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The Wavendon Arms, Milton Keynes

Newport Road
Postal town: Milton Keynes
MK17 8LJ
Phone: 01908584277
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Premium Country Pubs (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Ian Mapp left this review about The Wavendon Arms

Gastro to the point of being greeted with a stand handing out menus in the entrance way. Posh interior, large posh/formal dining room, bar area with high stools and sofas but at £4.80 a pint, its not aimed at the drinkers.

Doom bar and TT Landlord on. I asked for the Landlord. The waitress said "I'm just a waitress". I asked again and she said "Do you want me to fetch the Landlord".

I resorted to pointing.

£4.80, but of course, you are paying for the service.

On 15th October 2019 - rating: 6
[User has posted 641 recommendations about 635 pubs]

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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Wavendon Arms

Whilst this is no doubt a traditional old village pub, it’s clearly had a makeover at some point, possibly quite recently, and now has a very contemporary feel to it. They’ve actually done it quite well though, and retained one or two original features. Whether or not it’s an improvement on what it was like before I couldn’t say, but as modern pub interiors go, I thought it was pretty good. There is also some outside seating both at the front of the pub and around the side which looks as though it would be a pleasant spot in the warmer weather.

The drinking area is at the front of the pub, and this has dark brown paintwork on the walls which can sometimes make places feel a little gloomy, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. Perhaps the judicious placement of hanging spotlights, or the colourful old artwork on the walls made from old spirits adverts brightened it up. Flooring was a mixture of straw matting, wood strip, and some attractive granite type tiling. The wall behind the bar was made up entirely of small pieces of pale grey slate, as was the front of the bar counter. A couple of illuminated shelves behind the bar highlighted the range of spirits on offer.

A dual aspect fireplace made from some type of natural stone housed a metal rack containing a pile of logs, although I suspect these may have been more decorative than functional. A couple of large baskets housed further piles of logs. Indeed, wood seems to be a central theme here, and there were beams on the ceiling that appeared to made of old driftwood, and well as a sofa made out of something similar. The cushions on here were made from old sacks of coffee beans. Seating in the bar was small tables with soft leather armchairs, and whilst these were comfy for drinking, they were a little low and laid back if you wanted to eat in the bar as opposed to the restaurant.

The restaurant area itself was at the rear of the pub, and this had a similar open, contemporary feel with lampshades apparently fashioned from bits of old twig, and a large wooden free-hanging chimney in the centre. One or two brick pillars remained, although these had been whitewashed. The food menu was extensive and consisted of various sections such as pizza’s, fish, “leaves” (salads), pasta and regular. Prices are difficult to pigeon hole as they varied considerably depending on what you chose, but I supposed averaged somewhere around the £12 - £15 mark, but with some dishes such as the lobster being considerably more at £24.95. That said, my Chorizo and Tiger Prawn Linguine was a decent and very tasty dish, and good value at £8.95 for the smaller portion, even though it could perhaps have done with a little more prawn and chorizo and a little less linguine.

Beers on tap were a little limited with just Doom Bar and Ubu Purity. Cider’s were both from Aspall’s with their Suffolk and Harrow Sparrow. Staff were pleasant and helpful, although as is often the case in such establishments they spent rather too long making coffee for diners in the restaurant which could lead to some delays at the bar. This is a tricky one to mark – I actually quite liked it, it had decent food and the staff were friendly. But it’s not really that pubby, and beer choice was limited, so it really depends on what you’re after.

On 2nd October 2012 - rating: 7
[User has posted 1748 recommendations about 1683 pubs]

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Latest updates View all updates for The Wavendon Arms, Wavendon
15th Oct 2019, 10:18
Review submitted by Ian Mapp
6th Nov 2017, 17:02
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