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Lloyds No. 1 Cafe Bar, Milton Keynes - pub details

Lloyds No. 1 Cafe Bar
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Address: 7 Savoy Crescent, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 3PU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2281) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Milton Keynes Central (1.3 miles), Wolverton (3.1 miles), Fenny Stratford (3.6 miles)

Chain: Lloyds

Pub facilities/features:
Cask Marque accreditation

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The last time I came here it was an inspiring Lloyds Bar. Now it is the very fancy Brewhouse & Kitchen.

I was here for a work party so potentially a different experience to the drop-in drinker on a night out. From what I could discern, an interesting layout and décor on multiple levels.

As I was driving and could only have one pint early doors, I thought I would make the most of the chance to have a stout, as I find it increasingly difficult to find a pint that doesn't taste of grapefruit/mango/etc.

It was one of the Brewhouse's own brews (one of four on tap, with a golden ale on hand pull). I don't mind a cold beer, but this was chilled to within an inch of its life which killed a lot of its taste. Once I'd left it to warm up it was a nice pint, but you shouldn't have to do that.

Plenty of other interesting bottles in the fridge, different lagers (a home brew, Oranjeboom..) for those who like fizzy stuff, plus the gin drinkers seemed pretty happy too.

It's not cheap, and a pint will set you back about a fiver, with a double spirit around the £7 mark.

I'm aware this is a beer site rather than food, but a paragraph to compliment the pie I had, which was excellent. I get fed up with places which try to pass off a dish of gravy and a couple of lumps of gristly meat topped with uninspiring puff pastry as a pie. This was a fully encased shortcrust steak, ale and mushroom. And delicious it was too.

duchyjim - 15 Dec 2019 00:18
A modern and fairly typical Lloyds Number One bar in the heart of what Milton Keynes rather euphemistically calls itís Theatre District. Sandwiched between a Zizzi and a Slug & Lettuce, that immediately gives you a fair idea of the type of establishment and itís 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 canít 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 Wetherspoonís, with just Ruddles Best, Adam Hensonís Rare Breed from Butcombe (thatís 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 Thatcherís Gold, but unfortunately this had sold out. Unsurprisingly, there was plenty of Strongbow left.
Blackthorn - 27 Oct 2011 19:19
Real ale is not bad & very cheap, although there won't be much choice. It may seem kind of grim to some, but overall I'd say this is one of the better MK centre pubs.
jjsint - 7 Dec 2010 12:00
Popped in whilst passing through last weekend. Nice place for a Sunday lunchtime pint or a meal.
robhealy - 16 Sep 2008 00:18
its just great in here, went in for my birthday last weekend, got a free bottle of wine and me and 15 arranged to q jump.....fab night, great dj and tasy bouncers
vicnnobody - 26 Jun 2008 13:35

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