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Pizza Express in The Hub Milton Keynes is set to close with others to go

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Pizza Express in The Hub Milton Keynes

Restaurant chain Pizza Express has announced plans to close its restaurant in The Hub, Milton Keynes, as the business attempts downsize to survive the tough conditions created by coronavirus. Across the UK, the chain plans to shut 73 of its restaurants, meaning a potential loss of 1,100 jobs.

Why are Pizza Express closing restaurants across the UK?

It would be too simplistic to blame coronavirus. The chain said that although the majority of its restaurants were profitable before the lockdown was imposed, income had been declining across the Pizza Express estate for the last three years. Competition before coronavirus had been fierce and our dining habits have changed, thanks in part to Uber Eats and other delivery services.

Pizza Express added that the loss of revenue caused by the enforced closure of all restaurants, the cost of reopening and the UK’s uncertain economic future meant some restaurants were no longer sustainable.

What does Pizza Express closure mean for The Hub Milton Keynes?

Not much. The Hub has a great mixture of restaurants and if you are desperate for Pizza, Italian restaurant Zizzi offer a wide range of Italian classics. Zizzi Restaurant has also announced the closure of some stores however, there is no confirmation that Zizzi in the The Hub is on that list.

The Hub offers a diverse range of places to eat from Oscar’s Restaurant & Bar who offer exquisite locally-sourced meals to grab-and-go Subway. Pizza Express sits somewhere in between these two offerings and struggled to offer its own unique dining experience. Compared to the likes of Blossom Room & Turtle Bay which are all within a few steps, Pizza Express just doesn’t stand out in The Hub’s offering.

The Hub Milton Keynes

Whilst job losses are always a bad thing, the closure of Pizza Express will not be felt by diners in Milton Keynes. The Hub is home to a number of restaurants and bars offering their own unique dining experiences. From Turtle Bay’s Caribbean-inspired menu to Blossom Room’s nightclub-infused atmosphere, The Hub has plenty to offer everyone. There are also the more traditional Jury’s Inn, Browns and Be At One.

Many of these restaurants are participating in the government-led Eat Out to Help Out scheme. The government’s “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme launched on 3 August and gives diners the opportunity to enjoy 50 per cent off their meals at participating restaurants.

The scheme was created as a bid to encourage the public to support the hospitality industry by going out to eat at local restaurants.

  • 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum of £10 per person.
  • It’s valid for eating in only and you can only use it on food and/or non-alcoholic drinks.
  • The discount is available all day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3rd – 31st August 2020.

Blossom Room & Turtle Bay at The Hub Milton Keynes

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is available at the following Hub restaurants:

Banana Tree – The Hub
Offer available Monday – Wednesdays. Open for food 12pm – 11pm.
www.bananatree.co.uk

Browns Brasserie & Bar – The Hub
Offer available Monday – Wednesdays. Open for food 9am – 11pm.
www.browns-restaurants.co.uk

Blossom Room – The Hub
Offer available Tuesday and Wednesdays. Open for food 4pm – 9pm.
www.blossomroom.co.uk

Bogota – The Hub
Offer available Monday – Wednesday. Open Monday to Wednesday 9am – 3pm
www.bogotacoffee.co.uk

DeRoka – The Hub
Offer available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Open daily, 12pm – 11:30pm.
www.derokarestaurant.co.uk

Maaya – The Hub
Offer available Tuesday and Wednesdays. Open for food 4pm – 10pm.
www.maayamiltonkeynes.com

Slug & Lettuce – The Hub
Offer available Monday – Wednesdays. Open for food 12pm – 10pm.
www.slugandlettuce.co.uk

Turtle Bay – The Hub
Offer available Monday – Wednesdays. Open for food 10pm – 11:30pm.
www.turtlebay.co.uk

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Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?

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Could this be a big clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage

Regardless of lockdowns and coronavirus, people want food. Fans of Five Guys could be getting a late Christmas present with a new Five Guys in Stevenage. A recent job post on the Five Guys recruitment page for a General Manager in the Stevenage area has got locals excited about the possible arrival of the much loved American Chain.

Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?

Could this be the biggest clue for a Five Guys in Stevenage?

Spotted by an eagled eyed member of ‘Stevenage Chit Chat‘, the advert for a General Manager drops a few clues at a possible opening of a Five Guys in Stevenage.

