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First Base, Milton Keynes - pub details

Address: Xscape, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 3XS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1049) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Milton Keynes Central (1.3 miles), Wolverton (3.2 miles), Fenny Stratford (3.4 miles)

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Moon Under Water, Milton Keynes (0.1 miles), Yates's Wine Lodge, Milton Keynes (0.1 miles), Hogshead, Milton Keynes (0.2 miles), Rat and Parrot, Milton Keynes (0.2 miles), Lloyds No. 1 Cafe Bar, Milton Keynes (0.2 miles) - see more nearby pubs


user reviews of First Base, Milton Keynes

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This is not a particularly easy pub to find. For starters, it’s within the Xscape centre, and unlike some of the other nearby venues like The Moon Under Water, it has no outside entrance. Furthermore, even walking up the arcade you will not see the pub sign. There is a small door marked City Limits – go through here in to a lobby area and then beyond that are several doors, one of which is the pub.

Once you’ve managed to find it, you discover that it’s quite a cavernous affair with high ceilings and two separate wings. One wing is entirely given over to snooker, with no less than seven tables. The rest of the pub has a rather industrial feel to it with large ventilation ducts and other services clearly visible in the ceiling. There is some exposed brickwork and a few pictures dotted around, but little in the way of creature comforts. Rather oddly, all the pillars had what can only be described as splintered wood towards the top, and there was also splintered wood at the same height around much of the perimeter. I can only assume at one time there was a suspended ceiling, but for some reason this has been ripped out.

Sport seem to feature fairly prominently, and from just the one spot I was sat in I counted seven Plasmas or Projector screens and no doubt there were more that I couldn’t see. A board highlighted forthcoming sporting fixtures and there were numerous flags draped around the pub as well as several fruit machines. At one end was a small stage area along with a number of rather large speakers, lighting rigs and a glitter ball.

“Outside” (ie; not in the pub, but still inside) was a courtyard area that seemed to be straight out of a theme park. A large New Orleans paddle steamer took up one wall, there was a large central tree with a circular bench around it, an elaborate old wooden building facade, old fashioned street lamps and even a starry night sky!

There were no real ales on tap unfortunately, the only bitter being John Smith’s Extra Smooth. Even worse, the solitary cider was Strongbow. A blackboard behind the bar was advertising four pint pitchers for £10 with the strapline “Can I tempt you?” – errr, no, not unless you get some decent drinks to put in there you can’t.
Blackthorn - 14 Feb 2012 22:14
Really quiet normally and only have drinks offers on when the football is on - is good for a quiet game of pool with the other half when the kids are in school
bix2010 - 7 Jul 2010 08:34
Absolutely brilliant if you love the footie, but well on the pricey side, pool tables expensive at 9 quid an hour, but buzzing on friday/saturday. definately worth a look if you have a few bucks in your sky rocket.
Daveyboy230878 - 13 Mar 2007 08:46

Ahh the life of branded pubs is well alive if this place is anything to go on. Popped in on FA Cup final day to find the place swarming, very expensive and very much like a Walkabout only American and not as good.
RobbieMK - 25 Nov 2005 10:26
A sports themed bar with regular live bands and some sports on some screen or another. Drinks are over-priced, but they also have about 6 pool tables and table football.
Pritesh - 12 Jan 2004 22:01

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