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The Refinery Bar

The Refinery Bar

Bar · South Bank
110 Southwark St, Southwark, Greater London, SE1 0TF, United Kingdom
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 9:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
£ £ £ £
Brunch, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

the refinery, located in the landmark blue fin building on southwark street, near to tate modern and in the heart of london's bankside, exudes an industrial sophistication and is a great spot any time of the day or night.


Based on 201 votes

People have mixed feelings about this place

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    Dominic G.
    "Burgers here are lush, and the Cocktails are excellent."(5 Tips)
    Beauty S.
    "£15 steak, lobster, fries and prosecco a great deal."(3 Tips)
    Will B.
    "the steak and lobster deal is great too!"(4 Tips)
    Chris H.
    "Wine is good, staff are nice, but too many..."(3 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • burgers
  • lobster
  • prosecco
  • steak
  • great value
  • pancakes
  • lively
  • coffee
  • french fries
  • trendy
  • brunch food
  • beer
  • friendly staff
  • lunch
  • crowded
  • eggs royale
  • noisy
  • takes reservations
  • dinner
  • Christine

    Food was great and the presentation was beautiful!

    Christine · 3 weeks ago
  • Mark M.

    Very loud, risotto was undercooked and salty, roast turkey was overcooked.

    Mark Mearing-Smith · December 16, 2015
  • Ramon N.

    If you are new to the southbank area, this is great first start, this place has character friendly staff, cool for pre-drinks and dates! 🍸🍹🍷🍺🍻

    Ramon Navarro · November 30, 2015
  • Matthew P.

    Great place for a drink but expect to reserve a table on busy nights!

    Matthew Priem · November 8, 2015
  • Vicky K.

    Great! ! :)

    Vicky Kontopoulou · November 1, 2015
  • Vasiliki K.

    Blueburry pancakes and eggs royal are great!

    Vasiliki Kourgiozou · November 1, 2015
  • Trystan

    Avoid. Full of desperados trying to turn it into an "it" place. The food is dreadful and the service is poor.

    Trystan · October 20, 2015
  • Lauren

    Distinctly mediocre.

    Lauren · October 8, 2015
  • Isha H.

    Slow service.. Disappointing

    Isha Hartono · October 3, 2015
  • Scott I.

    Made us all ill 😤

    Scott Ivell · September 8, 2015
  • James B.

    Typical city bar but inexpensive negroni's

    James Bates · September 6, 2015
  • Gus M.

    Came here for Sunday brunch. Very cool ambience. Menu was good and varied, food tasty but very small portions and very pricy for what you got. Decent coffee.

    Gus Munro · May 10, 2015
  • Aswin R.

    I came here last century. My order was taken 50 years ago and I am still waiting at the table for the food.

    Aswin Ram · March 1, 2015
  • Mela M.

    I went over 8 months ago. The food was a disaster. My pasta with ragù sauce was overcooked and gluey. The steak +"lobster" (more like a burnt prawn) was disgusting - we sent it back and got a refund

    Mela Mel · November 26, 2014
  • carolinec

    Pimm's in the summer, Aperol spritz for the rest of the year :)

    carolinec · October 6, 2014
  • Robert J.

    Great place, very cozy hang out spot

    Robert Jensen · September 13, 2014
  • carolinec

    Jugs of Pimm's and hot barmen

    carolinec · August 20, 2014
  • Stefan

    Check out the smallbread starters. They are delicious!

    Stefan · August 14, 2014
  • Wagner S.

    Read so many bad reviews about the service but great food. Just go there and ask about Adam. We(2 couples) just had there and have a wonderful night with very nice food. I would recommend for everybod

    Wagner Sartori junior · August 12, 2014
  • Jon D.

    Average food and terrible service. Took forever to place an order. Half of which arrived. Food was like warm and chewy. Try The Table over the road instead.

    Jon Davies · August 7, 2014
  • Emma D.

    Not great food unfortunately. Nice place for a drink though.

    Emma Disney-Cook · July 3, 2014
  • Hakan E.

