Cafés in Milton Keynes: things to know before you go
Whether you simply want to know what’s on offer, or are confused about the finer points of afternoon tea, here are all the questions you may well have about cafés in Milton Keynes – answered.
Which are the best cafés in Milton Keynes?
With so many great cafés dotted throughout Milton Keynes, it can be difficult to pick just one place for a quick coffee or a hearty lunch. Whether you like to watch the world go by from a window on the high street, love a good breakfast or need a 24-hour cafe, Milton Keynes has something to suit everyone. Here are a few to try first.
- Kopi and Krem. For afternoon tea with a twist, these South Asian street food snacks are simply sensational. Try the chicken and leek savoury parcels, and deep-fried vegetable pastries.
- The Grumpy Cook. Whether you’re enjoying an elegant afternoon tea or a Full English, satisfy your hunger at this hangout.
- Mini Monsters Softplay Café. Let the little ones run amok and get some much-needed sustenance for yourself, at this fun and funky playtime destination.
What types of tea are served at afternoon tea?
There are many varieties of tea offered with a traditional afternoon tea. If you love a good cuppa with a slice of cake, our suggestions will give you an insight into a few of the different flavours available to try.
- Earl Grey. Traditionally a black tea flavoured with bergamot to give a unique taste.
- Darjeeling. A delicate and lightly aromatic tea with a distinctive sweet musky flavour.
- Assam. A strong, uniquely malty tasting black tea grown near sea level in India.
- Lapsang souchong. A Chinese black tea dried over pinewood fires for a smoky flavour.
- Masala chai. A black tea flavoured with aromatic warming spices and herbs.
What is included in an afternoon tea?
Originally a light snack to stave off hunger between meals, a traditional afternoon tea consists of sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea. Here’s a look at what you might expect in an afternoon tea as served at your local restaurants and cafés in Milton Keynes.
- Sandwiches. Often served without the crusts, dainty finger sandwiches come with tasty fillings such as smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise or ham and mustard.
- Scones. Best served warm, traditional scones are either savoury cheese, or plain, served with clotted cream and preserves.
- Cakes. From thick slices of chocolate cake and lemon drizzle, to delicately flavoured cupcakes and fancies, not to mention sticky tartlets and macaroons – expect plenty of choice!
- Refreshments. Enjoy a selection of teas, coffees and hot chocolate, and often a chilled glass of bubbly such as prosecco, cava or champagne as a modern touch.
What types of cakes are served at afternoon tea in Milton Keynes?
From vegan cafés to luxurious hotels near you, the appetising range of cakes on offer at afternoon tea in and around Milton Keynes will tantalise your taste buds and keep you full until dinner – or later!
- Café Rouge. Devour delicious offerings including carrot cake, lemon drizzle cake, chocolate red velvet cake, and coconut and chocolate raspberry cake.
- Patisserie Valerie. Feed your foodie friends with a sumptuous array of fresh fruit cheesecakes, white and dark chocolate mousses, and exotic fruit tart.
- Beales Hotel. Indulge your sweet tooth a little further afield in Hatfield, and enjoy mouth-watering homemade creations such as lemon drizzle cake, chocolate fudge cake and mini macaroons.