The Refinery + Well Street Kitchen
A Saturday morning that goes deep; into thighs and pancakes.
START: The Refinery, 14 Collent Street, The Basement, The Ceramic Works, E9 6SG, London.
FINISH: Well Street Kitchen, 203 Well Street, E9 6QU, London.
TUBE: Homerton / Hackney Central.
THE WORKOUT: Ballet Rebels: Buns and Guns at 11am with Ruben. All the classes at Refinery are FUN, FUN, FUN! At least according to the website. But don’t be surprised if they live up to this description. This intense ballet inspired barre class is designed to firm, sculpt and shape all over with particular focus on your arms, thighs and bum and having a good time. Class begins with an epic playlist and warming up at the bar with classical ballet exercises. Later in the workout you move on to working with light hand weights, resistance bands and Pilates balls to up the burn factor and increase the intensity. Ruben is a pro on the barre; bringing huge energy and keeping class on top of form whilst performing the moves. This one is a really effective workout that gets deep into muscles you haven’t used for a while (your inner and outer thigh muscles, calves and arms will be crying out for rest). Leave the workout feeling strong, confident and perkier (energetically and physically) than when you first walked in.
THE FOOD: Well Street Kitchen is just around the corner and the friendly local brunch cafe you’ve been dreaming about. Apart from finding all the Homerton locals packing out the place, you’ll find friendly staff and delicious, original food. On the menu you’ll find brunch classics we all love but with a creative twist. For example you can get avocado with poached eggs on toast but they’re also serve with a hemp seed ricotta, blood orange and elder-flower salad. Baked eggs come with asaparagus, garlic and labneh, with a chance to add chorizo too. Salmon and eggs is reinvented into an utterly delicious concoction of house-cured salmon on a corn fritter with feta and poached eggs. If you need a bit of waking up post work-out then the BBQ pork tortillas served with siracha spiced scrambled eggs and salsa will give you the kick you need. The pork meat is sweet, tender and not at all fatty. For those without a penchant for eggs then the chorizo and avocado brioche bap or the bircher muesli laced with pistachios, gooseberries and cherries are lighter options which do not sacrifice on flavour. Rotating weekly specials also appear on the menu and are made according to what’s best in season. Think brunch-time treats like pikelets with sage butter mushrooms and gloriously sunny egg, cinnamon brioche french toast with bacon and maple syrup or fruit compote and pistachio pancakes. Make sure to order a freshly squeezed orange juice to wash it all down with. They also serve tea in a builder’s mug measurement which we found extremely comforting (if you’re a Brit who lives abroad then coming back here is sure to make you feel at home!)
FYI: If you ever want to come back in the evening, these guys also host occasional dinner menus and pop up evenings run by guest chefs, from Ghanaian tapas to Sicilian tasting menus.
THE PRICE: The Refinery drop-in £12-16 depending on the length of the class. First timers drop-in £5. Well Street Kitchen: Avocado with poached eggs £9, Baked eggs £9, extra chorizo £1.5, Salmon, corn fritter with eggs £9.5, BBQ pork tortillas £9. Chorizo-avocado bap £6, Bircher Muesli £5.5. Drinks: Flat white £2.5, Americano £2.2, Mug of builder’s tea £1, fresh orange juice £2.6. Booze: Bloody Mary (Bacon) cocktail £5.5, Prosecco £6, Mimosa £6, Aperol Spritz £6.
BEST FOR: A Saturday workout and brunch that Marie Kondo would be proud of. In short, it brings joy.
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