From the masters of dialled-up drinks and plates that please, Drake & Morgan has done it again. Located just off Fetter Lane in the secluded New Street Square, The Refinery New Street Square with its contemporary bar, stylish restaurant and sun-trap terrace – complete with al fresco pop-up Peroni bar – is the City’s latest hotspot for clinking, drinking and dining.
IN THE GLASS
From Monday-Friday, find Drake & Morgan’s masters of mixology shaking and stirring a collection of globally-inspired concoctions. Choose from classics such as the Old Fashioned or Pisco Sour, or indulge in something a little more creative like the Candy Shop (Tanqueray gin, rhubarb & custard liqueur and lemon).
Experience something new at the al fresco pop-up Peroni Ahmbra bar this summer. Peroni Ambra is a real thirst-quencher combining the refreshing Peroni Nastro Azzurro with the sharpness of chinotto – a rare, Italian citrus fruit – and is served over ice. This is the place to escape the everyday; kick back and soak up some rays whilst watching the world go by.
Gluttons for the grape can enjoy bottles from some of the best vineyards in the world while bubbles come in the form of champagne, prosecco and English sparklers. There’s also craft brews like English Hawkes Urban Orchard and Goose Island Honkers Ale and zero proof mocktails – the Black Magic is a study in the dark art of experimental cocktail-making – a concoction of beetroot juice, honey, lime and activated charcoal – Instagram it quick before it disappears!
ON THE PLATE
Whether you’re popping in for a business breakfast, speedy lunch or relaxing dinner, The Refinery New Street Square’s seasonal all-day menus promise to please. Early risers can start with a fuel injection of London Calling coffee, vitamin-rich smoothies or freshly-pressed juices whilst tucking into saffron baked eggs in tomato sauce with chorizo and piquillo peppers; a vibrant breakfast quinoa bowl with spinach, avocado and poached egg; or a full English with plenty of toast.
For the main event, focus is given to stylish small plates and larger comfort dishes. Enjoy broad bean and ricotta on toast; crispy squid with lemon mayonnaise; or a homemade scotch egg with fiery chorizo and smoked paprika mayonnaise. Substantial mains include a half-roasted lemon chicken with herby chimichurri sauce; pea and lemon risotto with creamy mascarpone; rare beef steak sandwich on toasted sourdough with horseradish mayonnaise and truffle oil dressing; and smoked chicken salad with avocado, mango and cashew nuts.
Sharing boards, perfect for catch-ups over cocktails or private events, include Middle Eastern-style mezze; seasonal charcuterie; and crispy duck flatbread with cucumber, spring onion and hoisin.
Not forgetting dessert, choose from Eton mess with meringue, strawberries, cream and mint; knickerbocker glory with salted caramel ice cream, plum, honeycomb, cream and almonds; or lemon tart with crème fraiche.