Very few of the pubs are worth walking round the corner for let alone one or two miles. If you are arriving via Milton Keynes Central railway station Wetherspoons and The Secklow Hundred (both below) aren't far and both are better than average versions of the genre. There's nothing we'd bother with in Bletchley, especially after a cab driver told me: "It's dead on a Sunday," or Fenny Stratford.
Avoid the locals
|The Secklow Hundred: From the Lloyds No.1 Bar part of the Wetherspoon stable. They tend to be slightly more 'youthful' in style than the main Wetherspoon chain, though in truth there's not a lot of difference. A stone throw from Wetherspoons (below) and thus pretty much the same distance to the station. Not to be confused with the other Lloyds No.1 Bar in Milton Keynes which is called er, Lloyds No.1 Bar and is up near the other Wetherspoon (The Moon Under Water). 316, Midsummer Boulevard.|
If Driving in:
The Woolpack: 13 mile drive door to door from here to stadium:mk. This is a pub in Bucks connected to stalwart Yeovil Town supporter Brian Taylor but your still guaranteed a friendly welcome! Has two real ales on permanently: Black Sheep Best and Timothy Taylor Landlord; plus a couple of different guests every week. Also Carling, Food served, children allowed, garden, heated patio for the smokers. Opening is 11.30 a.m. - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. 57, Well Street, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 1EP. Tel: 01280 817972.
If you have to:
The Beacon: The closest pub is about fifteen minutes from the ground, in Mount Farm, Bletchley. The only choice for a beer if on one of the supporters club coaches. However, it has nothing to recommend it, well, friendly staff.
A not particularly welcome trip in-between Christmas and New Year but if anyone still has to make up their mind read all about the ways and means of getting to Milton Keynes here: www.thelittlegazette.com/news/loadsngl.asp?cid=EDW4&id=421678
(Many thanks to the hardened drinkers at www.ciderspace.co.uk for all their help with this article.)