Discover The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College

The Brasserie Milton Keynes College

Firstly, did you even know that you can dine at the Milton Keynes College Bletchley campus? Well you certainly can. You can even hire out the venue for your own events and parties.

I was invited down by the MK College team to dine in their beautifully refurbished brasserie and to enjoy a little taster of what’s on offer this Autumn/Winter.

The Brasserie is looking mighty fine after its refresh. Warm brown comfortable chairs compliment the navy blue bench seats and yellow cushions. And I am totally in love with their use of copper. Stunning contemporary tealight holders, pendant lighting and utensils hanging on the wall…it just looks so cool.

Take a moment to appreciate the wine glass chandelier hanging in the centre of the room, which is over the table Ian and I were lucky enough to dine at. There was even a TV on the wall enabling us to watch our meals being prepared in the kitchens behind!

Milton Keynes College The Brasserie

Milton Keynes College The Brasserie

Milton Keynes College The Brasserie

The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College is not just like any old restaurant, they were awarded the prestigious AA College Rosette: Highly Commended which adds to the rosettes they won in both 2015 and 2016 too.

All meals are prepared by the stars of the future restaurant world, so dining there means you are supporting the next generation – which I think is a pretty important factor of why you should give The Brasserie a whirl.

Now before I even mention what we had to eat, I simply have to tell you that everything we had was simply divine. I mean, that’s it. You needn’t even read on past this line. Just book a table.

But if you’re adamant you need to know what we had and see some pictures of delicious food to taunt you whilst you eat your boring cheese sandwich for lunch, read on…

Milton Keynes College Brasserie MK

Milton Keynes College Brasserie MK

Usually me and Ian both go for a different meal and try a bit of each, but this time we both had eyes for the same thing. For us, the beef rib and tiramisu just had to be ordered!

Before our dinner was served, we were treated to a little pumpkin amuse-bouche which was absolutely divine and I wish I asked for the recipe (not that I cook…). It was beyond tasty.

We were so suitably impressed when the beef rib arrived to our table. It was presented so beautifully. But oh my goodness did this meal taste gorgeous! The meat was perfectly cooked, just fell off the bone and just tasted so amazing. The vegetables were just as amazing, and that garlic mash? Heavenly.

Dessert was definitely not disappointing either. Our Tiramisu came in a deconstructed form, which was really different. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but as I delved into the soft cakey pieces and whipped up little bits of cream and chocolate from the plate, I was in love. What a dessert.

What an entire meal!

Milton Keynes College Brassiere MK

Milton Keynes College Brasserie MK

We were so impressed with every part of the meal. The food, drink, service, atmosphere, room, it was all so wonderful. They really are worth the visit and I’d 100% go back to support them and dine in their beautiful brasserie every day if I could!

If you fancy stopping by and treating yourself to a dinner (or brunch, breakfast…) at the Milton Keynes College Brasserie, you can find out all about them on their website here: https://thebrasseriemk.co.uk/

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F1 Pit Stop Challenge with LV=

F1 Pit Stop Challenge

As some of you may know, besides the typical girlie things I love…beauty, fashion, homewares etc. I also love cars! I’ve grown up watching Formula 1 since I was little and have always had a keen interest in cars from a young age, all thanks to my car loving dad. Apparently, even as a toddler I’d go along in the pushchair pointing out car badges and saying their brand names.

Last year I was lucky enough to go to the British F1 grand prix at Silverstone for the first time, thanks to Ian buying me a ticket for Christmas (thank you!). I’ve also been to various other days across the years with family and friends, such as the touring cars (BTCC) which was brilliant. I even took my own car onto the GT86 Drivers Club stand at Japfest Silverstone earlier this year. Here I am driving into the event on the day trying to look really cool haha…it was so much fun!

GT86 Dark Grey Metallic

Now I don’t stand there and say oh yes, I know everything about cars. I really don’t. When it comes to maintenance it’s always been a case of “dad can you help me…” – but after watching him work on my cars and his across the years I have definitely picked up a thing or two.

I really do think that car maintenance and safety is so important and not talked about enough. At the end of the day, we need to realise that having a decent, well-running, safe, secure, insured car is paramount over so many other meaningless things that we splash our money on.

