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Smokin' in Chiseldon!


Pub re-opens as Smokehouse Bar & Grill

What was The Patriots Arms in Chiseldon now not only has a new name & look but a completely new offering.

And quite the opposite to the modern trend of vegetarianism & vegan - it's aimed very much at lovers of meat & fish.

Only opened just before Christmas - with the interior still undergoing a transformation - local chef Kai Taylor wanted the get his new 'countryside smokehouse' food on the table as quickly as possible.

"It's been a great first couple of weeks," Kai told us, who came up with the idea & ethos of the The Chiseldon Smokehouse Bar & Grill, with Front of House manager Sam, and Head Chef Lewis alongside, "and although we've still plenty to do with how the pub will eventually look, the new menu is going down very well."

"It really is the best of local, starting with the meat, which is supplied by TH Burroughs in Swindon, plus as much of our other fresh ingredients as possible. 

"All the meat & fish is then smoked on the premises in our outside smokery to give it a really distinct flavour. Then low & slow-cooked the proper way."

"Salmon, pulled pork, 30 day aged steak, burgers, chicken & sea food plus homemade vegetarian options are all the menu, but not like anything else you've tasted around here until now." 

The new Chiseldon Smokehouse Bar & Grill is open for lunch and dinner 6 days-a-week. Find it in the centre of Chiseldon, about 1.5 miles from Jnct 15, M4.

See their website for more info & menus.

> The Chiseldon Smokehouse & Grill - more info.

Burger Priest Now Grilling In Swindon


Find them at The Crossing at The Brunel

The growing food hub at The Brunel Shopping Centre has attracted another big name in the form of Burger Priest.

The premium burger joint has just start serving its menu of 100% Aberdeen Angus beef & gluten-free buns at their new outlet in The Crossing.

The brand joins a whole host of outlets with a 'street food' vibe that have opened so far at the food hub which includes Indy's Vegan Kitchen, Eggelicious, Franklins, Brocolli, Pizza & Pasta, Chop Stix & more.  

> The Crossing - What's There

New Nando's in Swindon


Now open at the Orbital Shopping Park

Fans of Nando's are celebrating the opening of their second restaurant in Swindon. 

The home of the legendary Afro Portuguese flame-grilled Peri-Peri Chicken is now open at the Orbital Shopping Park in north Swindon, joining the one in Regent Circus.

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.

> The Crossing at The Brunel - more info.



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!!)


> Carluccio's at Swindon Designer Outlet - more info.

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.

> Mela - Facebook

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.

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