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New Café at Priory Country Park

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This month Priory Country Park visitor centre has taken on a new lease of life with a brand new café!

 

The Cloverdale Retreat Café opened its doors last week and owner Glenda Mansfield and her partner Steve are getting to know park users ahead of the grand opening later this month. The café is open to the public seven days a week from 10am to 4pm; serving a range of teas, coffee, savoury snacks and cakes. Glenda and Steve also hope to launch a new menu of hot food and chef’s specials as their customer base grows.

 

The new café seats forty inside with additional seating for over twenty customers at outside tables; and the team have plans to double this number as soon as possible. It benefits from the quiet, tranquil atmosphere of the park, with great a view across the lake.

 

The team at the Cloverdale Retreat Café have been approached by various clubs and associations who wish to use the new café as a meeting place either before or after their activities in Priory Country Park; and they are happy to talk to anyone regarding the possible use of the café for specific events.

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Owner Glenda Mansfield has many years’ experience in catering, having founded Cloverdale Catering in 1986. Glenda and her partner Steve have themselves been keen users of the park for 12 years, often walking over 10 miles per day in and around the area. 

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said ‘We now have cafes in five of the Borough’s parks and all are hugely popular community hubs. Priory offers a wonderful country park setting and is popular with people of all ages and with numerous clubs and groups, and the new café will only make it an even more attractive destination.”

 

“I wish the team at the Cloverdale Retreat Café every success and I would encourage people to head down to Priory Country Park this summer and throughout the year to enjoy all it has to offer.”

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