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The Old Beams, Shenley Lodge - pub details

Old Beams
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Address: Paxton Crescent, Shenley Lodge, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK5 7AE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 5105) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Milton Keynes Central (1.4 miles), Bletchley (2.5 miles), Fenny Stratford (3.2 miles)

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St Patricks Nite on 17 March was such a disappointment. We paid £20 apiece for a meal (which was awful), live music (which could barely be heard above the noise) and Irish dancers (who we couldn't see because all the other non-paying patrons got the better view!) We were asked to stand behind the bar to see the dancers, who only came on for about 10 minutes for their first stint. We were cramped, uncomfortable and getting in the bar staff's way. When we returned to our tables we had to shoo away people who had taken our seats, and two minutes later the miserable-looking, very unfriendly pub landlord/manager came around collecting money, apparently for the dancers! We'd already paid for this event, most people didn't even see the dancers and we still had to fork out for this privilege! They kept letting people into the pub until it was so cramped that people were practically standing on top of us, and we left in disgust before 10pm. Will never go here again, felt quite ripped off!
classy123 - 18 Mar 2012 22:41
Decently restored pub with McMullens ales (Country Bitter very good) and food very acceptable at a reasonable price. Friendly staff and service usually quite sharp too. Well worth a visit.
Grumpy_Old_Man - 29 Jan 2012 20:30
A strange mix of old and modern, this is apparently the result of a large fire a few years ago that destroyed much of the original building. That being the case, theyíve done a sympathetic job of restoring it, and whilst it inevitably doesnít have quite the character that it must have had before, itís nonetheless a pleasant enough place.

Itís a good sized pub with a decent patio area on one side with plenty of tables, many of them covered. Inside, the main room is a cavernous affair with a large vaulted ceiling and plenty of wooden rafters and beams. Whilst these are presumably not original, theyíre attractive enough, and there are one or two upright support columns that certainly do look to be original. The flooring here is polished wood, and there is also a small amount of wood panelling on one of the walls. Itís an L-shape room that leads on round to another area with a large fireplace and a huge stack of logs.

In the other direction, past a slate tiled area with several low leather sofas and arm chairs, you come to a separate bar with a much cosier character. The ceiling here is quite low, there are wooden beams supporting it that are suitably sagging, pine flooring, another fireplace and canary yellow paint along with a few black and white pictures on the walls. All the tables were laid up for food though. The landlord could have been a bit more cheerful, and an acknowledgment or apology while I was waiting wouldnít have gone amiss.

Food features prominently here and there was an extensive menu divided in to sections such as Char Grills, Fish & Salads, Main Courses, etc., with most of the mains being around the £8 - £10 mark. What I had was ok, although nothing special, and arrived suspiciously quickly. Couldnít they at least try and pretend that itís not straight out the micro-wave?

Only two beers on tap, both from the McCullen brewery, the rather unimaginatively named Cask Ale and Country Bitter. The solitary cider was Strongbow, unfortunately.
Blackthorn - 12 Oct 2011 21:44
I've been here since it was repaired after the fire. This pub has lost its soul. It is an estate pub now, albeit a good one.
grayguy - 21 Jun 2008 10:43
Agree with deliveryman - they've done a decent job of rebuilding this place. Nice large patio by the pond and inside there is now more room by the bar. Have heard mixed views about the food and the menu doesn't look as enticing as previously. However, a nice place to stop for a few beers.
keyser_soze - 11 Aug 2007 14:05

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