On Sundays we brunch – Loaf & Bloom.

Last weekend I was invited to try the new deli kitchen in the heart of Debenhams, Milton Keynes.

Loaf & Bloom opened in September and judging by the feel of the place, it is already well and truly settled in. The restaurant offers a tranquil space for shoppers to have a break for their spree and grab a bite to eat.

The menu is brunch focused, with poached eggs and avocado on toasted sourdough proving a popular choice. It also boasts Mediterranean platters, cheese boards and afternoon tea. (My kind of place!)

I opted for the classic British breakfast (I was feeling a little fragile from the night before) so this dish definitely appeared me to me. I also ordered a cappuccino and a smoothie.

The breakfast was pleasant, it was cooked well, served hot and was flavourful. I do think the food is slightly overpriced in comparison to competitors in the area, but if you take into account the quality, connivence and atmosphere, a few pounds extra certainly wont break the bank!

The smoothie was easily my favourite part of my brunch experience at Loaf & Bloom. They are made from scratch using fresh fruit and blended with a choice of coconut water or apple juice. I had Pineapple, mango, kiwi and strawberry in mine, and it was bloody glorious. I would honestly go back to L&B purely based on the smoothie alone.

We also tried a selection of their cakes, including the Victoria sponge, their signature beetroot chocolate fudge cake and the Aubergine sponge. They have a few funky flavours you wouldn’t necessary associate with cake, however I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty they were, especially paired with a hot cup of coffee.

Food aside, I absolutely fell in love with the interior design! It is light and airy, with great views over-looking the city centre. The entire place gives me serious Hygge vibes, with Scandinavian influence left, right and centre.

The climbing plants, low hung lighting and warm colour scheme is to die for! It makes for the perfect cosy brunch spot to eat and relax with friends and family.

Wither your local, or you’re visiting Milton Keynes for a spot of Christmas shopping, I highly recommend paying Loaf & Bloom a visit!

In the meantime check out their website >>Here<<

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The perfect pick me up – Hotel Chocolat.

Last week I was in total chocolate heaven, whilst I sat, snuggled up in the new cafe on the block.

Hotel Chocolat Milton Keynes, has recently had a revamp, and have now opened their very own cafe at the back of their store.

The cafe boasts hygge vibes, left, right and centre.

The space is light and open plan, with warm grey table tops, chairs and booths, perfect to get settled into whilst you enjoy some well deserved ‘me time’.

The decor is understated, relaxed, and aesthetically pleasing. I wont lie, I was definitely trying to conjure up an elaborate lie in order to nab myself one of their grey chairs! And dont even get me started on the tiles!

The staff are super lovely. As we arrived, we were welcomed by Jamie, the store manager, who instantly made us feel at home, as she took our orders. I ordered the Milky hot chocolate, and Feargus had a Cappuccino.

If you’re not a big hot chocolate drinker, i’d say the milky hot chocolate is the perfect one to try first. It’s creamy and smooth, with just the right amount of kick from the rich cocoa. It’s made entirely using grated flakes from Hotel Chocolat’s 50% milk chocolate.

If you’re feeling extra indulgent, you can opt to have the chocolate moose on top, although I would only recommend this if you’re feeling extra hungry, as its very filling!

Hotel Chocolat’s regular hot choc’s are £3.50, or £3.95 for a large, which in the scheme of things, is pretty reasonable for a luxury hot drink.

Feargus and I were also treated a few chocolatey nibbles whilst we sat and enjoyed our hot drinks. We had chocolate tasters, and brownies; including a classic chocolate brownie, walnut brownie and the salted caramel, all of which were moist, and ridiculously Moorish!

Lastly, I have to mention the Autumn H-box, because, wow.

If like me, you happen to be a fan of all things Autumn, then this little beauty will be entirely up your street!

The Autumn H box, includes 14 chocolates, that all have comforting, autumnal flavours.

Picture cosy camp fires, blackberry picking, Grandma’s cooking, and naughty evening tipples.

Whenever I buy a big box of chocolates, I usually find a few flavours that I’m not fond of, and to be honest, I wish i could say the same for this box, because I devoured them within one evening. (Oink)

Each chocolate was absolutely delicious, and provided such a taste explosion. I know Hotel Chocolat is on the higher end of the price range in terms of chocolatiers, but you can totally taste that difference. The quality and attention to flavour, is second to none.

The descriptions for each chocolate are written perfectly. Some of the flavours, particularly the Apple crumble with spiced caramel, brought back such lovely nostalgic memories of my Nan’s cooking!

My favourites were:

Treacle tart –

A childhood favourite. Sticky toffee and a squeeze of lemon served in milk, topped with corn flakes for that classic pastry texture.

Ultimate Caramel –

Much more caramel than is strictly sensible. Thick salted caramel, caramel pecan praline, crispy eclat, caramel cap.

Apple Crumble –

Flavours of cooked apple ad spiced caramel with a crumbly crunch. As good as Grandma’s.

Walnut Praline –

Roast walnuts served smooth in a mellow praline.

I cannot recommend Hotel Chocolat’s products enough. They are the perfect gift for an occasion, or if you’re feeling extra lavish, a little ‘pick me up’ for yourself to enjoy, with a cup of tea and a good book.

If you’re local or are due to visit Milton Keynes, be sure to pop in and try the new cafe!

I hope you enjoyed this post.

You can check out more of Hotel Chocolat’s range >> HERE <<

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Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar, Milton Keynes.

This afternoon I had the delight of dining at Maaya Indian kitchen and bar, Milton Keynes.

maaaaya outside.jpgWe were greeted by a friendly face and the service from the off was second to none.

To kick off the meal we ordered drinks, Feargus ordered a coke and I had the Virgin Pina Colada. These cocktails are 2-4-1 most evenings so be sure to check those out! The mocktail was divine. It was creamy, light and incredibly refreshing. The perfect companion alongside the spicier dishes.

maaya1maaya2The menu itself is extensive: from classic sides to a whole range of curries. We had the Lunch Time Party Menu so dived straight into the starters of onion bhajees, Vegetable samosas’ and tandoori chicken. All three of these starter/side dishes were delicious and great to share if you were with a larger party.

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For my main I had the Chicken tikka masala with pilau rice and naan bread. I was impressed with the fact Maaya cook and serve the naan bread fresh, as a lot of Indian restaurants that offer a buffet menu seem to leave it out with the other dishes to get cold and dry. Our naan bread was brought to the table hot out the oven.

All the food was fresh and flavourful.

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The dessert was interesting. I tried an authentic indian dessert called Sevaya Kheer which is a bit like rice pudding. The dessert consists of spiced milk bolstered by toasted vermicelli noodles. I really liked the hints of cinnamon and spices. It was nice to try something i wouldn’t ordinarily eat.

The ambience was pleasant, It felt typical of an authentic Indian restaurant with dimmed lighting, rich purple table cloths and Marrakech lanterns.

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“At Maaya, our philosophy is simple: We aim to convey our passion for Indian cuisine through a unique blend of ethnic and progressive dishes infused to create a fresh and modern taste of India”.

The food at Maaya was lovely and great value for money. If you’re on the hunt for a good Indian restaurant in Milton Keynes look no further than Maaya Indian Kitchen and Bar.

For booking information and menus check out there website – Maayamiltonkeynes.com

Have you tried Maaya, what did you think?

* Myself and Feargus’s meal was complimentary for review purposes. This doesn’t affect my opinions or love of Indian food!

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