Your car is effectively catapulting you across the country at 70mph – it’s time we made sure we do it safely. Whether that’s doing the checks we should do before long drives, ensuring our tyre tread depth is healthy and that the tyres are pumped up to the specified levels or making sure we don’t do silly things like buying second hand tyres. I mean, just don’t.

LV= (car insurance) have published a really interesting report on car maintenance which you can read *here*, which highlights how few of us prepare properly for our MOTs and also provides us with some super helpful hints and tips on how to be better prepared.

Our F1 pit stop challenge was so much fun and oh my did our competitive sides come out! What seemed like a bit of a laugh turned into a real competition, especially between my team “The Wheel Nuts” and the team from Autotrader.

The car itself and the wheels we used for the challenge were all genuine Mercedes ones used in the 2015 race. It had a proper engine… a Mercedes detailed front wing… how bloomin’ cool!

Female Car Blogger

In teams of 3, we battled against each other to see which team could be the quickest at using the gun to undo the wheel, take the wheel off, put the new wheel on and then use the gun again to secure everything. Now, I’m pretty damn proud that our team managed to get this down to an awesome 3.65 seconds – and I must say, we did do a few changeovers around that mark. No fluke in sight you see, we’re real professionals in the making, ha!

However, team Autotrader pipped us just ever so slightly with 3.10 seconds! Fair play to them, they did a great job and it was so fun competing against them and talking lots of fighting talk haha.

Formula 1 Pit Stop Challenge

Everyone was really up for a good giggle that evening and both us and the Autotrader team went away with some absolutely amazing prizes, so I have to say a big thank you to Talented Talkers and LV= for inviting everyone down to Shoreditch for a night we won’t forget I’m sure.

Grab a nice hot drink and have a little read of LV=’s findings on this link https://www.lv.com/car-insurance/car-maintenance and get your car prepped and safe for the icy winter months ahead.

A big thank you to Kaye Ford as well for the fab photos and videos she provided everyone from the evening. Do go and check this very talented lady out over on her website www.fordtography.co.uk

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Come shopping with me Feat. Loaf & Bloom at Debenhams

Loaf and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

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.

Loaf and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

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).

Debenhams Christmas Gifts

Debenhams Christmas Gifts

Debenhams Christmas Gifts

Debenhams Christmas Gifts

Debenhams Christmas Gifts

Debenhams Christmas Gifts

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!

Loaf Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

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 and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

Loaf and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

Loaf and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

Loaf and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

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.

Loaf and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

Loaf and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

Loaf and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

Loaf and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

Loaf and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

Loaf and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

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.

Loaf and Bloom Debenhams Milton Keynes

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!

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AW17 Fashion Show MK by GEM MEDIA Events

Fashion Show Milton Keynes

Fashion, music, beauty and a little cheeky glass of Prosecco! That exactly describes how I spent my Saturday evening, as I popped along to enjoy GEM MEDIA Events’ Fashion Show MK for Autumn/Winter 2017.

Once again, it was held at their lovely new venue of Chicheley Hall, which is set on stunning grounds just on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. We were treated to beautiful fashions and equally beautiful people. Fashion Show MK is just always a really fun night out!

(If you fancy…you can also read about the SS17 Fashion Show MK event *here*)

Talking of beautiful people, Fashion Show MK had none other than Olivia Buckland from Love Island on the catwalk…how awesome! She looked as great as always.

Fashion Show Milton Keynes

Fashion Show Milton Keynes

For the last few shows Fashion Show MK has incorporated some cool urbanwear brands for the guys. Hoodies, tracksuit bottoms and some really unique leather jackets were on display…proving that fashion is not just for the girls.

Fashion Show Milton Keynes

During the intervals everyone was invited to head to a backstage area to discover the brands a little further at their stands, alongside some fabulous Delilah beauty products which were used on the models for the show. The products looked so gorgeous and from a little online search it appears they are likely to be cruelty free too, which is great in case (like me) you prefer to buy cruelty free…so they may be worth a little peek at.

There really was a little something for everyone, even right through to a few little latex numbers which were on display in the last show of the evening!

