Originally booked for my hen do/birthday drinks in January.
We paid up prior to the event and that week in January, was some terrible weather!
I had friends coming to Milton Keynes from all over the country and we were all a bit concerned about the weather.
One friend from afar, let me know they wouldn't be able to travel followed by another from south of the country. My friend who was organizing this called the venue in the morning to see about obtaining a refund on non arrival of guests, the management said no refunds.
We called again at about 2PM to inquire any updates, was the night still going ahead?
They said yes. We received a call at about 4PM to advise that there were only two parties of people that had not cancelled so it wouldn't be 'bistro live' if they were to open so they cancelled on us. Some members of my party had began travelling, and some even were getting ready. I feel the late decision from the management was bad and what was worse is the fact that even though they cancelled, they refused to give us our money back.
They said we could choose any other night in the next two/three months.
This was not ideal since I was getting married a week after the original planned night so I ended up having a very delayed birthday outing and a hen do so late that I was already married.
I explained both of these things to the manager but they would not budge on giving us our money back.
I had to spend further money on going out that evening with the guests that were local.
Not one of our ten is amused by Bistro Live's decision to not give money back when we were cancelled on.
I'm writing this review in the public eye because the management did not deal with this is a professional way to begin with, and since I don't ever wish to go there again, I don't want a 'free night out' by way of an apology.
I received several emails and calls requesting to have our preordered drinks. This started three weeks before the event and I think is totally disgusting; a week, is more understandable.
I was told it would be so busy, we had to preorder drinks. Reality was, too many waiters trying to wait on the same table caused more problems and delays which could easily be solved by having a designated waiter!
THE NIGHT! 16th March!
With guests coming from all over, I spent a lot of time on the telephone directing my friends to the venue. There is no clear signage to this venue which is inside bannatynes health club. Follow your nose to chlorine and you will find Bistro Live.
The greeting was great, the staff were friendly. They told us where the toilets were and where the smoking area was.
this is not an actual smoking area, its outside, with no shelter for those that do smoke!
The room is like a school hall and I always felt like it was a night out at school because of the venue.
watered down spirits reflected in the three choice strengths.
they are not pitchers, don't be fooled. they are small jugs of drink for an astonishing £19.95 for the strongest.
I sampled 4 bottles of wine before going with the jug of sangria.
The house white and rose are very similar and to me, very acidic and vinegary.
The second rose was slightly more palatable but I could not drink a glass let alone a whole bottle.
For the price, they should serve much better drinks.
I was disgusted by the bill when it came to my barcadi and diet coke.
Apparently barcadi is not one of their house spirits and I ended up paying £6.65 for a double with a dash of watered down pepsi.
All guests agreed that the price of drink is totally over the top.
Non drinking guests also get royally ripped off £1.90 for a small juice/pepsi or £5.50 for a litre of it. Now, that's a massive mark up!
I understand business is to be profitable but with a bar no where in site, finding it difficult to become drunk would only lead me to think the brand of alcohol is poor along with incorrect measures.
There were too many waiters taking orders and many times we waited for drinks that didn't arrive because of communication between staff.
I was not overly impressed by the menu choice. Odd range of starters and mains.
I had chicken skewers for starters which were strangely covered in that mint and yoghurt sauce you get from Indian cuisine. The beansprout salad was lovely.
One diner in my party had the mini fish and chips for starters and the mini battered fish was about the size of my finger and it had 3 bones in it!
Bad quality fish!
Mains, I really didn't fancy the chicken supreme as the combination of sauce and veg was a bit peculiar.
I opted for the goats cheese and red onion tart served on rattatouie. I found my main to be pleasant but nothing special.
The chicken i had contemplated was the choice a lot of guests went for but there was no where on the menu to state it was served with a bone in it!
I am very glad I didn't choose this as I'm not always happy eating around bones.
For dessert, I was shocked there was no chocolate dish!
So I opted for the bake-well with cream. I think the menu differentiated about Chantilly cream and Anglais? well cream is cream and this cream was like spray cream and a tiny tiny amount of it! The dessert was ok, but just that!
Overall consensus to the food was - ok
The band that were playing were good. The atmosphere was good. Mostly women.
A couple of hen parties and birthdays.
As it was my 'birthday' and 'hen do' I received a cupcake that looked stale and icing had uncomfortable hardened. I didn't eat this. Also received a cocktail. I don't think there was any alcohol in this.
The music that was being played was typical of a cheesy night out on a disco.
Like being at someones wedding perhaps you could say.
I don't think the band added much to the night. They did covers and covers alone. It sounded like someone singing well to karaoke. I think for the price difference, definitely not worth paying extra for a band night.
Of course, these are all my own opinions and I can understand why some people would like a band but for me, nothing added.
This is not the place for couples - go drunk, go with great company and don't expect much - and then you won't be disappointed!
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