The Miller & Carter Steakhouse Experience in Milton Keynes

Steakhouse chain, Miller & Carter recently opened a new restaurant in Milton Keynes. I was invited to review the new restaurant – Check out the food and enter the giveaway to win a £50 Miller & Carter voucher :

The Miller & Carter Steakhouse Experience in Milton Keynes

Prior to moving out, it was not uncommon for Adam and me to eat out a few nights a week. After all, when you’re both living with parents, going out for a nice meal is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours alone. Of course, like most couples, we had some regular haunts. One of our regulars was Miller & Carter in Hockcliffe, near my hometown of Leighton Buzzard.

Despite Miller & Carter being first and foremost a steakhouse, I always ordered the salmon with pesto. A dish I loved and one that despite its simplicity, I could never quite create the same flavour at home.

We moved to Milton Keynes and the Hockcliffe restaurant closed (not a result of us moving I must add!)

I can’t remember if I was in Paris or Italy when the brand new Miller & Carter Milton Keynes opened a few months ago. I just know I was sad not to make the opening of the restaurant that previously held fond memories for Adam and I. I was also keen to see if the locals liked the restaurant, which despite being a widely known U.K. chain, is a new addition to Milton Keynes.

We were in Korcula, a Croatian Island (blog post coming soon) when an email inviting me down to review the Milton Keynes restaurant popped into my inbox. Naturally, I was really excited to check out the new restaurant and tuck into a juicy steak!

It also provided ample opportunity for us to invite along Adam’s folks, who live near the new Miller & Carter restaurant and, love a good steak as much as we do!

 

The restaurant

 

In all honesty, I hadn’t expected the look of the restaurant to change that much from its former appearance as a Toby Carvery. But I was wrong.

Miller & Carter Steakhouse Restaurant Miller and Carter

Garden terrace Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

Entrance Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

From the outset, you can see the Miller & Carter signage with a wooden welcome sign. Followed by, a modern look to the foyer, with a Miller & Carter mat along with a modern light and glass door. The inside didn’t disappoint either. A fancy new light cove, welcome desk with a wine cabinet and, bull wall art background.

Bright foyer Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

Wine and bull foyer Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

Our table was booked for 7.30 pm and it was just as well we were booked in as the restaurant was fully booked! Great for the restaurant but not so great for me, a snap-happy blogger! It was apparent Miller & Carter is popular with the local clientele already!

The new dark red and black decor compliments the steakhouse restaurant perfectly (I managed to take these shots at 10.30 after the flurry of tables started to empty!)

ambient atmosphere at Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

 

red decor at Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

We were shown to our seats. Our table, to my delight, next to the window (a prerequisite for all bloggers trying to take snaps with good lighting!)

Dining at Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

 

The Food

 

When I looked at the menu, I already knew what I was in for, having studied it profusely before our booking. For a steakhouse, Miller & Carter sure has a wide-ranging menu, which provides plenty of choice for diners looking to choose beyond the staple steak dish. Hence the reason why I made a plea on social media asking for help choosing off the menu! I am the queen of indecisiveness and the last thing I wanted was to get food envy over making the wrong menu choice! Food is life, my friends!

Irristible Date Nights Thursday Menu Miller and Carter

On Thursday’s Miller & Carter do a fabulous three-course Irresistible Date Nights menu priced at £25.95 per person. The Date Night menu has a great selection of food options, with Adam and Angie (Adam’s Mum) choosing their courses from this menu. They also do an indulgent Sundays three-course menu for £24.95 per person on, you guessed it, Sundays!

Garlic mushrooms and bread Miller and Carter Restaurant

Adam chose the chicken wings to start and Angie, the garlic mushrooms (these looked yummy!)

Miller and Carter restaurant Milton Keynes

chicken wings starter Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

I’d already got my heart set on one of the chefs sharing boards, which Ash (Adam’s Dad) was up for sharing with me. Of course, I had to choose the Chefs Meat Board with stuffed Yorkshire’s (my fave) along with a selection of cured meats, olives, and Parmesan cheese!

Stuffed yorkshire starter Miller and Carter

The pre-meal routine of snapping pictures was a new thing for Adam’s folks, who kindly let me pap their food before tucking in!

Tucking into the Chefs Meat Board starter Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

I think it was Ash’s (Adam’s Dad) threat to eat all of our chef’s sharing board starter that resulted in me swiftly putting my camera away! And boy I was glad I did! The Chefs Meat Board is the perfect appetiser (not too heavy) before the main event!

