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THINKING about going for a meal in a Milton Keynes? Why not try the hotel restaurant at the Mercure Hotel in Woughton on the Green for a pleasant dining experience.
Upon entering this brilliant white building you will notice a modern, quirky decor unlike any other in MK. Here you will find colourful cow paintings, funky fabrics, quirky ornaments, comfy chairs and wallpaper designed like a library full of books.
We ordered a drink at the bar which came with three cute expresso cups full of miniature pretzels and crisps. Our order was then taken before entering the restaurant where we were then seated moments before the first course arrived.
My guest and I were served very well throughout the evening by the professional waitress, Anais Wicht. She was attentive and non-intrusive all evening. The restaurant is simply decorated with local art. I started off with the octopus and soft shell crab salad with lime salsa.
The crunchy crab was deep fried with lots of flavour and the ugly – to some – octopus was chewy in places, but tasty. Over all this salad was light, unique and a refreshing starter.
My guest who is a wise inner snob (his words not mine) selected the twice baked goats cheese soufflé with roasted walnut apple salad and Beetroot Coulis.
This was very tasty, the soft soufflé had a crispy top and bottom and was accompanied along with the crunchy walnuts making it a balanced dish. The textures made this starter special.
For the main course I selected the duo of lamb, fondant potato and shallot puree with a side of garlic broccoli. The broccoli was a bit bland and boring, but the cuts of lamb came tender, juicy and amazing.
The other piece of lamb came in a croquette style parcel where the shredded lamb was bursting with mint flavour. yummy indeed. And while the potato fondant lacked seasoning for me and was probably a little hard for my liking, the dish was still polished off with the shallot purée.
The ‘wise one’ had the coco roasted Woburn venison loin, braised baby gem lettuce and dauphinoise potato, with a side of bacon, green beans. The side was unlike mine because it showed off lots of flavour along with the tender venison. The layered dauphinoise potato was creamy and delicious too. This was a winning dish.
For dessert we shared the lemon cheese cake with chocolate ice-cream topped with popping candy. The pastry chef has been at the venue for over 25 years and, yes, it tasted amazing. The creaminess and crunchiness were just pure marvellous.
We also shared the cheese board which came with celery, ripe, crunchy cherry tomatoes and a wonderful chutney. Very pleasant and a good sized portion.
Over all our meal was very pleasant, and the restaurant moderately busy. We will certainly be back to try their Sunday roasts at £9.99 and the ever popular afternoon tea. A super venue for business and families.
The Mercure Hotel
Woughton on The Green
Tel: 01908 932801