Our Story

Established in 1984, La Rondine is Bedford’s longest-running cake shop. It was co-founded by Salvatore Garganese, who had moved to Bedford from Foggia, Italy in the 1960s in order to join the rest of his family.


12 Queen St, Bedford MK40 2HA
E-mail: larondinecakes@gmail.com
Phone: 01234 400990

Bedford’s longest-running cake

Bedford's local

Italian bakery

Salvatore’s parents and older sister, Elisabetta, had immigrated to England after the Second World War when the country recruited thousands of southern Italian labourers in order to aid the reconstruction boom. Food was a key part of Salvatore’s life from a very young age. From the age of 11, he would cook for his family so there was dinner on the table when they returned home from work.


Having run a number of coffee shops and food establishments during the 1970s, in 1984 Salvatore decided to open up a patisserie. He noticed that there was nowhere for Bedford’s large Italian and cosmopolitan population to enjoy the mouth-watering tastes of Italian and European baking. He named the patisserie La Rondine, which is the Italian word for ‘The Swallow’.

Our People

Salvatore runs the business with his sister Elisabetta and a loyal and talented team of bakers and decorators.


what our customers say


The best there is, especially their eggless cakes!! Been eating cake from here since I was a child and I’m 45 now. Have tried so many others and nothing comes even close.
La Rondine have made all my family event cakes - wedding, baptism, communion and confirmation. Beautiful cakes that taste amazing. Always found them helpful, friendly and accommodating. When I travel up to Bedford from Kent, I always try and pop in to pick up some cakes.
Really nice people and so helpful. The cakes are delicious. Lightest fresh cream sponge cake I've ever tasted.