Millie's Lounge at The Ned

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A cosy British restaurant at The Ned.

Sat in the south-west corner of The Ned’s cavernous main atrium (honestly, it’s so big that compass directions are appropriate), Millie’s Lounge is the ‘British’ offering in this restaurant complex from the Soho House group. It’s a cosy space – think velvety upholstered seating and carpets – even with a nearby band blasting out renditions of mainstream pop and soul tunes (more foghorn than cruise ship on my visit).

The food is unadventurous, but comforting. Starters were all fine: from a diddy jar of potted shrimp, heavy with butter and a tad liberal with the cayenne, to a modish and pretty plate of raw and charred cauliflower. Mains-wise, a daily special of stone bass (a meaty beastie also known as wreckfish) looked a bit dry but was moist and flaky, and its bed of split peas and spring onions had a neat gremolata zinginess. Best of all was a hefty bowl of mince and potatoes – a surprisingly fresh mix of earthy, waxy tats and ragù-like meat. A spartan dish, but a classic. As for desserts: a rhubarb fool had a retro sweetshop vibe, while a wedge of lemon tart was textbook.

Cutting-edge Millie’s is not – but for warming, nostalgic food that’s a rung above home cooking, it does perfectly well.

By: Tom Howells

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Venue name: Millie's Lounge at The Ned
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Address: 27 Poultry
Bank
London
EC2R 8AJ
Transport: Tube: Bank
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £115.
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The interior of the building is stunning and the food looks amazing but that seems to be pretty much the whole point of going because once you've snapped a picture of your lunch for the 'gram it's actually fairly average taste and a little overpriced. Having said that, if I could afford the £40 for a Sunday Feast 'all you can eat lobster and oysters' would have me hook, line and sinker.

Tastemaker

A beautiful venue which makes for a lovely place to spend an afternoon if you aren't in a rush. I came with a group of friends for afternoon tea, and we loved the decor and the live music that played throughout the afternoon. We had afternoon tea, which was nice although really nothing special compared to some other afternoon teas you can get in London. Also the service was very slow, and the waitstaff were rude to us on more than one occasion, which was a bit offputting. Overall, it was a nice experience, but I wouldn't rush back.

tastemaker

At first impression, The Ned is a truly spectacular venue with high ceilings, stone columns and an incredible elevated jazz band set in the middle of the room. I had been wanting to try the Sunday Feast for a while and had booked the day before. Fair enough my booking was last minute but we were seated in a corner behind a bar on a high table away from all the food. When we were seated, there was no "Have you been here before? Let me explain how it works" from the hostess, we were just left to our own devices. 

Our first round of food included juicy lobster, the sweetest prawns, fresh oysters, crunchy salads and thinly sliced cured meats. The food really can't be faulted, it was all delicious and in abundance. We were able to order drinks at this stage but that was the only time we were offered drinks for the whole afternoon. Our empty glasses sat miserably for over an hour after we had finished the drinks. When we had our second plate of food which consisted of a sumptuous Sunday roast, we had to clear our last plates away ourselves as no one had come to clear them. The dessert bar was absolutely gorgeous with so many things to try. There is also an impressive cheese collection. 

The room itself asks as an echo chamber making the music incredibly loud which made it difficult to think let alone speak or hear. At the end of our meal, we were abruptly presented with the bill and the card machine without requesting either. The service charge felt ridiculous as we served our food ourselves and were only given one drink without anyone tending to our table at all. All in all, a bit disappointing as I'd heard so many good things. 

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I happen to be one of the friends mentioned in emilyb's review below, so my review is going to be pretty similar!


I will preface the review by saying that I have had so many fantastic experiences at The Ned's many restaurants and bars prior to this latest jaunt into The Ned, and first into Millie's. 


Like emilyb said, I found out about a promotion The Ned had running over the month of June for a deal on an afternoon tea at Millie's and a mani or pedi with a cocktail. Upon sending a few messages back and forth with some girlfriends, we managed to book a couple of tables for the last day of the promotion, the last Friday in June. We were excited to try out the Cheeky nail salon in the lower level of the building and also to try an afternoon tea (I love an afternoon tea. Seriously there are few things I enjoy more than the classic English ritual). 


