The Refinery

110 Southwark Street , London, SE1 0TF

0845 468 0186

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SquareMeal Review of The Refinery

This stunning space is a chameleon of a venue, opening for breakfast through to lunch, cocktail o’clock and dinner. The vast industrial arena is quirky yet considered in its seriously funky design, with slouchy leather sofas and high tabletops in the bar, communal picnic tables in the dining area and all manner of foodie add-ons (a fish counter, deli shelves, bags of potatoes). The media crowd stop by for eggy breakfasts or freshly baked pastries to go; lunch brings ample sandwiches and mains (crab and crayfish linguine, say), while ‘skinny’ cocktails flow freely after 5pm. Most wines are available by the glass, thanks to an Enomatic system (check out the ‘flights’), while afternoon delights add to the myriad pleasures on offer here (think tea-based cocktails served with mini cucumber bites).

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7.4

Food & Drink: 7.7

Service: 7.6

Atmosphere: 7.9

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Jennifer C. 25 April 2016

We really enjoyed our meal here, accompanied by some cheeky cocktails in preparation for our night out! Food was really well presented and we especially enjoyed the trio of fries (fries in three styles) - delicious! The only thing was when we first walked in we couldn't tell the difference between the staff and other guests; we weren't sure who to ask.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 1.0

Bjorn B. 14 July 2015

I did. It was the worst. Three of us dined, all of us were pretty unimpressed. Calibre of food was very low. Would certainly not return.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Joe B. silver reviewer 06 May 2015

Maybe it’s my age, but the first thing that popped into my swede when considering examples of the phrase ‘style over substance’ was German pop Gods Milli Vanilli. Now for those of you who haven’t the foggiest, they were a toned, stereotypically handsome, male duo in the late 80s/early 90s who had a couple of big hits including “Girl You Know it’s True”. Anyway, they were becoming a big deal, but they forgot to tell everyone that they didn’t actually sing the songs they were releasing. In fact the record company was allegedly paying two tuneful hobbits to sit in a darkened room voicing hits in return for bowls of gruel. Meanwhile Milli & Vanilli (not their real names) had the hair, the clothes and the ‘style’ to be the faces on the front of their records and in the pop videos. Bear with me. So when I say I had a very 'Milli Vanilli meal' at The Refinery in Southwark, London, last month, you know what I am referring to. Plenty of style, not much substance, possible hidden hobbits. In neo-trendy Southwark, a stone’s throw from even trendier Borough Market, The Refinery has garnered a lot of good reports as part of the Drake and Morgan bar chain. And it’s easy to see why. It has a big open space with large tables for social chatter, and dark corners for the more intimate evening. There is exposed metal fittings – a modern classic – and an open theatre kitchen. It ticks all the boxes of hipness. The menu has plenty of dishes of meat and fish, and if pigeon-holed, would perhaps be of a British brasserie style. And style is clearly important to these guys. The cocktails are served in quirky jars to knitted-jumper wearing hipsters reclining in worn Chesterfields.photo Then the Milli Vanilli factor starts to bite. No bread on the table. A pet hate of mine. It doesn’t cost a lot does it guys… oh actually it does…£5.95 in fact. Something that looks like its ‘free’ to the customer, and all the restaurant need do is build it into the meal price. Sorted, everybody is happy. My first course was the enticingly-named Great British Bloody Mary Mussels – part of the small plate options, £5.95 – The same price as the bread! The mussels themselves were perfectly cooked, open, steaming and not chewy. There was a small bread accompaniment with the dish, which arrived in a trendy steel pot on a wooden board - running theme here. Unfortunately no spoon came with it, so the Bloody Mary sauce went to waste as a number of attempts to garner the eating utensil went awry as the busy service staff raced around. My friend ordered the Autumn Fall Flatbread (goat’s cheese, London honey, rocket, figs) to start, and due to his current fitness regime he asked for no goat’s cheese….unfortunately he still received the renounced cheese but was deprived of the figs instead. A good try. For the mains I went for the Reef & Beef – half lobster with 4oz steak and ‘chopped potatoes’ at a reasonable £17.95. Myself and another friend added peppercorn sauce for £2.95 each. When it arrived, it looked divine. It wasn’t until the steak’s juices started running off its trendy wooden board and onto my trousers that I realised there was a problem. Firstly it looked like I had p*ssed myself. And secondly I was losing my juices (not the same thing). On consulting my chum, he smiled and said he had to put a napkin on his knee because the same experience had befouled him also. The steak was meant to be medium rare, it wasn’t. But at least the ‘chopped potatoes’ (chips to us non-trendy folk), were not drenched in juice, because they were in a f-ing plant pot. The lobster was, however exceptionally cooked and sliced in half. Unfortunately, again we were not provided with a lobster cracker or fork with which to extract the tender meat. I actually cut myself on the little git’s claw trying to get the flesh out. Touche' lobster, touché. A couple of attempts to get seasoning and other condiments delivered to the table failed again. But still the toilets were beautifully decorated. Another friend chose the Chicken in a Basket dish (£11.95), again it looked divine, but practically, it's just not easy to eat out of a wicker picnic box. Even Mr Toad from Wind in the Willows (again showing age here) unpacked his meal before tucking in. The final bill was the final insult. They even charged my friend and I for the two peppercorn sauces that we had only just noticed, hadn’t ever arrived. Excellent work. We didn’t stay for dessert. And they are lucky we didn’t send a dry cleaning bill. It was a proper Milli Vanilli.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

