This newly launched restaurant and bar is located in Spinningfields, one of my favourite areas to wine and dine in Manchester. Myself and two friends decided to take a visit and to try out their menu. We wanted to check out this newest member to the classy Spinningfields’ family.
Once we arrived, we saw that there was available seating outside with fur draped over them giving a luxurious look and feel. Despite hating the cold weather, even I was tempted to go for the alfresco dining.
When we stepped inside, we were in awe of the decor. The space is so beautiful, it has a Scandinavian, plush feel with natural timbers and seatings decked out in fur. The lighting was simply stunning, creating an ambience from the flickering candle lights. I felt myself admiring their quirky yet sophisticated style.
We were greeted by our waiter who led us to our table, passing the enclosed trendy bar area and the open plan kitchen along the way. We were pleasantly surprised by the extensive drinks menu, consisting plenty of cocktails, wines, champagnes and beers. Unfortunately, we were unable to try their finest wines due to us all driving so, we opted for their house sodas instead. My Pear & Ginger soda had a little too much ice but was otherwise refreshing. I tried a little of the Apple & Blackberry soda which also tasted refreshing yet the taste was slightly watered down from the ice.
I felt spoilt for choice with the food menu, the dishes ranged from British home-comfort food such as Bangers & Mash to the Asian-inspired crispy duck, cucumber, wonton, peanuts and hoisin.
We started off with a chorizo and smoked paprika mayonnaise scotch egg. The egg yolk to me was cooked to perfection, and complemented well with the chorizo. It was delicious and it was my favourite starter by far. The Napoli flatbread topped with sun dried tomato, pesto, mozzarella and parmesan was tasty however, it would have been even tastier if it was served warm. The ricotta and sourdough topped generously with chestnut mushrooms was flavoursome.
My main was a giant cous cous salad with butternut squash, cashew nuts and harissa. As a chip lover, I opted for sweet potato fries as sides. The salad needed slightly more dressing or a little bit more “kick” to it, otherwise it was tasty.
I also tried the Fish Pie with the cheddar potato crust with mac ‘n’ cheese served alongside. Both very flavoursome but beware, the inside of the pie is piping hot. I am not a mac ‘n’ cheese fan however, this was rather nice as the cheese wasn’t too overpowering for me. It’s a generous amount for a side so mac ‘n’ cheese lovers will be delighted.
My friend chose the cheese burger with chips, unfortunately this meal did not exceed her expectations. The burger was palatable however, it would have been better if condiments were offered. The chips looked mouth-watering but were too overdone for my friend, and were hollow inside.
By the time we had finished we were far too full to try any of the desserts one of which caught my eye. If I had not been so full, I would have chosen the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream – a good excuse to come back again.
Overall, it was a relaxing and enjoyable dining experience. The service was impeccable and the waiter was attentive. For me, I give it an 8 out of 10 and I would happily return to The Refinery as I adore the decor and the atmosphere.
Here are the details below if you wish to try this place out:
XYZ Building, 2 Hardman Boulevard,
Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AQ
Tel: 0333 210 0016
Note: This is not a promotional article and it was not paid for. All opinions are my own.