Food & Drink

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05th Oct 2023

Milton Keynes restaurant Namji announces new wedding packages

Loved up couples in Milton Keynes now have the opportunity to say 'I do' before tucking into a Bombay Aloo – with the announcement that new city restaurant Namji is now a licensed venue and offering wedding packages! The Punjabi eatery, situated in the Xscape building, will also deliver bespoke events for those renewing their vows. “It's something different, something truly unique to Milton Keynes and it means you can have your whole wedding taken care of in just the one space – you can say your vows, indulge in a wedding banquet here, and we have an official photographer ready to capture the special day too,” said Namji owner Naseem Khan. “We will cater for any couple wanting a wedding or civil ceremony; we will dress the venue, see to the needs of your wedding party and provide you with the perfect day to start your new life together...

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26th Sep 2023

Fine Dining in the heart of Buckinghamshire: Allium at Manor Farm

Last month, I had the pleasure of an invitation to a dining experience that has long been on my bucket list: Allium Dining. Allium at Manor Farm in Bourton is a celebration of all things local and delicious – two aspects that are of great importance to me as an avid consumer of all things edible. Situated in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside, Manor Farm in Bourton is home to this gastronomic event lead by the culinary wizard that is Andy Tomlinson. As a huge fan of their daytime offering, The Larder Café, I knew that this was going to be a special evening. A little about Manor Farm… The Verey family have been farming at Manor Farm in Bourton for four generations and have been building a business that has the environment and local community at its heart. Having celebrated their centenary in October 2018, the farm has..

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05th Sep 2023

Authentic Italian flavours arrive at Midsummer Place with the opening of Nero Artisan Pizza

This week, the bustling Boulevard at Midsummer Place is buzzing with the aroma of authentic Neapolitan pizza, as it welcomes its latest culinary gem, Nero Artisan Pizza. This marks the seventh cabin to grace the newly refurbished food court and the second store for Nero Artisan Pizza. Promising to serve ‘the finest pizza in MK’, Nero Artisan Pizza invites customers to embark on a gastronomic journey to Italy. Each pizza is handcrafted to order, ensuring a fresh and traditional Neapolitan experience. From the decadent Truffle Fig to the timeless classic Margherita, Nero Artisan Pizza caters to every palate. Our top pick? The Quattro Formaggio, a cheese lover’s dream featuring Fior Di Latte, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, and Pecorino. The secret to their irresistible pizza lies in their dough, made from scratch using a secret family recipe and the freshest ingredients. “We are thrilled to be part of the Midsummer Place family,” says..

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30th Aug 2023

MK’s Street Food Sensations: Good Times Café

Good Times Café Instagram: @goodtimesuk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goodtimescafeuk “Give me a good sharp knife and a good sharp cheese and I’m a happy man.” – George R.R. Martin Who are Good Times? Next up in Pulse’s ‘Street Food Sensations’ series are the 2022 ‘MK Street Food of the Year’ winners, Good Times Café. Good Times serve up an array of cheese-based products and a vast selection of hot drinks and local, handmade treats. Specialising in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, barista-brewed coffee and home bakes, their delicious creations are all served with a smile from their retro pistachio-green, classic Citroen HY Van. I have been lucky enough to sample plenty of the offerings from Good Times Café over the last few years. What's On the Menu... During the Olney Great Taste Food and Drink Fair, I opted for their Roast Beef Special. This consisted of a toasted sandwich filled with roast beef,..

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25th Aug 2023

Unity Place: A Revolutionary Hub Opens in Milton Keynes

September 2023 heralds the launch of Unity Place, the beacon of sustainable innovation and community-centric destination in Milton Keynes. Milton Keynes, a city renowned for being the future's blueprint, is poised to welcome Unity Place this September. This purpose-designed space marries community, business, and leisure while championing sustainability and a planetary ethos. Mirroring the forward-thinking ethos of Milton Keynes, Unity Place is an inclusive destination designed with green principles at its core. Not only will it act as a cutting-edge workplace, but it's also set to become a bustling hotspot for locals and visitors. Strategically positioned, it stands as the first sight for those departing Milton Keynes Central train station. Ensconced in the city's heart, Unity Place is geared to usher in a new era of business and attractions. Its design ethos, which prioritises sustainability and connectivity, has positioned it as a leading social enterprise beacon in the region. It..

