Cloverdale Retreat Café … Overpriced!

My husband and I visited this local new cafe at The Priory Marina in Bedford. We were going to have lunch there but we were stunned by how the prices of sandwiches and cakes. A normal baguette is £6.50 and a pasty would cost you £7.00.  Now that is too expensive. The prices on the website didn’t seem to be the same when we were there. The lady didn’t even say ‘check our menu, there are more to choose from.’ until we saw the menu.

So we ordered one baguette to share. Presentation was awful. Side salad looked old. Bacon was too oily in the baguette. Disappointing. The only nice thing about it was the tea and the view by the lake. But I find it overpriced.

Mowsbury Park cafe is better. Their prices are reasonable. Also Browne’s at Castle Road, their sandwiches and baguettes are half price than Cloverdale’s and presented well.

Cloverdale Retreat cafe is lovely, great place and location but overpriced. Imagine if you are with your whole family, you could be spending £40 easily for 4 people. The two of us spent like £15 for one baguette, one cake and two teas. Not worth it. That’s like going to Starbucks.


Typhoon Haiyan donations…

On the 8th November 2013, my beloved homeland. Philippines, was hit by the strongest typhoon ever recorded in the history of our planet. Typhoon Haiyan caused thousands of lives and left almost 11 million people homeless, hungry, sick, injured, devastated. Four of my friends’ families were affected by the super storm and left homeless. Very thankful to hear that they are all alive. It is heartbreaking to hear to hear stories from my friends looking for their families in Tacloban, and other small villages that have been totally wiped out by the storm.

My friend, Monica Bounds, organized a collection of in-kind donations, through the kindness of Forex Forwarding Company and LBC. Two international shipping companies that offered FREE shipping to Philippines and donate them to Philippine Red Cross. We are proud of our Filipino community in Bedfordshire for helping our kababayan. Please keep donating and never forget the survivors of the super storm who need our help.


I would also like to thank the whole world for the effort they have done to HELP all the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. From the bottom of my heart, Maraming Salamat po!