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Restaurant Review | The Refinery Spinningfields

Last Sunday, Alex and I headed to Spinningfields in Manchester for a lil Sunday date to brighten up an otherwise typically dreary January. With both of us participating in dry January, I did a bit of research for somewhere that did a delicious selection of mocktails and a menu which catered for something other than a Sunday roast. At the top of my search was Drake and Morgan's newest addition to Manchester's fashionable drinking and dining district, The Refinery.

Tucked away at the back of Spinningfields away from the beautiful chaos of city life, is this lovingly crafted retreat from the real world. The outside area hosts a number of seats, blankets, hot water bottles and fur throws to allow for a cosy retreat with friends whilst drinking wine in the (warmer) nights to come. The space inside boasts a huge seating and bar area and each chair is adorned with its own fur throw and intimate table set up.

For starters, we opted for a Scotch egg to share with chorizo and smoked paprika mayonnaise, absolutely delicious. I'm not usually one to eat a scotch egg but this one was beautifully made and full of flavour. Alex, a scotch egg connoisseur, described it as the best scotch egg he had ever tasted so if that's not recommendation enough, I don't know what is.

For drinks, we both got mocktails which were deliciously fresh and fruity and enough to make you forget about the glass (okay, the bottle) of Pinot Grigio calling out to you from the not-too-distant wine rack.

For our mains, I wanted to try everything but as we were on the weekend brunch menu, I went for the Halloumi burger with hummus, red pepper and flat mushroom with a sharing trio of fries to accompany it. The selection of fries were impressive with the trio hosting honey, chilli and garlic fries, parmesan, truffle and rosemary fries and delicious salty sweet potato fries. Alex tried the Wagyu burger with blue cheese, tomato chutney and extra bacon for good measure. The portion was very generous, with both of us failing to clear our plates and even one bucket of fries. I couldn't possibly squeeze in a dessert but with chocolate brownie and pecan tart on the menu, I'll definitely be revisiting The Refinery in the future.

The Refinery is a cosy but unique venue with a carefully crafted seasonal menu, quirky cocktails and fine wines. This sanctuary in the city centre but away from the hustle and bustle, is perfect to relax and escape the everyday. I would definitely recommend heading to The Refinery for dinner and drinks, but maybe in warmer months so that you can sit outdoors with the blankets and hot water bottles, feeling properly snuggly and cut off from the real world.

Have you tried any of the other Drake and Morgan bars and restaurants? If so, where should we escape to next?

Em x


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