Best of Bedford – Steve Barratt

This month’s best of Bedford comes from Bedford tour guide and Visitor Information Centre volunteer Steve Barratt. Thanks to Steve, the Visitor Information Centre operates out of St Paul’s Church in the heart of the town centre, and just a stone’s throw from its former home on St Paul’s Square. Steve and his team of knowledgeable and friendly volunteers man the Visitor Information Centre every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and are a wealth of information. We asked Steve to give us the low down on his favourite things around town…

Name: Steve Barratt

Occupation: Volunteer: Bedford Visitor Information Centre

Born here or blow in? Born in Bedford

Best thing about Bedford? The parks, river, market, pubs. The volunteer groups who support many of the activities and services that the town has to offer. The history & heritage of Bedford

Best place to get a coffee or cuppa? La Piazza in St. Paul’s Square


Best breakfast? Peacocks Auction Rooms Cafe

The one place you’d recommend to visitors? A walk down the Embankment and into Mill Meadows

Ever read John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress?  Yes

Bedford’s best boozer? The Devonshire Arms on Dudley Street

Best Bedfordian? Sir William Harpur

Ever eaten a Bedfordshire Clanger? No

Three words that sum up Bedford: Market, River, Community