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The Refuge by Volta

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Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

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About
A major success story on the Manchester food and drink scene with Electrik and Volta, Justin Crawford and Luke Cowdrey, aka The Unabombers, have joined forces with The Principal Hotel to curate the Refuge Dining Room & Public Bar creating a menu inspired by their global DJing trips with a range of small and large plates perfect for sharing.
PRICE RANGE
$32 - $51
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
International, European, British, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lamb rump with truffled lardo and the salted caramel panna cotta were the highlights. Bit pricey but worth it.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank francismidd
RefugeGM, General Manager at The Refuge by Volta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi francismidd, Thanks for the review and glad to hear you enjoyed the food and were well looked after. We look forward to having you back again soon, Warm regards, Mark Clinton Refuge General Manager

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went in for something to eat and was told the only thing we could order was a Sunday roast, fine but at £39 a head we felt was a bit steep. We decided to stay for a drink, which was also a bit pricey,...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank bubblie61
RefugeGM, General Manager at The Refuge by Volta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

hi bubblie61, Thanks for taking the time to review your recent visit. On a Sunday, we serve our Sunday Roast menu all day. The £39 you mention is our iconic Sunday Roast Platter which is for two people - sorry this confused you! For £39...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic place. Amazing building, decor and vibe. Great staff who were attentive without ever being over the top. The food was beyond good. Such great flavours and so many options to choose from even with a dairy and nut allergy. Our waiter knew which dishes...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank SalisburyWilson
RefugeGM, General Manager at The Refuge by Volta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi SalisburyWilson, Thanks so much for your review and very kind words. I'm glad to hear you were well looked after by our team and you enjoyed the food. It's great that you were able to choose from a few options that suited your dietaries...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited pre concert. Atmosphere was fab with all age groups enjoying a Saturday evening. The food was first class, would recommend spicy lamb flatbread and chick pea curry. Well worth a visit

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Tattie2222
RefugeGM, General Manager at The Refuge by Volta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Tattie2222, Thanks for the review and glad to hear you enjoyed our Saturday evening vibes. Hope the concert was a great night out too, See you soon, Mark Clinton General Manager The Refuge by Volta

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are here on a Saturday evening and the atmosphere was great. Being two ladies of a certain age we were slightly overwhelmed by the noise but we quickly embraced it and had a wonderful time. Our server, Tom, was attentive and explained the menu...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank wendy49_11
RefugeGM, General Manager at The Refuge by Volta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi wendy49_11, Thanks for the review and your kind words - particularly about Tom. We will ensure he receives due praise and recognition. Hope to welcome you back again very soon, Warm regards, Mark Clinton General Manager The Refuge by Volta

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tastiest Sunday roast I've had in Manchester. A little pricey, but worth it. Beautiful setting - perfect for a date or for a special occasion. We went at 6pm on Sunday and there was fairly loud music from the bar area.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Hannargh
RefugeGM, General Manager at The Refuge by Volta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey Hannargh, Thanks for the 5* review, very kind. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit - it sounds like you were here over one of our infamous Bank Holiday Weekender parties where we celebrate with DJ's inside, outside and downstairs in our basement...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walking from St Peters Square to our hotel on Oxford road we came across The Refuge. Stunning interior, great staff, fab atmosphere and overall chilled vibes with a bottle of wine. Plenty of seating and nice little courtyard for smokingMore

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank fionawillcox90
RefugeGM, General Manager at The Refuge by Volta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi fionawillcox90, Thanks for taking the time to review your recent visit on your way to your hotel. Next time, join us in The Principal Hotel to make that walk to bed that little bit closer! Warm regards, Mark Clinton General Manager The Refuge by...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful building and very Instagram friendly. We came for the Sunday roast which surely lived up to its name. The place is not as posh as you might imagine when seeing pictures from here and it's very child friendly. Our waiter gave a nice personal...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank DR1910
RefugeGM, General Manager at The Refuge by Volta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey DR1910, Thanks for the review and glad you loved our equally beautiful building and iconic Sunday Roast Platter. Great to hear your waiter looked after you too, Thanks again, Mark Clinton General Manager The Refuge by Volta

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am celebrating a big birthday in May, yep 21 or is that 60! To make it a year to remember I decided it would be great if I did 60 different things between 1st January and 31st December. These can be really simple things...More

Date of visit: April 2019
1  Thank MDKlancashire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only had one drink before dinner. If we had not been booked in elsewhere we would have stayed to eat as it looks divine. Busy bar area but so big that there always appears to be a space available.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Essa21
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Jenny W
January 22, 2019|
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Response from RefugeGM | Property representative |
Hi there, We do not serve Halal meat, however we have a super strong Vegan and vegetarian offering which we consistently work to increase the quantity of. I hope this helps, and we can welcome you to The Refuge very... More
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Benson87
November 15, 2018|
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Response from Heavy_Passport | Reviewed this property |
Is also a restaurant
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chrismP2862YT
April 27, 2018|
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Response from Angus_Plum | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it didn't seem that fancy.
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