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The Refuge by Volta


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Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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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$32 - US$52
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
International, European, British, Contemporary
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed yesterday

We were staying at the Principal hotel overnight and decide to give Refuge a go for dinner. Absolutely love the surroundings and you made to feel very welcome by the staff. The menu was explained to us and they advise 3 to 4 small plates...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Wildy1964
Reviewed 3 days ago

Went for a pre-theatre meal and was really impressed. Did the 'introduction to the Refuge' option which is 6 large tapas like plates plus carafe of wine and only £45 for 2 people. The food was excellent, every mouthful was first rate. Has a buzz...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank AliD39
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were excited to arrive here as the building has been spectacularly renovated. We were well looked after to start but as our food was served, a few dishes were incorrect. We needed to call staff over in order to return one and ask for...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Navigate628772
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went pre palace theatre. Beautiful setting of this new hotel. Waiter was friendly, chatty, and advised on some decent choices. We had chicken, pork, beetroot, fattoush. Rose wine also great and complemented the food. A mix of Lebanese, Mediterranean, modern mixture of tastes. The...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Sensiblevisits
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a glorious building and fab food. Went as a couple for lunch pre theatre and what a total delight. The conversion is totally stunning. We walked into the restaurant greeted and shown to our table Service was professional and friendly without being pushy. Waitress...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank smh111
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was great to see and old building lovingly transformed into this amazing bar and restaurant. We were met at the entrance by very welcoming staff who pointed us in the direction of the bar ... we entered this large, open, wonderful space with its...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Sally b
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve had an out-of-this-world experience with my partner, as we walked in I’ve felt like I’ve travelled back in time. The food was outstanding, the staff was friendly and professional and on top of that I’ve found Elemis toiletries in the toilet, which is my...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank gulish1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place, visited again on Saturday, late afternoon with the wife for a few drinks after a days shopping. Great atmosphere, great drinks and amazing building. We could sit there for hours (didn't leave for 3hrs, only planned on stopping for 1 drink) The...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank daytripper8150
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A converted huge insurance victoria hall with a large bar, big restaurant and glazed atrium for coffees and teas. Loads of room and professional and quick staff. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Bradgatebunch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a really lovely meal here with my friend and her boyfriend. They were doing a January offer of 6 Voltini (small dishes) for £30 for 2 people. It was a set option but lots of choice. We ordered a few addition dishes to have...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Jenny W
22 January 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
15 November 2018|
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Response from Heavy_Passport | Reviewed this property |
Is also a restaurant
27 April 2018|
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Response from Angus_Plum | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it didn't seem that fancy.
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