The best of festive food and drink in Bedford this Christmas


Food and drink is synonymous with Christmas; whether it’s spending time with friends and family or heading out for a festive party.

After last year’s December lockdown we all missed out on the chance to get together over our favourite food and drink. This year, let’s make the most of our local independent restaurants, cafes and bars and show them just how much we missed them.

Let the festive eating and drinking commence…

The Longholme

Bedford Embankment MK40 3QF

The Longholme café is open daily from 9am offering a mince pie and mulled wine combo for only £5.90 – alongside daily brunch & lunch too.

After a bracing winter walk, warm up under one of our heaters or grab a complimentary blanket and enjoy one of our hot chocolates with a view. Looking for a unique gift? Our gift cards are available online to purchase here. Find us on Facebook here.

Bridges Espresso Bar

Riverside Square

Coffee, Cocktails, Brunch and Boards… Bridges Espresso Bar is a family run business in the heart of the Riverside development and we pride ourselves on our “local first” policy. We are now taking bookings for our Festive Afternoon Tea (pictured) and we have some great offers on Christmas Party Packages.

Find our more on our website here or visit our Facebook page here.

Coffee House Bedford

St Paul’s Square

Coffee House Bedford is located in St Paul’s Square in the heart of the town centre. Open from Tuesday – Saturday from 9am for festive drinks, light bites and – naturally – great coffee.

This season you can indulge in a Baileys hot chocolate or even a luxury amaretto coffee. We’re also selling a range of potted house plants alongside carefully curated gift sets from local supplier ‘Otter and Moose’. Find us here on Facebook.

Come and say hello next time you’re passing!

Rice Thai

41 St Cuthbert’s Street

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

Rice Thai dishes are prepared and cooked to order, ensuring they are fresh and flavoursome when they arrive at your table. Customers receive a 25% discount if they collect. Find out more on the website.

FatCap Smokehouse 

Castle Lane, Castle Quay

After the disaster of the 2020 Christmas lockdown, we aim to deliver the full FatCap party experience for 2021.

Whether it’s with friends, family or colleagues, come visit for the Full FatCap Festive Experience.

To really get ourselves into the Christmas spirit we’re holding a wreath making workshop on 7 December, in conjunction with local independent florists, Rosehip Bespoke, who have just opened up at The Barn in Cardington. Full details on our website soon.

The Kiosk

Russell Park

The Kiosk, located in Russell Park (along The Embankment) is open daily this season from 9am.

With its 2021 hot chocolate menu available alongside indulgent brownie selection from local baker ‘Patisserie Sheree’ any winters walk is guaranteed for success. Our coffee is ground on order with smoothies and other snacks available too.

You can check out the menu on the website here.

If you’re looking for a unique Christmas gift, why not give a voucher for a round of putting followed by a drink at the Kiosk. The vouchers are valid until November 2022. Full details here.

Decant Cheese and Wine

Castle Lane, Castle Quay

Decant to go – the new takeaway service from Decant while they are temporarily closed.

You can order online for collection or takeaway right up until 23 December. Bespoke grazing tables are available and please email us at to order customised platters or hampers.

Keep up to date on our Facebook page to see our grand reopening date.

Cibo Deli & Kitchen

Mill Street, Bedford

Cibo is proud to be stocking genuine Italian panettone from Fiasconaro, Dolce & Gabbana and Augusta Italy’s most Prestigious brands in Patisserie

We have a large range of vegan, gluten-free and egg-free panettone available. Selection of fine wines & Prosecco, cheese, continental meats & Italian Salt Cod.

Once you have finished the shopping, come and dine with us – serving freshly made seasonal gourmet sandwiches & sides and daily specials. Find us here on Facebook and at our website here.

Naughty Pizza

Riverside Square, Bedford

If you think you’ve tasted good pizza – then think again!

Naughty Pizza opened last year on Riverside Square and offers the highest quality contemporary style Italian pizza and antipasti using the finest highest quality ingredients from carefully selected growers and imported by ourselves directly from Italy.

Fresh gourmet pizzas are cooked in our spectacular oven Esposito Forni, handcrafted by the best artisans in Italy. Dine-in, delivery or collection is available.

More information on our website here and on our Facebook page here.

New Bombay

Harpur Street

The New Bombay Indian Restaurant is a modern, yet intimate dining space.

Located on Harpur Street, this relaxing retreat boasts moderate prices and a globe–trotting menu that sweeps culinary terrain from comfort food to exquisitely sophisticated dishes.

Specialities like the Handi Mutton and King Prawn Sizzler offer a fine balance of familiarity in flavour and innovation in vision.

We are open on Christmas Day and booking is essential More details on the website and on the New Bombay Facebook page.

Hometown Cafe & Grill 

Bedford Road, Kempston

At Hometown we have a passion for serving great tasting food.

Hometown is a family run business with years of experience in the catering industry. We aim to bring all our customers the highest quality, fresh ingredients, mouth-wateringly tasty food and a great customer experience.

Our menu is packed with plenty of choice and bursting with delicious flavours.

Don’t just take our word for it, try it for yourself and enjoy our delicious and unique selection of grill food. We’re open 7 days from 11:30am – 11pm.

Follow us on Instagram here, our website and our Facebook page here for offers and giveaway prizes.

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