New additions to Milton Keynes' array of restaurants seem to be slowly growing. Whilst everything seems a bit samey, Revolución de Cuba strikes as being a little different. A Cuban Rum bar and Cantina, Revolución de Cuba stands out from the typical restaurants in central Milton Keynes. If you aren't quite sure what Cuban cuisine is, they describe it as 'a melting pot, a fusion of flavours from Spain, Mexico and South America cooked up in dishes inspired by the backstreet bars of Havana.' Sounds good, right? The Milton Keynes branch of the small chain opened late last year in the theatre district, so just a stone's throw from Xscape and the shopping centre. Harry and I popped in for lunch on Monday to see what they had to offer. Revolución de Cuba, Milton Keynes Review

On Tuesday evening, my family and I headed out to dinner at Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar which opened in February at The Hub in Milton Keynes. MK is starting to up its game a little bit - in comparison to Birmingham the independent restaurant game is not strong at all but over the past six months, there has been a few cropping up here and there. Maaya aim to create a fresh and modern taste of India, inspired from traditional family cooking and the flavours from the street bazaars of India. It's one of the only Indian restaurants around that area of Milton Keynes at the moment, which might explain why it was incredibly busy there for a Tuesday night. After spending the past two and a half years living in the Balti capital, I was pretty eager to give Maaya a go. Maaya Indian Bar and Kitchen Milton Keynes

I've been meaning to get my restaurant reviews from my Newcastle trip written up for ages but hell, third year is intense already. I've stolen a few minutes of my day away to write up this review of As You Like It, a very beautiful bar and restaurant in Jesmond where I had dinner with Harry (and one of his friends). My course mate has recommended heading here as it was one of her favorite places to eat and drink. If you're looking to be wowed with classic meals and cocktails with a quirky twist, I highly recommend As You Like It! The decor is beautiful, very Alice in Wonderland-esque which pleased me and the food pleased the two boys very much so. As You Like It, Newcastle

I'm guessing Cadbury World isn't the first place you'd head to when you think of afternoon tea destinations but you may find yourself being pleasantly surprised. I was invited along to Cadbury World the other week to spend the day at the famous chocolate factory and to be treated to an afternoon tea! I actually live extremely close to Cadbury World; Selly Oak is the next stop on the train from Bournville and it's no more than a five minute drive away. Built for the workers of the chocolate factory in the 1800's, Bournville is very picturesque and the scent of chocolate lingers in the air if the wind is blowing in the right direction! If you live in Birmingham and haven't been to Cadbury World yet, why not!? Cadbury World

Hola! Having been to Gran Canaria over the summer, I got a bit of a taste for Spanish cuisine. I've never properly had Tapas; when I did Spanish at GCSE, my teacher used to bring in Tapas on the last day of every term for us to tuck into. I was invited along to La Tasca Birmingham to try out their range of food. I believe it's a new restaurant and is situated just off Brindley Place in the Barclaycard arena (previously the NIA) I quite like heading to places further out than around New Street as they tend to be a lot less busy but if you do decided to head here, bear in mind they get incredibly busy on nights when there are shows on. Intrigued? Keep reading ... Tapas time at La Tasca Birmingham

On our recent trip to Newcastle, Harry and I made a spontaneous stop at Arlo Bistro & Cafe in West Jesmond. Check out this post all about our few days away if you missed it! Breakfast is definitely my favourite meal of the day, and it makes me very happy when it's done properly. We had a very hearty brunch to keep us going before we headed home and it was a very worthy trip indeed that left us feeling incredibly satisfied. Love brunchin'? Keep readin' ... Arlo's Bistro and Cafe

Last Thursday, my friend Rosie and I headed to Browns Brasserie and Bar in Birmingham to try out their summer menu! Our invitation came at a perfect time, as it was results day and thankfully we both had a reason to celebrate, having both passed second year with flying colours. I've never been to Browns before so was very excited to try their food and see what they had to offer! It was a beautifully sunny day, so we sat outside on the balcony, overlooking St. Martins Church and the Selfridges building on a backdrop of clear blue sky. It made a lovely meal all the more enjoyable! We had a lovely, attentive waitress who made sure we were enjoying our time there. The menu had something to offer for everyone's mood; from steaks to lighter salads, you weren't to go away hungry! Keep reading to find out what we had to eat...

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