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CHEFS TABLE

Get ready to finally find out what is upstairs at CPK. 

Join us in our kitchen and take a seat at our custom-made, Chef’s Table to enjoy an exclusive dining experience in Buckingham. 

The Chef’s Table Experience

Open on a Friday and Saturday evening, your booking will give you exclusive access to Cornwall Place Kitchen for you and up to nine guests. 

On arrival you will be greeted with a glass of English bubbles while waiting for your party at our licensed bar. 

We will then invite you upstairs and seat you at our locally made, bespoke table in the kitchen. 

The night then belongs to you; watch chef cook your dishes right in the heart of the action whilst enjoying the time with your friends or family. Take control of the atmosphere and ambience with your choice of music via our Sonos sound system and laugh as loud as you like, safely in the knowledge that yours is the only party there.

Chef has prepared a seasonal set Taster Menu which can be adapted upon request for dietary requirements or a bespoke menu can be created and priced accordingly. Your meal is accompanied by a drinks flight chosen to pair with the dishes or alternatively individual bottles of wines, beers, cocktails and soft drinks can be ordered from our drinks list. 

Both food and drinks menus focus on seasonality, flavour and celebrating British producers. We source our meat from Smith and Clay, located just a few footsteps away and collect on foot our fresh produce from the local market twice a week. We have enjoyed finding and learning about craft drinks and tasting English wine to create the drinks flight, so we’re confident you will share our enjoyment. 

Bookings 

Taster Menus will be bookable for Friday and Saturday evenings while other days of the week may be requested for bespoke packages. A minimum spend of £500 will be applied to all bookings so it is suggested that bookings are of 6-10 people to get the true experience. 

A deposit of 25% will be requested upon booking and the rest can be paid in full in advance or on the evening. Cancellations less than 48 hours before will be charged at £50pp. 

All guests and staff will have to adhere to current COVID guidelines at the time of dining. Tables of 6-10 will be taken on the anticipation that the “rule of six” will be eased in late June. Should this not happen we will happily move your booking to a later date or refund your deposit. 

To make a booking fill out the contact for below. Bookings are currently open until the end of December. 

A message from us

The past year we have been on such journey, it feels like it has been a very long time since we were able to cook and serve guests in person. Cornwall Place Kitchen is our new home and we cannot wait to welcome you to our place very soon. 

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Inspires Dining: A Little Piece About Our Next Steps

There are so many old cliches about starting something new: one door closes, another opens; turning over a new leaf; laying the foundations for the new home.

We’ve all heard these many times before, but it doesn’t take away the excitement, magnitude or uncertainty of leaving behind that which was familiar in favour of the new and unknown.

Another great cliche currently brewing is that which depicts the year 2020 as one of change, unprecedented change. How many times have we all heard and used that word in recent months?

For us too at Inspires Dining, 2020 will be remembered as a year of huge turmoil – after a number of years working happily and very successfully at The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College, that particular chapter of life has now come to an end. Over the years we’ve delivered many functions, been through seemingly endless changes and served countless hot meals, but most importantly we’ve played a part in changing the lives of dozens of young people. Working in an education environment is an enlightening experience, but that’s even more the case when it’s an industry you care so deeply about and which provides opportunities that were never thought possible.

Many of the students who came to the College’s catering courses arrived with no idea of what they wanted from life – a surprisingly high number of them had little or no interest in catering and there were even some who had no clue where to start. Helping them build their skills, discover their passion and, more often than not, discover their own true identity, is what made all the long hours, stressful meetings and sticky situations worthwhile.

There were many, many good times at The Brasserie – multiple recognitions from industry experts including being named College Restaurant of the Year, winning Milton Keynes’ Restaurant of the Year, mentoring a student to win Young Master Chef of the Year, working with household names and hipster heroes – we packed in a lot of incredible experiences, all of which were for the benefit of the students, but many of which gave us unforgettable memories and unique insights of our own.

We’ve been really lucky to work with some incredibly talented and experienced people in our time at The Brasserie – there’s too many to name them all here and we’d run the risk of leaving some out, but just know that if we’ve worked with you, we loved it, we learned from it and we can’t wait to do it again.

Which kind of brings us to the next stage – the next layer on the cake, if you will. Maybe that cliche won’t stick like the rest.

Life in lockdown was a strange time. The leisure and hospitality industries took a beating and established names in catering were forced to re-think how they run their business in order to survive.

As a burgeoning local business, it was no different for Inspires Dining; we took our passion for locally produced, sustainable products and two new concepts were created: IDIY (we do some of the cooking, you finish it at home and make it look awesome) and IDELI (you did try one of our pies, didn’t you?). Working on getting these two product ranges off the ground gave us something to concentrate on and lit a fire inside – how could we do this every day alongside the intimate fine dining concept that lies at the heart of Inspires Dining?

So we set about finding a way of making the every-now-and-then into every day. We worked on finding a home for Inspires Dining – somewhere we could call our own that would give us the room to think, create and feel, well, inspired.

After looking at a few options, including some serious home renovation projects, we found a place. Cornwall Place. Some of you might know it, others can look forward to getting to know it. Just off the high street in Buckingham, down a little alley way, is where you’ll soon be able to find our place.

We’re currently working on making it just how we want it, with space for George’s intimate fine dining experience upstairs and Sarah’s homely coffee shop down below, so there’s plenty of work to be getting on with at the moment.

You might have seen some of our updates on social media – if not, make sure you follow us to keep up to date with what’s happening and when. We’re hoping to soon be opening our doors to offer perfect, handmade barista coffee in the morning, locally sourced snacks and lunches during the day and contemporary fine dining with the feeling of home in the evening – all underpinned by our passion for inspiring others to become the best they can and our commitment to sustainability and the environment.

There’s a lot to do and we can’t wait to get started for real, but hopefully you’ll join us on the journey and we’ll see you soon at Cornwall Place Kitchen.

George & Sarah, Inspires Dining.

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December at Nelson Street with Inspires Dining

Join us for our first collaboration with the awesome people from Nelson Street.

Inspires Dining Head Chef, George and Louis owner of Nelson Street (currently Louis’ Place) will be behind the pass for four Monday nights during December giving guests a fine dining taste of Christmas in Buckingham.

Guests will enjoy five courses including one of Inspires Dining’s signature canapés, mushroom suet log with truffle mayo, Louis’ crispy duck with watermelon and chilli frosted cashews and finished with macarons from Pure Patisserie.

In addition to a carefully crafted menu, as much attention has been paid to creating a wine flight paring to compliment the dishes for £30 per head.

I am excited for Inspires Dining’s first collaboration, especially with it being with Nelson Street as I have always enjoyed Louis’ style of food when working with him previously. Being based in Buckingham I am also keen to showcase local produce and cook some really good food for people in the local community and beyond.

George, Head Chef at Inspires Dining

Bookings have already started to be taken by Nelson Street’s loyal patrons so book early to avoid disappointment.