The Refuge by Volta

4.8
97 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 97 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LizW
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food and wouldn’t even notice you were outside as the canopy is huge with lots of heaters.

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JoeF
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, food & drink. Exactly what you'd expect from The Refuge.
Outside set up has been done very well. Blankets available on request & heaters dotted all around.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding!!

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Ryan
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & fantastic service. Also loved the outside layout at the moment.

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Hanna
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Favourite place in Manchester 100%. Every plate was delicious, the venue is gorgeous and staff were lovely as per, Bit cold at the back of the terrace compared to walking through it but can’t really blame the Refuge for the cold in May.

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FoodieTS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and services, booked again already for a Sunday roast in June

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, amazing food and drinks :) staff were so attentive and friendly! Really lovely place, we will definitely return :)

SM
SophieM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from a lovely team, great food.

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DavidW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, extensive choice and fantastic cocktail menu

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JohnV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We turned up at Refuge during a hailstorm, which would be disastrous at almost any other outdoor venue but not here.
Refuge is perfect for all weather, there were heaters dotted all over and a fantastic expansive canopy that saved us all from the horrific weather outside. There were even additional blankets on hand for those not dressed for the weather!
The beer selection and cocktails are everything you could want but the food is the real star of the show. Highly recommend ordering the Hummus with toasted almonds, the Ox Cheek and the Cod croquettes in particular but everything I saw people ordering looked great to be honest!

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ChloeM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Will definitely be back!

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vipAnon
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a tad pricey but the food was delicious, new outdoor area is very pretty and the blankets were appreciated on a miserable day. Very friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic - pouring down and was still dry outdoor.food was excellent and pudding recommendation was worth it for - the best sticky toffee pudding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a raining day and the service was amazing All staff where really friendly and accommodating and provided blankets for all.
The food is outstanding can tell it was freshly made.
I suggest having 4-5 of sharing with food with one other person.

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RachelW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience3

Excellent food, great service and and a beautiful outdoor seating area.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite possibly the best roast dinner I’ve ever had! Thank you!

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RachaelN
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, drinks and service! We had a lovely time and will definitely go again!

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EsmeC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, food, service and drinks all amazing, wonderful atmosphere

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TRICIAf
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Staff lovely and very helpful great outdoor eating area with heaters and blankets loved it will definitely be back 😀

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous xxx

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Jeff
Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food atmosphere and service!!!

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AR113
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and vibe - outdoor covered with heaters and blankets. The staff were fantastic. Would highly recommend!

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SusanG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful place, ambience and decoration was pleasant. The staff were friendly and efficient. Will definitely be back soon.

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Becca
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff and great cocktails! Would visit again :)

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JazzN
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks, great service and ambiance!

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Olivia
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted with a smile and great service through out the lunch. Beyond happy with the super tasty selection of plant based dishes –I never thought I’d eat a salad that leaves me wanting more!

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Jacob
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food, warm heaters outside, covered outside area, nice service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience1

I was quite disappointed as the reason that I booked this space for my boyfriends birthday was because of the covering and heaters. I even called before and the staff reassured me that heaters reached all of the tables. When we arrived we were seated at the back of the space where there were no heaters and the staff informed us that the gas heaters that were there weren’t working. We asked to move and they could not accommodate this. Obviously I know it is outdoor seating and that it wasn’t going to be like sitting indoors however I wouldn’t have booked the refuge if I’d have known that the heaters were not working. The food on the whole was good however my boyfriend is coeliac and the only meat options that were gluten free were the pork chop or the steak. He ordered the pork chop and for £19 it really wasn’t worth it. I really won’t be coming back any time soon.

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StephenN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great, except that they don't know how to serve an affogato. Mine arrived with the coffee already poured over the ice cream, which had largely melted as a result. It's a simple dessert where the ice cream should arrive frozen to the bottom of the dish, so it doesn't float when the diner pours the coffee.

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VickyW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The outside space has been very nicely done. Plenty of heaters and blankets. The food was delicious although it was difficult to decide what to have and we ended up with some random combinations. Service was excellent.

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Tara
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely everything was lovely, food, atmosphere, service. Heaters located for every table!

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Charles
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon for drinks & some food. Great atmosphere, staff couldn’t do enough for us. I would definitely visit again!

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vipSusieM
Manchester
41 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a lovely treat at Refuge by Volta for the first week of outdoor dining! Lovely setting, with heaters and blankets, and beautifully decorated to feel special. Great choice of food and fantastic cocktails. Service was great too!

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and the atmosphere was lovely. Staff were so friendly, will definitely visit again!

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AmyP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of my fav spots in Manchester. Amazing building both inside and outside (current covid guidelines). Food is amazing and there's plenty of choice to go at! Staff are all super helpful and friendly.

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DOio
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good place with amazing food and friendly staff.

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Yamato
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautifully simple, modest lunch and the perfect start to the week :)

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely staff and atmosphere, would absolutely go here again. The food was also super prompt, fresh and delicious! On the upper end of mine and my partners budget (special occasion!) but the food was great value and absolutely fit the vibe. It also wasn’t even that expensive, we just have to be a bit frugal sometimes! Portion sizes were good too which is always a plus.

Highly recommend the chicken wings and my partner recommends the lamb. 💕

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Chloe
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Refuge on Sunday with my boyfriend to try one of their famous Sunday roasts. We were seated in the courtyard due to covid restrictions, but there were plenty of heaters as well as blankets provided for each table, so we didn't feel like we were even outside. The service was great from start to finish and the food was amazing!

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ClaireB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Sadly the outside experience at the Refuge was disappointing. It was extremely cold, very little heat from the heaters. It felt like we were sitting in a wind tunnel. The Sunday platter meal got cold, very fast. So we kind of had to rush to eat it. Which spoilt the experience.
Poor experience for spending over £100 on our first meal out after lockdown.

FAQs

The Refuge by Volta is rated 4.8 stars by 97 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.