In southern England, Milton Keynes is a young town built in the 1960s. It’s a popular visitor destination, perfect for families and couples alike, and very easy to get around by foot, bicycle or public transport. Carefully designed by its town planners, there are plenty of parks to enjoy, landscaped gardens, museums, stately homes and superb shopping malls. In the daytime, you can wakeboard in WakeMK, try climbing or skiing in XScape, cycle through the countryside or pick up gifts in the independent boutiques. In the evening, enjoy great food at one of the restaurants in Milton Keynes and then experience Milton Keynes’ reputation as being one of the UK's best entertainment destinations with nightclubs, theatres, comedy, live gigs, concerts and more.
The diversity of the city means there are fantastic restaurants all across Milton Keynes, spanning cuisines from across the world. Enjoy typical high street favourites such as Italian, French, classic English, Indian and Chinese, or seek out more unusual cuisines such as Ethiopian, Brazilian, Nepalese and Lebanese. You'll find everything from tapas bars and vegan cafes through to lavish Michelin-guide restaurants in Milton Keynes serving exotic tasting menus with paired wine. Enjoy an urban buzz at a trendy tapas bar in the central business district, or head out to one of the surrounding market towns for cosy traditional venues with beautiful countryside visible from beyond the courtyard dining spaces.
There are more than 350 restaurants in Milton Keynes so you really won't struggle to enjoy a great meal. Popular areas include the Theatre District – particularly for early bird deals and post-performance meals – the Xscape complex which is home to many big Milton Keynes chain restaurants, as well as various independent venues. Modern dining is very much the theme at thecentre:mk, and it's perfect for a food stop after some retail therapy while The Hub is popular with the office crowd and has a great mix of bars and restaurants. For typical pub grub and excellent gastropubs serving English classics, you'll find more than 300 pubs in the area tailored to the very thing.
Be At One, on Mortimer Square in The Hub, is a bar with a superb cocktail menu and a great selection of fast-food and bar snacks to accompany your mixology experience. If you fancy something a little spicier, Himalaya Tandoori is a firm favourite amongst those who love north and east Indian food, with Nepalese and Indo-Chinese influences on the menu. Head to Quandoo to read the latest reviews of the best restaurants in Milton Keynes and to book your table up to two hours in advance. This is especially important if you are looking to dine in the theatre area before or after a performance, as venues get extremely busy.
If you're keen to enjoy convenience, remember that many Milton Keynes restaurants will offer special deals for fixed lunch menus and early bird suppers. If you can be flexible and dine before 5pm, or away from weekend evenings, you'll often enjoy a quieter restaurant, too. There are also many great cafes which offer light bites, brunches and snacks that are perfect for a quick pitstop, whether you’ve spent the morning enjoying art at the city museum, learning about the codebreakers of Bletchley Park or attempting to stay upright on a snowboard at the Snozone! Afternoon tea is also a great local tradition and many cafes and hotel restaurants in Milton Keynes offer superb high teas with freshly-baked cakes, scones and artisan tea or prosecco.
With so many restaurants in Milton Keynes, you'll find venues for all special occasions. Look for outdoor terraces or roof gardens if you want to see the world go by or enjoy the sights of the busy city at sunset. Find a cosy Italian trattoria to experience authentic cooking and a quiet romantic meal for two, or seek out a lively American steak restaurant for a party with entertainment, cocktails, music and even the odd dance floor on offer with your triple-cooked fries! You'll find, too, that some of the more stylish Milton Keynes restaurants in the city centre double up as music venues, cocktail bars and even pre-club warm-up venues with their own DJs and glamorous crowds. Last of all, remember to leave your own review of the best restaurants in Milton Keynes that you've enjoyed – every piece of feedback helps to grow your Quandoo community.