The Refinery is one of the latest additions to the Spinningfields bar/restaurant scene. After attending the opening party at the end of last year, I had been looking for another opportunity to try out the food on offer. So you can imagine my glee when i was invited to try out their brunch one sunday afternoon.
The Refinery in Spinningfields in Manchester, is the latest offering by London based company Drake and Morgan, who have a few other restaurants including other Refineries dotted across the UK. The Spinninfields restaurant has been such a success, that we heard on the grapevine that there are plans to open a second manchester location. Like many other restaurants in the city, a bottomless brunch deal is now on offer at the Refinery in Manchester on saturdays and sundays from 10am-3pm.
For our brunch experience, we chose to sit in the lounge part of the restaurant. The fur throws, soft seating and cushions alongside the shag pile carpet underneath my feet made this room the perfect escape from the cold manchester storm raging outside. The brunch menu has a wide selection of dishes from traditional brunch classics to an array of small and big plates, in case you wanted something different.
First up was a round of drinks. We had been invited to a "bloody good brunch" so we were both looking forward to a glass of bloody mary. I ordered a glass of the Smokin' Mary which I thought sounded exciting. Unfortunately, I never got to try this drink because at only midday, the restaurant had run out of tomato juice. How does a restaurant serving brunch run out of tomato juice at peak brunch hours? Till this day I do not know. This unfortunately set the meal off to a bad start. I had to settle for a bellini instead.
As my canadian housemate had never had a scotch egg we thought we would start our meal with one as well as the meatballs. The scotch egg was perfectly cooked with an excellent runny yolk and everything I expected it to be. As a "first" scotch egg i think it was a great one! The meatballs were however not what we expected. Normally when you order meatballs you expect them to be in a tomato sauce. These were served in a deliciously creamy sauce which i honestly could have bathed in as it was that good. It was probably my favourite dish of the day.
We then opted to try their classic brunch options. I had the eggs royale whilst my housemate had the avocado on sourdough. The eggs were again perfectly cooked which is key to a good brunch. The flavours were tried and tested and expected, which is not necessarily a bad thing. We really wanted to try their Trio of fries so shared one between the two of us. They were soooo moreish that I regret not having one to myself (my waistline however does not).
We sat around for some time after the meal chatting away about life whilst tucked under one of their cosy throws. The restaurant's lounge area offers the perfect spot to eat and while away time on a lazy afternoon. The Refinery is a great brunch spot - £15 for 2 hours of free flowing bellinis and bloody marys and affordable dishes on the brunch menu. Just hope that when you go, they have enough tomato juice in stock!