kevin r. 28 April 2015

Arrrived it wasn't busy but it was a Monday night so didnt expect it to be - waiter with his neatly groomed beard and hair bounced over in his converse trainers ( seems it part of the uniform) And showed us to our seat - we ordered the non alcoholic fruit juice (heavy weekend ) Which was nice but a bit over cucumber (y) and some water - so far so good .. then ordered squid for starter and then fishpie for main - my friend ordered the special (salmon) and some sweet potato fries - all of these were good - the fish pie was filling and pieish and the salmon was pink and tasty - all in all nothing at all to complain about the food was goo d the service was good the price was good the drinks were good the experience was good - will I go back probably not but if you want a good meal then the refinery is defo that !!

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Carmen 1 04 October 2013

lovely restaurant and great food

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Perfectdinner 18 September 2013

had lunch here with my team. had never been but saw goodcreviews.. the food is excellent, very good value for moneyband tge service superb. really enjoyed it and therefore back for dinner tomorrow! Thanks for a great experience!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 4.0

GFinaly 28 May 2013

Great food, amazing cocktails, cool service but a little manic in the restaurant with a large table who didnt seem to realise that other people were dining which was annoying and meant we left pretty swiftly rather than stay for a few drinks! But keen to try the other in the group now!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Maggie bronze reviewer 09 April 2013

Aware that it was a Friday evening in the city we fully expected that The Refinery would have suits spilling out of the doors and not much room for two more. We weren't far wrong. The atmosphere was fantastic and even though it was busy we were greeted very quickly at the bar, so quickly that we had to ask the bartender to come back after we had decided! There was a DJ playing in the corner and those who weren't casually swaying their hips to the beat were occupying nearly every seat in the bar. We were undecided about whether or not we wanted to eat so settled into two spare seats in the bar area with a bottle of Domaine Montrose rosé. Half an hour later we were told that the table we were perched at was in fact reserved (no sign) and we were asked to move…to where!? It was then a very easy decision to move into the restaurant as we were hungry and no longer had anywhere to park ourselves. We were greeted immediately by an obviously busy waiter who cleared and reset a table for us in record time. Everything on the menu at The Refinery is so deliciously appealing that you really have to focus your thoughts on it to make a decision! I took a recommendation from our waiter and went for the lamb burger with feta, piquillo peppers and tzatziki. My friend chose the steak (8oz Scottish sirloin) and fries. The cowboy fries (with honey, chilli and garlic) and the roman fries (with parmesan, truffle and rosemary) were also highly recommended so we chose to have a mixed selection of those. The food arrived promptly and we were not disappointed. The flavours were great, my lamb burger could have been a little on the dry side but the tzatziki helped balance it out. The fries had oodles of flavour and are a definite must if you visit The Refinery. The service continued to be upbeat, friendly and efficient throughout our meal and when presented with the bill we were very pleasantly surprised. A continuing success story for this busy venue, if i worked in the area it would become my second home, without doubt.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Claire c. 09 July 2012

I visit the Refinery for breakfast meetings as well as drinks after work, such a great venue that ticks so many boxes in regards to varied atmospheres, I have recently organised a work event with drinks and canapes. the whole process was stress free and dealt with professionally by their in house events team. An absolute delight to visit and host events at. The service is great and would not hesitate to refer colleagues and friends to pay a visit.

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The Refinery’s mezzanine private dining room, which seats up to 12, allows guests to dine discreetly without losing the ambience of the main restaurant. In summer, an alfresco space with music and a 1am licence on Thursday and Friday nights is perfect for larger private parties of up to 120.

Semi Private Mezzanine level
Capacity: 12
Al Fresco Terrace
Capacity: 120