Fourth & Fifth brings classy NYC brunch culture to CMK

Brunch is an institution in New York and London – and it is about to become a big deal in MK too. The owners of Thomas Connolly Estate Agents and Bogota Coffee have combined to launch Fourth & Fifth, a vibrant, fun and cultured independent breakfast/brunch spot for foodies and lovers of cocktails and coffee in CMK. We were first in the queue to hear all about it… over brunch, of course.

It’s no wonder brunch is such a big deal in New York City as it’s the perfect time to catch up with good friends.

After a long week at work, Saturday brunch is simply magical – you have all the time in the world to drink cocktails, eat and chill with your favourite people and start your weekend off in style.

Even if you’re busy, it’s early enough in the day that you can still fit in those all-important jobs and fulfil evening obligations.

But here in Milton Keynes we have missed out on all the fun – until now.

The owners of Thomas Connolly Estate Agents and Bogota Coffee have combined to launch Fourth & Fifth, a vibrant, fun and cultured independent breakfast and brunch spot for foodies, cocktail-drinkers and coffee-lovers in CMK.

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We caught up with Joe Connolly, who co-owns the business with fellow Thomas Connolly managing director Neal Butler and Bogota’s Paul Ashby and Carl Meek, to find out all about the city’s hottest new hangout at Witan Gate.

Joe said: “MK lacks an upmarket independent place that specialises in breakfast and brunch, so we’ve set up Fourth & Fifth to fill that gap.

“We’re pulling out all the stops to make it a cool place to come to – getting the right ambience, music, food and staff to ensure a good atmosphere and experience for our customers.

“We not only want to bring people in, but we want to make sure they enjoy it, keep coming back and tell all their friends about it.

“We think it’s quite a cool place for aspirational people who like the finer things.

“We use good quality produce to cook well-presented breakfast and brunch dishes, including omelettes, salmon, eggs benedict, avocado on toast and of course a full English!

“And it’s somewhere you can start your day with a few beers, a mimosa or some cocktails if you are having a day out, rather than going to a generic pub or restaurant.”


Fourth & Fifth serves coffee supplied by MK roaster Carlo’s Coffee Kitchen, using the Rwandan Kilimbi bean roasted to a light to medium profile.

And Joe is delighted to have teamed up with the Bogota boys for the new joint venture.

He said: “Our coffee is great thanks to Paul and Carl, who are coffee connoisseurs.

“We work opposite each other in Rillaton Walk in The Hub and we all get on well as good friends.

“Paul literally spends all his spare time going out for brunch – whether it’s in London, New York or closer to home – so we’ve got a real expert on board.

“But we all share the same passion for Fourth & Fifth, which is named as such because of its location in Witan Gate between Fourth and Fifth Avenue in CMK, diagonally adjacent to The Hub.”


Fourth & Fifth will open with an invite-only VIP launch on October 4 and 5, before it officially opens to the public on Friday October 6.

Its opening hours are 7am to 3pm every day of the week.

Joe added: “From Monday to Friday we are targeting the local business community, and on Saturdays and Sundays we offer a Bottomless Brunch.

“We just want people to come and have a good time!”


Fourth & Fifth is the latest addition to an impressive portfolio of businesses owned by branding and marketing experts Thomas Connolly Estate Agents, which includes Butler Concierge, Hinds Blinds and Elizabeth Francis Shutters.

Visit Fourth & Fifth at 280 Witan Gate West, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 1EJ. To get in touch, email the team at or find them on Facebook at

This article was first published in the October issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine below…

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