During this difficult period of uncertainty, we have pulled together a crucial guide of local food producers and stores that have diversified to provide delivery to ensure we get the food and essentials we need during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This guide has been drawn from several sources including The Bedford Pavilion newsletter, Bedford Independent and businesses reaching out to us personally via social media. Now more than ever these local businesses need our support and in turn they are providing delivery to keeping us safe and strong, ensuring no one need go hungry.
While this list was current at time of writing the situation changes from one day to the next, we will do our best to keep this updated and please understand that this is not an exhaustive list and we welcome additions. Email me on [email protected] if you are aware of a business that is providing a delivery service and I will endeavour to add them to the post. We’re all in this together, more now than ever.
Gunns Bakery, Bedford High Street (also Sandy and Biggleswade)
Keeping up with demand for their delicious baked goods, breads and Hot Cross Buns this family run business are supporting their loyal customers and welcoming their new ones. Delivery is free on orders of £10 or over, £2.50 if not. Radius is 3 miles from Bedford town centre.
Delivery on Wednesday or Friday mornings 9-10am, but excluding Good Friday.
Tel: 01767 680434 | Gunns Bakery Facebook
Companions Real Bread, Howard Street, Bedford
Currently closed to allow their hard-working staff to rest the bakery will open its doors for orders on Wednesday 15th April. Companions are a commercial real bread bakery specialising in sourdough. They are also a Community Interest Company supporting ex-offenders on their path to integrating back into society. Deliveries are to Ampthill area and Bedford with a Bedford order and collect system in place.
Tel: 01767 680434 | https://companionsrealbread.uk/
The Barn Cardington, Cople Road, Cardington
Not just a farm shop the Barn is a deli, cafe and butchery offering the very best local produce from Bedfordshire. The Barn is a social venture operated on a non-profit basis for the benefit of local communities. Deliveries are available Wednesdays and Fridays.
Call to order and pay. *small delivery charge if outside the local area
Tel: 07939 03 03 77 | https://thebarncardington.com/
Seasons Fruit and Veg, Southill, Bedford
Browns of Stagsden, Manor Farm, Bedford
A local family butchers dating back over 200 years providing a well-stocked farm shop including fresh meats, fruit and veg. If you would like to order for collection or delivery phone at least 24 hrs before you require your order.
Home deliveries will be made in the afternoon/early evening, once your order is prepared, staff will call you for payment and to give you an idea of when to expect delivery.
Other options are available, for example you can call and collect see the website for more information.
Tel: 01234 822330 | http://brownsofstagsden.co.uk/
Black Cat Farm Shop, Roxton Garden Centre, Roxton
Delivering to the east for Bedford and up and down the A421 corridoor tis small friendly farm shop is delivering veggie boxes with other items available in store.
Franklins of Thorncote Trumpetons Farm, Thorncote Green, Sandy
A recent update on what the farm has available in the shop includes; Cheese Selection Boxes in 3 sizes, Maryland Farmhouse Butter, La Tua Pasta in 5 flavours, Longley Farm fruit yoghurts, Free Range Chickens, Chicken Wings, Fresh Pies, trays of small eggs, Fresh Veg and fruit and PLENTY of lovely meat – we think this covers pretty much everything.
Deliveries can be made within a 10-mile radius of the SG19 1PU postcode. Please note it’s a £40 min order, and orders need to be in by Tuesday for delivery that week.
Hill Farm Shop, Mill Road, Sharnbrook
Hill Farm Shop is committed to providing the very best home produced, traditionally reared and locally sourced meats. Beef, pork, lamb, free-range chicken, local bacon and gammon are sold in the shop together with free-range eggs and our famous steak pies. The shop is open, but customers are restricted to two at any time. You can also order by email or phone and collect later or staff can deliver if you are local and unable to come out.
