Former MK Dons manager Karl Robinson names The Cross Keys among his fab five city restaurants

It’s not every day you find a football manager reviewing restaurants in a local magazine. But then Karl Robinson is no ordinary gaffer.

The people of Milton Keynes took Robbo to their hearts during his time as MK Dons boss because of his passion for the city and willingness to engage with fans, as well as just generally being a nice bloke.

So it was no surprise when Karl, who eats out three or four times a week, accepted Celebrate:MK’s challenge to find the best five restaurants in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

“I think the food in and around Milton Keynes is brilliant,” he said. ”There are so many nice gastropubs and restaurants.”

Here are Karl’s fab five restaurants in the area…

The Cross Keys, Woolstone

“The food is great and the service is excellent. Hannah, the manager, is outstanding too.

“It is a really good, friendly pub with a fantastic selection of beers and wines.

“The atmosphere is lovely and they run some excellent events throughout the year – especially the beer festivals! We can walk from our house too.”

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Mastee Restaurant and Bar, Bletchley

“It’s just up the road from Ann’s shop so we go there quite regularly.

“I like Indian food, it’s nice food in there and the owner is always very welcoming. Ann is a massive lover of Indian food so she’s a big fan too.

“I’d highly recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of spice!”

Blue Orchid, Aspley Guise

“Wow, it’s the best Thai food by a mile.

“When the sun is shining there’s a lovely garden to sit in, under a Thai hut.

“Ann can have an Indian and I can have a Thai, so you can take your pick. It’s brilliant.”

Nonna’s, Woburn Sands

“The people who own it are lovely and the Medaterrean food is so fresh and well cooked. “It’s a delicatessen in the front with lovely coffee and Moretti on draught, which I think is a must for any male! It’s just a brilliant place.”

The Anchor Pub, Aspley Guise

“We only went there last week and we went again last night!

“The food is brilliant, the vibe is nice, with a log fire. it’s dead relaxed in The Anchor and it’s been refurbished as well. It’s modern but with an old feel.”

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