The Refinery: Bankside

Natural timbers, reclaimed brick and warm colours provide a stylish setting for all-day eating & drinking at The Refinery, while floor-to-ceiling windows make for a light, bright backdrop. I visited recently with fellow blogger Hayley from Frock Me I’m Famous to taste the food and try the cocktails. Just a stone’s throw from Regent’s Park, Warren Street & Euston, the refinery includes a bar, restaurant & al-fresco terrace for locals & Londoners alike.

To start we tried a seafood starter each. Hayley ordered the salt and pepper squid which arrived in a generous portion, served with lemon mayonnaise whilst I dipped prawn lollipops in sweet chilli and soy sauce. 

The menu focuses on fresh, British produce to provide delicious, seasonal & beautifully presented dishes for every meal, whether it’s a long lunch, cocktails with the girls, or dinner with friends and family. The Thai red curry Hayley chose was served in a traditional dish so that when it was opened the smell and steam enveloped the table. The all-day menu is inspired by the latest trends, both here in London & across the globe so it was great to try an oriental dish from the menu. On the waiters recommendation I ordered the seafood spaghetti which was delicious. 

As well as fantastic food The Refinery have a lavish wine list, not to mention a well-stocked fridge of chilled champagne & prosecco but we went straight to the cocktail menu!

To start I tried a drink from the ‘Leaner Cocktails’ menu which features tried and trusted drinks given a modern-day spin for the heath-conscious. The Superfood Collins had a gin mare base mixed with basil, raspberry, blackberry, lemon, agave and soda. Hayley, on the other hand, went for a classis Porn Star Martini which was served beautifully with a slim slice of passion fruit; both were perfectly balanced. 

For our second round we wanted to try the creative twists on classic mojitos as the menu features carefully crafted fruit versions of the original. Creative cocktails are the signature of every drake & morgan bar, designed by their expert mixologists & using ingredients sourced from right here in London. I would definitely recommend visiting just for cocktails if you’re in a rush; the statement bar is the ideal spot to see and be seen.

My favourite thing about the restaurant though is its lavish interior. The mix of furniture, from low-slung chairs & high stools to soft leather sofas, offers a variety of spaces to drink & dine. When we visited the weather was just warming up so the spacious terrace, bedecked with potted plants, looked delightful for al-fresco diners.

I’m in the area regularly so it’s become a definitive destination for stylish Saturdays out. You can browse the menu and book a table here:   

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