There’ll never be a better day to be nice to Milton Keynes will there ?
Early on in this blog I did a short piece summing up the place here. As I said then;
“People who live there defend their town vigorously, which I admire”
I used to work with folk who were uprooted from Cambridge to Milton Keynes in the triennial NHS reorganisation No.27. They loved the place, and make a better case for it than residents anywhere else, except perhaps Barnsley. The combination of green spaces, leisure activity and transport connections is impressive.
The pub on the day of that blog post was a Slug and Lettuce that lasted only the year in the Guide, which shows good quality control in the branch anyway. I’ve had good beer in the central Spoons over the years though. The very new Draft House is clearly quite a coup for the town and deserves a visit, perhaps when Mrs RM next makes a pointless trip to Ikea.
When I think of Milton Keynes I think of canals, and there’s a host of pubs by the waterside this year. Most of them have been snaffled by Northants CAMRA though.
I’ve got one pub left to visit in the branch, the Cock in Hanslope, one of those 4pm openers that make life difficult for pub tickers, but I’ll bring you a report on the Greene King IPA soon.
The North Bucks part of the Branch has some cracking old-school drinking pubs, notably the Mitre in the county town, but my latest visit found craft stirrings in an unlikely place.
Winslow’s George is a gorgeous, civilised drinkers pub run by Vale, with an ambitious beer range on pump and in bottle. No food yet, which certainly is a positive for atmosphere if not custom. Enjoy it before the kitchens arrive.
And Happy Birthday MK.