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17th Aug 2023

A delicious debut for Butterwick Bakery at Midsummer Place’s Boulevard

The midlands’ favourite sweet treat bakery and occasion cake makers has opened their eleventh store at Midsummer Place. Branded by their customers as “Instagrammable!”, Butterwick Bakery’s delightful treats range from sumptuous shakes and mouth-watering cakes to divine donuts, all freshly baked each day. Marketing and commercialisation manager at Midsummer Place, Kirsty McGiff said “We are so excited to welcome Butterwick, a fantastic independent business to our new look Boulevard. As shoppers indulge in retail therapy, they can now relish in Butterwick’s sensational bakes that unquestionably bring the ‘wow’ factor.” The rejuvenated Boulevard has already rolled out the red carpet for diverse dining experiences like Souv Lucky Day, The Lebanese Grill House, Pando Woo, Churros Locos, and Jerk ‘n’ Rum, showcasing flavours from around the globe. And the excitement doesn’t stop there, as more stellar establishments are on the horizon. Don’t miss the Big Boulevard Bash on 2 September which will..

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02nd Aug 2023

MK’s Street Food Sensations: The Rub BBQ

The Rub BBQ Instagram: @therub_bbq Website: https://www.therubbbq.co.uk/ “A recipe has no soul; you as the cook must bring soul to the recipe” – Thomas Keller. The Rub BBQ is a Milton Keynes street food institution. It was founded due to the owner’s love for wood-smoked meats (especially ribs) and authentic American-inspired BBQ sauces. The inspiration he took from Stateside led him to create his own BBQ dry rub and so ‘The Rub BBQ’ was born! All The Rub’s rubs (!), marinades and sauces are made from scratch; the ingredients are often wood-smoked to create their own unique depth of flavour and are locally sourced, where possible and, if you weren’t already sold, The Rub is a family run business. I have tasted many of the delights from The Rub BBQ over the past few years, from ‘The Rib Tickler’ – half a rack of British pork baby-back ribs, smoked over..

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01st Aug 2023

Finalists Announced for the Highly Anticipated English Curry Awards 2023

Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar is yet again one of the finalists in the Curry Restaurant of the Year & Chef of the Year categories. The English Curry Awards, the prestigious culinary event that celebrates the finest talents in the English curry industry, is pleased to announce the finalists for its 2023 edition. The awards ceremony will take place on 14th August at the illustrious Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, where the nation’s curry connoisseurs will gather to recognise and applaud the exceptional achievements of the curry sector. Now in its 12th year, the English Curry Awards continues to shine a spotlight on the remarkable talents and dedication of individuals and establishments within the curry industry. This year’s finalists represent the crème de la crème of English curry industry, showcasing the unrivalled skills and creativity of chefs, restaurateurs, and takeaway services across the nation. The shortlisted finalists were chosen by the..

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01st Aug 2023

Panda Woo Brings Chinese Bao Delights to Midsummer Place

Last week, Midsummer Place saw the launch of its latest ‘world’ eatery with the opening on Chinese street food vendor, Panda Woo. Located in the newly refurbished Boulevard that has seen several other small and independent businesses open, Panda Woo promises to deliver the authentic taste and delight of Chinese Bao, as well as an array of traditional Asian street foods. Owned by the entrepreneurial team behind Maaya Indian Kitchen and the Blossom Room in The Hub, the owners comprise of Leigh Strathearn, also Managing Director at Perception PR, Mo Abdul, also owner of Calcutta Brasserie and Pasha, Michelle Chen, Indunil Rajapaksha Head Chef at Blossom Room, and Xin Yong. "We are thrilled to bring the enchanting world of Bao to Milton Keynes," says YY, one of the proud owners of Panda Woo. "Our vision is to introduce the richness of Chinese cuisine and the artistry of Bao-making to the..

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28th Jul 2023

Centre:MK’s new opening – an un’pho’gettable experience...

Early on this month, Pulse Magazine’s food writer Emma-Rose was invited down to try out the offerings at The Centre:MK’s new opening – ‘Pho.’ The group of restaurants was founded in 2005 after Stephen and Juliette Wall had travelled to Vietnam and fell in love with the food. They made the decision to open a restaurant serving phở while sat on high stools, slurping pho bo, in Ho Chi Minh City. Now, 18 years later, Pho is small group of restaurants dotted around the country, serving great value, healthy and fresh Vietnamese food. In fact, every product in every dish they serve is made right there on site from ingredients delivered daily. There is no central kitchen - just real cooking, with each dish cooked to order. If you’re not already aware, phở (pronounced fuh) is a Vietnamese soup that’s made with all of the good stuff: broth, noodles, protein..

