Food & Drink

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11th Jun 2024

Auntie’s Cookery Academy launches at Milton Keynes Cookery School

A Milton Keynes charity is empowering care leavers to take control of their future through food. Auntie’s Cookery Academy, a newly established charity dedicated to empowering care experienced young people through culinary education, celebrated its official launch on Thursday, May 9th, 2024, at Milton Keynes Cookery School. The event, attended by esteemed guests including the Mayor of Milton Keynes Mick Legg, Councillor Emily Darlington, High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Kurshida Mirza, Councillor Shazna Muzammil, local entrepreneurs, representatives from MKFM, MKCTV, Learn Plus Us, and many more, marked the beginning of a transformative journey for the organisation. Auntie’s Cookery Academy aims to help bridge the gap between being fully supported, and being expected to live independently. Their approach empowers young people, aged 16 to 24, by equipping them with the vital life skills and employability training they need. Alongside Learn Plus Us, they’ve developed a curriculum for learners to achieve an award..

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06th Jun 2024

Linford Eats food festival returns in June

Suitable for family and friends of all ages (including well-behaved dogs on leads), visitors can enjoy the grounds of Great Linford Manor Park at Linford Eats on Thursday 13th June. From 4pm until 8pm there’ll be a feast of food, drink, dessert, music, local traders, kids entertainment, face painting and a land train! Linford Eats was launched in 2021 by The Parks Trust, the charity caring for the city’s parkland, as part of celebrations of the extensive improvements of Great Linford Manor Park. Now, they’re handing over the reins (or recipe) to the team behind Cranfield Market, known as Social Society Events. The team organising this year’s event say “we are thrilled to add Linford Eats to our events calendar. We are passionate about events that are family friendly, inclusive and cater to a wide range of needs such as dietary requirements. We look forward to welcoming residents to a..

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04th Jun 2024

The multi-purpose venue in Milton Keynes is fully open

Milton Keynes’ much-anticipated landmark visitor destination, Unity Place, has now opened all of its remaining facilities and is named fully open, following its initial launch earlier this year. Located directly opposite MK Station Square, the multi-purpose venue features an Urban Food Market comprising multiple street food vendors, cafés, the rooftop terrace bar Unity Sky Lounge, and the newly launched celebrity chef destination Dipna Anand’s Kitchen and Bar. The venue has become a key destination, shaping the future landscape of the area by creating a community hub in the heart of the city. With everything available under one roof, Unity Place offers locals and visitors an unparalleled shopping and dining experience in the heart of Milton Keynes. The Corner Store sells everyday essentials; Baker’s Room provides freshly made bread, pastries, cakes and coffees; and it even features a high-end barbershop, ROK, for those looking for a fresh trim. For a quick bite to eat, there is the Urban..

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10th Apr 2024

Midsummer Place confirms deal with American chicken brand

Midsummer Place shopping centre has confirmed it will welcome the American chicken chain, Wingstop to its newly refurbished Boulevard. It will be located in the former Burger King unit next to Pret A Manger and will occupy the last remaining vacant location to fully complete The Boulevard food court, which offers national brands LEON and Starbucks as well as eight independent street food outlets such as Panda Woo, House of Sliders and Nero Pizza. The Central Milton Keynes location has been confirmed as one of several sites that Lemon Pepper Holdings, the UK franchisee of US brand Wingstop, is planning to open in 2024, which also includes: Croydon, Essex, Dudley, and Leeds. The brand, which makes wings, tenders, burgers, and sides cooked to order, currently operates over 40 UK branches. Simon Martin, General Manager at Midsummer Place said: “It is wonderful to announce the confirmation that Wingstop will join Midsummer..

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28th Mar 2024

Milton Keynes restaurant Namji wins big at national awards ceremony

Namji Restaurant has swept the board at the eighth annual Asian Food & Restaurant Awards (AFRA) for the third year running. The Punjabi eatery – which has branches in Xscape in Central Milton Keynes and in Wolverton – took a hat trick of awards, including Best Restaurant in Buckinghamshire. Owner Naseem Khan also retained her title of the UK's Curry Queen: “To say I am thrilled is something of an understatement,” she smiled, “It is such a hotly contested award and I was over the moon to receive the title the first time around. When it was announced I had been awarded it again? I was staggered! “The past 12 months have been as challenging as they have been rewarding, and I take nothing for granted. Both the restaurant award and the Curry Queen title prove that we are doing right by our customers – and that is always at..

