I’ve mentioned before that one of my favourite things about blogging is the community. I am getting to know more and more bloggers who are all so helpful and supportive and I highly recommend getting out and about to meet people face to face in my blogging tips here.
Today I did just that! I went to my first Milton Keynes Blogger Network meet up and enjoyed getting to know some of the local bloggers I have been following online and have a meal with them at The Wheatsheaf Pub & Grill in Bow Brickhill, Milton Keynes*. I hadn’t been before so wanted to share my rundown on this welcoming village pub on the outskirts of MK.
The Wheatsheaf Pub & Grill
The Wheatsheaf Pub & Grill is in the beautiful village of Bow Brickhill, just 10 minutes out of the centre of MK. One of HEROIC Pubs‘ 4 unique pubs around the Milton Keynes area, The Wheatsheaf has its own identity focussing on ‘Best of British’ including naturally reared prime steaks and fresh daily caught fish. The interior is nothing short of Pinterest-worthy with natural wood, monochrome tiles and metallics being the order of the day and one of my favourite restaurant features- an open kitchen. The interior and exterior is so inviting making it ideal for a relaxed meal out with family or a special date night for two. The Wheatsheaf is made up of the bar, the eatery, a private dining room that can seat up to 8 people and a terrace meaning it is a really versatile space and you can even hire it exclusively for up to 180 guests! It has such great character that I will definitely keep it in mind for future celebrations and events.
As you enter The Wheatsheaf you find the beautifully tiled bar, complete with smiley team, a wide range of spirits, locally sourced beer and ales and a delicious selection of soft drinks which I was so pleased about as I’m not a Coca-Cola drinker and like to see something different to the usual J2O or Appletiser. I tried the Franklin & Sons Sicilian Lemonade and Elderflower and swooned over this gorgeous ‘Pimp your Gin’ tray complete with everything you need to DIY your gin- if only gin didn’t make me cry I would have been all over it!
Now on to the good stuff- the grub! I enjoyed two courses from their menu made up of fresh and seasonal ingredients. Their chef works hard changing their menu bi-monthly to ensure their dishes are seasonal and continuously tempting and they definitely achieved this with the Great British Brunch Menu that we got to choose from. On offer was the very difficult choice between:
-BBQ Mackerel Fillet, Pickled Cucumber, Buttermilk & Sea Herbs
-Scotch Egg, Wheatsheaf BBQ Sauce & Mixed Leaves
-Artichoke & Spinach Soup, Rustic Bread
-Poached & Smoked Salmon Fish Cake, Watercress Salad, Basil & Lime dressing
-Slow braised Pork Belly, Colcannon, Tenderstem & Cider Jus
-Vegan Burger, Beetroot & Apple, Basil Mayo, Skinny Fries & Sweetcorn Slaw
To start with I went for the Scotch Egg, Wheatsheaf BBQ Sauce & Mixed Leaves starter. This was quite a different choice for me as scotch eggs usually aren’t on my radar but in the spirit of putting myself out of my comfort zone a bit more I thought I’d try it and I’m so glad I did! I think when you hear the words ‘scotch egg’ you imagine very dry breadcrumbs and a very hard boiled egg, but this was a far cry from the mass-produced supermarket scotch egg invaders. This scotch egg was beautifully crispy on the outside and the yolk perfectly runny on the inside. Served on a mixed leaf salad and a home made smoky BBQ sauce on the side it was a great start to our meal.
For my main it was a hard choice between the Beetroot & Apple Vegan Burger or the Poached & Smoked Salmon Fish Cake, Watercress Salad, Basil & Lime dressing. I went for the salmon as The Wheatsheaf has freshly caught fish delivered daily and that was something I had to try! I got 2 fish cakes served on a fresh salad and a drizzle of grilled lemon added just the right amount of zing to bring all the flavours out.
I was so impressed with how tasty everything was and how beautifully the meal was presented. I don’t think I was alone as the whole table went quiet when food arrived which is always a good sign! The Wheatsheaf caters for everyone with their main menu, a Sunday lunch menu, a Children’s menu (complete with colouring page, thank goodness!) and a vegan menu so you don’t have to worry about pleasing everyone in your group.
As a Mum I get fewer opportunities to go out than I once did, so when I do get the chance to eat out at a restaurant I want to know it will be good. The Wheatsheaf ticked all the fresh food, tasty, great service and beautiful ambience boxes so is definitely somewhere I will head back to. Thank you so much to the team at The Wheatsheaf Pub & Grill for looking after us and I can’t wait to see you again soon!
*Disclaimer: The Wheatsheaf Pub & Grill kindly gifted us our meal for the MK Blogger Network Summer Social, however as with all my reviews, opinions are honest and my own.