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 :
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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!)
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!
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!
Adam chose the chicken wings to start and Angie, the garlic mushrooms (these looked yummy!)
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adam chose his staple chocolate brownie and Angie opted for the sticky toffee pudding.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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.
*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*