A new broom will sweep St Cuthbert’s Hall into becoming the new hub of Bedford, by aiming to make it a natural home for arts, music, food and businesses.
Angelo Bartiromo, who currently runs the bistro Angelo’s in Castle Quay, is the new leaseholder of the premises in St Cuthbert’s Street, and will take over the running of the venue on December 25.
And the new venue already has a wide range of events booked, from fine foods to burlesque.
Angelo said: “It’s a brand new facility and it’s something that Bedford doesn’t have at the moment.
“This is a community-facing business which will lend itself to all sorts of interests. It’s family-friendly, it’s got a great kitchen and we’re building the bar at the moment.
“I want it to be a hub for artistic communities, for food-loving communities, for musical groups and for families.”
St Cuthbert’s Hall was built 120 years ago, and after being sold by the Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church in 2011 it was refurbished earlier this year.
So far Angelo has continued to upgrade the premises, with the kitchen area already expanded and a new bar area being built.
Events already booked for the new year include a function by Lady K’s Burlesque Boutique on February 23 and a nine-course banquet by Luton firm Parkland Wines in March.
And Simply Circuits will be one of the first groups to call the hall home, where it will offer 14 fitness training sessions a week, with four personal trainers already signed up and a stay and play children’s facility upstairs.
Simply Circuits will hold an open day even on Sunday, December 16, from 6-8pm. The event will include demonstrations, wine and nibbles, and there will be the chance to sign up for a month’s free membership.