Google Treasure Map highlighting a empty unit perfect for a Five Guys in Stevenage

Unit 10 appears empty on Google Maps

Clue No.1 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – The perfect scene

Nothing cements a clue in a mystery more than a location. The recruitment team have placed a X on the spot and that is 51°54’02.4″N 0°12’33.7″W. For all the normal people reading this, that is Unit 10 in Stevenage Leisure Park. This was home to Pizza Hut since late 2002 but this recent Google treasure map shows the unit is currently empty.

Clue No.2 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – A job for an ‘accomplice’

Did we mention there is a second job advert for a ‘Assistant Manager? If one job advert was not enough proof, two should be enough to convince you that plans are afoot for a Five Guys in Stevenage.

Clue No.3 for a Five Guys in Stevenage – A motive

What more motive do you need than hungry people in Stevenage in need of a good burger? A Five Guys in Stevenage is well overdue. It could even tempt Sir Lewis Hamilton back to Stevenage.

 

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Canadian restaurant chain Tim Hortons set to open in Milton Keynes

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Tim Hortons is opening in Milton Keynes soon

Milton Keynes has been chosen by iconic Canadian restaurant brand, Tim Hortons®, to be their first drive-thru site in the South of England. Known for its signature coffee and delicious donuts, Tim Hortons will be opening its first drive-thru in Milton Keynes.

Located in Milton Keynes’ Kingston Centre Retail Park, the drive-thru site will also offer in-store dining. Many locals will not have heard of  Tim Hortons but like another North American chain, Five Guys which launched in the UK in 2013, Tim Hortons is steadily building a fan base.

Tim Hortons in the UK

The first Tim Horton restaurant opened on Argyle Street, Glasgow, in June 2017. Since then, they have grown to 23 stores in the UK with Milton Keynes set to be the first Tim Hortons restaurant in The Three Counties. Leicester City Centre is home to the chain’s flagship store.

Tim Horton’s menu consists of your normal cold and hot beverages, breakfast selection, main meals, and Timmies Minis. Timmies Minis are designed for children with a selection of wraps, melts and sandwichs. We will first in line for the opening of the Milton Keynes’ Tim Hortons and will tell you what’s the best on the menu.

New Jobs in Milton Keynes

, The move is being welcomed locally as it shows confidence in Milton Keynes and will create new jobs in Milton Keynes at a much needed time. The new store opening is set to create 40+ jobs for the local community. These will be a combination of full-time and part-time opportunities.

Kevin Hydes, Chief Commercial Officer of Tim Hortons® franchise in the U.K commented “We are delighted to bring positive news this year to Milton Keynes. We are thrilled to have secured a fantastic location for our most southernly restaurant in England.

Tim Hortons is opening in Milton Keynes soon

 “With our previous openings causing overnight queues and fans travelling from up and down the country, we expect this to be a huge occasion for us. We look forward to engaging with the Milton Keynes community and know this is the start of exciting times to come”.

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Four Fantastic Food Bloggers to follow: October 2020

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Four Fantastic Food Bloggers to follow: October 2020

The Home Counties is home to some of the finest places to eat in the UK. It is also home to some of the best up-and-coming food bloggers who are pushing food envy to new levels. 2020 has been a unique year and if there is one thing that we as a nation have done right this year, it would be appreciating good food.

We have handpicked four fabulous food bloggers who are worth following. From amazing recipes to insider knowledge of the finest places to dine, these foodies need to be on your feed.

Major_Bites – instagram.com/major_bites/

1. What’s your favourite place to eat?

This is so tricky it’s unbelievable 😅.  If I wanted a takeaway sandwich, it would be @chillibs for their amazing grilled sandwiches. If I had to pick the most amazing fried chicken that looks like it should be in a fine dining restaurant the way it’s served, it would be @chicken_george_jnr. For awesome pub food with roast dinners that are to die for, I would pick @thevichitchin and finally for something baked and naughty, @puddingstop. I’m addicted to there cinnamon buns and their raspberry and white chocolate blondies… oh and their cronuts.

2. Favourite meal/type of food?

This question is as old as time… pasta or pizza 🙈. I’m fully in love with pasta for the varieties of sauces and shapes etc… who doesn’t love a big carb hug with handfuls of cheese and truffle shavings? 🤤 @oldskoolpantry do a proper spaghetti carbonara which is to die for with lots of Parmesan, chunky fresh black pepper and lots of bacon. I equally love a Pizza and it would have to be made by my mentor Adam from @peddlingpizzas who inspired me to start making my own pizzas.

