Jon Boyle explains why his new favourite local bar is the stunning fourteenth floor sky bar in Hotel La Tour – MK’s answer to The Shard.
If you fancy living the sky life, then the new Fourteen Sky Bar & Restaurant in central Milton Keynes is certainly the place to do it.
With the highest viewpoint in the county, the fourteenth floor sky bar in the independently-owned Hotel La Tour offers incredible 360 degree views across our new city.
The interior is stunning, with stylish, soft pastel-coloured chairs and sofas to relax on in the bar area whilst enjoying a drink and nibbles in front of a giant TV screen that was showing live sport when I visited.
At the time of writing this, I have visited three times – once with a friend, once with my partner, and once with my 6-year-old son – and I have had a fantastic time on each occasion.
I would go as far as to say it is my new favourite bar in Milton Keynes, as the decor, view and relaxed ambience are matched by an impressive range of alcoholic drinks and bar food.
It really feels like you have been teleported to an elite sky bar in central London when you step out of the lift and take in the surroundings for the first time.
Fourteen opened in April but I was hesitant to visit in the first few weeks as the reviews from friends were that the hotel was fresh out of the blocks with largely inexperienced staff – and all the obvious teething problems that brings.
But since my first visit in June I have only seen those staff blossom, with young bartender Beau a particular star of the venue with her friendly, engaging nature.
The food and drink prices in the bar are comparable to most mid-market venues in Milton Keynes, which came as a nice surprise for such a pictureque setting.
And because Fourteen is based inside a hotel there is no dress code, which is handy for when you fancy dropping in for an unscheduled drink or bite to eat.
I have to admit it was a bit strange at first to see workmen in high-visibility jackets drinking in the bar next to well-dressed couples, but the dress code issue is an unenviable conundrum for the owners to juggle to keep everyone happy.
On my first visit I enjoyed a nice sharing platter all to myself in the bar area while catching up with my friend John, with a stunning view over thecentre:mk.
I took my partner Elizabeth the very next day and we enjoyed drinks and light bites on a sofa overlooking Campbell Park. My third visit was with my son, where we shared a burger, chips and chicken goujons, and the service was the best yet.
Fourteen really feels like the place to be right now and, with the young staff beginning to bloom, the sky is the limit for MK’s answer to The Shard.