Restaurants

The Refinery at Regent’s Place

The Refinery at Regent’s Place is the eighth bar and restaurant from the hugely-successful Drake & Morgan and is the perfect place to go for a drink and a bite to eat near Great Portland Street.

DM-Food-Apr15-030Housed at 5 Brock Street, Scandinavian style runs throughout the one-floored wonder with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, polished natural timbers, reclaimed flooring and antique copper accents. There is something for everyone be it dinner or drinks.

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The perfect time to toast to the day just gone…

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Discerning drinkers are invited to sink into a lowslung leather chair or sofa, draped as they are with faux furs and hides, or prop up the chunky statement bar built from stacked oak sleepers for the best seat in the house.

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Diners, meanwhile, can choose from high or low tables, with plenty of spaces to eat and relax for singles, couples and group get-togethers. Snag a spot at the marble-clad counter and watch all the theatre of the open-plan kitchen as you dine. Partake in one of their delightful twists on classics. An old fashioned made with rum or a mojito made with passionfruit. No detail is spared, the choice of rum compliments the cocktail the former having chocolate toffee undertones and the latter embracing a more tropical flair.

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And during the warmer months, the large outdoor terrace comes into its own, furnished with lush potted plants, warm blankets and outdoor heaters for when day turns to dark. During August The Refinery are hosting an open air cinema complete with popcorn and specials/bar food that take the cinema experience to the next level.

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Tonight Grown Ups was gracing the big screen and although slightly chilly the weather held off just enough to let everyone enjoy the experience. In good weather book early as this will be superbly popular.

We skipped the movie and ventured indoors to start with some sourdough bread and olives…

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Then tempted our palates with a classic dish of calamari with lemon and mayo. Crispy, crunchy, zesty and flavourful, The Refinery did this dish proud.

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My scallops another classic dish came wrapped in a generous amount of soft succulent bacon on a bed of peas with feta bringing a added dimension of flavour to this dish.

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Main courses provide a variety of choice that would satisfy any palate. I ordered the Wagyu beefburger…

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My dining companion was delighted with his order of roast rump of lamb, caponata and mint jus…

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Whether to take the edge off a bad day or to celebrate a good one, The Refinery at Regent’s Place is the destination for winding down on weekdays and revving up on Saturdays. From creative cocktails to boutique beers and fine wines, the drinks list is inspired by the latest global trends while showcasing the very best of British. Seasonally changing concoctions run the gamut from a DIY Negroni built-to-taste through to the fiery, Kamm & Sons-based London’s Burning while craft beers (Meantime London Lager, Norfolk Nip et al) include pale and dark, sweet and bitter. So much choice to complement the sumptuous food.

DM-Food-Apr15-020Those who prefer grape to grain can enjoy a wide range of wines picked from the best up-and-coming vineyards around the world with no less than 40 available by the glass. And it wouldn’t be a Drake & Morgan bar without beautiful bubbles for toasts and celebrations, including proseccos, sparkling wines and of course premium champagnes, together with party packages and mixology masterclasses to turn an ordinary evening into a truly extraordinary one. Pair it with their fabulous charcuterie board, a lovely mixture of salami, chorizo and venison. Pop the cork on payday or just because you can, occasion or otherwise.

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We finished our evening with with a lemon tart…

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And an Eton mess….

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From beautiful breakfasts and boozy brunches through to power lunches and dinner dates, The Refinery at Regent’s Place is open all day. Early birds catch the worm with freshly-brewed coffee, just-pulped juices and fresh-out-the-oven pastries to-go; while those looking for something a little more sit-down can enjoy the likes of American-style waffles, eggs benedict and a classic cooked breakfast all with complimentary WiFi and stacks of newspapers. Go for brunch on a Saturday and team their signature steak and eggs with build-your-own bloodies or bubbles from the DIY station. A surefire way to start the weekend!

DM-Food-Apr15-013Lunchtimes can be as quick or as languid as you like: small plates, sharing boards, seasonal salads, beautiful burgers and doorstop sandwiches are great for in-and-out lunch hours while bigger plates – served from lunch to late – range from roast rump of lamb and pan fried brill to beer-battered haddock and 16oz chateaubriand. Those with sweet teeth can finish with a Eton mess, lemon tart or salted caramel and plum sundae.

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The Refinery at Regent’s Place
5 Brock Street Regent’s Place NW1 3FG
T: 0845 468 0106
E: regentsplace@refinerybars.co.uk
regentsplace.therefinerybar.co.uk
@therefinerybar

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