Newhall Refinery: Open!

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.

center of the actionThe interior is flawlessly laid out (friend Kelly A. told me to get a seat at the “Chef’s Counter” to watch the action and I was not disappointed), great wood accents and plenty of seating.

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 sampler

All in all, there wasn’t anything I didn’t like!  Looking forward to gastro pubbing it again soon.

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2 thoughts on “Newhall Refinery: Open!

  1. Eve….thank you for reminding me that NEWHALL REFINERY is opening. And a BIG THANK YOU for putting together the Wine-Food pairing at VALENCIA WINE COMPANY. Such a fun evening. With you promoting inclusion in the Culinary Arts Campaign, we will be able to close out our fund-raising efforts within the year.

    1. You’re welcome Diana, it’s my pleasure. Maybe we can do a beer-tasting Culinary Arts Campaign fundraiser at Newhall Refinery or our new Wolf Creek Brewery that opened a couple of weeks ago!

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