The Crooked Billet
2 Westbrook End, Newton Longville, Milton Keynes MK17 0DF
Telephone : 01908 373936
Sometimes in life you have those random memories that make you stop and smile. That’s exactly what we do when we think about our dining experiences at The Crooked Billet. From the open fire that greets you as you walk into the pub, to the inviting sofas and gorgeous dining rooms, everything about this establishment puts you in the mood to unwind.
Here you can forget that horrible day or week at the office. Just sit back and enjoy some outstanding food that is prepared by an exceptionally talented kitchen. You will also be served by a knowledgeable front of house team whose very mission is to ensure your experience is one to savour.
The Billet serve an array of pub classics alongside a variety of other dishes that you will know quite well; but unless you’ve eaten here, it’s quite possible you haven’t sampled them produced quite as well as this.
The attention to the finer details is not always obvious by simply perusing the menu. My choice to start was Caorse pork pate, cornichon salad, toast and mustard butter might not initially sound like a dish that will inspire you to dine here; but few establishments will be able match it for quality and presentation. An array of flavours are beautifully matched by a combination of great textures. And the mustard butter? This was delicious and shows the kitchen are creative too. The acidic bite from the cornichons also worked well with the pate.
Despite being impressed I did suffer a little menu envy as my guest had opted to start with the Pan seared scallops, black pudding, cauliflower and apple puree, pancetta crisp. These are ingredients that obviously work a treat together but this dish looked absolutely stunning. The excellent presentation was more than matched with brilliant flavours in every bite.
My choice for main course was the Pan roasted cod, crushed new potatoes, poached egg, chive butter sauce. The cod was simply immaculate. The aromas from the plate screamed “eat me.” A lot of restaurants unfortunately overcook their fish but this was perfect. I adored the poached egg which added some lovely colour to the plate when cut open. I loved the harmony throughout this dish – it was a triumph.
My guest opted for the Honey & Mustard marinated pork chops, chargrilled apple, apple sauce, triple cooked chips, mixed leaf salad. This went down a treat. The pork was tender and incredibly flavoursome and the chargrilled apple added another dimension to the dish. The apple sauce was excellent and there is no doubt the triple cooked chips are some of the finest you could ever eat. So crispy on the outside, yet so amazingly soft and fluffy inside.
A touch of class
We finished with the Chocolate orange and honeycomb tart, chocolate ice cream. Despite being pretty full, it was impossible to leave any of this sweet. For a dessert of this nature it was incredibly light, and although the amazing chocolate orange tart was the focus of attention, the ice cream and honeycomb were also equally brilliant. Like the dishes before it, this dessert had a touch of class about it. This was an amazing way to finish a mightily impressive dining experience.