Lunchtime Revolution in Swindon Town Centre!
Broccoli, Pizza & Pasta up next, as new Crossing Food Hub really takes off
A “lunchtime revolution” was the message that greeted shoppers and workers in Swindon Town Centre today as they came across a band of cheery, musical demonstrators waving placards and entertaining as they paraded around the town centre.
The fun and carnival atmosphere was created by The Brunel Shopping Centre who organised the procession to promote The Crossing, the town’s new food hub situated within the shopping centre.
Jane Stewart, Deputy General Manager of The Brunel said: “The Crossing has really come to life recently now that most of the eateries are open and people have started to discover the excellent choices of food on offer. We wanted to do something to spread the word, especially to those who work in town and who may not have visited The Crossing yet.
The band was excellent and very entertaining. It was great to see the public, both young and not so young, dancing along with them! We’ve had great feedback from the event; it really brought some cheer into the town on a chilly and dull June day!”
The Crossing is fast becoming the food destination of choice for lunchtime shoppers and those working in Swindon town centre with new outlets now offering even more choice.
Next to open at The Crossing is Broccoli Pizza & Pasta, who expect to open within the next few days. A common sight across Dubai, this Italian-inspired restaurant offers healthy pasta and pizza using fresh ingredients cooked in front of you.
Diners can choose from eight different types of pasta, five choices of sauce and ingredients such as meatballs, chicken, beef, prawns and a range of vegetables and other extras. Lasagnes, soups and salads will also be available, as well as a breakfast menu offering a choice of scrambled eggs, fried eggs or omelettes.
Our Mum about Town combines shopping with an all-day breakfast at Carluccio's
After a morning's bargain hunting, we were well and truly famished....
But you know when you don't fancy a traditional lunch? And would prefer a breakfast again at that time of day?
Well myself, my husband and daughter did exactly that when we tried the all-day breakfast menu at Carluccio’s in the Designer Outlet Village, Swindon.
I felt reassured that I would be in safe hands with this authentic, contemporary Italian Deli and Dining chain when it came to my food intolerances as they’re known for being very accommodating when it comes to taking out known allergens such as gluten (and they also use olive oil a lot which is the ‘good oil’ that many people who suffer with stomach problems will not have a reaction to.)
The team were exceptionally attentive when we arrived and made sure they noted all of the foods I could not eat and triple checked everything before it arrived on the table in front of me. All three of us went for the ‘Tradizionale Magnifica’ which consisted of our choice of eggs, pancetta, sausage, mushrooms, tomato, toasted ciabatta, tea or coffee or juice.
As we waited for the food, we enjoyed taking in the nice atmosphere in the restaurant and watching my daughter colour in her ‘Easter pack’ which was given to her when we first sat down. (All good restaurants know that to please the parents with the purses, you need to keep the little ones entertained!)
When the food came it was deliciously hot and was just the right sized portion (this particular dish is £10.95 and just comes in one size so even though my daughter had an adult dish, she managed to demolish a good percentage of her lunch!)
There are many other options available from the all-day breakfast menu, including a vegan and vegetarian version of what we had (see pic. below).
You can also enjoy pastries, eggs, breads, grains and a list of extras. Plus, there is obviously also the main menu, which is full of a vast selection of other culinary delights.
We were all so full up after a short while that myself and husband couldn’t manage a dessert but my seven year old daughter couldn’t resist rounding off her lunch with a classic chocolate chip cookie with milk (dipping action was a must.)
When you finish your meal at Carluccio’s in the Designer Outlet Village, you can also browse the shop that is based at the very front of the restaurant (where you can pick up some nibbles including a range of exquisite, mouth-watering chocolates) and ask the staff any questions you may have.
So impressed were we all of this restaurant experience (it was ran extremely efficiently) that, after reading their new 'Flavours of Spring' menu, we are going back for my birthday meal (& shopping treat!) in a few weeks (and I’m one fussy mum about town!!)
Mela Back in Old Town!
New management & head chef start new era for popular restaurant
Indian-style tapas & the famous Hyderabadi Dum Biryani are just a number of fresh, new dishes diners at Mela can expect.
It had been renamed Siana for a short-time but after a buy-out and an all-new kitchen team it has reopened this week.
Located in the heart of Old Town, Swindon, Head Chef & part-owner Ravi Yedhati (above), who previously honed his culinary skills for 7 years at the nearby Palm in Marlborough, has developed a menu of innovative Indian cuisine that can be enjoyed 7 days a week.
That includes Indian Tapas for the first time, which is initially available at lunchtimes.
