Summer in Winter – January 2020

The glorious sunshine on Saturday and Sunday gave rise to crowds of visitors at the Priory Country Park. Our Park Rangers said that the foot fall was record breaking for this time of the year and this was reflected in the number of Retreat customers.

July 2019

We have now been open for 3 years and take this opportunity to thank our customers for their continued custom. It has been great to see the numbers increasing as time goes by. We regard many of you as ‘Friends of the Retreat’ and look forward to seeing you appear on a regular basis.


Spring 2019

Some weeks ago we were pleased to be approached by the John Bunyan Boat organisers to cater for some of their river cruises. For those of you who do not know, the boat is run by volunteers and raises funds toward expanding and protecting the river locally through the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway Trust.
Our first event was on Easter Sunday. The boat, which is based at the Priory Marina, did a 2 hour round trip from the Marina and ‘Tea for Two’ was served to a number of couples on board.

Plastic Pollution

We at the Cloverdale Retreat, are disturbed by the issue of plastic pollution. As a result, we discontinued purchasing plastic disposables last year. The remaining stock in hand (mostly food containers), will be gradually phased out being replaced by compostable substitutes. You may have already noticed the introduction of alternative disposable cups. We hope you will bear with us during this transition, as the substitute cups have less insulation against the heat.

We realise that our contribution to tackling this world-wide issue is very small but feel that we all should do what we can to alleviate the problem.

Santa Scoot 2018

On 8th December the local Sustrans have organised a ‘Santa Scoot’. Buggies, walkers and scooters will be welcome to take part (No bikes on this occasion however).

The Cloverdale Retreat Coffee Shop are pleased to support this charity event by providing some refreshments at the end of the event.

Good Review 2018

Below is a recent customer review for the Retreat. The person was positive about every single aspect!

“A lovely cafe , next to the lake. Natural light is abundant , thanks to a large window which extends down one side of the cafe. It’s great to know too that they use solar power, generated from roof panels as well as collecting and using rainwater.
It’s a perfect way to start or end a walk , or just to visit for refreshments. There’s plenty of fee parking , and in the same building, accessed separately are modern clean toilets. The staff are young enthusiastic and helpful . There is a selection of hot foods, and specials of the day to choose from as well as a tempting range of cakes. Service is good; coffee is excellent. The cafe is clutter free and there is plenty of space between tables which is helpful. There is also a large outdoor seating area with views across the lake”


Poppy Walk for Honour 2018

The Poppy Walk for honour in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal was held again in the Park on Sunday 12th August and featured live music.

We were glad to support them with an electricity supply and collection box as in previous years.

Race for Life 2018

The Park hosted the Race for Life events again this year which are in aid of Cancer Research UK. This was on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July and attracted huge crowds. We opened earlier on those days.

Ice Cream 2018

If you have yet to do so, why not try our Award Winning ice cream on your next visit to the Retreat. We have received numerous good comments since serving a range of these products from the beginning of April this year.

Additionally whipped ice cream is available from our mobile trailer on days when it is parked outside our main door.

Autumn 2017

This autumn has been substantially busier than last autumn and peaked during the kids half term holidays which was the week beginning 23rd October 2017.  At times we were full to capacity! We thank all our customers for their increasing support.