The Refinery – Manchester

Last week I was lucky enough to bag a table at one of the preview nights for the brand new Spinningfields restaurant, The Refinery. The restaurant is the latest venture from Drake and Morgan and can be found on the ground floor of the new XYZ building, right in the heart of Spinningfields.

I have to say, the decor of The Refinery is just stunning. It is very minimal but with little accents of detail that set everything off. I love that the outdoor area comes supplied with faux fur blankets and hot water bottles. I can’t wait to spend an evening sipping wine whilst all snug under one of the blankets!

The inside is perfectly lit with a variety of different lighting from candles to awesome bulbs hanging from the ceiling. The faux fur theme runs through the restaurant with some chairs draped in a small faux fur throw. There is also a lot of rose gold/copper accents and the tables are marble topped, so it is pretty much a bloggers dream inside!

We were swiftly led to our table, which was positioned near to the open plan kitchen, so I could see the chefs busying away. We were handed our menus and I was straight away spoilt for choice. The selection available was pretty much, good, homely food but with a posher twist. They also do chips (fries) numerous ways and I think it will take a few trips to work my way through the options!

What I particularly liked about The Refinery was the fact they had not packed the place with tables, so no need to worry about feeling like your sitting on the lap of the stranger next to you! Every table is perfectly spaced apart to give you the right amount of privacy to enjoy your meal.

The wine menu is particularly extensive and I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the options, there was something for everyone really. I went for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (my go to white!) and was not disappointed.

We opted for the sourdough bread with salted butter to start. It was freshly baked and so tasty, although we were served an entire loaf, which was a bit much for a starter! We still managed to finish it though (obvs!).

I decided to go for the fillet steak (plain as usual)with Roman Fries (truffle oil, Parmesan and rosemary). Chris went for the fillet steak as well but with the Cowboy Fries (honey, chilli and something else I cant remember – but they were incredible!!!). We also enjoyed a cheeky side of Mac ‘n’ Cheese as well – yum!

I have to say, the steak was not quite on the same level as on the one I had at Hawksmoor the previous day but it was still pretty damn good, and to be honest it is not really fair to compare a steak from an all round restaurant with one that specialises in steak! If I had not have eaten at Hawksmoor so recently, I would probably have been raving about this steak.

We then followed our steaks with a Jaffa Cake (cake), it is just one cake but I felt like it should be ‘cake cake’ but apparently not. When you see the menu you’ll see what I mean here! The ‘cake cake’ arrived and it was basically a larger, thicker, rectangle shaped Jaffa cake and it was awesome. We then finished off the meal with a couple of coffees (they even serve these with a mini brownie).

We were stuffed by the end of the meal but I have to say, we really enjoyed it and I have already been back with my mum for lunch. I think I have found a new favourite dining spot for a fancy meal without the crazy price tag. Plus, the toilets are supplied with sweet treats to help yourselves to, which is a winner in my books!

Have you tried The Refinery? What did you think?




  1. December 7, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Love this!!! It looks so much nicer than the London version and I’m in love with that Jaffa Cake – I need to visit over Xmas for the Jaffa Cake alone 🙂 xx

    • girlgoesto
      December 8, 2016 / 6:21 pm

      I didn’t know there was one in London! The Jaffa cake ‘cake’ was pretty good I have to say!

  2. December 12, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    It is literally outside my door step ! However, I looked at the food menu and prices are pretty high – but after reading your review and looking at picture I am very tempted to go! xx

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