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0.6 miles from Science and Industry Museum
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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.
US$35 - US$55
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
International, European, British, Contemporary
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited Refuge for the first time in October of 2020 - and my goodness we couldn’t wait to return when restaurants were able to open again! Their food and service is just incredible. The new outdoor dining area kept us warm throughout the night,...More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 1 November 2020 via mobile

Honestly can’t remember ever having a better roast. We opted for the sharing trio and it was all amazing, the meat and the veg. Will definitely be back.

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 31 October 2020 via mobile

The only place in Manchester to get a consistently good Sunday Roast. Every time is fantastic, we were served by Megan on the 18th and she was incredible. So knowledgeable and a credit to the company. Once again the food was exceptional, will be back.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 25 October 2020

We visited last Sunday for brunch and this Sunday for a roast - can't get enough of this place! Food is unreal - honestly best vegan roast I tried! Décor is beautiful but cosy, not pretentious and I can't thank you enough for being so...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 22 October 2020

Amazing food, staff and wine. As always the food here is delicious. The steak is so tasty and the cocktails are great. Order loads between you and just try a bit of everything!

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 21 October 2020

From the offset, refuge is so friendly and welcoming, the host who seated me was very friendly and made sure that everything that needed to be was explained, the cocktail I had, made by Maria, was absolutely wonderful and so flavourful, Champa gave me excellent...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 11 October 2020 via mobile

Sensational! Wow, wow wow!!! We cannot express enough how perfect this place is. The decor throughout is stunning and very classy. We particularly enjoyed the winter garden area. The food is incredible. The flavours so fantastic and the choices were varied. We loved the ox...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 10 October 2020 via mobile

First visit since Covid and very happy that these guys are back open. Lovely food, lovely service and very relaxed setting. We really enjoyed the tasty food and delicious Pinot Grigo. Our waitress Champy (sorry if it is spelt wrong), was a delight and very...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 10 October 2020 via mobile

The roast dinner platter for two was really tasty and came with more than enough food for two. The roast potatoes were crispy and beef cooked to perfection. The chicken was slightly dry and could have done with more gravy. We wanted to get cauliflower...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 9 October 2020 via mobile

If you're in Manchester this is a place you absolutely MUST TRY! Beautiful architecture, great music, delicious food and the nicest staff ever! Thank you Tom for taking the best possible care of us - you're star!!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Olivia S
15 September 2020|
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Response from steve m | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there is no limit of age eating food.
16 July 2019|
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Response from Mark C | Property representative |
Hi Liliana B, Drop us a line on 0161 233 5151 and we can answer all your questions for you, Very best, Mark Clinton General Manager Refuge by Volta
21 June 2019|
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Response from 433darrent | Reviewed this property |
Not particularly loud during the early evening. I haven’t eaten there later in the night though
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  • The Refuge by Volta is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 3.5