Milton Keynes Food Guide: Date Night

With Valentine’s Day exactly a month away, I thought now would be a good time to share the much-requested instalment of my MK Food Guide – date night! I don’t know about you, but food plays a big part of my relationship with Dan. We are both foodies and love creating good food at home and finding somewhere special to eat. Since we’ve been together, we’ve hardly visited chains in Milton Keynes – we are both passionate about spending our money with small, local businesses, not the big chains which MK is a little too well known for. We have a handful of favourite restaurants we love to go if we want something a little bit special.

This guide features some of our favourite spots for date night and will suit all budgets from a full-blown tasting menu at Paris House to a the new creperie in Stony Stratford. I hope these give you some inspiration for Valentine’s Day or your next special evening!

Akasaka, Wolverton & Central Milton Keynes

Akasaka

This little Japanese restaurant is one of my favourite places to eat in Milton Keynes. In fact, it might be right up there, in the top spot and it’s one of the first places I recommend to people and is the ideal spot for a date night. There are two Akasaka restaurants in Milton Keynes but the petite location on Stratford Road in Wolverton remains my favourite. The sushi is amazing and definitely the best thing on the menu. Dan and I like to order small plates; edamame, salmon and avocado roll, prawn tempura and nasu dengaku (miso aubergine – highly recommend!) If sushi isn’t your thing, they also do a range of other dishes like katsu curry and udon which are good too. And if you don’t fancy heading out for dinner, they also do takeaway. Winner winner, sushi dinner.

Cost: ££

Find it: Akasaka Wolverton, 24 Stratford Rd, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5LW / Akasaka Central Milton Keynes – Exchange House, 466 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 2EA

www.akasaka.co.uk


The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College

The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College, Valentines Menu

The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College is a very special place indeed. Not only MK College one of the best colleges in the country for catering courses, but its commercial restaurant also won Milton Keynes Restaurant of the Year at the MK Food Awards 2018. The restaurant allows the young chefs of tomorrow to hone their cooking skills and menu development, all overseen by a professional Head Chef. The money made at The Brasserie goes straight back into the teaching at the college, so it feels like a really good thing to invest in. Students run the whole service, overseen by the staff so head there with an open mind and a little patience, and you will have a lovely meal!

The Brasserie offers a la carte menus, as well as tasting menus for special occasions so keep your eyes peeled (it’s often around £35 for 7 courses!) You can also book for the Valentine’s Sparkling Afternoon tea for 2019.

Cost: £££

Find it: Bletchley Campus, Sherwood Dr, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6DR

www.thebrasseriemk.co.uk

Read more: A fresh look at The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College

French Affaire, Stony Stratford

You may recognise French Affaire from my best brunches post. This newest addition to Milton Keynes has just launched an evening menu. French Affaire is making a name for itself for its amazing crepes and now the dinner menu is sure to make some waves! A traditional French menu is a perfect companion to your Valentine’s evening; think hearty treats like beef bourguignon, fondue, and classics like apple crumble with a twist. We had a lovely evening for the soft launch, and I can’t wait to go back once the menu officially launches on the 25th January!

Cost: £

Find it: 5 Odell’s Yard, High Street, Stony Stratford, MK11 1FA

www.french-affaire.co.uk


The Greedy Italian, Fenny Stratford

The Greedy Italian is a hidden gem nestled in Fenny Stratford. If you want a fuss-free meal and great service in a cosy setting, this is the place. The restaurant itself is very small and is the perfect hideaway for an intimate date night over a bowl of spaghetti, Lady & the Tramp style. The Greedy Italian produce amazing specials are very good at decorating the venue depending on the occasion. Make sure you book in plenty of time – this is a popular spot and it’s not surprising to see why. I highlight recommend the waffle sharing dessert – if you don’t believe me, check it out in my best eats of 2018 post.

Cost: ££

Find it: 79 Victoria Rd, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK2 2NZ

www.greedy-italian.co.uk


Nonna’s, Woburn Sands

Ahh, Nonna’s, back again so soon! You might have already spotted their wonderful brunch in the ‘Best Brunches’ edition of my MK Food Guide and the strawberry scallops in my Best Eats of 2018. Whenever Dan and I want to go somewhere special that won’t break the bank, we always gravitate towards Nonna’s. Not only is the interior of the restaurant absolutely beautiful, but the food is exquisite and they are constantly innovating their menu like no other restaurant in Milton Keynes. A favourite of mine is the lamb neck rigatoni just melts in the mouth. The goat’s cheese and fig ravioli (pictured above) is also absolutely amazing if you are after a veggie option.

Cost: ££

Find it: The Square, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes MK17 8SY

nonnaswoburnsands.co.uk


Paris House, Woburn

Paris House, Paris House Woburn, Fine Dining Milton Keynes

Paris House is definitely the place to go if you want to push the boat out. It’s one of the only fine dining destinations in the MK area and it’s got a special place in my heart. Located in the breathtaking grounds of Woburn Abbey the location is as special as the food. I took Dan for his birthday last year and we ate at the chef’s table which was such a wonderful experience! Phil Fanning is an extraordinary chef with a penchant for eastern dishes so you can expect to see some inspired dishes on the menu, like the bao bun and pork belly pictured above. Paris House offers 6, 8 and 10 course tasting menus and for those who want more flexibility, you can opt for the Sentaku Menu.

If you chose Paris House as your Valentine’s destination between 14th and 17th February, you can add on a special package (£45) to any tasting menu; this gives you two glasses of house champagne, individually wrapped rose and a box of petit fours to take home.

Cost: ££££ – £££££

Find it: Woburn Park, Woburn, Bedford MK17 9QP

www.parishouse.co.uk

Read more: Experiencing the Chef’s Table at Paris House, Woburn

The Swan, Salford

The Swan Salford, The Swan Salford review, guinea fowl salad

If you want something a little more casual but with great food, The Swan at Salford is a rather lovely destination. They operate on a seasonal menu; I was invited to try their spring menu back in March last year and was really impressed with the quality of the food. Think hearty, wholesome flavours with a little bit of a twist. The Swan also has an excellent array of gins too – always a plus in my book!

Cost: £££

Find it: 2 Wavendon Rd, Salford, Milton Keynes MK17 8BD

www.swansalford.co.uk


Any more recommendations for date night? As with my other MK Food Guides, this post will be updated as I discover more places for you to eat in Milton Keynes. Let’s celebrate the amazing independent businesses in Milton Keynes together!

Where is your favourite place to go for a date night in Milton Keynes?


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