Review: Brunch at the Refinery Bar

By tikichris Last edited 105 months ago
Review: Brunch at the Refinery Bar

Photography courtesy of the Refinery Bar

Shiny and pedestrian Canvey Street is starting to have all the hallmarks of a true foodie rendezvous. As mentioned on a few occasions, Tsuru offers top notch Nippon nosh, and the Canvey Street location of Del’Aziz is just as pleasant as the recently opened Bermondsey Square Del’Aziz. We’re happy to attest that the Refinery Bar offers yet another reason to eat at Canvey Street.

Invited to sample the Refinery’s brunch, Londonist sidled in on Saturday for to peruse and abuse the midday menu. Good stuff! The eggs Benedict with ham, spinach and hollandaise sauce (£7.95) was hugely satisfying (as well as satisfying huge) while the baked three egg omelette with sun ripened tomatoes, mushrooms and English cheddar

(served in its own skillet for £6.95) was as scrummy a brekkie treat as we’ve had in quite awhile. A massive order of homemade potato wedges with creamed paprika mayonnaise and chives (£4.50) on the side was a delicious addition to our brunch too. Coffees were aptly prepared (the Refinery uses Illy coffee) if expensive - a double espresso will set you back £2.75.

The space itself is huge and gorgeous - stylish in a casual and eclectic sort of way with a mix match of designer chairs and furnishings (with plenty of outdoor seating as well). Music during our visit veered from smooth jazz (blech) to fun little indie rock diddies. We reckon one of the staff’s iPod was on shuffle. Service was friendly and prompt (but it must be noted that they were expecting us). No complaints. Brunch at the Refinery brunch is served midweek and from 10am-2pm on Saturday and from 12pm - 2pm on Sunday.

The Refinery Bar is located at 110 Southward Street, SE1 0TF. Visit for info about booking etc.

Last Updated 03 August 2009

Tom Williams

Ham and Spinach on the Eggs B!? Slightly heretical in my eyes but it might yet be worth a taste.

Do they have a time limit on the brunch service? I can't abide anywhere that insists I get up a moment before I want to on a Saturday.


It seems their policy on brunch may have changed since this review was written. I rocked up there today (Sunday) at 12.30 to be handed the standard menu. I asked for the brunch menu, mentioning that I understood brunch was served between 12-2.

My order was taken, then the waitress came back to say the kitchen was not doing brunch anymore, it was too late in the eday. I asked when brunch happened, as I'd seen a website stating it happens between 12-2 on a Sunday. "Sometimes, mostly just on weekdays" was the response.

We will go back there, as it had a good vibe and the main menu was decent. Just not for brunch, which was the entire point. Oh well.