Fashion Show Milton Keynes

Fashion Show Milton Keynes

Fashion Show Milton Keynes

Fashion Show MK

Fashion Show MK

It was also lovely to see the brand new collection by the lovely Scarlett from Scarlett London. The dresses were simply gorgeous and so wearable, I really think you’ll love her range. So keep your eyes peeled for that one.

Thank you GEM MEDIA Events for putting on another great Fashion Show MK event…and for the glass of Prosecco of course.

If you fancy heading down to the next GEM MEDIA Events fashion show in Milton Keynes, you can keep up-to-date with everything they do on their website here www.gemmediaevents.com

Hitting reset with the help of teapigs

Teapigs Review

If you follow my ramblings on Instagram (you can follow me *here* …shameless plug, haha!), you’ll know that this year has been a bit of a rollercoaster at times for this gal.

My immune system has been pretty much at an all time low this year I think. I’ve definitely had my fair share of lingering colds and coughs over and over again this past year. Couple that up with my two recent visits to the hospital for not-so-fun procedures …and then generally every plan having a big spanner somewhere, other ridiculously rubbish things going on for both me and Ian. Oh… and both of us getting new jobs too! It. Has. Been. Manic.

Now, if like me, you fancy hitting reset right now, you’re ready to take on the rest of what 2017 has got to throw at you, you’re ready to up that immune system, to battle those winter bugs and be the best version of you. Here’s a lovely little helping hand…

Those fab people at teapigs have crafted the perfect collection of feel-good teas to keep you going and completely girl bossing every day. It’s time to put aside that energy drink, sugary coffee or that chocolate bar that’ll only make you crash shortly after your sugar high…and enjoy feeling pepped the natural way! Over time, I’m sure your body will thank you that you’re actually filling it up with lots of good stuff by keeping you healthy and feeling tip top.

Please give a warm welcome to the teapigs feel-good teas…

Tea Pigs Feel-Good Teas Review

Teapigs feel-good teas review

First up, it’s time to rise and shine and get the show on the road. This is where the “clean n green” tea comes in. It’s your morning tea to help you detox and say “hello world! I’m ready for ya!”  This is a beautiful blend of green tea (and we all know how good that stuff is!), lemongrass, ginger, coconut and cleansing dandelion leaves which is packed full of antioxidants. I never knew you could get dandelion leaves in a tea! Did you!?

Take note that this tea has ginger, the magic ingredient when it comes to fighting off those winter bugs! I definitely want to up my ginger intake this winter as ginger kills off rhinoviruses, which kick start those nasty colds we get this time of year. So the teapigs detox morning tea is the perfect way to start the day with lots of goodness!

It’s smooth, not bitter, just so easy to drink. The flavour is pretty lovely and it’s much better than I expected from a “green tea” – I think you’ll be genuinely really impressed with the taste of this tea!

Teapigs Feel-good teas review

Okay, so you’ve been feeling great so far and that little green bag of goodness has started you off on the right foot. Your to do list is looking pretty awesome, but you’re starting to crave a little summin’ summin’ around 3pm. This is usually THE time to grab that sugary snack or coffee that probably isn’t so great for you – it’s time to treat your body as a temple!

It’s “up beet” time! In comes your perfect afternoon tea to give you energy and absolutely nail the afternoon ahead, no matter what is thrown at you!

Teapigs feel-good teas review

teapigs’ up beet energy tea is the perfect warming cup of revitalisation that your body will definitely thank you for! This energy boosting tea features hibiscus, ginger (again, goodbye winter bugs! You’ve got no chance this year!), green tea and beetroot – yet another intriguing ingredient, but it just works and turns the tea into a beautiful purple-like colour.

Yet again packed with amazing health-boosting ingredients and it just tastes like a warm almost berry-like drink and I’m guessing that’s because of the beetroot in it – so if you’re a little put off by that being an ingredient, you really needn’t be! This is probably my favourite out of all the teas, which is great considering it’s your afternoon pick-me-up tea – you’ll totally look forward to having it at the 3pm slump. The flavour lends itself to this time of year with all the berry-like scents and flavours around us to enjoy, I think it would be a lovely evening time after work type of tea too!