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20th Mar 2024

Dipna Anand to launch Dipna Anand Kitchen & Bar at Unity Place, Milton Keynes

This Friday 22nd March, acclaimed chef Dipna Anand will launch her new restaurant, Dipna Anand Kitchen & Bar, situated inside the new multi-functional venue Unity Place, in Milton Keynes. Dipna’s involvement will see a new, 150-cover restaurant open under her stewardship, with its very own microbrewery from Toast Brewing. Dipna will be offering her authentic Punjabi and South Indian cuisine alongside a selection of traditional favourites using locally sourced seasonal ingredients for a flavour-rich, planet-friendly experience. Bright, modern and glass-fronted, the restaurant is a step in a new direction for Dipna, with the menu comprising of revisited classics on small plates; her well-loved and familiar curries alongside some new and unexpected menu items; and a grill that will serve tandoori lamb chops, salmon, chicken and paneer tikka, as well as lamb seekh kebab. The restaurant will also serve traditional thalis and biryanis, with plant-based dishes and the best cuts of..

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18th Mar 2024

Come on in… the doors are open at the Holiday Inn Milton Keynes Central

Looking for somewhere in central Milton Keynes where you can grab a quick coffee, enjoy a lazy lunch with friends, throw a birthday party or simply catch up with your mates? The time is right to check out the Holiday Inn Milton Keynes – Central, which is just a short walk from the railway station. While out-of-towners and event organisers have already discovered just what is on offer at the 173-bedroom hotel there are many more ‘locals’ missing out on the venue’s facilities. There is no need to check in to one of the hotel’s 173 bedrooms. This is a hotel with an open-door policy to casual visitors or those looking to plan an event from a christening, family party or funeral wake. The Open Lobby, serving Starbucks, is open all day and through to the evening for visitors who may just want a coffee, or a meal chosen from..

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27th Feb 2024

The Craufurd Arms brews up something new for you...

Wolverton music venue The Craufurd Arms is used to giving its customers a big night out. But sometimes, the only thing to successfully follow a late night is a big cup of good coffee – and now the Wolverton-based venue is able to deliver that, too! The Green Room opened its doors this week, and is a new coffee shop catering for all. "We're really proud of the space we have created, and want to make this into a centre point for the community," said Craufurd co-owner Jason Hall, who runs the venue with Max Harvey, "Whether you are keen to find somewhere to host your mum and baby group, want to hold a meeting, fancy a coffee and natter with friends, want to enjoy a little bit of 'me time' or maybe you run your business remotely and fancy a change of scene. Whatever it is, we're here for..

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14th Feb 2024

Community, charity and culinary delights: Sophie’s Street Feast returns for 2024

Combining delicious street food with raising awareness and funds for charity, the date for the 2nd annual Milton Keynes-based Sophie’s Street Feast has been announced. The must-attend event will take place on Sunday, 22nd September 2024, from 11am to 4pm at the MK City Discovery Centre. Sophie’s Street Feast is a celebration of community, charity, and eclectic culinary delights. The 2023 event hosted by Sophie etc. and charity Toybox, welcomed an impressive 3,000+ visitors who sampled food from all around the world, while learning more about Milton Keynes-based charities and the work they do both here in the UK and internationally. New for 2024 is the addition of corporate partners, QLM Search and Brioche Pasquier, and charity partner YMCA Milton Keynes, who support young people locally with accommodation, employment and advice. Commenting on the opportunity to be involved, Lorraine Devereux, Fundraising Manager at YMCA MK, said: “YMCA Milton Keynes are thrilled to have been..

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07th Feb 2024

Pho serves Vietnamese pancake: bánh xèo all day

With Pancake Day approaching, why not head for a unique and flavourful pancake experience at Pho Café. While we appreciate the charm of traditional pancakes, why not spice things up this year? Pho's signature Vietnamese pancake, known as bánh xèo, is a culinary delight. This savoury and crispy pancake will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression. Crafted from a delicate blend of rice flour, water, and turmeric, the pancake is skillfully pan-fried and generously filled with your choice of tofu, chicken, or prawns. It is then served alongside fresh Vietnamese herbs and a delectable salty dipping sauce known as nuoc cham. What sets this pancake apart is its versatility, making it an excellent choice for both vegan and gluten-free diners. Typically available only in the evenings, Pho is breaking tradition for one day only – Shrove Tuesday. On this special occasion, the beloved bánh xèo will be featured on the menu..

