Gunns Bakery has opened a new site on a revamped high street in Bedford.
The bakery has moved from its existing location in St Paul’s Square to 51 High Street, part of the town which has received £1.95m in lottery funding as part of a new initiative. The scheme aims to repair the structure of the High Street’s buildings, restore traditional shopfronts and lost architectural details and bring the upper floors into productive use.
On its website Gunns, which claims to be ‘Home of the Bedfordshire Clanger’ – a traditional two-for-one style pasty with a savoury and dessert end, said: “At last we are in a bigger, cooler shop much better suited to our trade and far more comfortable for our customers.”
The Bedford Townscape Heritage Initiative hopes to revive the fortunes of its High Street. As part of the National Heritage Lottery’s Townscape Heritage Initiative, Bedford has received £1.95m in grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Bedford Borough Council to carry out the restoration work.
This figure has been bolstered to £4.5m by private sector contributions from landlords and business owners.
Gunns has two other shops in Sandy and Biggleswade and a wholesale business.