    Nice place with friendly but slow staff

    Hakan Erkoyuncu · June 17, 2014
  • Louise T.

    Walked out after nobody could be bothered serving us in the restaurant. Don't bother.

    Louise Thomson · May 7, 2014
  • Beauty S.

    Nice buzzing atmosphere, even during lunch times. £15 steak, lobster, fries and prosecco a great deal.

    Beauty Soul · April 27, 2014
  • Richard B.

    Do not take the burger it is really tasteless

    Richard Borsboom · April 9, 2014
  • Sangeet L.

    Rubbish. 20 mins to get served. Just walked out. Don't bother.

    Sangeet Lee-Sarkar · November 15, 2013
  • Will B.

    love the refinery, the friendly staff & lovely manager megan! great outside area and coffee for morning meetings in the sunshine! the steak and lobster deal is great too!

    Will Breteau · September 2, 2013
  • Becci M.

    Don't come too thirsty- your wait for a drink, even on a quiet Sunday afternoon, will be a while

    Becci Marsden · July 14, 2013
  • LDJ

    Rules before customer, go next door to del Aziz, friendly and accommodating

    LDJ · May 23, 2013
  • Florent D.

    Return to the 90's : Very noisy but food is ok

    Florent Darrault · May 11, 2013
  • Volker B.

    Wifi pwd is therefinery

    Volker Ballueder · April 24, 2013
  • Toby S.

    Been here several times over the past few years and sadly the quality of the food has gone steadily downhill.

    Toby Schuster · April 14, 2013
  • John-Henry B.

    My son said "best burger I've ever tasted"

    John-Henry Barac · April 14, 2013
  • Chris H.

    Wine is good, staff are nice, but too many corporate tossers in the clientele

    Chris Haynes · February 21, 2013
  • Kukkii K.

    Mango mojito didn't taste much of mango.

    Kukkii Koppee · February 2, 2013
  • Hug C.

    Very noisy, but as (here) I have diner alone I don't really mind. I'm a regular customer and never been desapointed by the food ; I wouldn't say the same for the service...

    Hug Cha · January 15, 2013
  • Iain B.

    High hopes dashed. The service here is pretty slow and poor.

    Iain Blair · December 18, 2012
  • Valentina C.

    Chilled on a Sunday

    Valentina Covey · October 7, 2012
  • Jana

    Food was lovely but the service is pretty shocking - not a place to go if you're in any kind of a hurry

    Jana · August 31, 2012
  • Chris H.

    You'll wait 20mins to get served even if there's noone at the bar. Nice enough place though

    Chris Hastings-Spital · June 7, 2012
  • Jon R.

    Nice layout but the service particularly at lunchtime is appalling. Need more staff behind the bar.

    Jon Ruffell · May 18, 2012
  • Stefanie H.

    V cool restaurant & bar; try the self heal cocktail as its basically good for you!

    Stefanie Holt · March 2, 2012
  • Elisa A.

    Take the sirloin !

    Elisa Azogui · February 25, 2012
  • Lex P.

    Avoid on a Friday evening/night. The DJ thinks he's in a nightclub in Ibiza, and consequently it's ear-splittingly loud, making conversation utterly impossible and killing any decent atmosphere.

    Lex Plex · January 6, 2012
  • Marcelo B.

    The Stilton Fondue is incredible.

    Marcelo Barretto · November 19, 2011
  • Anna G.

    Oh dear. Refinery really let me down tonight. Bad food. Bad service. Part-refund helped but still tainted the evening.

    Anna Gawan · October 17, 2011
  • Simon L.

    Awful service!

    Simon Loxham · September 29, 2011
  • Martin G.

    Four staff behind the bar, only two "allowed to serve customers". WTF?

    Martin Greaves · September 14, 2011
  • Shaun @ TheTableCafe

    Done drinking daiquiri's and necking beers? The Table Cafe's right across the road open till 10.30pm for truly inspiring cooking.

    Shaun @ TheTableCafe · August 3, 2011
  • Dan H.

    order at the bar when busy, you'll be waiting a long time for a waitress ...

    Dan Hirst · July 26, 2011

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