Now, taking time to relax your body and mind is just as important as fuelling it for a busy day…

One thing I really want to *try* and do more often is to get to bed earlier, just one hour earlier I’m sure will make a huge difference to my body. I’m usually a bed at midnight… but probably still scroll through pointless social media posts for a further 10 mins at least kinda girl – and I know that’s not a great thing.

One thing I can definitely do though, is to enjoy a lovely cup of teapigs snooze feel-good tea

Teapigs feel-good teas review

This pretty little teabag is the perfect tea to help you sleep and has a calming blend of chamomile, apple and lavender… Even just reading those ingredients sounds soothing! Calming, yet beautiful to the taste. It’s a great way to signify the end of the evening, a time to wind down and look after yourself once again with a few chilled out moments before hopefully getting a decent long sleep.

This tastes pretty much exactly how I expected, it’s so lovely that the apple is included to cut through the chamomile and lavender flavours making it a very pleasant and relaxing tea if you’re feeling in need of some serious chill out moments.

So if you’re feeling that life has got a little hectic, you feel a little out of control, tired, worn down, ya get the drill …I think this 3 step daily tea process is such an easy way to feel good, put some great ingredients in your body and feel a little more on top of life and your body once again! It couldn’t get any easier! I’ve been really enjoying each and every tea and the feeling of knowing I’m putting some great stuff in my body too.

If you’re intrigued and fancy giving the teas a whirl this Autumn/Winter, here’s all the helpful links you need…

*Click here* to discover the entire teapigs feel-good tea collection, including an awesome hangover gift set (might be good for a new uni student you know!) and a wellness gift set (which might be perfect for someone feeling a little under the weather). What great gift sets! I think they’d make fab Christmas pressies too.

*Click here* to learn all about the clean n green teapigs tea – including reviews, further details and serving suggestions too!

*Click here* for the up beet tea and click here for the snooze tea! You’ll find all the extra details on those links too, including nutritional and allergen info.

…do let me know if you try out the teas! Or have you already tried them before?

I’m drinking an up beet tea as I write this and it’s super yummy! :)

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Halloween and Christmas Fun at Lush Milton Keynes

Lush Milton Keynes

eeek! It’s beginning to look a lot like… yeap! It’s that time of year again and I am SO excited! I absolutely love any opportunity to party and have a little bit of fun.

I popped down to Lush in Milton Keynes the other day and found out all about their amazing Halloween and Christmas collections. I think you’re going to love them!

As always, everything is cruelty free and they said all the Christmas items this year are Vegan too! How fab is that! (Okay…that’s enough exclamation marks for the time being…)

I’ve always sung Lush’s praises, as not only are they proudly cruelty free (which EVERY beauty product should be!), they are one of the only companies out there to shout out about and stand up for various animal and human issues, whether that’s protesting, petitioning or selling products in aid of them. Go Lush! More companies should follow their path.

So, without further ado, say hello to Lush Halloween and Christmas 2017…

Lush Halloween 2017

Lush Halloween 2017

How fun do these Halloween goodies look!? If you’re heading off to a Halloween party this year or simply celebrating at home and waiting for those trick or treaters, I think it would be so fun to Halloween-up your bath time as you get ready!

Everything just looks so fun! I love the Monsters’ Ball bath bomb, which turns the water a beautiful purpley colour thanks to the lovely marshmallow pink and blue that fizzes out of this little monster. The scent of this little monster is lime and neroli, so yummy.

The cute little orange pumpkin is right up my street with cinnamon and vanilla scents, which are definitely faves of mine! This little guy turns your bath water bright orange too, how fun is that..!

To keep you “feline” fine on Halloween…ha, sorry. The Bewitched cat face bubble bar is probably the most fun of all…as it turns your bath black! I mean, if you can’t have a black bubble bath on Halloween, when can you? This little fella smells like blackberry and contains olibanum oil (sweet and woody smelling) and bergamot.

Glitter lover? Lush have you covered too! If you’re a glitter lover through and through, then you will love the full-on glittery pumpkin bubble bars available in both orange and pink. The orange one features juniperberry oil, lime oil and grapefruit oil. Whereas the cute little pink pumpkin contains geranium oil, bergamot oil and jasmine absolute. You can’t deny that these little pumpkins look so glitzy and fun!Lush Halloween 2017

Lush Christmas 2017

Lush Milton Keynes

I am 100% Christmas crazy! I love it! I’ve already bought presents and planned a whole load more. I’m getting super prepped for it this year so I can enjoy the festivities later this year stress free and organised.

