Eating Out: Fine dining is future-proof at revitalised Brasserie Blanc Milton Keynes

Brasserie Blanc - Milton Keynes
Brasserie Blanc - Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes may be teeming with places to eat in its fiercely competitive restaurant scene but Brasserie Blanc is standing the test of time in the ever-expanding city.

For upscaled dining, ambience, choice and quality of cuisine you would struggle to find anywhere better outside London.

The restaurant, which glows on the outside of the Hub in the centre of MK, underwent a refurbishment back in March and April

The restaurant, which glows on the outside of the Hub in the centre of MK, underwent a refurbishment back in March and April

The restaurant, which glows on the outside of the Hub in the centre of MK, underwent a refurbishment back in March and April.

It is now more stylish and welcoming than before, but more importantly it is more modern and as a result the atmosphere is much improved.

With a separate bar area now in situ, the mix of customers is really striking.

From work colleagues popping in for after-work drinks to young students, families and older couples out to enjoy a memorable meal.

Brasserie Blanc MK is warm, inviting and cosy and much less formal than years ago

Brasserie Blanc MK is warm, inviting and cosy and much less formal than years ago

For the adults this is top quality fine dining at a reasonable price but children are made to feel welcome too with Blanc’s award winning Henri le Worm menu providing classic kids’s dishes such as Mac N’ Cheese and the Big Fish Finger. And your little ones’ attention will be held by the variety of puzzles, colouring and games on the interactive and educational menu.

The famous chef and restaurateur’s Brasserie Blanc – famed for its upmarket, formal and high quality dining experience – has most definitely embraced a more modern take on dining.

Blanc has clearly accepted that while there is a call for fine French cuisine, there must too be room for dishes such as good old burgers.

Ten years ago such a restaurant could survive on the name and reputation alone. Nowadays there is so much competition, even just within the Hub itself, and eating out must also - whether you like it or not - be fashionable and relaxing.

With a separate bar area now in situ, the mix of customers is really striking from work colleagues popping in for after-work drinks to young students, families and older couples out to enjoy a memorable meal

With a separate bar area now in situ, the mix of customers is really striking from work colleagues popping in for after-work drinks to young students, families and older couples out to enjoy a memorable meal

From the outset you can see Brasserie Blanc MK has done exactly that with its recent refurb. Warm, inviting and cosy and much less formal than years ago.

The staff are fully embracing the changes too, offering first class service with a high level of attentiveness without being too fussy and intrusive.

Milton Keynes is a city of young people, shopping and business. It’s much maligned layout has actually made it a dynamic place to work and visit for days and evenings out.

Blanc has bought into that and it is reflected in the offering. From the charcuterie board through to the corn-fed chicken and caramel souffle every mouthful was a pleasure. Even the bread added to the quality of the meal it was that good.

BB MK has styled itself into a destination that is as suitable for celebrating a special occasion as it is to bringing the family out for a fun meal... and that’s not easy to achieve.

In short it is a major highlight of the MK restaurant scene and after nearly a decade in the city is showing no signs of age. Highly recommended.