A rainy Sunday in Manchester isn’t a rarity, but finding a cosy nook to have a top notch Sunday dinner is. With Manchester containing a plethora of bars and restaurants, with new places popping up all of the time, it’s very rare to find a place that gives that warm and cosy feeling without making you feel like you are being rushed. With a rise in ‘hot desking’ and finding a comfortable spot to work away from the office or home, The Refinery in Spinningfields has captured the essence of hygge whilst serving delicious food and amazing cocktails. I visited one rainy Sunday and I was reluctant to leave.
The Refinery has taken a trendy bar, an open plan kitchen and the comforts of a lounge to create a modern, relaxing space that wouldn’t look out of place on a Pinterest mood board. With a Scandinavian vibe using plush sheepskins, and relaxed lighting from ultra modern lamps and candlesticks, the whole vibe of The Refinery is that of comfort and feeling at home. Dining with Keeley from Phat Cupcake, we had our Sunday dinner in the lounge. Sitting on sumptuous couches, at a copper table with a marble top, it’s probably the most blogger-esque place that I’ve visited.
Having planned a long lazy grazing day whilst we caught up on all the gossip and what life has had to throw at us recently, I started with a hazelnut latte made with soy milk before trying a Monkey Business smoothie. Banana, pear, ginger, almond milk and maple syrup make this a truly delightful drink to the palette. Thick and creamy, without any dairy, it’s nice for someone like myself with a intolerance to dairy to be able to choose something off the menu with ease.
A Sunday dinner was the only thing on my mind, with the beef option jumping out to me straight away. I also asked for pigs in blankets which do come with the chicken dinner which they gladly obliged. It’s a long time until Christmas and I do love a pig in blanket. I was not expecting the sheer size of the food that was presented to me. A case of my eyes being bigger than my belly, I did wish that I hadn’t had a smoothie as I was lacking in room. I like to leave an empty plate so I did my utmost best to demolish the thick and juicy slices of beef which were cooked to a medium rare perfection. With roast potatoes that melted in the middle, and a delicious selection of vegetable including roast parsnips, carrots, broccoli and red cabbage, it was a very good rival to my Nanna’s Sunday dinner. Gravy, horseradish and Yorkshire pudding that were as big as your head, it really was the epitome of Sunday lunch.
It doesn’t matter how much you eat, you can always make room for dessert, and my choice was Pecan Tart. As I was so full, I really didn’t make the most of it and left at least half. For what I did eat, it was good however it was slightly burnt however the inside was moist and gooey with chunky pieces of caramalised pecan in a soft shortcrust pastry casing.
Finishing the luxurious lounging, a cocktail was in order. It was Sunday after all. The Tiki Punch cocktail was served over ice in a copper tiki cup which was very Instagrammable. The only downside to tiki cups however is they freeze your hands with the amount of ice. Sat curled up on the deluxe couch, I could have been mistaken for being in my own home. Good food, great company and opulent surroundings make The Refinery something very special.
Once I’m back on my feet, I feel like The Refinery will be a place where I will be spending plenty of time with my laptop and a warming latte or even a bottle of red whilst I catch up with friends and get some work done. It’s surprising how much more motivated you are to do work when you’re not in the house.
Once the weather is a bit better I’ll be looking forward to sitting outside on the terrace with the sheepskin furs for comfort and the additional blankets to keep warm in this questionable UK weather that we have. If you are local to Manchester, I really do recommend that you call in, if not for a Sunday roast but to experience the homely feel that The Refinery has to offer. You can also read Keeley’s review and she her thoughts on The Refinery.
*Meal provided in return for review however my opinions are 100% my own.