I attended one of the sneak peek parties as press over the weekend at Newhall Refinery, located just across from the Pulchella Winery tasting room on Main street. The restaurant opened to the public at 4pm on May 28, no reservations needed.
The “Gastro Pub” menu was eclectic. Of the “small bites” I sampled the house BBQ chips, garlic/parsley fries and Crab Hush Puppies. The “big bites” I tried were the White Fish Croquettes and Shepherds’ Sliders. All excellent, reasonably priced (nothing over $9), and they promised even more additions by opening day. There was a full page of craft beers (I had a little sampler) and a few wines by the bottle or glass (a lot of us enjoyed the Justin Cabernet).
Owners Simon and Shannon Mee, also owners of the popular Egg Plantation, greeted guests (Shannon on crutches due to a recent food injury happily hobbled along) and kept things moving with General Manager Alex Mclaughlin (formerly the head waiter at Maru in the mall until they closed) and Executive Chef Cynthia Lara who is a graduate of our own College of the Canyons Culinary Arts Department under the tutelage of Chef Cindy Schwanke.
All in all, there wasn’t anything I didn’t like! Looking forward to gastro pubbing it again soon.
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