The Lowndes Arms – Whaddon
Address: 4 High St, Whaddon, Milton Keynes, MK17 0NA
Telephone: 01908 508373
Numerous establishments strive to be different. The family run Lowndes Arms have succeeded where others have failed. This is a truly unique venue. There’s a lovely old-fashioned feel to this country pub with the occasional modern twist thrown in. You will struggle to find anywhere else quite like it which makes it a gem of a find.
It’s the location
The Lowndes Arms can be reached in just 10 minutes by car from central Milton Keynes. The residents of Kingsmead, Tattenhoe and Oxley Park are rather lucky. Just a short country walk across a field and they are here. If you’ve yet to try this establishment, now is the time to wrap up and reach for your winter coat, grab that scarf and enjoy an afternoon country walk. Many will visit here for the beautiful beer garden views alone. This is a lovely countryside setting, but there are plenty of other reasons to drink and dine here.
The restaurant’s wooden floors, dark but warm furnishings and the caged Edison lighting all contribute to comfortable and cosy surroundings.
Sharing platters are a fun, laid back way to enjoy a variety of flavours, so we had no hesitation in choosing the Butcher’s Board to start. This consists of mouth-watering options such as honey glazed BBQ ribs, chef’s fiery hot wings, honey and mustard glazed cocktail sausages, chorizo and pork bon bons with blue cheese sauce and artisan breads.
Stole the show
The presentation of this board was superb, and the flavours? Incredible! Although I was praising the perfectly seasoned and well-cooked ribs, lauding the tasty sausages and thoroughly enjoying the bon bons; the hot wings ultimately stole the show. They were an absolute treat; possessing a generous spicy kick without overpowering the beautiful flavours. The wings are marinated in the chef’s own sauce which is simply outstanding. I could have eaten these all night long.
Alternatively, for a lighter bite, we’d highly recommend a new addition on the menu, the sausage meat and bacon potato cake; a relatively simple starter executed superbly well. You’ll love the subtle yet noticeable hints of sausage meat and bacon with every bite. This was crispy with a delightfully creamy and soft centre.
My main course of butter roasted chicken breast, served with a pea and asparagus risotto further enhanced my growing admiration for the food served. It simply wouldn’t be possible to prepare the chicken any better. The softness of the chicken alongside the peas and asparagus in the risotto produces a lovely combination of textures as well as flavours.
Just for you, dear reader, I managed to find room for dessert; opting for the trio of chocolate. Chocolate and Baileys mousse, chocolate brownie and a white chocolate and raspberry shot. If you possess a sweet tooth, this is simply heaven on a plate. I couldn’t get enough of the Baileys chocolate mousse – but what is delightful about this dessert is the combination of textures. The chocolate and raspberry shot was incredibly moreish! My guest and I viewed our meal as if it was a book. One of those rare stories where the beginning, middle and end all combine to create an enjoyable and memorable experience.
Although we didn’t opt for any vegetarian dishes, we were impressed to find there are an array of enticing options on a separate menu which changes on a weekly basis. The restaurant’s menu will of course change during the seasons but please rest assured, the fiery wings will always be available!
For the love of gin!
At The Lowndes Arms, they take their gins seriously and you will find their stocked with over 100 varieties. Before my meal I sampled a Martin Miller gin, served with strawberries, black pepper and a Fever Tree Elderflower tonic. I am in awe of the time and effort taken to work out some of the perfect combination of flavours. This is, by comparison, a relatively simple offering. However, you could almost call this a cheeky aperitif, one that was fruity, incredibly refreshing and with a pleasant spicy kick from the pepper. For gin lovers everywhere, The Lowndes Arms is a must.
Whether it be the strawberries in your gin, or the game that forms your main course in the restaurant, all the ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible. Everything is made from scratch, served fresh and created by a kitchen with a passion for seriously good food. The presentation and service are exemplary.