The Park Pub & Kitchen Bedford

A singer from The Voice in the garden, impressive decor and a sophisticated ambience but how does The Park Pub & Kitchen Bedford perform in the, er, kitchen?

New Bletchley Park-esque Pizza Express in CMK

Pizza Express Midsummer Arcade reopened earlier this month after a Bletchley Park inspired makeover. Want a peek? Read on…

The Wheatsheaf Bow Brickhill

Reopened for business following new owners but what’s changed? EVERYTHING. Read on…

Review: Essence All About Nudes Eye Shadow Palette + FREE Giveaway

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Flicking through the September issue of Cosmopolitan I find myself engrossed in an article from beauty journalist Lucy Partington. 

In it she explains that before she became a beauty journalist, she lived with the assumption that when it comes to beauty, you get what you pay for. She isn’t the only one and I’m sure a lot of us are guilty of thinking “the higher the price tag, the more the product must be desirable, more efficient or superior” #MakeUpSnob. 

One particular product that caught my eye in disbelief was the mention of an eye shadow palette from a brand of makeup I had never heard of before called Essence. Stocked and sold at Wilko stores. 

Why Maaya opening in The Hub is about more than just a decent curry.

 

As a girl who was born into this crazy town –which I call a city, duh- I have this belief just like lots of my fellow MK’ers. We know our area, we helped create it and watch it grow, we believe we are MK. Born in the early 80’s when MK was just a child itself, it’s been a wonderful journey of us all growing up together. Place and person.

Now we know the stick that being from Milton Keynes gets. Those outsiders who just don’t quite ‘get it’. The slanderous calls of MK being nothing more than concrete cows, a soulless place without heart, and of course, those roundabouts. We can handle that, we all know that MK just fits us. It works and we love it.

But what I think is bittersweet now we are older is we see what MK is capable of, much like a mother sees in their child. Whilst MK has been very busy over the years attracting major businesses and investments, large modern retail parks and an iconic shopping centre. We are of course proud of all those things, we’re all pleased to see the progress but we’ve also been secretly disappointed and have complained that we don’t seem to nurture our home-grown enterprises. Some will go as far to say that CMK has lost, before its even really begun to create, its own identity.

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Maaya, an Indian restaurant opening in The Hub doesn’t scream the stuff of front pages or breaking news. MK is home to some four hundred restaurants or more. So what is the big deal you ask?

First off, it’s an independent restaurant and the product and hard-work of four local businessmen, each with fantastic credentials. With two restauranteurs, a PR company owner and an IT Business Consultancy expert. It sounds a perfect mix of expertise.

Now let’s not forget opening anything within the grey blocked walls of CMK ‘the city’ to us MK’ers is not to be taken lightly. Rents and rates commanded in this area are a big part of the reason why I believe, we as a town have been labelled as sterile or without personality. Unique one off shops and restaurants can dream about opening up there, but normally it remains in the dreamlike state. We hear time and time again about chain restaurants opening up its fourth or fifth site within MK and we all collectively let out a sigh. Uninspiring, we are letting ourselves down. We know, MK is better than this.

You’ve got to hand it to the owners of Maaya then, opening up the first independent restaurant in the very trendy and popular The Hub with such style, finesse and most importantly, great food.

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Last Thursday, I ate from their banquet menu and was so impressed with the quality and freshness of the food. Then last night I was lucky enough to be invited to their VIP launch evening and rubbed shoulders with The Mayor of Milton Keynes, a local pop singer and a pakora or two… yum.

Maaya has a great location with the perfect city ambience inside. It feels modern and swanky, without making you feel uncomfortable or unwelcome. What sounds like it has come straight out of London is the very impressive Chef’s private table which is upstairs on a balcony overlooking the restaurant. Perfect for Birthday parties or special occasions. When you dine at the chef’s table, the chef himself serves your food. It’s a wonderful touch.

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So people of Milton Keynes, foodies, hungry bellies, cocktail sippers. This is what we’ve been crying out for and it’s here. A non-chain, high quality, local restaurant in the most exciting area. It cannot be the last but it sure is the first for The Hub.

Eat, drink, live MK. Maybe we are one step closer to stamping our concrete cow hooves over this *cough* city.

WIN WIN WIN Properstock Festival 2015 tickets!

I can’t believe it’s now May. Summer is really just around the corner YAY! I know I’m not alone in my love of this time of year. The summer months are fab. The long sunny nights. Picnics and BBQs. Sun kissed tans. And one of my most favourite pastimes, MUSIC FESTIVALS!

#Festival season is nearly upon us!

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Aside from the cut off shorts, wellington boots and trying to figure out the best hair style that will wear well for three days straight (Girl problems!) – It’s all about the music. The louder the better in my book. Standing in a field with a pint of beer in the sunshine with live music is pretty hard to beat. Of course there are the big ones. Download Festival, Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight Festival, Creamfields etc. etc. etc. BUT did you know Milton Keynes has its very own music festival?!

Now preparing for their fifth year PROPERSTOCK will be here 17th – 19th July with well over 100 bands, DJs and performers across the three days including Seeth, Our Man In The Bronze Age and Ocasan.

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Maybe you’ve been to Properstock over the past few years but you’ve yet to experience it quite like this. 2015 is the first year they are offering camping for the full weekend! Now don’t be thinking it’s going to cost the earth. You will never guess the price for a weekend ticket plus camping. Seriously, you won’t. Here it comes… £45.00 AHEM… £45.00 for a whole weekend of music including camping. (This will increase to £55.00 with camping

when this wave of tickets sells out but still, amazingly well priced). I really like that these tickets are purchased and printed off yourself or sent to your mobile device so, no expensive special delivery postage charges too!

To find out more information and to buy tickets visit www.properstockmusicfestival.com

Lastly, the lovely guys at Properstock are just too freaking cool and have very generously donated a pair of tickets for the festival. So if you’d like to be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to Properstock 2015 AND two rather fetching Properstock T Shirts then just head over to my Facebook page to enter.