Last month we went out for Gavin’s birthday dinner to a pub fairly local to us but one that we’d not been to before. The Wheatsheaf in Bow Brickhill is just outside of Milton Keynes and is part of the Heroic Pubs group who also run the Knife and Cleaver in Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire. The pub underwent a substantial refurbishment last year and I was excited to visit after hearing so much about it!
Although it looks like a cute little village pub from the outside, inside is actually a sleek and modern interior with an open kitchen and stylish accessories. We were welcomed from the bar area into the restaurant and I was surprised by how contemporary the interior design was as I was expecting it to have a rustic, olde-worlde feel, but this was much preferred!
I loved the solid wooden tables and chairs, copper salt and pepper mills, and very on-trend tea light holders and table plants. So blogger! The whole restaurant was so stylish whilst also having a homely charm to it.
The drinks menu includes a selection of locally sourced beer and ales from local breweries Hornes Brewery and The Leighton Buzzard Brewery Company. We decided to go for some fruity cocktails and I tried the Chelsea Violet, which is made from Tanqueray, blackberry, violet and lemon which was deliciously refreshing. Gavin tried the Prosecco Princess (why not.. it was his birthday!) which was mixed from Ketel One, passionfruit, lime and prosecco.
The food menu includes pub and grill favourites and The Wheatsheaf pride themselves on offering the best naturally reared prime steaks and fresh British fish. For starters picked from the tapas menu and tried the sautéed tiger prawns on toast which came with a chilli and garlic cream, toasted garlic and rosemary ciabatta with cheese, and glazed buffalo chicken wings. The presentation of the starters was very good and Gavin absolutely loved the prawns on toast!
For our main course we both opted to try the dry-aged British beef 10oz sirloin steaks. We asked for our steaks medium-rare and they were cooked to perfection. Also, I don’t generally like skin-on fries, but the chips were absolutely delicious. The steaks are also served with vine tomatoes, watercress and a crispy shallot salad. There are steak sauces available also; Gavin tried the green peppercorn and brandy and I had the garlic and parsley butter which added to the succulent flavour of the steaks.
They also offer a very tasty pudding menu (my favourite course!). Gavin was full up by this point so I was left to order dessert alone, and I opted for the English Strawberries and Cream Eton Mess. When my dessert was brought out Gavin was also treated to a little slice of treacle pudding with a birthday candle in, which was ever so thoughtful of our lovely waitress! I did enjoy my dessert, but I was hoping for more strawberries, as I only had one which was sliced up into four small pieces. Gavin gobbled his dessert up before I had the chance to take a photo!
We really enjoyed our evening meal at The Wheatsheaf, and I would definitely recommend it for a casual dinner in a sophisticated stylish atmosphere.