Birthday celebrations at Blossom Room, Milton Keynes

Blossom Room, Milton Keynes, Bar, Restaurant,

Blossom Room, Milton Keynes, Bar, Restaurant,
I genuinely hate leaving negative reviews, just look at my Trip Advisor, and I don’t think I’ve written many, if any, on here. Which is why I’ve put off writing this post for so long. It was over a month ago now that I celebrated my 30th birthday at Blossom Room, and I told them of the occasion in my booking and on the night itself. We obviously just went at a bad time.

Blossom Room is a fairly new cocktail bar and restaurant at The Hub. The decor is Instragrammable and it’s on the platform that I saw so many photos and reviews on stories following the soft launch when they started serving food. I was also sold by Sophie’s blog post, despite her mixed experience. I have to say, after being so excited for so long, I was left disappointed.

It started when we arrived. It wasn’t clear where we needed to go or who we needed to speak to about the booking so we made our way to the bar. After five minutes we got someone’s attention and it transpired, our table had been given to someone else. Luckily, there was another free one in that lounge area. Our waiter came over and apologised – apparently, the manager wasn’t in and they were short-staffed. He had been drafted in from the Indian restaurant next door. Of course, that filled me with confidence and bode well for the rest of the night...

The menu is small plates and platters – not Asian-inspired like the decor, more a mixture of all different things. I’m a grazer and love sharing boards, tapas and that kinda thing, so I was in my element. The menu doesn’t specify how many people the platters serve and it just has a per person price – our waiter said the listed dishes and price were per person, so imagine the shock when two of the girls ordered the fish platter and only one arrived at the table – and to then be told that each platter serves two. Neither were impressed they were promised four prawns each and now would only have two.
Blossom Room, Milton Keynes, Bar, Restaurant,
Blossom Room, Milton Keynes, Bar, Restaurant,
Blossom Room, Milton Keynes, Bar, Restaurant,
Maxine and I decided to share a number of dishes – two to three were recommended per person for the individual plates. I’ve ranked the dishes in order too, so here goes. Sourdough & artisan bread (£4.95) – a bit sad, two pieces of bread and what resembled cheese on toast. The olives were good though. The rest of the party commented on their disappointment too. Halloumi fries (£3.95) and vegetable tempura (£4.95) – both were good, but you can’t really go wrong with halloumi fries. The batter on the vegetable tempura was light and crisp, and I enjoyed all the vegetables apart from the baby sweetcorn (not a fan). Chilli squid (£6.95) – delicious, the squid wasn’t too chewy, but there wasn’t enough for me. I also don’t think the dipping sauce matched what was described on the menu. Chilli lamb meatballs (£7.95) – a portion of four would have been more reasonable, especially as sharing. But the meatballs were huge, well cooked and so flavoursome. This would have been my favourite dish but we also ordered the lollipop chicken (£7.50). Two chicken drumettes shaped like lollipops, with the most beautiful spicy, crispy coating. Fried chicken everywhere, eat your heart out. One pop each was surprisingly filling, but I reckon I could have easily just gorged on chicken and halloumi fries all night long!

We weren’t able to order dessert, as when we ordered our mains (at around 8:20pm), we were told the kitchen shut at 8:30pm (quite early for a restaurant, in my opinion). Instead, we asked to have our drinks package brought out. I had booked the silver package for the celebrations - £200 for two bottles of prosecco (we had rose, rather than the standard), a bottle of spirit (pink gin, obv) and unlimited mixers with the services of a VIP host all night. Our host went awol halfway through the night, never to return and we really weren’t looked after. We had to ask about three times for more tonic waters, as we were only given about six-eight bottles to begin with. I worked it out afterwards, using our itemised bill – and the bottles of prosecco came to £56 and we had about £30 worth of mixers (the lemonade was just a carafe of soda gun, so I’m mainly counting the Fevertree tonics at £2 a go), meaning we basically paid £120 for a bottle of gin. If I don’t laugh about it, I’ll cry.
Blossom Room, Milton Keynes, Bar, Restaurant,
Don’t get me wrong, the decor and vibe is spot-on. Blossom Room have only just started doing food as well, so there’s bound to be teething problems to begin with. But the service was just so bad, and it was mistake and neglect and repeat. Service charge isn’t included, and it’s safe to say, we didn’t leave a tip. I feel as though it’s a place that most go to for the bar scene, so wonder if it’s best they just stick to that, especially when the Asian-inspired tag just covers the decor, rather than the culinary offering. There are so many restaurants at The Hub, so it’s great to have somewhere decent to go drinking, especially as most people I know like a nice wine/gin/cocktail bar. I would go back for drinks, to see what it’s like at the bar, rather than the lounge. But thank god for company!

Love, Lucy xx

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