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The Refuge by Volta, Manchester Central, Manchester

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Oxford Street
Manchester
M60 7HA
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Reviews of The Refuge by Volta (Average Rating: 2 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

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Nick Davies left this review about The Tempus Bar At The Palace Hotel

Despite all indications to the contrary the Palace Hotel is worth a look around. All red brick and glazed tiles it is the old Refuge Assurance building, one of Alfred Waterhouse's (he of the Natural History Museum) classic Victorian edifices, and the conversion to a hotel has been reasonably sympathetic.

It is all built on a grand scale, indeed if you penetrate the rabbit warren below you'll find there's an vast 1000 seater conference hall in the basement. The bar and restaurant is situated in what I think must have been the company's public business hall where you went and paid your premium and it's worth stopping for a drink just to admire grandeur and muse on what it might have been like in its heyday.

You probably won't stay too long though. It is of course standard chain hotel in arrangement, table service, expensive lager and even more expensive spirits and strangely no snacks. You usually get a little bowl of nuts or something to compensate a little for the rip-off prices but they don't even sell them here.

Conclusion - do look in if you are passing then carry on round to the lass for a drink.

On 5th June 2010 - rating: 2
[User has posted 458 recommendations about 450 pubs]

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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by ROB Camra
Manchester Oxford Road, 0.1 miles, 1 min walk (show)
Deansgate, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Manchester Piccadilly, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Refuge by Volta, Manchester
2nd Oct 2016, 15:00
Request to mark pub as open by ROB Camra approved
 
2nd Oct 2016, 15:00
Request to mark pub as open submitted by ROB Camra, with included notes: Now reopened

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : No - NCP round corner offers guest discount. - last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live Music : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : No last updated 09 May 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - via hotel entrance and lift - last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes - public 1 hr free 24 yr guests - last updated 22 June 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
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