Tel: 01234 781405 | Email: [email protected]
Herrings Green Farm Shop, Wilstead
Open for collections and deliveries only from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Sunday. Email the shop with your Name, Contact Number, a Shopping List of items for collection or delivery. If requesting delivery also include your address – deliveries to Wilstead are free, areas further afield small delivery charge applies.
Alternatively, we have also set up a board listing items for sale, if customers do come with a shopping list we can do their shopping for them (the shop itself is cordoned off only accessible to staff.)
FAST Fruit & Veg, Bedford
To place a order its quite simple, have a look in the Facebook shop to view all available boxes and extras. Then send a message requesting the box you wish to order along with your address and post code. Deliveries to the Bedford and Hitchin areas
Tre Fratelli, Wood End, Kempston
The restaurant is offering their fantastic range of Restaurant quality food delivered straight to you! including stone baked Pizza and Sunday roast dinners freshly cooked to order and delivered to your door. Choose from 3 Roast Dinners all served with veg, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy! (Vegan and veggie options available)
Tana Thai, 22 Cauldwell Street, Bedford
Are offering 25% discount on collection orders 7 days a week. Card payment is recommended. There is also a gluten free menu to choose from.
You can have your food delivered with Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eat. With the introduction of Contact-free delivery. If you choose this, your rider will leave your food at your door rather than handing it over to you.
Blue Monk, High Street Bedford
The restaurant is closed on Mondays but open the rest of the week. With a 10% discount on all collection orders over £12.00 and Free Delivery for orders over £15. Home delivery is within 45mins or earlier. Plus as a little bonus they also offer a free bottle of wine on orders over £50.00. Collection is also available with a reduced wait time. If you like we have also reviewed Blue Monk, so you can pop over using the link below to see what lovely things we said about them!
Tel: 01234 219 095 | https://www.bluemonk.uk/
AB Fruits Boxes Food Box Service, Bedford, Manton Lane
AB Fruits have worked tirelessly to support families who are in much need of fresh groceries and simply can’t get hold of the essentials like Fruit, Veg, bread & milk. Their dedicated team have put together a small online store allowing you to order one of our family boxes to keep your family stocked up in times of need. All deliveries are door stepped (No Contact). However, Collection is available at their depot in Bedford.
Delivery orders within 5 days and collection next day (Order before 5pm)
Within Bedford and surrounding villages £3.95
Outside of Bedford £9.95
Great Barford Post Office and Stores
The store is in receipt of a Gunns Bakery delivery on Friday and Saturday are now taking bread and Hot Cross Bun orders.
Delivery is available to those in isolation, elderly or vulnerable. Otherwise the store is open for restricted numbers of customers on reduced opening times. For more information visit their social media sites
Tel: 01234871399 | Great Barford Post Office/Stores Facebook
Woburn Country Foods, West End Farm, Bedford
Orders will take 72 hours for delivery, with a driver text message when approx 30 minutes from you. The driver will knock on the door but will not wait for an order to be received. This will increase safety hygiene standards for our staff and our customers.
Delivery is charged at £5 per order.
Lingers Butchers, St Cuthberts Street, Bedford
Sausage specialists of Bedford but also fully stocked with alternative meats and a few other essentials. Lingers have always delivered local so call them and place your order, payments can be made over the phone.
Tel: 01234 353390
Langfords Butchers, Library Walk, Putnoe
A traditional butchers and supplier to the catering trade in Bedford and surrounding areas. Stocking a wide range of hand-selected, expertly prepared meat and poultry, available in store, with strict distancing protocols in place, or to order.
GCH Fishmongers, Newnham Street, Bedford
GCH are offering a ‘no-contact delivery’ where your driver will knock your door and wait while you collect your delivery from the doorstep, keeping a safe distance. If you have any further questions or require special assistance, then please call. Secure payments are via PayPal – and normal deliveries are next day following your day of order.
Tel: 01234 301472.
Nutcellars, Harpur Street, Bedford
A local small business with a long family history in the planting, farming, and continued support of farmers of macadamia trees in Malawi. Products include; Macadamia nuts, Macadamia nut butter, Macadamia oil and Premium Chocolate coated macadamia.
