The Drake & Morgan Collection have opened their second The Refinery venue at Regents Place, London offering diners and drinkers alike the ideal destination to relax, meet and enjoy fresh, British dishes.
The Refinery’s all-day menu is crafted by the brands executive chef Robert Mitchell and has been inspired by the latest trends, in London and across the globe. All of the dishes combine tasty, seasonal produce and provide a relaxing backdrop for diners to grab a quick pastry and hot drink on the run, a long lunch for business or leisure, or dinner with friends, family or colleagues.
To find out more about the project Premier Hospitality caught up with Sam Smith from Fusion DNA. Designer Sam commented:
“The Refinery at Regent’s Place has all of the key Drake & Morgan traits; an open kitchen, abundant product displays and all the little touches that mark the signature of all Drake & Morgan sites.
“With tones of leather ranging from warm caramel through to rich tan and deep mocha, and enveloping sofas and armchairs draped with natural sheepskins and hides The Refinery at Regent’s Place offers the perfect place to curl up and get cozy with a glass of your favourite tipple.”
Sam explained that the simplicity of the interior design scheme at Regent’s Place was led by the simplicity of the space. The venue comprises a simple glass box with a single wall, floor and ceiling; meaning this was all the team had to make a statement and create an ambience.
The interior of The Refinery contains a warm tonal palette of colours which have been inspired by the idea of cosy Alpine lodges nestled in rugged mountainous landscapes. Urban cast concrete and blackened mild steel have been positioned alongside warm blush tones of natural Elm, dark fumed Oak and reclaimed bricks to create a welcoming space in which to spend time unwinding, in the heart of an urban high rise backdrop.
Solid oak sleepers stacked up to form the bar and kitchen counters create a hive of activity within the double height glazed space.
Rich metallic tones of antique brass and patinated copper compliment the natural timbers and add a touch of elegance to the detailing of the double height back bar which is packed to the rafters with wine and spirits from across the world. As well as this a carefully curated collection of homewares can also be found around the venue.
The use of warm white neon against industrial mild steel and cast concrete adds a playful edge to the signage and ensures that The Refinery is easily spotted from across the square within Regent’s Place, where the fully opening shopfront spills outside onto the simple yet impactful terrace.
The luxurious terrace comprises comfy armchairs, abundant potted plants, warm blankets and flickering candles, again adding to the cosy, comforting feel of the venue.
To complete the picture the furniture and touches play a very important part in the overall look and feel of the scheme, adding a finish of luxury to the warm, textured space.
An Artful Life is a small interior design & online contemporary homeware shop, offering sourcing and styling for commercial venues. Working on The Refinery, An Artful Life proposed and styled all the finishing touches on the project, from art prints and bric-a-brac to planting containers and more. Most of the items that were provided by An Artful Life can be seen on the shelving display on the venue’s back bar, as well as on the 1st floor corridor.
As an interior architect, who previously designed many of the Drake & Morgan venues that have come before, Kate Whitfield of An Artful Life was able to perfectly understand the concept from the mood boards and visuals to source the correct look.
“It was fantastic to play a different part in the Drake & Morgan offering, which continues to be at the forefront of London bar & restaurant design.”