Miller & Carter are known first and foremost for their steaks, they are a steakhouse after all. Therefore, the wide choice of succulent steaks, including rib-eye, t-bone, and sirloin cut beef steaks are to be expected. Miller & Carter only serve premium-graded beef, sourced from cattle reared on sustainable British and Irish farms.

steak at Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

Adam and I are impartial to a chateaubriand (a steak dish between two) when we dine in a steakhouse. Though, this time around I was keen to capture various dishes from the menu. This also meant I’d have no choice but to sample some of Adam’s steak, as he would choose steak without question!

rump steak Miller and Carter steakhouse restaurant Milton Keynes

Adam and Angie opted for the steak dishes, Adam choosing rump steak, Angie choosing sirloin. Both steaks were cooked exactly as ordered so our meal chit chat was soon down to a minimum as we all tucked in!

sirloin steak Miller and Carter steakhouse Milton Keynes

The steak was very tender and I’ve made a conscious note to come back for steak! There are a variety of sides to accompany the steaks, including a bowl of crispy, yet fluffy in the middle chips. Yep, I sampled a couple of those…for blog purposes!

Steak and chips Milton Keynes Miller and Carter

As well as a great choice of sides, Miller & Carter are also known for their wedge salad. It’s basically a lettuce wedge quarter topped with your choice of topping. The concept derived from the 50’s where the lettuce wedge was used as a palate cleanser before a meal. A great idea if you want to taste the full flavour of the steaks!

iceberg wedge salad Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

As the sentimental person I am, having enjoyed fish on previous visits, I wanted to enjoy a fish dish once more. The choice for obvious reasons was salmon, though when I saw the sea bass came with pesto and a hollandaise sauce, I knew that would be the one for me. To my surprise, Ash had also chosen this main, though I followed my tummy and ordered the sea bass regardless.

Pesto crusted seabags Miller and Carter restaurant Milton Keynes

When the sea bass came out of the kitchen we were both wowed at the portion sizes! In some restaurants, fish dishes can sometimes leave you craving more food but not at Miller & Carter…

The pesto crusted sea bass is served with crushed baby potatoes, roasted vegetable tartare, sugar snap peas, samphire and tarragon-infused hollandaise.  Needless to say, it tasted as good as it looks, full of flavour and the creamy hollandaise sauce and greens tasted amazing with the sea bass.

Pesto seabass with hollandaise sauce Miller and Carter

It’s not just the steaks that will ensure you have a hearty meal that’s for sure!

It was touch and go whether we would all have enough room for pudding. In all honesty, if it wasn’t for the fact I wanted to sample all three dishes for the review, I probably would have opted out of pudding. Plus, Adam and Angie’s three-course menu already had pudding included, so Ash and I couldn’t miss out!

The fresh berries & sorbet meringue sounded suspiciously like Eton Mess to me (only my favourite summer pudding). But, unfortunately, they had already sold out. Much to mine and Ash’s dismay (the man was insistent on ordering the same dishes as me..)

This meant Ash had no alternative but to order his staple cheese board (it’s a hard life) and I had to choose something else entirely.

Cheese board Miller and Carter Milton Keynes Restaurant

With Karla, our waitress, to the rescue, I chose the Miller’s Chocolate Hazelnut Bomb.

An Indulgently rich chocolate & hazelnut ganache encased in a nutty chocolate shell and served with praline ice cream, a zesty orange curd, and raspberry sugar tuille.

Miller and Carter hazelnut bomb dessert

To my delight, the restaurant was out of praline ice cream so instead, I got my favourite pistachio instead (oh for small mercies!)

As I got my camera out to record the melting of the chocolate bomb, I realised that this wasn’t the melting variety. I wasn’t too disheartened as often chocolate bombs can melt away to nothing despite being the showstopping boomerang for Instagram.

Inside the hazelnut chocolate bomb pudding Miller and Carter

Adam chose his staple chocolate brownie and Angie opted for the sticky toffee pudding.

chocolate brownie pudding Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

 

The Service

 

At this point, I must mention our waitress, Karla, who provided us and the other tables around us with a fantastic service all evening, despite the busyness of the restaurant. From explaining the best way to cook each cut of meat, to the reasoning behind the wedge dressing, Karla spoke passionately and confidently about the menu; helping us narrow down our choices.

Karla also kindly let me snap a long-bone tomahawk and chateaubriand dish quickly as they emerged from the kitchen. Here are these dishes below:

long-bone tomahawk steak Miller and Carter steakhouse Milton Keynes

Chateaubriand Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

 

The Miller & Carter Steakhouse Experience Milton Keynes

 

As a restaurant Adam and I know and love, we both weren’t at all surprised about how much we enjoyed our meal at The Milton Keynes restaurant. Ash and Angie were impressed with their choices too and, despite friends telling them that the restaurant was expensive, they agreed the price of £150 for a three-course meal, each bottle of wine and two rounds of beers was reasonable.

