ever-changing beers on tap to taste in the shop or take away in 1.8L flagons great for parties & BBQs.

Tim and the Beerfly team hold regular events including tasting nights, beer launches, home brewer nights and meet the brewer evenings.

Beerfly is also the go-to for gifts for the beer lovers in your life with everything from t-shirts to beer merchandise. And did we mention the beer?

Artistry Property Agents

Artistry PropertyFounded in 2016 to revolutionise the way property changes hands in this area, Artistry offer a unique one-to-one personal service ensuring a smooth property transaction.  Whether you are buying, selling, letting or renting, their expertise will guarantee the best result for you.

Their stylish new office on St Peter’s Street is designed to be welcoming and you are most welcome to pop in for a fresh coffee. Office visits are by appointment only though, so please call in advance.

With a business that is built on firm foundations of knowledge, service and ethics, Artistry guarantees the highest level of Client satisfaction.

Woodfines Solicitors

WoodfinesWoodfines is a long-established firm of solicitors based on St Cuthbert’s Street in Bedford, providing effective and bespoke legal advice to both businesses and individuals.

Their knowledgeable lawyers provide legal support in Company & Commercial, Commercial Property, Business Disputes, Debt Recovery, Buying or selling a home, and conveyancing services, Wills & Probate, Family Law, Employment Law, Personal Disputes, Criminal Defence and Road Transport & Regulatory Compliance.

For further information or to get in touch, please visit their website.


Optimis Consulting TeamOptimis is a planning and development consultancy specialising in residential-led developments.

They are experts in providing town planning and commercial advice to buy and sell land and property for development.

They prepare planning applications and appeals, negotiate and advise on planning obligations, coordinate and conduct public consultations, and aid landowners in promoting their land through the local plan process.

They have won various Business Awards over the past few years but are particularly proud to hold the title of RTPI Small UK Planning Consultancy of the Year 2017 from our Professional Body, The Royal Town Planning Institute

There’s more……

Other great places to visit in St Cuthbert’s include Vanilla Tree (coffee shop), The Ship (pub), St Cuthbert’s Arcade (various independent retailers), Mimo’s (restaurant), Bears and Tales (cocktail bar), Quality Kitchens, Temple Hair, John Cook Goldsmiths, Roosters Sandwich Bar, Lingers High Quality Butchers, Price Wallace (property agents) Lords and Ladies (beauty salon), Molyneux Jones (funeral directors) and the Foundry (co-working space).

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