The Restaurant at The Refuge

4.7
385 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.

Support The Restaurant at The Refuge during COVID-19

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 385 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Energetic
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
LS
LaurenS
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was slow - staff all lovely but wasn’t enough of them - whilst we expected food to come out at different stages there were big gaps
Food nice but not great

MV
MusaV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The service was not great. We have been served the things we didn’t order and constantly had to keep asking for simple things. Not to mention, the food was finally on the table after more than an hour from placing the order.

JR
JohnR
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Small plates Tapas was very nice however we felt it needed a little more for main course vegetarian!
Good food at reasonable price but not an amazing dining experience.

SJ
SusieJC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of those places where you can dress up or down and feel totally comfortable. Great wine choices by the glass. Small plates perfectly proportioned for 2 sharing and waiter recommended 6 which was ample. The whitebait was perfection. Can't wait to go back again.

CB
CrazyBenny
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Being vegan, I recommend this restaurant for the selection of small plates and veg dishes.

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, great setting and the food was very nice. Only criticism was there could be wider choice on the menu but otherwise a great meal!

JW
JamesW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Was disappointed with the food. I had heard such good things about the roast dinners at Refuge but I have definitely had better roasts in Manchester. The food had a canteen feel and look to it and it lacked flavour. The food also arrived before our drinks and the Primitivo I chose tasted like it had been opened for a few days. A sad experience in a beautiful setting.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my boyfriend for Sunday dinner. The food, atmosphere and especially service was amazing. We will be back x

M
Manc
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Came for my birthday yesterday and was disappointed I have to say.
Felt I was constantly asking for something that had gone wrong. Full drink was just taken, had to ask for missing items on the Sunday platter, pigs in blankets, some had no bacon wrapped around. Just all round disappointment on a special day with me and my girlfriend.

l
lvtay
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing sunday roast in a beautiful, ambient setting! Absolutely beautiful building, food, staff were lovely! The roast was the tastiest roast i have ever tried, every element to it was perfect! I can’t recommend here enough… we even drove 2 hours to get it!

P
Pinkp
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

First time here for Sunday lunch.staff very pleasant.food was good .large portions.we had a sharing platter and pork loin. Not many people in restaurant when we arrived but felt service was quite slow especially since majority of people were having the same meal.

MK
MaureenK
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, a fabulous evening, great food, surroundings and especially the wonderful staff, namely Nadia who took great care of us throughout the evening, and Amy for accommodating our table time change request. Everyone was just so lovely!

OM
OonaghM
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was painfully slow… seated waited 15 mins to get a drink order then another 15mins to get them. Food came faster but no one checked if everything was ok no ask if wanted another drink. Very very poor service. Food was basic ordered a Fattouch salad and what was delivered was a poor green salad def not a fattouch. Black garlic aioli was lovely. They were not able to do anything nut free so excluded most of the menu.
Venue was lovely but I’d not go again food and service just poor.

LJ
LynnJ
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service and food. Airy atmosphere helped give reassurance for first meal out post lockdown.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great venue with impressive architecture. Friendly welcoming accommodating staff 😁

JS
JoanneS
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food & service in a beautiful restaurant

SC
SamanthaC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a selection of small plates which was a nice change. Cant comment on the largeplates.

ZT
ZoeT
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, stunning building & tasty little plates!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was delicious but our ox cheek came out cold - like fridge cold. They immediately brought out a new one and apologised but it was just a poor mistake.

CO
ClareO
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with plenty of period features and character. Service was excellent and the food even more so.

SB
StevenB
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staying in the clock tower thought we would give it a try, lovely setting and Tom who looked after us was superb. Food wise we liked the concept of little plates and not all at once.
Loved the chicken wings cod croquetes were ok, the fish curry spot on crispy skinmed white fish on a superb curry base, lamb flatbread very good very filling the gunpowder potatoes not to my taste but overall very good reasonable price fantastic setting and exceptional service

KD
KateD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic venue - the place has such a cool vibe, with nice touches to make it comfortable. Food was incredible - we ate the ox cheek, it literally fell apart it was so tender. The whitebait - delicious. Chickpea curry - really tasty. Fish curry - the only dish we weren’t amazed by, it just tasted like a mild home made curry. We had cocktails and a bottle of wine and our waitress was brilliant and very attentive. She asked for feedback which was great, I felt comfortable to let her know our thoughts on the fish curry. Highly recommend the refuge - what a treat.

M
Michael
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, delish and inspired. You want everything off the menu.
Service was excellent and effective. All staff have a smile on their face.

CT
ClaireT
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tapas selection was great with value for money.
Lovely atmosphere and great service

JN
JxxN
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

It was a nice meal for the price, but just too noisy and the roast potato were a bit soggy

AT
AntonyT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second visit to The Refuge, this time specifically for Sunday lunch. We couldn't decide which meat, which is just as well as the sharing platter with Beef, Chicken and Pork was amazing.

AS
AnthonyS
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venue is beautiful but the service really made a difference. I can’t remember our waiters name but he had his hair tied back and had so facial hair. Phenom service from him, thanks so much for making sure we were taken care of so well! xx

BH
BethH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great atmosphere, would definitely recommend

H
Holly
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, classy, great service, tasty food and nice cocktails. Beautiful setting too!

Only complaint was that the house wine was undrinkable. When we returned the bottle and let the wait staff know it was of poor quality, we expected it to be removed from the bill but it was not.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful resteraunt amazing food and atmosphere

The staff couldn't me more helpful on what must be a very busy bank holiday

V
Vale
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great. The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly. However, after our meal when we went through to the bar area, we struggled to get served at the bar. We waited for ages and finally left, after a guy pushed in and the bar tender said he was serving him first because he knew him. That wasn’t good.

T
Tate
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks were great. The restaurant is such a lovely space. My only slight negative would be the wait time for drinks.

KH
KirstyH
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful place . Amazing food and great service

KB
KarenB
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was great but service was really poor, staff not very attentive, took ages to order drinks, at one point we held up aour phones with the lights on to get the staff attention. A real shame as the food was delicious and really good value for money. Perhaps they have staffing issues but they never said this to us and also no apology for keeping us waiting for so long.

DB
DavidB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion probably the best restaurant in Manchester for food and a great bar to chill in before and after. Lovely service last night too. Will be returning :)

LJ
LydJL
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was okay, a bit bland and took a very long time. Our waitress was lovely and very accommodating, but drinks took over 45 minutes (came after food) and there was a very long gap between two halves of the order being brought out. There were people seated 30 mins after we arrived who had their food and drink long before ours. Overall it was disappointing and I don’t think we’d go again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Had to wait an hour for the first round of drinks and even longer for food! I did speak to a manager and they knocked the drinks off the bill which was appreciated.

S
Soph
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious & the staff were friendly. The Refuge feels luxurious without being pretentious. A balance that's sometimes hard to find.

C
Cher
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good experience, served by Tom. He explained the dishes, brought a kids menu for my niece and generally very attentive.

Please pass on our thanks and if there is a reward and recognise scheme for staff, please submit this as a nomination.

Would recommend to all

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Staff were helpful and friendly. Two of our small dishes didn't arrive and we had to ask the staff who sorted it out. The restaurant building is great but we found the food a bit bland. We had lots of the little dishes. They were ok but a bit lacking in flavour.