Eats & Treats
137 Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3PT
Traditional neighbourhood cafe/deli. Good for all your Italian meats, cheeses, olives etc. Very reasonably priced coffees and a nice pannini and drink offer. A real hive of activity and chat; Joe will keep you up to date with local goings on. We go as much for the craic as the coffee!
35-37 Harpur Street, Bedford MK40 1LA
We love this super friendly, family owned pizzeria. With vintage styling and an impressive pizza oven centre stage, you will find yourself transported to Naples or Rome. We love a cheeky Aperol Spritz and a Pizza Napoli, but there are loads of authentic combos to be found!
Putnoe Cake Shop
12 Library Walk, Bedford Mk41 8HF
Old school style Cafe opposite the library, with calming decor. A good range of sandwiches, jacket potatoes and pastries. The cakes look very impressive too. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, a good option for a spot of lunch, if you are in the area.
4 Greehill Street, Bedford MK40 1LX
Tucked away beside the bus station (next to the post office/newsagent) you will find possibly the friendliest cafe in Bedford. This charming mother and son duo have served home cooked meals and cakes to the good people of Bedford for over 14 years. You will instantly feel at home here and will enjoy the cheerful chatter of satisfied customers. One customer told me that the secret of Bernie’s success is the she cooks what people likes – can’t say fairer than that!
Whitehouse, Manx Rd, Milton Keynes MK8 1ET
Authentic Egyptian food, MK based, but keep your eyes peeled they may be popping up near you any time soon. Think freshly baked baladi bread stuffed, felafel, meze and various salad bowls. A beautiful combination of fresh herbs and warm spices pulse through every dish. Our favourite is Messaka’s Abul Sid; slow cooked aubergines and peppers in a tangy tomato, garlic sauce. We see no reason to dispute their claim that #egyptiansdoitbetter!
Boba Aloha & Mamas Crepes
Opposite Primark, Midland Rd, Bedford MK40 1TJ
Bedford’s newest (& cutest) addition to the street food scene. Outside Primark, Joon serves up a massive range of crepes (sweet & savoury) and a mind boggling combination of every teenagers’ favourite – Bubble Tea. We favour the mango with lychee boba!
Harpur square, Bedford
Plant based snacks and street food on a Wednesday and Saturday on Harpur Square, Bedford. Tortilla parcels, burgers and curries, as well as sweet treats like triple chocolate cookie dough. Because plant based can also be fun!
7 Howard St, Bedford MK40 3HS
A stylish local coffee shop. If, like us, freshly baked sourdough and cakes are your thing, whilst surrounded by lovely things this is your place! Kelsey is at the helm of an ever improving and increasing array of baked goods – and is always open to suggestions…
9 St John’s St, Bedford MK42 0AH
Newbie Japanese with longest menu. Don’t be put off; the friendly staff will advise (the first 6/8 pages are sushi, so skip those if you’re not in the mood). Stand out dishes thus far have been the miso cod and tempura prawns. Also great gyoza, prawn skewers and delicious miso aubergine. Many more dishes yet to try.
29 St Cuthberts Street Bedford Mk40 3JG
established in 2017 and recently given a cheerful face-lift, you will find top notch coffee, loose leaf teas (in cute teapots) and excellent home made bagels. We favour the super tasty vegan bagel, but have heard the handmade hot salt beef knocks it out of the park!
32 The Broadway, Bedford, MK40 2TH
The latest addition to the Asian restaurant scene is a winner (and a bit of a looker too!) Local boy, Dishoom trained, Anwar Miah is cooking up a storm with his small street food inspired plates, that we think are ideal for sharing. We love the dhaal with spinach pakoras, the Bombay firecracker prawns, Manchurian tofu and Hakka chilli paneer (to name a few).
3b, Merchant Gate, Riverside Cl, Bedford MK40 1AS
A fun collaboration between lockdown start up, Foxy Wings and Beerfly. A top spot for beer and a bite. It’s all about the cauli wings with sriracha sauce for us. (Tho we have it on good authority the chicken wings are very decent too). Highly recommend the midweek lunch deal; our choice is cauli wings with kachumber salad and rainbow rice Also a top spot for a beer in the sun.
Portuguese mini market
10 St Mary’s St, Bedford MK42 0AS
Your one stop shop for all Portuguese vittels and a cheery welcome from Jose and Paula. We love the pasteis de nata with great Nicola coffee. A friendly, Portuguese welcome and bacalhau (salted cod) being their bestseller. Paula will knock up a hearty sandwich from their quality deli items