Since I moved to Milton Keynes recently, I’ve been overwhelmed with what the city has to offer – especially in terms of food! I’ve been told about so many great restaurants and bars to visit that I don’t even know where to start.
On another note, there’s also the fact that Milton Keynes is absolutely filled with successful bloggers. Even though I’ve got a column in Circus Magazine and have spent lots of time visiting Milton Keynes even before I lived here, I’m pretty nervous about the idea of blogging about Milton Keynes or trying to be established as blogger here – especially coming from Luton/Dunstable where I only really knew of two or three other bloggers. But here, I feel like there’s just no space for me to fit in!
So in light of that, I’ve decided to create a foodie bucket list..based on friends and family recommendations. I haven’t found any of these places through Instagram or the bloggers I follow, and I think focusing on word of mouth for this post is the perfect foray into occasionally blogging about where I now live, without stepping on anybody’s toes, haha.
So technically Blossom Room is a bar, but they also do food – the platters sound particularly tasty. I discovered Blossom Room on Instagram, of course, and the sheer fact that inside is so beautiful has absolutely drawn me in. And let’s not forget about the cocktails on offer, including signature drinks such Asian Daisy (gin, lychee liqueur, lime juice, sugar syrup topped with ginger ale) and Smokestack Lightning (Reposado Tequila, Islay single malt Whisky, lime juice & agave syrup). I want to try every single one.
Here’s a funny story: up until now, I always thought Ideas Cafe was completely vegan. I have NO IDEA why – but I’ve spent the last six months drooling over their photos and shoving my phone in my boyfriend’s face saying ‘can you believe this is vegan?!’. I was wrong.
None the less, I’ve still wanted to visit Ideas Cafe for ages now – they have such a vast menu from chicken katsu curry to cheese toasties – all at really affordable prices. Again, I have no idea how I came across this place, but I’m excited to visit.
kam tong garden
How did I find this place? Well I went to a Book Pub (yes, pub not club – it’s like a book club but instead we meet up at cozy pubs around MK and get drunk whilst discussing books) nearby recently and when checking the map to find my way there, found myself intrigued by this little Chinese place a two-minute drive (and beside a pretty lake!) down the road from me. Now, I love Chinese in a way I shouldn’t. I never grew up having Chinese takeaways in my household (it was all about the curries!) so only really had my first Chinese takeaway a few years back. My boyfriend likes Chinese food but doesn’t agree with Chinese takeaways as any he’s tried in the past have always been bland. So obviously I was delighted to find not only a nearby Chinese waterside restaurant but one that does buffets too! And half the photos on Google are of the cute ducks outside. Bring it on.
fourth & fifth
I’m not too sure about this place, but I want to try it out! My friend Lisa recommended it to me and yes, it’s also on every single MK blogger’s list, but I do love brunch so I’ll include it. It’s not too pricey and the food looks totally Instagram worthy. We actually tried to visit here a few weeks ago, but was told a table would be a 45-minute wait upon arrival..so we’ll keep trying. Perhaps we’ll have better luck in the week rather than on a weekend.
the greedy Italian
What’s better than a small/intimate authentic Italian restaurant? Practically nothing! Plus the name is the cutest. A colleague at work told me about this and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t logged onto the website and checked their menu at least once a week since! I absolutely cannot wait to try this place; everything sounds so delicious (so much pasta – yes please) and they also have some pretty tasty-sounding tapas too!
So there you have it; a mini foodie-bucket list for Milton Keynes. I figured if I don’t write them down I’ll forget and never get around to checking any of them out! Hopefully, I’ll have a chance to visit them soon.
Do you have any foodie places in Milton Keynes to recommend? Let me know!