The cosiest spot in Manchesters Spinningfields!
After visiting The Anthologist, D&M's latest venture, back in July and really loving their offering we had the opportunity to check out their Spinningfields sister restaurant. Hidden towards the bottom of Spinningfields away from the busier spots sits The Refinery, right opposite the huge RBS offices. Similarly to The Anthologist you're met with a big outdoor terrace before you enter the restaurant, we're sure during the sunnier months this is hustling & bustling with people & cocktails but not somewhere we wanted to sit on a cold & rainy October day!
Inside is a laid back Scandinavian inspired haven, with cosy faux fur blankets, plush chairs and plenty of industrial low hanging lights. Cocktails are high up on the agenda so their offering is pretty strong, expect anything from gin & irn bru reduction (aptly named The Irn Maidon) to Bulleit Bourbon whiskey, Maraschino cherry liqueur, lemon, ginger beer & cherries. Our personal recommendation would have to be the Tokyo Drift, a sweet & sour combination of Roku gin, plum sake, yuzu, lemon, honey & egg white.
The menu shares some of the same dishes at The Anthologist so turning down the Salt & Szechuan pepper squid to try something new instead wasn't the easiest decision but the promise of Korean steak tacos with kimchi, beansprouts and beansprouts more than made up for that. We'd also recommend the burrata which we always love anyway but even more so when they're served up with pardon peppers. If fish is your thing we'd highly recommend the Sea bass with greens & beurre blanc, it's a more than generous portion of fish and only priced at £13.95 which is pretty reasonable compared to other fish dishes we've had in Manchester.
It's a great escape from city centre but with plenty of hustle and bustle so next time you're looking for somewhere with cocktails and pretty decent food in Manchester make sure you try it out.