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Brewhouse & Kitchen, Milton Keynes

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
7 Savoy Crescent
Theatre District
Milton Keynes
Phone: 01908558905

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Pub SignMan left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

Close to the town’s main shopping centres, Campbell Park and the Milton Keynes Theatre, this is a smart new-build brewpub from the ever-expanding chain. The bar is in the left-hand, raised part of the pub and has limited seating and a bit of a disjointed feel to it, thanks to various pillars and the steps down to the main part of the pub. There’s an open kitchen just past the end of the servery, with a white tile surround and some standard tables and chairs opposite, whilst comfier options can be found in a small lounge area just around the corner. The stairs lead down to a circular lower-level space with red velvet banquettes and button backed bench booths around much of the perimeter, an open space full of high tables and stools to one side and the brewery equipment taking pride of place across two levels in the very centre of the room. Interestingly, the brew plant had a sign on it which read ‘The Upside-Down Brewery’, which I could only assume was a reference to the way in which they have configured the brewing apparatus. The room has a bare boarded floor, large windows to one side looking out to a nice patio garden, a large malt store cupboard, over-sized cog-wheels and other such industrial-themed items on the walls and a really great feature wall made from curved sections of old wooden barrels. Images of hops have been painted around the upper part of the walls, a ‘Periodic Table of Beer’ was painted elsewhere and the improbably high ceiling had light fixtures made from old cable spools. It all comes together nicely to create a comfortable, beer and brewing themed room that I really enjoyed spending time in. There was also a TV screen showing a subtitled daytime TV programme whilst pop music quietly played in the background and a collection of board games for punters to choose from.
As with other such branches of this chain, the cask ale is all home-brewed, with Colossus, 12th Street, Leaping Man and Webber’s Stone the four beers available on this visit. I found the beer here to be in fine condition, whilst the food we sampled was tasty and reasonably priced. The staff were also very friendly and helpful, although one waitress had a weird habit of starting to address us from some distance away as she approached the table, resulting in a few moments of confusion as we’d not realised she’d been talking to us!
I really liked this place and thought they’d done a great job of creating a characterful new-build pub with lots of interesting content, plenty of comfortable seating and some good home brewed beer. Milton Keynes doesn’t really do independent pubs in its town centre, but if you’re going to drink in a chain, you could certainly do a lot worse than this fine venue.

On 25th November 2019 - rating: 8
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Gill Smith left this review about Brewhouse & Kitchen

Called into this bar on our visit to Buckinghamshires 2019 Good Beer Guide pubs around the Milton Keynes area, and was impressed with this bar. Opened this year in the former Lloyds No 1 JDW it now brews it's own beers instead of bringing them in from other B & K brewhouses as they now have thier own brewer who was formerly from Otter brewery. The 4 permanent cask ales are 12th Street, Leaping Man, Webber's Vision and Colossus. They also have keg lines and bottles and cans. We enjoyed our visit and the Leaping Man was fine.

On 18th November 2018 - rating: 8
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Aqualung . left this review about Lloyds No.1

This is a smallish Lloyds bar set in the theatre area of Milton Keynes.
Inside the bar area is fairly small not that different to the size of a normal back street pub but away from the bar is a sunken circular area with a glitter ball, lights and on my morning visit filled with tables and chairs.
There's a lot of wood used to adorn this bar so for the first time that day it felt like I wasn't drinking in a greenhouse.
As a Lloyds No 1 this doesn't have the emphasis on the real ales that a normal JDW has. There were just four pumps with GK Ruddles & Abbot, Doom Bore and the American Wadworth's Mermaid's Red. i went for the American Red (£2.30) which surprised me by being in immaculate condition.

On 4th October 2014 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Lloyds No.1

A modern and fairly typical Lloyds Number One bar in the heart of what Milton Keynes rather euphemistically calls it’s Theatre District. Sandwiched between a Zizzi and a Slug & Lettuce, that immediately gives you a fair idea of the type of establishment and it’s target clientele.

Architecturally it does at least have some interesting curves. The main bar area has a highly polished wood floor, with a long, wood panelled bar counter on the left, some further wood panelling on the lower part of the walls with reddish brown paintwork above. The exposed joists and rafters of the floor above make up the ceiling. At the back is a small snug, although this only has room for four leather arm chairs and a low table. Next to this is a large, circular room which looks to be primarily the dance floor, with a small DJ booth on one side. There is a giant glitter ball on the ceiling, surrounded by an equally large lighting rig. The walls here are entirely wood clad, and there are also full height, dual aspect windows. Upstairs is another carpeted bar, this time with mustard yellow paintwork, and plenty of seating.

There are a few plasmas dotted throughout the pub, and some fairly chunky looking speakers, although thankfully the volume was no more than background level on a recent (early) evening visit. Food is typical Wetherspoon fayre, although with their curry deal at £4.59 you can’t really go wrong. Less successful was a Sticky Toffee Pudding (made to a genuine Cumbrian recipe, apparently), although at £1.99 it would be churlish to complain. Bar staff seemed friendly and helpful.

Beer choice was a little disappointing for a Wetherspoon’s, with just Ruddles Best, Adam Henson’s Rare Breed from Butcombe (that’s a new one on me) and something called Kalamuzoo Black Silk which is apparently a oatmeal porter brewed exclusively for JDW in the US. Ciders fared no better, with Strongbow being the solitary offering. There was a tap for Thatcher’s Gold, but unfortunately this had sold out. Unsurprisingly, there was plenty of Strongbow left.

On 27th October 2011 - rating: 6
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