A couple of weekends ago I spent the morning gazing at beautiful Christmas goodies in the shops (exciting!), buying a heap of bargain scarves from the sale in H&M and then meeting up with my parents for a really scrummy lunch at the brand new Loaf & Bloom deli restaurant at Debenhams (found in the intu shopping centre in Milton Keynes). It was lovely!
I’ve been getting so excited for Christmas recently (much to Ian’s dismay). I’m trying to get super organised this year, I’ve already bought lots of presents and have been planning the rest as much as possible. I want to enjoy December just pottering around doing the last few bits and really having time to enjoy the festivities instead of worrying about presents. I recently popped down to the Halloween and Christmas blogger event at Lush, they have some super lovely new products this year. If you fancy reading about the event and my favourites, you can find it *here*.
It was so lovely to have a morning to properly look around the shops and take in all the Christmassy sights and grab a few essentials I was in need of, I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve been able to do just that. I was so pleased when I stumbled across the sale in H&M and found a load of beautiful scarves at the most ridiculous prices! I picked up 4 as they were all just £2 or £3 each, how could I resist these beautiful grey toned scarves at that price? They just had to come home with me and I picked up an extra one to gift to my mum for Christmas too.
It was so lovely to see all the Christmas gifts in Debenhams now too. They really do have some lovely bits and certainly have something for everyone this year. Bayliss & Harding is always a crowd pleaser, I’m sure everyone just loves this brand. It’s beautiful, really affordable and they smell gorgeous every time. (I was bought their pink Prosecco candles last year, I definitely recommend that scent).
I also took a liking to these drink sets. They’re so pretty and such a fab gift for a lovely lady in your life, or a treat to self right? The bareMinerals beauty gift sets always look stunning in there too, I’d be happy to find one of those under the tree this year.
I was also very excited to see all their Christmas decorations too – I just wish I had more space to fill at home!
By this time my ever growing wish list of festive goodies was making me very hungry indeed. So it was time to go and meet my parents for a spot of lunch.
I was invited to go and check out the lovely new deli kitchen at Debenhams (in the intu centre Milton Keynes) and oh wow has this place changed. It’s time to say goodbye to the drab 90s style department store café and say hello to a fresh and beautiful new place to dine.
The restaurant has been completely transformed into a place you’d be proud to say you’re lunching at.
Loaf & Bloom have such a wide variety of food to choose from, whether you want to treat yourselves to an afternoon tea, a meat platter or a lovely lunch or snack. Everything is freshly cooked and baked, and they have options for gluten free and other intolerances too.
My parents and I went all out and had a lovely lunch followed by an afternoon tea, yum!
For lunch, I chose the salmon and broccoli fishcakes and drank a mocha…probably not a combination that goes together to be honest, but I enjoyed it all nevertheless. My fishcakes also came with a choice of salad, so I opted for a bean-based bowl of goodness…and also ordered a side of chips, naturally.
Dad being the typical man, went for the meatballs (in a tomato and basil sauce), a side of chips and also had a fruity beany salad. Mum opted for the cherry tomato, butternut squash and spinach tart, which looked amazing.
Drink wise, my dad had a cappuccino and my mum had a latte …all three of us completely agreed that the drinks alone were beautifully crafted and tasted SO good!
The seasoned potato chips were really different too, unusual in shape and so tasty…I’d happily go back just for those.
Between us we shared the “sweet” afternoon tea, however they do also have an option of a savoury and sweet one which has a Mediterranean platter alongside some yummy bakes and cakes. I think I’ll have to head back sometime to try that one too…
Our sweet afternoon tea was delivered on another beautiful plate – the crockery used throughout the meal was so gorgeous. Scones, clotted cream (I’d be happy with just a bowl of that), jam, chocolate brownies and other delectable bakes were put in front of us and they were all so lovely and freshly baked.
I definitely can’t wait to head back in again soon and enjoy another bite to eat. More Christmas shopping and festive eating here I come!
If you fancy finding out more about the Loaf & Bloom restaurant and popping by on your next shopping trip, here’s the website link to tell you all about it www.debenhams.com/content/loaf-and-bloom
*Loaf & Bloom for provided us with this lovely lunch for free, but all the views on the yummy food are most definitely mine (& my parents!) – we enjoyed every little bite!