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The Ned, 27 Poultry
There’s no denying that the restaurants on the ground floor of The Ned hotel are some of the most eye-catching dining spaces in the City. Right by Bank station, this Soho House and Sydell Group project opened to plenty of buzz, and for good reason too. The space has art deco interiors straight from the 1930s, including a slew of emerald-green pillars and soft-pink booths, and is essentially a luxurious take on a food court. British-American mash-up Millie’s Lounge is one of eight dining options open to the public and is suited to night owls, staying open until 3am. The menu features staples from both sides of the pond, ranging from traditional afternoon tea, to mac ’n’ cheese and BBQ short ribs. Our starting snacks of crumbly, runny scotch egg and a crispy, herb-flecked sausage roll impressed, but were soon outdone by the main – perfectly cooked golden cod, served with tartare sauce, mushy peas and chunky, skin-on chips. Desserts were less enticing, but the likes of a packed, slightly sour cherry sponge ticks comfort food boxes. To drink, there are fun cocktails like the Nedgroni and a selection of international wines. Just be prepared to loosen your belt; portions at Millie’s are huge, meaning a three-course meal is quite the stretch. That and scatty service take away from what is otherwise a very pleasant dining experience.
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The Ned, 27 Poultry
Bank Tube Station 152m
Fenchurch Street Station 287m
Mercers' Hall 54m
Grocers Hall 71m
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Food + drink: 4
Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Now added as one of my favourites.
Food + drink: 2
Without a shadow of a doubt the results of the extensive renovation of this former banking hall are breath-taking, not only for their beauty and the retention of character features, but also for the sheer enormity and spectacle of the room that opens up before you on arrival. That unfortunately is where, for me, the wow factor ended. I think it is a total of 7 restaurants that are situated on this floor and whilst each has its own distinct cuisine and designated space, they all seem to meld into a loud, brash melting pot of noise; a shame for the live band that was struggling to make itself heard from a raised dais in the middle of the room. We ate in Millie’s, a US/UK mash up where bar area, restaurant and lounge create a busy but confusing environment. A couple sneaking into what they thought were empty seats on the table next to us, were immediately hushed away being that they were not the reservation holders, but to be honest, there is nothing to really signify where you can and cannot sit. Having been informed in no uncertain terms that as a party of two we would be granted a mere 90 minutes in which to eat, I was wryly amused that, despite an army of waiting staff all buzzing around, no-one came and took our order for at least 15 minutes after we had been seated. We both opted for the fish and chips, which on the fish front was absolutely fine if nothing remarkable, served with a silver dish of so-so tartare sauce. However, it was truly let down by being served with a side of French fries, not proper, luscious fat chip-shop chips - sacrilege!……perhaps that was what this US/UK mash up marlarkey means! Desserts of cherry upside down cake and rhubarb fool were nothing special – the only good thing that I can say about the food is that it wasn’t bad value, somewhat unexpected in a swanky establishment like this. Drinks, however, are a totally different price league (over £10 for a regular size vin ordinaire) so it is somewhat surprising to note that even on a Tuesday night, the bars looked very busy. All in all, I left feeling very underwhelmed and deflated and despite my office being just around the corner, I can’t say I will be in a hurry to return.
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