Something Sweet Delivery
Galones Ice Cream Bedford, The Old Arcade, Bedford
Can you believe that you can even get ice cream delivered, I personally think this is the best news I’ve heard all day. You can order litre tubs of real ice cream in many, many different flavours and there is even a dessert menu.
Scrumdiddly Kitchen, Brickhill, Bedford
Each week Scrumdiddly offer a new plant-based theme, there have been vegan burgers, kebabs, brownies and the current sale is gorgeous vegan cakes. Check their Facebook page to see what theme is up next! The driver will ring your bell and place your delivery in a box outside your door and step back for you to receive.
Katiebelle Cakes, Bedford
How about treating yourself to a brownie box for £10 (ex. P&P) with a choice of 6 mixed toppings of your choice. Okay, it’s not an essential but I think it’s the little treats like these that lift our spirits. Toppings include Classic, Mint Aero, Snickers, KitKat, Malteser, Kinder Bueno, Munchies, Oreo and more.
Brownie Box will be posted 1st class on Wednesday morning for Weekend delivery. Order by Monday evening for Weekend delivery. Orders received after Monday will be baked and dispatched the following Wednesday.
Tel: 07816 392206 Email: [email protected]
Crumb de la Crème, Bedford
Again, this is pure indulgence but if we can’t treat ourselves now to cheer ourselves up then when can we. Minimum order is 4 items. All products are homemade, and we use real butter and chocolate bars to make all brownies and blondies. Card payments only.
Choose all the same or different from:
Cookie Dough Brownie, Double Chocolate Oreo Brownie, Cookies & Cream Brownie, Peanut Butter Brownie, Billionaire Brownie, White Chocolate Rocky Road, Biscoff Millionaire slice, Vegan Caramel Cookie Bar, Gluten Free Brownies. All £2.50 each.
Cookie Dough Egg £3, Caramel Biscoff Brownie Egg £3.50, Cadbury’s Crème Egg Scotch Eggs £3
Delivery to lift the spirits
Blue Glass, St Peters Street, Bedford
Despite the shop and bar being closed, Blue Glass are still running a delivery service of 6 or more bottles to anyone living within a 2-mile radius of the store. Please call the shop between 11am and 2pm Monday to Thursday to place your order.
Wine delivery is between 1-5pm every Wednesday and Friday.
Tel: 01234 347732 | Delivery wines on offer
Food Banks and Community Support
Pub Hub – The Embankment, Bedford
The Embankment Pub Hub is open for click and collect pre-orders, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday with essential goods, takeaway, ready meals, wine, beer and softs. We have added them under Community Support because as they raise essential funds, they will supply those on the frontline, and others most in need with free meals.
Bedford Food Bank
See link below if you are in need of support from Bedford Food Bank.
Many thanks to the wonderful people of Bedford who have been so generously supporting Bedford Foodbank with money donations and food. However, they are currently running low on UHT Fruit Juice, UHT Milk and Teabags (40 and 80 packs). At this time, you can still use the collection boxes in the supermarkets to donate.
If you are unable to donate food but would like to donate financially this is the link: https://bedford.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/
If you are in need of support click this link Bedford Food Bank – Get Help
Dine with Us by The Community Larder
Feeding the homeless, rootless and those in need. Thursdays see the Community Larder open to everyone in need from12pm until 2pm. Then every Saturday, without fail, at 5.30pm volunteers serve hot food outside the Larder. If you wish to support the Community Larder which is in dire need of support to keep open, then you can do so by going to their Just Giving Page. More info on the larder and hot foods on offer can be found via their Facebook Page.
For more information on up-to-date info and things to do indoors why not check out our Facebook Page or Groups dedicated to your county Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk. Those dog lovers out there would be barking mad not to join our Doglife Group and vegan’s, you’ll be pleased we have one dedicated to you too.