I’d heard so much about The Ned and I just knew I had to find any opportunity to head down, so when I was meeting up with an old friend, I jumped at it.
If you don’t know much about The Ned, it’s a hotel set in a former banks’ former offices. Sounds standard, but it is anything but standard! Think Gringotts transformed into a hotel with 9 different restaurants, over 250 bedrooms, gym, spa and 6 different private event spaces! My idea of heaven basically.
The hotel’s decor oozes 1920’s chic with it’s high marbles walls and vast spaces, it’s guaranteed to be fit for any occasion.
Even the bathrooms were gorgeous…
Of all the 9 restaurants at The Ned, my friend and I chose to go to Millie’s probably only because it looked pretty. (How else do you pick a restaurant when there are 9 to choose from?!)
We got there about 10 minutes after noon and were given the lunch menu. Me being me asked if I could have pancakes from the breakfast menu seeing as we just missed the breakfast timings by 10 mins (breakfast’s last orders were at 12 pm). I was told by a rather rude and unhelpful waitress that they had a very strict rule and that 12 pm was the last order for breakfast. She seemed so uninterested and abruptly went on to say that there were 8 other restaurants in the hotel and if I could go somewhere else if I wasn’t satisfied! I was dumbfounded to say the least.
Now I’m not a rude person at all, I wasn’t demanding pancakes from her, I was just trying my luck (If you don’t ask you don’t get.) She really didn’t need to get so rude and self-righteous with me and it annoyed me to a point I was actually going to leave (which I have never done at any restaurant) but I kept my cool (somewhat).
We patiently went on to order lunch – I got the potatoes and my friend got the seared sea bass.
The menu was pretty simple but as nothing on the menu was halal, there was not much on the menu that we could order freely. The food was somewhat uninspirational considering the initial grandeur of the hotel and has to be said, tasted very standard. The sea bass was much better than my bland potatoes. Very overpriced for what we received
I lived in hope and ordered dessert, which was some kind of saving grace…
I know my posts lately have been hating on service, but this was probably the worst service I have had in a very long time, so much so that I didn’t pay the service charge! The waitresses’ attitude was so unprofessional, the service was generally slow and the food wasn’t great either. Needless to say I won’t be going back to Millie’s, although as my waitress clearly pointed out there are 8 more restaurants in The Ned, so I might check one of those out for sure because it is a beautiful hotel.
Food – 4 out of 10
Service – 2 out of 10
Atmosphere – 7 out of 10
Experience – 3 out of 10
Overall, giving Millie’s at The Ned a total TLH score of 3 out of 10.
Address: 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJJQ
Halal Status: Not halal but offer proletarian options
Closest Station: Bank (Central, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines and DLR services)
If you’ve been to Millie’s and had a better experience, I’d love to hear from you!