Family dining at Miller and Carter steakhouse restaurant Milton Keynes

Our only qualm was the price of a bottle of red wine, which seemed too pricey at £30 for a bottle. When we dine out we will normally pay in the region of £17-19 for a good bottle.

Bottle of red wine Miller and Carter steakhouse Milton Keynes

Regardless of whether you like tucking into a juicy steak or not, Miller & Carter has a wide variety of choices on the menu to please the whole family. I certainly wasn’t disappointed with my sea bass! You can check out the menu and book a table on the Miller & Carter website.

I’ve teamed up with Miller & Carter to offer you the chance of winning a £50 voucher to dine at your nearest Miller & Carter restaurant.

To enter this Instagram competition, you must be following @millerandcarter and @jaz_butterfly, comment on my Instagram post by tagging a friend and telling me what you would order off the Miller & Carter menu. 

Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the Instagram competition, with a variety of additional entry options available (full t&cs on the Rafflecopter link.)

 

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Miller & Carter

Burchard Crescent

Milton Keynes

Buckingham

MK5 6HQ

www.millerandcarter.co.uk

01908 505 467

Miller & Carter restaurants can be found across the U.K. Click to find your nearest restaurant.

Vibrant foyer Miller and Carter Milton Keynes

Have you eaten at Miller & Carter? What did you think and more importantly, what did you eat? Let me know in the comments box below.

 

Jaz

Xoxo

 

 

 

*Special thanks to Miller & Carter for providing me with a £100 voucher for my honest review and for collaborating with me on this £50 voucher competition*

24 Comments

  1. Alica
    28/06/2018 / 10:45 am

    I would choose the Rump steak! YUM! Thanks for the chance x

  2. Alison Johnson
    28/06/2018 / 12:52 pm

    Mainly entering this for my Hubby who loves his steaks! I’m a vegetarian so I’d opt for the classic Miller’s Mac n Cheese.

  3. Joanne Beale
    28/06/2018 / 1:08 pm

    Would love to the fillet steak

  4. Henry Little
    28/06/2018 / 3:23 pm

    the 30 Day aged Sirloin for sure!

  5. Hayley Colburn
    28/06/2018 / 9:30 pm

    I would order from the date night menu, I’d have the scallops, fillet steak and the lemon and clotted cream tart

  6. Margaret Gallagher
    28/06/2018 / 9:38 pm

    Mezze and sirloin steak for us

  7. 29/06/2018 / 4:11 am

    Oh my my myyy, everything looks absolutely delicious! I love mushrooms so seeing it baked and covered in cheese makes my mouth water.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  8. Kim Neville
    29/06/2018 / 7:19 am

    I would order the pulled beef & caramelised onion rillettes, fillet steak with mushroom sauce and chocolate hazelnut bomb

  9. Sheila Reeves (CakeReev)
    30/06/2018 / 4:59 pm

    The BLACK ANGUS SIRLOIN 10oz sounds amazing – would choose FRESH BERRIES & SORBET MERINGUE for dessert

  10. Emma C
    30/06/2018 / 6:20 pm

    Scallops to start then the ribeye – all looks delicious!

  11. Amanda tanner
    02/07/2018 / 10:21 am

    The 8oz fillet steak

  12. Liam Bishop
    02/07/2018 / 2:50 pm

    Fillet steak for sure, treat dinner!

  13. joanne casey
    03/07/2018 / 8:25 am

    We love Miller & Carter & usually visit new years eve for a special treat, we always get their fabulous CHATEAUBRIAND 16OZ, it’s amazing

  14. Helen Stratton
    03/07/2018 / 7:21 pm

    I would like to try the Buttermilk Chicken Experience.

  15. A.E. Adkins
    04/07/2018 / 11:02 am

    Would love to try the Long Bone Tomahawk but love a ribeye or T bone too

  16. Lorna
    04/07/2018 / 12:30 pm

    We have one of these in Bath, but I have never eaten there before. Looks good!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  17. Helen newton
    08/07/2018 / 10:15 pm

    Calamari to start followed by ribeye steak called medium well with gravy xx

  18. Dianne Walsh
    09/07/2018 / 8:23 pm

    It took me ages to decide what i would order after salivating for a while over your pics! Im still not sure but I would probably go for the calamari followed by the Tandoori Lamb rump and of course the banoffee pie (my Fav) Would love a treat like this xx

  19. Tina edwards
    09/07/2018 / 8:33 pm

    ive eaten in the bristol branch, i had a melt in the mouth steak…delicious

  20. cheryl hadfield
    09/07/2018 / 11:11 pm

    Would love the fillet steak

  21. Kim Lam
    11/07/2018 / 7:55 am

    CHATEAUBRIAND 16OZ

  22. Natalie Crossan
    12/07/2018 / 11:09 pm

    The 30 Day aged Sirloin for me x

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