The Drake & Morgan empire is one of the lushest London has to boast with The Refinery as its botanical beau. On the horizon of their new opening in Regent's Place, we meandered down to sample the rose garden of this plush new plot.
Perched in Regent's Place, the angular glass front of this new venture echoes its corporate surroundings, but inside you can see where urban meets industrial chic design. High ceilings and one large open space make for a clean, crisp atmosphere at this Refinery. Copper lighting features suspend above tables, concrete surfaces meet exposed brickwork and wooden finishes accent these hard edges with fluffy furs strewn across chairs. Think country meets City. In true Refinery style, they've created a space of laid-back lounging with a relaxed dining physique where open plan is the name of the game. Which means yes, you can see into the kitchen (hallelujah).
The bar is the statement feature across the back wall of the restaurant with shelves of stacked wine bottles, plant pots and green foliage adorning the giant shelves behind it. Framed by chunky wooden beams and brown bar stools, this bar oozes a cool comfort for those looking for an afternoon tipple or some evening elegance. During the day The Refinery exudes an al fresco character drenched in natural light and using materials that transition between contemporary and cosy to carry you through the night.
The Food & Drink
Having planted ourselves in the prime location for premium canapé and cocktail scoffing (front and centre folks, front and centre) we sampled a good spread of the goodies circulating the opening night. We nibbled on mini beef burgers, crab & Bloody Mary tostadas, chicken dressed with avocado and salsa, breaded fish cakes and the crowning glory of all melting mouthfuls - a cream cheese and red onion chutney quiche. AND it was warm. I confess, we chased those quiche bites from start to finish and lived in the glory of their moreish taste all night. There were no usual suspects in these canapé sessions, everything was a perfectly plucked portion of taste and flavour, which can only speak for what would come of a full edible experience here. Dessert was even catered to with dusted boards of plump lavender marshmellows as well as miniature ice cream cones filled with a chocolate mousse and cherry coulées. All in all, one delicious dine and go affair achieved.
Now for the drinks; this is where their refined talent for mixology really comes to life. After opening the evening supping on Champagne, we took to the stronger stuff. Choosing Vodka for our first liquor laced escapade, we were brought a delicate yellow number called Regent's Fizz: Prosecco, Vodka and some sort of lemon infused liquid. Details-shmetails, it was punchy with a hint of bubbles (my kind of drink). Second, we were brought a Spring sensation garnished with a blood orange wedge and a slice of cucumber; cool, refreshing and a blend of Kamm & Sons British Aperitif with Chapel Down and Elderflower. Hello the Brit Spritz.
The Atmosphere & Clientèle
Having ventured down for the grand opening, the whole venue was buzzing with industry noggins and taste-buds waiting to be pleased. Obviously busier than what would normally be expected, nevertheless, the service was impeccable and the whole evening was catered to with a prompt and friendly atmosphere, which is surely indicative of any regular experience undertaken here. The Refinery ploughs out an understated decadence where afternoon mooching or evening revelling all goes down. The ambience makes a statement of airy, sleek style perfect for anyone looking for some gastronomic or glugging satisfaction.
The Refinery Regent's Place is one of charming character and elegant style where darling drinks and seasonal foods have mouths munching and supping for more. Expect a refined, rustic quality to all palatable portions and quaint cocktails here - we spy another Drake & Morgan success.