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Eight Belles, Milton Keynes

Buckingham Road
Bletchley
Postal town: Milton Keynes
MK3 5HL
Phone: 01908379906
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Eight Bells

A good sized pub on the main road through Bletchley, this has recently re-opened I believe and looks as though it has also undergone something of a refurbishment. It’s all one open-plan room and is roughly an L-shape, with a couple of small areas tagged on elsewhere. Décor wise it’s fairly unremarkable with a mixture of cream and pale green paintwork on the walls and the flooring being predominantly wood strip, although with carpet and slate tiles elsewhere. A blackboard advertised a number of forthcoming bands that were playing.

The front part of the pub seems to be more of a bar area and this had a plasma at each end as well as a darts board and a couple of fruit machines. This was very male dominated on a recent visit, although this may perhaps have been due to the forthcoming football match that was being screened. A fire-place was at one end and housed an open log burner, although it’s a shame that this was not in use on a cold February evening. The lounge bar at the side was roughly similar in appearance but with more tables and chairs and no TV screens. A few old black and white photographs were dotted around, and a snug area off to one side had a 1940’s theme with orange seating, walls covered in old newspaper reproductions and a vintage radio in a nod to the nearby Bletchley Park.

The menu offered a decent selection of “pub grub” dishes including ham, egg & chips, sausage & mash, fish & chips and a few burgers. There were also a couple of retro dishes including a Codebreaker’s Chicken (which appeared identical to the Hunter’s Chicken you get elsewhere) and a 1940’s corned beef hash which sounded quite tempting. Most of these were priced around the £8 - £10 mark. I opted for the BBQ Pulled Pork Burger served with spiced peppers, onions, and salsa verde on a warm ciabatta roll, thick cut chips and coleslaw. The coleslaw was conspicuous only by it’s absence, but to be fair I did have 10% off when ordering as something was apparently not working and would not be fixed until Friday, although I did not catch what. The coleslaw machine perhaps? The pork was really very tasty indeed, and a generous amount of it was oozing out of the burger. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Beers on tap were Bombardier Burning Gold, London Pride and Doom Bar. The solitary cider was Thatcher’s Gold which makes a pleasant change from the usual dross you get around these parts. All in all, with it’s decent food and genuinely friendly staff I quite liked this pub, although it may not have quite the authentic “pubby” feel of some places.

On 4th February 2015 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Bletchley, 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Fenny Stratford, 1.26 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Bow Brickhill, 2.7 miles, 52 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Eight Belles, Bletchley
4th Feb 2015, 09:40
Review submitted by Blackthorn _
 
18th Nov 2014, 14:28
Web Link submitted by ROB Camra approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 February 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 18 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Small patio area - last updated 03 February 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 18 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 18 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 18 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : Yes last updated 18 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 18 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 February 2015 by Blackthorn _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Thursday - last updated 18 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 18 November 2014 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 November 2014 by ROB Camra
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