Harden's says

DJs Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford, owners of West Didbury's Volta, have taken over and refurbished this grand Victorian building (formerly the Refuge Assurance Company).

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Summary

£38
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Justin Crawford & Luke Cowdrey (aka the ill-titled ‘Unabombers`‘, who also run Electrik and Volta) are behind this “rather glam space” in an old Victorian office block. Serving small plates – inspired by their “global DJing trips” – fans say it’s “a mighty fine place to dine”; others that it’s “just OK”.

Summary

£38
    £
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “magnificent”, interiors-magazine-worthy setting in an old Victorian office block adds to the drama of a visit to this hip enterprise, by Justin Crawford and Luke Cowdrey, aka The Unabombers (also behind Electrik and Volta). The small plates generally hit the mark, the all-day Sunday roasts are “superb” and it’s “great fun being able to finish off with a game of table football!”. “We were a large motley crew and our waitress did a fantastic job accommodating everyone – from vegans to carnivores, toddlers to octogenarians”.

Summary

£38
    £
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “magnificent”, interiors-magazine-worthy setting in an old Victorian office block adds to the drama of a visit to this hip enterprise, by Justin Crawford and Luke Cowdrey, aka The Unabombers (also behind Electrik and Volta). The small plates generally hit the mark, the all-day Sunday roasts are “superb” and it’s “great fun being able to finish off with a game of table football!”. “We were a large motley crew and our waitress did a fantastic job accommodating everyone – from vegans to carnivores, toddlers to octogenarians”.

Summary

£37
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2
Average
3
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4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Probably Manchester’s grandest dining room (and bar)”, this (sometimes “very noisy”) venue in a refurbished Victorian office building is run by DJ partners Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford, aka The Unabombers (and owners of Volta in West Didsbury). The menu of eclectic small plates mostly earns a solid rep from reporters, but results can also be “workmanlike”; “nice Negronis” though.

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Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Menu,Portions
No dress code
Yes

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£5.00 £12.00 £4.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £2.20
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑1 am
Saturday12 pm‑1 am
Sunday12 pm‑10:30 pm

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