The Refinery

13th January 2017 6pm

A friend and I dropped in here on a Friday night. The Refinery was busy but we were able to get a table in the ground floor. In a way this was a shame as first floor feels more like a dining space and the ground floor more like a ba). We got stuck into the cocktail menu immediately with a Candy Shop Sour and A Fine Pear. Both were very good. We then moved onto food. I ordered a cheeseburger with a side of cowboy fries (fries coated in honey, chilli and garlic). My dining companion went for the vegetarian option of the Thai coconut curry with a side of fries.

The food came incredibly quickly. My burger was substantial in size, kept together by a skewer. It was thoughtful to have the pickle on the side as I didn’t fancy it that evening so I didn’t need to salvage it from the burger. The mean was juicy enough but I ate it almost without noticing the cheese. The honey, chilli and garlic coating was lovely on the chips but the chips themselves seemed to be lacking something and weren’t really fluffy inside. On the other side of the table, the curry was perfunctory but wasn’t providing any wows. The rice and curry were served separately which was good. This course just didn’t seem to make much impact.

We ordered more cocktails which again were great. This time it was a S’mores and a Porn Star Martini. We decided that we could fit in desserts. I chose chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and my friend picked the pecan tart. The brownie came with a gooey sauce you could pour on yourself, which was a nice touch. The brownie was sadly a bit dry, maybe from being heated up but the ice cream was tasty. The pecan tart was enjoyed but at the same time was at the very sweet end of desserts.

All in all we felt a bit uninspired by the food but the drinks were excellent.

Food – 6.5/10
Service – 7/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 28.5/40

Would I eat here again? Probably not but I would definitely come for drinks

Cost £73 for two starters, mains and sides and desserts plus four cocktails.

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