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The Talbot, Milton Keynes - pub details

Address: London Road, Loughton, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK5 8AB [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 4410) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Milton Keynes Central (0.8 miles), Wolverton (2.8 miles), Bletchley (3.4 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.9/10 (rated by 11 users)
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This pub has changed hands and is now part of the Ember Inns Group. It's had a major refurbish and is is attractive and light inside with an open plan feel and a large bar.

I popped in with the family on Sunday for a drink and had just sat down when we were told by the landlord that we shouldn't be in that part of the pub because we had my 18 month old grandson with us. Apparently we would have been all right to sit in the restaurant with him but this was full (and in any case we didn't want to eat). He was very nice about it and allowed us to finish our drinks but then we felt we had to leave rather than have a second one.

This seems to be really common with pubs in Milton Keynes - ie that you can only take children into the eating area of pubs - which effectively prevents you from going in just for a drink if you have children with you (especially on a Sunday lunchtime!) Surely if pubs market themselves as family pubs they could just apply for a Children's Licence and do away withe these sort of difficulties? I suspect that in reality they only really want to welcome families in if they are eating.

Apart from this annoyance it seemed like a nice pub with a good range of real ales (my St Austell Tribute was excellent) and I may well go back again (bit without children!) I might even try the food.
Grumpy_Old_Man - 29 Feb 2016 12:28
Big pub, the majority of which seems to be turned over to people eating. Busy too, as was the seating at the back where people were watching football on TV.
Three hand pumps but no ale available. Didn't fancy a Guinness, so Diet Coke it was.
Service a bit slow but that is no reflection on the staff, who were working very hard - there just weren't enough of them.
Food good value and very tasty too.
Big garden although rather grotty.
Decent alternative to the Harvester up the road - although only if you are eating.
duchyjim - 15 Sep 2014 22:12
I've called in a couple of times since I last reviewed the pub, but they seem to have settled in to only serving Greene King affiliated real ales. Nothing wrong with these if you like them but I'm not fond. Ended up having a San Miguel and feeling grumpy about it. They need to change the selection a bit and cater for a wider range of real ale fans.

Last time I rang before going to ask what beers were on. They were still the same. So I went elsewhere.
Grumpy_Old_Man - 6 Jul 2013 18:36
Newly refurbished and pleasant enough. Real ale pretty decent and usually fairly easy to get a table if you want a drink n& not a meal (not usually the case in MK on a Sunday Lunchtime). 3D Sky sports in one are, but not too intrusive. Service can sometimes be slow-ish.
Grumpy_Old_Man - 29 Jan 2012 20:33
Great Food, but lousy range of beers (Usually no cask available) - a great pity.
Mr_Tipples - 5 Jan 2012 13:21

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