Every year for as long as I remember, I have always bought myself a lush bath bomb to use on Christmas morning. It’s one of my favourite Christmas Day traditions! And at this Lush Milton Keynes blogger event I bought a few little lovelies, so I will have plenty to choose from and enjoy…I’m sure I’ll pop back for more too!

Lush Christmas 2017

Lush Milton Keynes

Of course, it’s no surprise to hear that Snow Fairy is back once again, ready to make your festive months pink and sweet smelling! However, there’s something very cool and new for Snow Fairy this year …she’s got naked!

Yeap. Lush being the fab eco-friendly people they are, have come up with a clever little thing called “naked”. Created with ingredients very close to those that are used to create the shower gel, these little naked shower gels don’t need the plastic bottle! They lather up just as well and you simply pop them down and let them dry out ready for next time. Naked shower gels don’t contain a soap base, so you needn’t worry about that side of things – they’re just simply super duperly clever and eco-friendly. Love it!

If you’re intrigued and have further questions about how it all works, they’ve written a handy guide to their naked shower gels here: https://uk.lush.com/article/naked-shower-gel-dont-you-mean-soap …you can find out who else has gone naked on their website too!

Lush Christmas 2017

Lush Milton Keynes

Lush Christmas 2017

Lush Christmas 2017

Lush Christmas 2017

Doesn’t it all just look so …Lush!? It’s all so gorgeous, beautiful smelling and cruelty free – nothing can get better than that surely?

As mentioned earlier, Christmas at Lush is Vegan this year! So that’s a big plus. And, as always, they have spoiled us with a plethora of stunning products, there really is something for everyone!

This gal recommends…

The Berry Berry Christmas shower gel (this one is also available naked!) …this gel smells so divine and features cranberry, olive leaf absolute and sweet wild orange oil. What struck me about this shower gel before I even smelt it was the colour! It’s a beautiful glittery green colour, looking dark green in the bottle and a brighter green once you apply it to your skin. It’s stunning.

One of my favourite Lush bath bombs is the Butterball. If you love it like me, then the little Butterbear you can see just above here is for you! Filled with fair trade cocoa butter, ylang ylang oil and cocoa powder, this little guy will leave your skin smelling and feeling pretty damn delightful. I can’t wait to use mine this Christmas!

I’d also recommend giving the Luxury Lush Pud a sniff when you next pop in. I grabbed one of these as it looks and smells so lovely! This little pud contains lavender oil, benzoin resinoid (which is anti-inflammatory and protective), Tonka absolute and ylang ylang oil.

I popped the Christmas Sweater bath bomb into my basket too, as the scent of this is just so lovely, spicy and warming. With ginger powder, clove bud oil and coriander seed oil…this is a must-smell! I dare you not to walk away with this one!

So there you have it, a little taster of what is instore right now at Lush in Milton Keynes (found in the intu Milton Keynes shopping centre).

Thank you to the Lush team for inviting me down to check it all out, the evening was so fun!

You can see everything available at Lush for Halloween and Christmas 2017 on the website here: https://uk.lush.com/

What will you pick up? I’d love to know your favourites! :)

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Quick and Easy Dining with Jamie’s Italian Milton Keynes

Jamie's Italian Milton Keynes

…a quick pit stop during a girlie shopping trip? …a fun and tasty family meal?

Whatever your dining style, Jamie’s Italian at the Centre MK shopping centre in Milton Keynes has you covered! Their “Quick and Easy” lunch and dinner options are easily affordable and deliver delicious and perfectly cooked dishes to your table in no time. Winning!

I’ll let you into a little secret… Mine and Ian’s first ever date was in this exact restaurant! Yes, we’re already fans of Jamie’s Italian in Milton Keynes and we’ve genuinely loved every visit we’ve made since. So when I was asked to check out their Quick and Easy meals, I’d be pretty silly to say no!

This time round I took my parents, who had never been to a Jamie Oliver restaurant before – so their opinion of this restaurant was fresh, and they loved it!

