After a week of hiding in the house watching the blizzards outside, what better thing to do on a dreary Sunday afternoon than to finally venture outside and indulge in a good ol’ Sunday roast?
The Roast Platter for two at The Refuge by Volta did not disappoint. A huge dish was stacked with three meats (rare roast beef, suckling pig AND chicken), roast potatoes, Chantenay carrots, parsnips, Vimto-braised red cabbage and buttered greens. It was crowned with two giant buttery Yorkshire puddings. YUM.
A separate dish of creamy cauliflower cheese made it double-YUM.
The Refuge is part of the The Principal Manchester, formerly the Palace Hotel. The space has been sympathetically renovated and restored in recent years, with original features everywhere. Look up and around at the beautiful high ceilings and tiled arches.
The history of the hotel itself dates back to 1890 when it opened as The Refuge Assurance Company headquarters. This was acknowledged by the bill being enclosed in a copy of an original assurance policy – sweet!
A truly excellent Sunday dinner is hard to find as too often the meat is dry, or the veg uninspired and mushy.
Not today though! The beef was beautifully pink, the chicken moist, and the red cabbage giving the perfect sweetness. I hate to admit it but we were defeated, and a few hours later, I’m still stuffed. Happy days.
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If you’re looking for more good eats in Manchester, you might be interested in Mezze box by The Ottö-Men at Levenshulme Market or for something a bit further afield, try Kick-ass sharing plates at Träkol, Newcastle Upon Tyne.