Another month, another buffet to try. This time, we’re at The Ned to try Ned’s Feast Sunday Brunch. We previously tried Kaia’s all-you-can-eat offering and it was delish. So this week, we were back to try the famous Ned’s Feast.
Date Visited: Sunday, 20th October 2019.
Location: The Ned, 27 Poultry London EC2R 8AJ
Getting There: Easily accessible by Underground (Bank station) or National Rail (London Cannon Street), or myriad of buses that serve the City.
Cost: £48 per person, which includes a glass of prosecco on arrival. Cara ate for free as she was four at the time.
Review of Ned’s Feast:
What a grand building to eat in. The old Midlands Bank, with its marble surroundings provides a lovely ambience whilst munching down on seafood. With live music as well, it’s a fantastic way to spend your Sunday lunch.
How it works…
You’ll need to book in advance as it’s always packed, but there’s a couple of sittings. We went for the 12pm start, which means we had to be finished by 2pm for the next session. It’s not the largest of space and there is a bit of queuing, but everyone was very polite and queued nicely whilst waiting for the food.
The central island provides two lanes, either side, which offers the same salads, oysters, lobster and Sunday roast options. There’s a couple of minor differences between the sides, one might have charcuterie (cold meats) and the other side, smoked salmon. It does get quite busy, usually while people pick up their oysters and lobsters, but it’s fairly orderly. If possible, try to ask for a table that’s not directly next to the island where the food is, otherwise it’s quite busy.
That aside, the food itself was tasty. Seafood was very fresh, definitely loved the prawns and oysters. The roasts had all the usual vegetable trimmings, and our table preferred the roast pork over the beef and chicken, mainly because of the crackle. The only disappointment was the dessert section, which was fairly limited. The mille-feuille was the stand out dessert, but besides that we preferred the desserts over at the Kaia buffet.
From a children perspective, there’s a good range of food. However, there’s quite a bit of salad and seafood, so if they’re not into that, then there are the three Sunday roast offerings. Cara tucked into the roast pork and crispy roast potatoes, so was happy and full by the end. The service was attentive and friendly, especially with Cara. Our table kept our waiter busy clearing the plates with all the lobster shells.
Overall, it was a nice, family Sunday brunch. Yes, it’s more than your usual pub roast, but it’s a great way to spend a special day out.
- Book ahead – Given it’s popularity, ensure you book ahead. It’s unlikely you’ll grab a table on the day unless there’s a cancellation. If you’re not able to grab a table there, there are other restaurants within The Ned that you can try. As mentioned, Kaia also offer a Sunday brunch buffet.
- Bit further back – If possible, try to secure a table that’s not next to where the food is. It gets quite busy with people queuing for the food and waiters walking around clearing plates.
- Make it a day out – After lunch, we had to walk off the food so decided to train it from Bank to Bond Street. We walked around Selfridges to look at the Christmas and toy shop, before slowly rolling home.
Burn Time: 3 out of 5 – as with most buffets, there’s a two hour seating slot. You can make the most of the day out wandering around the shops or parks.
Value: 3 out of 5 – not the cheapest of lunches, but it’s not an every week occasion. Personally, I still prefer the Roka brunch for value.
Overall: 3 out of 5 – nice, Sunday day out with the family. I think we’ll be back for their special Christmas offering!
Have you been to The Ned Feast? Any other ideas for buffets? Let us know below.