The Quick and Easy menu comes with two courses with a very small additional charge if you wish to delve into a pudding. I can assure you they haven’t held back on this particular menu when it comes to choices. You’ll find some classic dishes and beautiful seafood options.

You’ll be pleased to see that all the fish served in Jamie Oliver’s restaurants is sustainably sourced – a restaurant that gives a damn, love it! It’s actually through Jamie Oliver that I found out that whitebait isn’t actually sustainable. I did cry a little when I found out, as I absolutely love whitebait, but since then I have refrained from eating it.

At Jamie’s Italian Milton Keynes, you’ll also find our local Milton Keynes Concrete Cow ale. How fab is that!

Now, let’s jump straight into the food we devoured…

Mussels at Jamie's Italian Milton Keynes

Crispy squid at Jamie's Italian Centre MK

Yes, we’re a seafood loving family, so my parents went for the mussels (a family fave!), whilst I went for the crispy squid – which I will choose 95% of the time if it’s on the menu! The crispy squid is on the dinner menu, but even on the lunch menu they have crispy mixed fish which sounds just as deeelish.

The Creamy Welsh Mussels were cooked in cream and….cider!! Have you ever heard of that combo before? I certainly haven’t. Of course there was garlic and chives thrown in for that classic taste, and it was garnished with toasted paysan.

And my super yummy crispy squid came with a very on-trend smashed avocado dip.

Steak at Jamie's Italian Centre MK

Jamie's Italian Milton Keynes

Salmon Pasta Jamie's Italian Milton Keynes

Our mains were choices from the lunch menu. My parents tried out the Sizzling Steak, which is Prime British skirt steak garnished with garlicky cherry tomatoes, aubergine and basil, alongside some fries on the side. The steaks went down very well! Cooked to perfection, so easy to eat and the plates were cleared. They were served with biggest chunky steak knives I’ve ever seen too!

I went for the Hot-Smoked Salmon Pasta, which was beautifully cooked and just melted in the mouth. As always, the salmon was sustainably caught – well done Jamie for caring! It was sprinkled with asparagus and stirred up in the spaghetti with crème fraiche and lemon – sooo good!

Cheesecake Jamie's Italian Centre MK

Chocolate Fudge Sundae Jamie's Italian

With the Quick and Easy menus you have the chance to grab a dessert for just an additional £3 supplement, which I think is a great price! …and could we turn down dessert? No way!

Mum really enjoyed the Baked Vanilla cheesecake, which is served with strawberry compote, honeycomb and baby basil. Mum says it was “a proper firm cheesecake” …and she does love a firm cheesecake! Haha!

Dad and I are chocolate fans, so we delved in to the Chocolate Fudge sundae, and oh my! If you’re a chocolate fan, please try this! It’s a super yummy sundae, the chocolate ice cream was beautiful, the salted caramel popcorn is always a winner and the brownie pieces were really fudgey and amazing! Loved it. A must try!

Jamie's Italian Milton Keynes

Jamie's Italian Milton Keynes

Once you’re all filled up on your yummy food, take your time to enjoy the shop available in the restaurant filled with lots of Italian goodies, cookbooks and gifts galore!

You’ll also love the cool industrial vibe Jamie’s Italian has, metals mixed with wood across the room and continuing upstairs where you’ll also find more seating, beautiful copper bathroom taps and proper “Crapper” toilets! (Have a Google for that if you have no idea what they are!)

I’m so impressed with the quality, variety, price and taste of both the Quick and Easy Lunch and Dinner menus – they’re just perfect for any kind of visit!

If you fancy checking them out you and making a cheeky little booking at Jamie’s Italian Milton Keynes, you can find their website here: www.jamieoliver.com/italian/restaurants/milton-keynes/

If you’re really up for their Quick and Easy lunch and dinner options, you can jump straight to them here: https://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/restaurants/milton-keynes/menu/quick-and-easy-lunch/ – the Quick and Easy lunch is served Mon-Fri 12pm – 6pm, and the dinner is served Sun-Thurs 6pm – closing.

*This meal was provided by Jamie’s Italian, but the thoughts are most definitely my own. All the food was absolutely delicious and I was already a big fan of theirs, so if you’ve never been before, I’d really recommend popping by!

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