Vanilla Tree Cafe, Bedford
Fancy some expertly made coffee and a freshly made salt beef bagel? You're in luck. The Vanilla Tree in Bedford is the place to head for a hearty brunch.
Having only been open four years, the Vanilla Tree has already garnered quite a reputation. Visitors have showered the little cafe with praise, thanks to its locally roasted coffee, huge range of loose teas and – get this – hand rolled bagels that are baked daily. Choose from smoked salmon and cream cheese, feta and chermoula, the classic hot salt beef… or go healthy with the homemade granola and a green smoothie. (And we don’t need to mention the slice of handmade cake you’ll order to go.)
Inside it has quite a cool, east London vibe with huge chalkboards and stripped wood tables and it’s not huge so you’re not guaranteed a seat, but it does a sterling trade in takeaway, so join the very loyal – and happy – queue.