The Parlour Bar at The Ned

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SquareMeal Review of The Parlour Bar at The Ned

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There are ten restaurants at The Ned, spread out over its sprawling floors and corners. In a not-so-secret hidden basement spot is The Parlour, which presents both dinner and a show.

Live acts perform at one end of the room in a puddle of warm light on a sort of American prom style stage. Perfectly made Picantes, plush velvet upholstery and dinky dimly lit table lamps create a sense of occasion and the buzz from the cocktail slinging crowd is palpable. In fact, there’s a steady stream of birthday cakes making their way out to tables on our visit, proof that this is a place for celebrations.

The upbeat staff are generous with their time and the sense of hospitality is a theme throughout. It’s reflected in the menu which in its eagerness to delight is like a short masterclass in please-all plates. There’s a jumble of chicken liver parfait and smoked salmon with blinis, plus burgers, Caesar salads and Dover sole. It’s this run of classics that makes the yakitori section feel slightly at odds with the rest of the offering but if you don’t mind starting your meal in Japan and ending things back in Britain then there’s no harm done.

At £16 for two, the wagyu beef skewers prove an expensive bite, but grudgingly we have to admit they’re delicious, and the well-heeled crowd doesn’t seem perturbed by splashing the cash. A tuna tartare is fresh with citrus and loaded up with creamy avocado so that there’s little to dislike. The lobster salad is generous, piled with sweet meat and served with a marie rose sauce for high end nostalgia, while other throw-back classics include the chicken Kiev. The latter has been suitably ritzed up with black truffle and bursts with butter at the tap of a knife.

Come sweets it’s hard to deviate from the baked Alaska as the smell or caramelised sugar wafts around the dining room, but a sweet rum-soaked sponge with coconut and pineapple proves the perfect note to end on.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Cool, Dark and moody, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Romantic, Themed, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Celebrations, Dates, Romantic

About The Parlour Bar at The Ned

In the basement of flashy City Soho House outpost The Ned, you will find The Parlour, a sultry jazz bar that is decked out in the hotel’s signature 1930s style - think soft, romantic lighting, plush seating and staff smartly dressed up in waistcoats.

Set away from the frenetic atmosphere of the ground-floor dining hall, The Parlour feels more grown-up and exclusive than some of The Ned’s other restaurants and in some ways it is (it's members only on Thursday nights). The Parlour’s USP is its nightly live entertainment, which acts at the backdrop to a menu of appropriately luxe dishes suited to The Ned’s moneyed crowds (think caviar, steaks and a somewhat inexplicable yakitori section).

Drinks wise, expect the usual mix of wines and spirits, plus a few house cocktails. Prices aren’t cheap, but you are getting a boatload of live entertainment thrown in and there are an abundance of bars in the hotel, or indeed bedrooms, should you wish to continue the evening - a great shout for your next date night.


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No, The Parlour Bar is exclusive to The Ned members on Thursday nights, but open to the public on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Does The Parlour Bar at The Ned offer vegetarian options?

Yes, there are a handful of vegetarian options available on the menu.

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

020 3828 2000

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Opening Times

Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-01:00
Thu 18:00-01:00
Fri 18:00-01:00
Sat 18:00-01:00
Sun Closed

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