"Our aim here at Mela is two-fold and very simple - to stand out from the crowd for our food, plus provide patient, attentive service in a relaxed environment that our customers will appreciate. It's the essential ingredients of the all-new Mela Restaurant," Ravi told us.
Crossing Food Hub Officially Opens
Dining is on the up in the town centre with the official opening of The Crossing at The Brunel
To celebrate the occasion, Swindon’s newest and largest food hub played host to some of the town’s VIPs in the new eating space that's also designed for hosting events & entertainment.
The 20,000 sq ft food hub on the first floor of the upper mall, which is now home to a mix of independent restaurants and cafes and High Street eateries offering fresh food and drinks.
These include Chopstix Noodle Bar, Subway, Triple Two Coffee, boutique bistro Eggelicious and the latest additions, Indy’s Vegan Kitchen and Soul Shack. With more to come.
Swindon mayor Maureen Penny alongside Bernard Ferris, head of retail property for FI Retail Estate Management who own The Brunel, did the honours before heading up to The Crossing via the new escalator from Canal Walk.
Jane Stewart, Deputy Manager of The Brunel, says feedback from visitors to The Crossing has been overwhelmingly positive.
“People are telling us that they love the look and feel of it, really appreciate the wide choice on offer, and enjoy either being able to linger over a meal with friends or just check their emails over a quick coffee,” says Jane.
“We love the fact that several of the independents have already built very successful businesses locally and have chosen The Crossing as the next step in their growth. For example, Triple Two Coffee have been so successful on the ground floor of The Brunel Plaza that they have opened a second coffee shop here, and Eggelicious has chosen The Crossing for its third restaurant, Eggelicious E3.
McCtaff’s originally specialised as a home-made cake caterer but has expanded to combine cake catering with a traditional English tearoom.
And Sweets Galore began in a unit in The Arcade before moving into a new unit at The Crossing, and also opening Desserts and More next store.
Swindon Rendezvous Back Home!
After 2 years in Old Town, the name everyone knows for top Chinese food is back in its original location.
Swindon Rendezvous has relocated back to Theatre Square near The Wyvern. And the refurbished restaurant looks better than ever, as our pictures (the first ones to be taken before it reopened on 27 March 2018) show.
Judging by the reaction on social media it's been a popular decision!
> EAT Swindon Facebook - Swindon Rendezvous Pictures
All New Rudi's!
This is the amazing new décor at Rudi's bar & kitchen in Swindon town centre.
The transformation also includes all-new menus for breakfast, lunch & evening incl. a selection of sharing plates and much more.
Small Plate, Speed Date!
Take heart, leave the dating sites behind and prepare to meet your perfect dinner companion!
As part of Love Revolution at The Brunel Swindon, Small Plate Speed Date is perfect for anyone who likes eating out and enjoying new experiences, taking place on 14th & 15th February from 7pm.
14th of February ages 21-30
15th of February ages 31+
During the evening you’ll have the opportunity to meet and chat over a selection of sharer food, lovingly prepared by the restaurateurs at The Crossing whilst enjoying live entertainment.
Tickets are £15pp and include all dates, 10 small plates and entertainment.
To book please contact The Brunel on 01793 525 857 or visit Centre Management Office, Upper level of The Plaza, adjacent to Crystals.
Spaces are limited, so be quick!
New Year, New Waffle Shop!
Newly transformed pub adds a new twist!
Totally refurbished in late 2017, The Brewers Arms in Wanborough have now converted their former front bar in to a coffee & waffle shop.
It will now be serving coffees, waffles, ice creams and homemade smoothies 7 days a week! Opening on Monday 22 January.
See their new website for full details.
> Brewers Arms, Wanborough - new website
That's What I Call A Yorkie!
Swindon goes crazy for Yorkshire Pudding Wraps at the Outlet!
With a reach of 140,000 on our EAT Swindon Facebook and rising - and over 2,000 comments & 750 likes - these pictures we posted of some new street food in Swindon has certainly got everyone drooling - and wanting one!
Yorkshire Pudding Wraps - essentially Sunday Lunch in a Yorkshire pudding wrap - are available at the Swindon Designer Outlet until 24 December with beef, turkey or pork, as part of their food offer for hungry Christmas shoppers.
If all our followers turn up at the same time, join the queue!!
NEW! Chopstix Set To Open at The Crossing
The Brunel's new food hub welcomes its latest eaterie
Chopstix Noodle Bar is set to open at The Crossing at The Brunel Swindon on Friday, 24 November.
They join Eggelicious, Tastes of Portugal, Desserts & More & McTaffs Cakes & Tearoom at the fast-expanding place to eat & relax in the town centre, with Triple2 Coffee coming soon.
> The Crossing - more info.