Today is Takeover Challenge, a national initiative putting young people into real-life decision-making positions in organisations.
In last two years alone, thousands of children have taken part – stepping into the shoes of a wide range of adult jobs including everything from MPs, mayors, TV presenters and teachers to chief executives, business leaders and government officials.
In October, the Bedford Clanger magazine handed over editorial control to teenagers from St Thomas More school. As part of our Shop Local campaign, here’s a piece written by Cherith Janes, Daisy Smith and Georgina Morgillo.
We went round Bedford and explored eateries that are left of mainstream, ranging from independent cafes to chain restaurants. We visited: Albero Lounge, Vanilla Tree and Millyard Coffee Lounge.
Albero Lounge Food, Aesthetic, Service: 4/5 Overall: 4/5
Albero Lounge, situated on the riverside, offers additional vegan and gluten free menus with snacks and drinks. These range from your classic coke to your mainstream milkshakes as well as supplying brunch options and variations of cultured meals. All items were reasonably priced with the majority of meals under £10.
Vanilla Tree Food and Aesthetic: 4/5 Service: 5/5. Overall: 4.5/5
Being an independent business located just outside of the town centre, Vanilla Tree’s prices are understandably slightly higher. A unique feature of Vanilla Tree is their open kitchen where you can see them making their trademark bagels and the locally bought loaves of sourdough bread from Companions on Mill Street, strengthening the community feel.
Millyard Coffee Lounge Food and Aesthetic: 3/5. Service: 2.5/5 Overall: 3/5
The Millyard Coffee Lounge is located on Mill Street and the tea-shop style cafe has a range of pastries and plenty of meals available. They also host events for their café in the courtyard just outside, for example in the summer they held a barbeque day.
We have returned to Albero Lounge and Vanilla Tree as they left such a lasting impression on us. One thing we did realise from this was that there is more to Bedford than Nando’s and McDonalds.