Fenny Stratford - Milton Keynes

                             Red Lion                                                            The Chequers                                                          Weatherspoons      


Being a new town, Milton Keynes lacks ‘olde worlde’ pubs, so the only 2 real ale pubs of note are provided by Weatherspoons and are modern monstrosities, which figures.  Near to the new MK Dons ground is Bletchley, but pubs there have no decent reviews either (and I have checked with locals I know), the nearest pub is The Beacon, but this has very mixed reviews.  However, 15-20 minutes walk away to the south from the football ground, in Fenny Stratford, are 2 recommended pubs that are regularly in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, much better targets for pre or post-match drinking if real ale and history are your interests.


The Grade II listed Red Lion, 11 Lock View Lane, Fenny Strafford, MK1 1BY (01908 372317) is less than a mile away from the ground, and nicely placed beside a canal lock.  There is a good selection of regularly changing real ales and ciders served from their 4 handpumps.  Outside provides a pleasant place to sit for warmer days, and inside there is a friendly atmosphere; also live sport is shown on tv.


Another recommendation in Fenny Stratford is The Chequers, 48 Watling St (that street name a sign of an older heritage), MK2 2BY (01908 365197), which also has reasonably priced accommodation and is situated near to Fenny Lock.  This is a Vale Brewery house, with a low ceiling and beams, and an original fireplace, also regularly includes local ales as guest beers alongside the Vale ales Wychert and Gravitas, and Sky Sports is also available.


There are 2 Weatherspoons in Milton Keynes, the one in the Good Beer Guide is imaginatively called Weatherspoons, 201 Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 1EA (01908 606074) and the other is The Moon Under Water, Xscape, 10 Avebury Boulevard, MK9 3NN (01908 528854).  Everyone knows what you get in these modern buildings, reasonable priced drinks and food, and usually crowds.