3. Favourite drink?

My go-to in the morning is an Espresso. I do like other coffees too but have had less milky ones of late. @chianaturallyhealthy do an amazing turmeric coconut latte. I love a strong full-bodied red wine such as a Malbec or a Plavic Male from Croatia. Beer and cider is good but I’m a sucker for cocktails especially an Espresso Martini 👌🏼.

4. Most recent/ favourite recipe book bought?

My most recent cookbook was Simply Novelli by @jean_christophe_novelli which I got while I was at Jean Christophe Novelli cookery school.

5. Which food blogger would you recommend following?

@fat.Sam.eats is the king of food porn especially breakfast yolk porn. @artusbbq is a wizard with a bbq as you can imagine. @lickyplate for absolutely everything including good food-related puns.

TrendLife Magazine introduce foodie LydEatsFood : Food Bloggers

Lydeatsfood – instagram.com/lydeatsfood

1. What’s your favourite place to eat?

Bedford is blessed with so many good restaurants that it’s impossible to choose just one! FatCap Smokehouse is always top of my list, real-deal American bbq cooked low n slow to perfection! Bridges Espresso Bar are the new kids on the Bedford foodie scene and they’re already a firm favourite of mine!

2. Favourite meal/type of food?

I haven’t met a cuisine I don’t like yet! Italian food is my favourite, especially my Nonna’s cooking. When I go out to eat, I love street food markets as it means I don’t have to choose one type of food and can eat everything!!

3. Favourite drink?

I’m most partial to a glass of bubbly but can’t say no to a proper Mojito! For a non-alcoholic beverage, I always go for a Diet Coke.

4. Most recent/ favourite recipe book bought?

My favourite cookbook is practically a family heirloom! It is a copy of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management that belonged to my Great Nonna. She was given it when she first moved to England and it is over 100 years old. For a more contemporary cookbook, Ottolenghi is always a winner!

5. Which food blogger would you recommend following?

Make sure to check out my fellow Bedford foodie @teesfusiontable who makes the most amazing food.

TrendLife Magazine introduce foodie daniel_johneats : Food Bloggers

Daniel_JohnEats – instagram.com/daniel_johneats

1. What’s your favourite place to eat?

One of my favourite places in St Albans has to be Tabure. The food is always great and the restaurant always has a good atmosphere. Love trying lots of dishes.

2. Favourite meal/type of food?

This is a hard one but I would say Italian food is my favourite. Though I love brunch food. This is something I make a lot of. Avocado on toast with poached eggs is always a good idea.

3. Favourite drink?

Espresso Martini or a G&T. Rhubarb and ginger gin is is my current favourite flavour.

4. Most recent/ favourite recipe book bought?

When I was last in Berlin I visited a restaurant called House of Small Wonder. Fusion cuisine offering Japanese and European dishes. I brought the Recipes & Stories cookbook and have enjoyed using it a lot.

5. Which food blogger would you recommend following?

So many food bloggers who have amazing content. I would recommend @eat.like.a.foodie who’s home cooking is inspired by their travels.

TrendLife Magazine introduce foodie my_rude_food

My_Rude_Food – instagram.com/my_rude_food

1. What’s your favourite place to eat?

We’re spoilt for choice locally, there are so many gorgeous eateries. In St Albans, I particularly like L’italiano or Lussmanns. But we’ve also got the Alford Arms down the road which is reliably wonderful and if I want steak then I love Prime in Chandlers Cross. I’m not great at choosing just one.

2. Favourite meal/type of food?

Oh dear, I’m already spotting a theme. It’s so tough to choose, I particularly love cooking whole foods from scratch & tend to borrow flavours from around the world depending on my mood. I love a charcuterie board especially at home in front of a fire. On balance I would probably pick Italian food if forced. But I adore Asian food and British obviously.

3. Favourite drink?

What I drink most is water. But if we’re talking alcoholic I love anything with lychee or pear maybe a Bellini or a martini & I’m partial to a glass of Malbec. But probably my favourite is fresh mint tea.

4. Most recent/ favourite recipe book bought?

I’ve got so many but I don’t really follow recipes, I’ve been cooking for over 30 years. I love The flavour thesaurus by Niki Segnit. For inspiration, I probably reach for one my Nigel Slaters or Claudia Roden.

5. Which food blogger would you recommend following?

@90foodie @thefierywhisk & @johnwmacdonald are all really good for inspiration & very friendly.


Four Fantastic Food Bloggers to Follow – September

Each and every month, we will be featuring four new food bloggers to follow. If you are a food blogger and would like to be featured. follow us on Instagram and drop us a DM. Read ‘September’s Four Fantastic Food Bloggers to Follow‘.


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