Bletchley has just become home to a new Odeon multiplex next to MK Stadium. Although the cinema isn’t opening until the end of February, the attached restaurants are already doing a roaring trade, including Milton Keynes’ second TGI Friday’s. Being a lover of all things burger, I was keen to visit.
It took a couple of minutes to sink in, but soon I noticed a few subtle decorations. Most TGIs have a decor that makes them unique and also reflect where they are. This one is no exception. The official ‘logo’ of TGIs Bletchley is an Enigma machine. You can spot them as pins (or ‘flare’) on the server’s shirts and on the till screensavers.
On the back-left wall is a striking mural obviously inspired by the rotor mechanics on Enigma and the rowing boat hung above the kitchen (a common TGI feature) is named Enigma.
A quick chat with the manager revealed that his team has been asked to submit ideas for the restaurant decor and Bletchley Park had been the obvious choice. It’s all very subtle but very well done. If only we could get some mention of Colossus in there (sounds like a great cocktail to me).