The Refuge by Volta

4.8
224 reviews
£25 and under
Global, International
From small plates to a Sunday roast, Volta’s travels inspire our globally influenced Dining Room menus. An informal, but informed setting for a weekly catch-up or a gathering of your nearest and dearest. Sleeves up, dig in.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 224 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DeniseH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Sunday lunch menu but evening session. Portions generous, with lots of side options. Unfortunately the roast beef was inedible, the waitress was excellent and on checking how meal was, very quickly replaced with another option. Champagne cocktail flat but again very quickly replaced. Dessert of sticky toffee pudding with miso was delicious. Good choice of wine by the carafe. The building and interior are spectacular and each member of staff that served us were honestly excellent. That made up for the disappointment with the beef!
Would be lovely place just for drinks!

EM
EvieM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great setting! Would definitely recommend!

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EilisE
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!
Waited 45 mins for food which wasn’t a problem at all we were happy to wait and were compensated with 2 free drinks!! Thank you so much

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GrahamL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best Sunday Lunch around!! Refuge never fails to impress. Still full the day after, amazing place, people, wine & food.

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2108
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server was a lovely girl, she was very patient with us as we kept talking catching up, so wasn't ready to order straight away but our server was understanding, very polite and friendly.
Thanks a lot! :)

MB
MichalaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and Service. Would definitely go back and recommend to others.

TK
TraceyK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really nice bar never been before would definately return again. We were sat in ten of comfy sofas really
Nice. Toilets were very clean and trendy, good device the tripe cooked chips were delicious

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LexyS
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Decor is great really relaxed. Food was fantastic really tasty some great flavours. Definitely recommend.

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Whatadelight
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday lunch out. It’s our second visit to The Refuge, the last being just before lockdown. On both occasions we wouldn’t be able to fault it. The staff are so attentive and friendly.. the food is amazing and the building is beautiful. We would definitely recommend a visit, we will booking again soon. An added bonus that we discovered yesterday.. you can take your dog!

WL
WriteLeeSo
Hertfordshire
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We struggled to get a table and had to settled for lunch rather than the evening table we initially wanted but were so pleased we decided to alter our plans. We soon understood why tables here are like gold dust - our lunch was a real treat in a wonderful setting. The building is certainly very beautiful - Victorian grandeur in all its glory. The food too was extremely tasty, beautifully cooked and presented. The menu is not huge but a wide enough range of options to suit our varied tastes. Our service was second to none - it is a long time since we've had a waiter who was attentive without being intrusive - he certainly didn't suffer from the selective blindness that seems so common in restaurants today - and was always on hand when we needed him. He was knowledgeable about the menu and courteous and pleasant to deal with (just wish we'd caught his name to acknowledge him personally). Such a great experience and we would love to visit again - if we can get a table!

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CS2021
Manchester
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was great and they were really accommodating. Also dog friendly, and they fussed over my puppy who loved it there too 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing service!! Wish they had a little bit more vegan options, other than that I enjoyed my night

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FluerS
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such lovely service! Food was delicious -had a variety of vegetable dishes! Beautiful

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CameronM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Atmosphere was very poor left after 1 drink due to it being like an airport waiting area. Music was terrible like a doctors waiting room. Never had a bad word to say before yesterday love the place but it was well below average!

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MarieL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food. The sirloin was cooked to perfection. Each single dish was full of flavors and perfectly balanced.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and vibe.

FJ
FairerJ
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful building, atmosphere and food. The staff were delightful and made the place special.

GB
GraceB
Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always one of my favourite bites in the city, set in a stunning environment. Was itching to try their new menu and it didn’t disappoint. Lamb shawarma was banging!

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Really nice place, service just needs sprucing up

AL
AndyL
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Excellent food. I highly recommend this venue. Thank you.

JT
JT87
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really pleasant experience from start to finish! Our server was fantastic and really welcoming. Can't fault anything.

If I had to be REALLY picky - I'd say for the Sunday roast sharer it would be good if you offered to carve the half chicken for your diners. I don't really like wrestling half a carcass with a dinner knife at the table... But that was really really minor!

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PeterM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best food round town great service and covid freondly

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Natalie
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Sunday roast. Not the most affordable but definitely get what you pay for. Couldn’t finish but top quality!

CM
ChloeM
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great as little cold for me personally. Could do with better knifes for the meat.

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saucy
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My only small complaint would be the size of the small plates. Not small at all and over ordered as a consequence..

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Really well looked after.

GJ
GavinJ
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food, nice drinks, friendly staff but some of the food was too salty. Overall good experience though.

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AmyH
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the restaurant as part of our stay at the kimpton clock tower hotel!
The ambience and surroundings are amazing and it is very relaxed and a great atmosphere:m. The service was great and all staff were very attentive! The food we had was delicious and was nice to be able to sample a range of dishes. Would definitely recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Quick service but menu choices very poor... didn’t stay

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Rosie26
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service, the interior of the building is beautiful. Every dish was tasty and sharing plates were perfect for our group. We will definitely be returning!

JM
JaneM
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A really lovely lunch, spoiled somewhat by a small yappy dog. Will return, nonetheless.

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ktswin
Manchester
11 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was amazing. She was helpful, pleasant and just the right amount of attentive. We had a lovely relaxed evening

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1/6/21 exceplent

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vipcarolineh
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very large with a poor service management. Food very good. Cocktails overpriced

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Johnson
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmospheres, lovely host. Perfect birthday meal out.

LE
LucyE
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars all round - great food and great service !

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SianE
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glorious Sunday roast platter!! Perfect place for date night!

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Michaeldean68
Manchester
15 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time taking our mother we've been before she loved all of it she will return

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XanderJay
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I couldn’t fault a thing! Perfect Sunday Roast, amazing service and a gorgeous venue!

FAQs

The Refuge by Volta is rated 4.8 stars by 224 OpenTable diners.

The Refuge by Volta does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://refugemcr.skchase.com/vouchers.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.