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23rd Jan 2024

Restaurants in Milton Keynes with January offers

Are you feeling the pinch financially this month? January proves to be a challenging month for many of us financially, however, luckily for us, our local restaurants have risen to the occasion with offers such as 50% discounts, 2-for-1 deals, and exclusive discounts. Here are some restaurants in Milton Keynes with offers on this month... Maaya Milton Keynes have 2-4-1 on dishes throughout January. Head over to their Instagram and simply show their post to get one main dish completely free. Offer runs Sunday to Thursday. Blossom Room have lots of offers on this month to take advantage of. You can enjoy 50% off sushi and all other food items this week between 12pm - 8pm Monday to Friday. Every Tuesday they have unlimited Taco's for £14.95 per person, plus, they have 2-4-1 cocktails all day! Visit their Facebook page to find out more. Visit Veeno Wine Bar and get..

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21st Nov 2023

Pret A Manger returns to Midsummer Place Shopping Centre, just in time for Christmas

It’s the news many shoppers have wished for this Christmas, Midsummer Place Shopping Centre is delighted to announce the highly anticipated return of Pret A Manger this November. After much anticipation, shoppers can once again savour the delicious freshly made offerings of Pret, located next to LEON in the new Boulevard food court. Pret is known for its commitment to freshly preparing sandwiches, salads, and wraps in on-site kitchen daily and offering organic coffees and teas to customers from skillfully trained Barista’s. The brand uses top-tier ingredients, aiming to cater to a diverse range of palates. At the end of every day, the shop’s unsold food will be donated to local charities each day through The Pret Foundation’s partnership with Neighbourly. The new location at Midsummer Place promises to deliver the same excellence that has made Pret a favourite among food lovers globally. The Boulevard food court has become Milton..

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21st Nov 2023

An evening to remember at KiKi’s Café

Early in November, as the nights were drawing in and the festive season approached, MK Pulse contributor Emma-Rose Norris was invited to an evening to remember at KiKi’s Café… If you haven’t already had a chance to visit Kiki’s Café – voted Milton Keynes Best Restaurant/Café at the MK Inspiration Awards – then I’m not sure where you’ve been! This family-run spot is a real gem nestled in MK’s bustling city centre. Whether you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up, a leisurely brunch, a cosy coffee date or even booking the place out for a private party, KiKi’s is the perfect destination. In the daytime, the café itself provides a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere which is perfect for a spot of working brunch. With plenty of light, high-speed internet and convenient charging stations, you can be sure to stay connected in this home away from home. As aforementioned, KiKi’s is family-centred..

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19th Nov 2023

Record-Breaking 14,000 Votes Decide Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards Winners at Glamorous...

A record number of public votes – more than 14,000 – have determined the winners of this year’s Milton Keynes Food & Leisure Awards. The winners were revealed at a lavish black tie dinner and ceremony at the Delta by Marriott Hotel, Kents Hill. The awards, in their 11th year, celebrate and showcase the best restaurants and attractions in and around Milton Keynes and are an occasion for hospitality businesses across the city and beyond to celebrate the hard work before the busy festive period begins in earnest. “The event goal is to uncover the most fabulous-tasting dishes, recognise the most talented chefs, and identify the best family and leisure locations, among other categories,” says awards director Steven Dryden-Hall. This year’s awards were sponsored by food manufacturer Brioche Pasquier, domain name registration company Safenames, accountancy practice Pantons and city centre-based estate agent Thomas Connolly. A raffle on the night raised..

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06th Nov 2023

Midsummer Place welcomes independent business hub, The Artisan Collective Farmshop

Midsummer Place Shopping Centre is excited to announce a new retailer. The Artisan Collective Farmshop, will be joining the centre to offer small businesses a place to sell their fresh produce and home-made crafts. Located next to LEGO, The Artisan Collective Farmshop will house multiple retailers on a rotation basis, giving small and independent businesses the opportunity to enjoy premium retail space and significant footfall. The shop is the brainchild of Steve Reid, owner of Friars Farm, which was one of Midsummer Place Hatch competition finalists. Opening from 16 November, the shop will initially be open for six weeks and over this period include the following retailers: Northampton Cheese Company's award-winning cheese, Northampton charcuterie (salamis, bacon, black pudding), Friars Farm's chutneys, preserves, sauces, and condiments, Mee Blueberries' own-grown blueberry liquors, chutney, and jam, Ganders Goat handmade soap (who will also have their display milking goat, which is made of wood..

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