It was just your usual busy Sunday. Grocery shopping, seeing family and house chores. It has been such nice weather this weekend and as it’s the first full weekend being on British Summer Time I’ve been really enjoying the longer daylight hours.
Being out with young children when it gets dark early in the winter months feels almost a bit wrong. So now the days are longer and warmer, it’s great to be out as a family and enjoy an early evening dinner out together.
Revolution at Xscape in Central Milton Keynes isn’t well publicised as a family friendly restaurant. Revolution is a national brand of vodka bars and your initial reaction is vodka and children do not mix (although vodka helps). But this is not the case during the day. Just like many other bars and pubs, food trade during the day is why these places are open from breakfast onwards, and often can be overlooked by families in favour of well-known family branded restaurants. So what are you missing out on? My family and I went in search of answers.
When we arrived we were greeted and shown to our table. The server who seemed to be running the whole of the floor and bar on his own (and well – I hasten to add) was full of cheer and provided our toddler with a colouring book, cup of crayons and a kids food menu. It was nice for him to be attentive and checked we had everything we needed before jumping back behind the bar.
The layout of tables is just right. Sometimes bars and restaurants have to fight to fit numerous tables into a small space, it can leave the customer feeling like they’re eating dinner with groups of strangers. Here it feels spacious and relaxed and just what you want for a family meal. High chairs are provided and there’s lots of room for them too.
Now anyone with a toddler knows you can’t hang around in a restaurant, so… on to the food.
The children’s menu is a flat price of £5.95 and includes a main, a side, a veg, a dessert and a drink. I knew that this was going to be a lot of food for the money bearing in mind that our toddler is not even two. But it strikes me as good value for what’s provided. On our child’s behalf we ordered Mac ‘N’ Cheese, sweet potato fries, peas and for dessert, an ice cream sundae with chocolate sauce.
My husband I ordered houmous with wholegrain and honey flatbread and vegetable crudités and pan fried halloumi for starters.
For mains we ordered the Macphilly Cheese Steak and the Cheeseburger. The Macphilly Cheese Steak was supposed to come served in a stone baked ciabatta (so don’t get confused with the photos thinking it looks like a burger) but they had run out of ciabattas in preparation for a new menu launching next week. The server explained to me the lack of ciabatta and offered me a brioche bun instead. I was happy to accept his proposed bun. I’m actually quite a fan of this new trend of brioche buns that are popping up at lots of eateries. They’re soft, they’re squidgy, what’s not to like?
We all (child included) shared the starters. Our child loved the flatbread and houmous and even tried some pieces of halloumi. When the mains came out, his main came out too. You can see from the pictures that there was no skimping on sweet potato fries.
I really want to take a moment here to appreciate the quality of the fries from Revolution. They were seasoned to perfection. Crisp and fluffy inside and came burning hot from the fryer. It sounds like such a simple component to a meal but more times than not I am left feeling disappointed with my fries and just tend to steer clear of them. These were dangerously more-ish.
On the desserts menu there were a couple of items that really tickled my curiosity. The one I settled on trying is called the Nutella Fluffwich. Revolution’s menu describes this as their ‘famous creation’ of marshmallow fluff and Nutella baked in a sweet dough sandwich served with blueberry dipping sauce, it’s tasty but it’s crying out for a dollop of ice-cream.
My husband ordered the Chocolate Mess Sundae which went down a storm with all of us (battle of the spoons) and our child enjoyed bits of both of ours along with his own scoop of ice cream sundae with chocolate sauce.
No meal for me is complete without a cup of tea to finish. Presented in a small red teapot and lovely big cup and saucer it came with a really cute glass milk bottle on the side, I’m a sucker for presentation details like that, it was lovely.
Then it was gone 7pm and definitely time for our little boy to go to bed (and for the normality of Sunday night chores to prepare for the next week to recommence) so off we went, absolutely stuffed.
Maybe this Easter you should try eating somewhere with your kids somewhere a bit out of the norm? You might be surprised what you can find.