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20th Jul 2023

Indian cuisine meets the pub scene

Last month saw the launch of Craft & Skewers opening on Gold Street in Northampton. The restaurant allows you to enjoy Indian food whilst enjoying a pub environment with craft beers and cocktails. By blending the flavours of India with the friendly atmosphere of a pub, they offer a one-of-a-kind dining experience that caters to diverse tastes. Craft & Skewers is not a newcomer to the restaurant scene, having already won over food lovers since opening in Newport Pagnell in November 2021. Building upon their success, they identified the perfect opportunity to bring their unique concept to the foodies of Northampton. As you step into the Craft & Skewers, you’ll immediately feel the inviting vibes of a traditional pub. The bar area welcomes you with cozy seating allowing you to socialize with friends or catch live sports on the screens above. Venture further into the venue and you’ll discover the..

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01st Jul 2023

Learning to cook up a storm

Last month, Pulse Magazine contributor Emma-Rose Norris was lucky enough to be invited down to Milton Keynes Cookery School’s Street Food Evening Masterclass to learn the ropes of three very different, yet tantalisingly tasty, cuisines. The Beginnings The idea for MK Cookery School began one year whilst Bav – the owner – was working for Pizza Express; after having won best performing restaurant, the staff were treated to a team-building cookery experience at Venturi’s Table – the UK’s first corporate Cookery School. Bav, who has always had a passion for food, loved every second of her experience and realised that running something similar was her dream: and so the idea for MK Cookery School was born. ‘As I am often eating it, cooking it or trying out different restaurants, I just thought “why not? I’m sure I’ll be fine doing this as I love everything about food!” Needless to say,..

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28th Jun 2023

Sophie’s Street Feast in Milton Keynes Unveils Exciting Full Line up of Vendors

Sophie's Street Feast, the highly anticipated new food festival, is thrilled to announce the complete line-up of exceptional vendors set to tantalise taste buds at the event. On Sunday, 3rd September, food enthusiasts from Milton Keynes and beyond are invited to join us at MK City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey for an unforgettable culinary experience. Sophie's Street Feast will celebrate the vibrant food culture and diversity in our community as well as supporting three amazing MK-based charities, Toybox, St Mark’s Meals and Girl Pack.  Whether you're a fan of international delicacies or crave local specialities, there will be something to satisfy every palate. The full line-up of vendors for Sophie's Street Feast includes: Baja Cantina will bring you the mouth-watering taste of Mexico through made to order tacos, nachos and quesadillas. Bokkie serves incredible South African street food brought to you from a converted vintage horse box.  Giuseppe’s Pizzeria serves artisan..

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26th Jun 2023

Hello Summer – IF: Milton Keynes International Festival

The biennial IF: Milton Keynes International Festival returns this July, with 10 days of colourful, unusual and exceptional events and performances. Free events include The Place Between, which will explore the connection we have to our Earth, to each other, and our contribution to the cycle of life. Artist Rebecca Louise Law creates immersive installations with natural materials, with preserved flowers frequently featured in her work. This installation – which can be viewed in Middleton Hall in centre:mk – also has soundscapes by Jason Singh. Mechanical sandwriter Blom will draw on the streets, transforming bland pavements with picture outlines – from a flowery carpet to a flock of little hearts. Small buckets filled with coloured sand will be placed close by, ready for you to add your own touch to the art work. Get involved: July 21 – City Square, July 22 – Midsummer Place, July 23 – outside Door..

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17th Jun 2023

Rediscover Calcutta Brasserie in Stony Stratford – steeped in history and elegance

Calcutta Brasserie, the popular multi-award-winning Indian restaurant located in the heart of the historic town of Stony Stratford, is a reminder of the stunning independent restaurants our region has to offer. Calcutta Brasserie, the popular multi-award-winning Indian restaurant located in the heart of the historic town of Stony Stratford, is a reminder of the stunning independent restaurants our region has to offer.  Set within a beautiful 17th century chapel, Calcutta is one of the most highly celebrating and accoladed restaurants in the country. Recently under new management and celebrating after receiving the highest hygiene rating of 5 stars,  Calcutta Brasserie has a long-standing reputation for providing exceptional Indian cuisine, and this latest achievement is a reflection of the restaurant’s unwavering commitment to delivering quality food in a safe and hygienic environment. The owners of the restaurant have worked tirelessly to upgrade their facilities, making significant changes to the kitchen and..

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