Millie's Lounge at The Ned

Afternoon tea, British·
££££
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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Millie's Lounge at The Ned

Silver Award

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 some nights.

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.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Afternoon tea, British
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury
Food Occasions
All day dining, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Dates

About Millie's Lounge at The Ned

It's impossible to overlook the architectural beauty of The Ned, but we would argue that Millie’s Lounge is the most Instagram-friendly of the hotel’s heap of ground-floor restaurants. 

Millie’s Lounge is an all-day British restaurant and bar, which courts the millennial crowd with its vintage-style interiors. Following the 1930s look of the whole of The Ned, Millie’s Lounge is punctuated by studded vintage tub chairs and baby pink banquette seating decorated with richly patterned scatter cushions, while double-height ceilings and gorgeous verdite columns add a real sense of grandeur.  

Millie’s Lounge is perhaps best known for its traditional afternoon tea, which is served from Monday to Saturday. The luxe offering sees dainty finger sandwiches and a selection of sweet treats served on bespoke Burleigh china tea sets, while guests can also tuck into warm scones slathered with clotted cream and seasonal jam. There is also the option to add a glass of Champagne to proceedings, if you are feeling extra fancy. 

The a la carte at Millie’s Lounge champions classic British dishes such as sausage rolls, Scotch eggs and fish and chips served with mushy peas and tartare sauce. This being The Ned, there are also a few more high-end options available, including half or whole roasted lobster served with chips, or a hefty 1kg Porterhouse steak accompanied by thick-cut chips and bearnaise sauce. Vegan diners will be glad to know that they haven’t been forgotten about either, as they can tuck into a plant-based patty from Beyond Meat, which is finished off with vegan cheese. 

Puddings at Millie’s Lounge are just as classic as the rest of the menu, showcasing sweet treats such as sticky toffee pudding and black forest trifle. If you’re arriving towards the end of the evening, there’s a late-night menu of mac ‘n’ cheese bites and miniature lobster rolls.   

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Location for Millie's Lounge at The Ned

27 Poultry, City of London, London, EC2R 8AJ

020 3828 2000

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 06:00-01:00
Tue 06:00-03:00
Wed 06:00-01:00
Thu Closed
Fri 06:00-03:00
Sat 06:00-02:00
Sun 06:00-01:00

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LaurenMHyd

The "Go to" place for business meetings in the City
20 January 2020  

We have used the Ned and all it's amenities several times now, a personal favourite to entertain or to meet with our clients is Millie's Lounge. There really is a "wow" factor in the entrance and decor, using the old banking hall style and the impressive band stand at it's centre. Milie's lounge offers both teas and coffees or breakfast, lunch or brunch for longer meetings, often we find ourselves ordering several coffess, comforted by the surroundings which seems to help our meetings relax and unwind instead of the uptightness of meeting rooms. Service is aways impeccable, they try to accomodate your table to more quieter areas if they feel you may need one, they are discrete and efficient in their delivery - overall faultless! The food always tastes fresh and their rotating menus always mean we are trying new items on every visit.

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Salmonde

26 July 2019  
Amazing place and the staff are always so super helpful.

Sabine E

01 July 2019  
My go to for great, reliable quality, service, food and ambience! Never fails!

JUNKO K

27 June 2018  
This place is all about the ambience and music. Live music every night.

Marcia W

Enjoyed
21 May 2018  
Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Now added as one of my favourites.
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Dee O

27 March 2018  
Lovely vegetarian food, wonderful service and lovely ambience.

Julie R

Ordinary food, extraordinary venue
29 June 2017  
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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Anon

15 June 2017  
Hugely disapointed in Millie's, particularly after all the hype around The Ned's opening. Terrible service from staff who are clearly overwhelmed, limited menu and bad food - bones in one salad and the other 99% leaves with nothing else. Really disappointing.
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