I made a booking for three, and another friend made a booking for four - we thought we might try to be seated near each other, but as the max persons was four per booking, we just thought we'd see what happened when we arrived.


When my friends and I arrived for our 4:30 booking (albeit a few minutes late), the friend who made the other booking greeted us and said that we could be seated together no problem but that our table wouldn't be ready for a while... it was about ten minutes later that we were finally seated. I had a gluten-free afternoon tea which was actually really lovely - not just a bunch of fruit or veg as some places are wont to do in exchange for bread-y items. My friends has the regular tea, which they said was good (though they didn't finish it).


The problem was that my other friend with her own booking had made the nail appointments for her and two friends at 6pm - because we were seated late, there was already a bit of a rush for them. Our appointments were at 6:50 so we were fine for time. But when quarter to 6 rolled around and the group asked for their bill, the waiter took forever to sort it out, and didn't seem to know what we were talking about when it came to the promotion. It took lots of going back and forth, and during this time my friend grew increasingly anxious about being late for her appointment downstairs in the nail salon. So, she asked the waiter to contact the salon to let them know that they were coming and that there were some problems with with bill. She even asked if she could go downstairs and perhaps the bill could be brought to her there in order to avoid being late. It was to no avail - they were late and later my friend told me that they were greeted with "You were late, so we only have time for a polish change." Ridiculous when it wasn't their fault!


My friends and I had a drink and then made our way downstairs, and we were greeted with "Your friends were late so everything was pushed back a bit," to which I responded by explaining that it wasn't their fault. Talk about sassy... but our Millie's experience was clouded because of that. 


I have to say, the ambience is good, and the food is good, but I think I'd rather stick to the other restaurants in the building - ones where I haven't had any Issues.


tastemaker

Only one thing to say - the Sunday Feast! All you can eat sweet juicy lobsters, prawns, oysters AND Sunday roast options of lamb, pork or chicken (or just go for all three) with massive Yorkshire puds, gravy and cauliflower cheese is just a few of the dishes available in the buffet. That's not even mentioning the Full English Breakfast spread and the dessert bar. All of this and the glam of the Ned at a seriously bargainous price - what a Sunday treat! A word of warning: it gets really busy and you'll have to book way in advance - but oh so worth it.

tastemaker

The Ned is a truly spectacular building and when you walk in for the first time it really takes your breath away!

It wasn't the first time visiting the place, but it was the first time to be sat in Millie's bar. A few gal pals and I found a deal on their instagram (a great page to keep an eye out for deals or happenings there) for afternoon tea with either a manicure and pedicure- this was on offer for the whole of June.

It was late afternoon on a Friday, so they were very busy but we were sat at our table late (so that had a knock on effect to our treatments later on). The afternoon tea was okay (I loved the tableware) but nothing to write home about, could have done with a tea menu, instead the teas were listed rather abruptly to us- so we just had to quickly make a decision.

A couple of my friends had a gluten free option (which they prebooked on booking) and they said that was okay too.

Considering that the deal had been going on all month, they tried three times and got our bill wrong each time, which was quite frustrating considering we had appointments downstairs for a certain time. We felt the staff could have been more helpful- even if they had just let downstairs know that we were going to be a little late. I understand it was busy, but for something that we had prebooked with them, they really seemed unprepared almost.

I think this is definitely more of a place for a meal or cocktails- of which were delicious! I wouldn't go back for the afternoon tea myself, but I definitely will be returning for the drinks and the atmosphere...maybe in one of the other bars or restaurants though!

tastemaker

The Ned itself is a really spectacular venue. The former Midlands bank building has incredibly high ceilings, marble pillars with 3 main bars spread across a huge opulent space, with a live band and singer in the middle of it all. It truly is a beautiful building, with a great atmosphere and definitely has the wow factor. We decided of the 9 restaurants to try Millie's lounge first which has a bar in the middle, with lots of small tables and booths, serving a typical British Menu with nibbles such as Sausage Roll and Scotch Egg, starters including Potted Shrimp and mains including Roast Chicken, Fish and Chips and Mince and Onions.Although the food we had was tasty it certainly wasn't amazing and also fairly overpriced. However the Ned is more about the atmosphere and cocktails than the food. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to eat there again, but I would definitely go back for drinks. The Espresso martinis and Old Fashioned's I tried were both excellent!