The Refuge by Volta, the landmark bar and restaurant at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, has announced an immersive programming for its beautiful terrace on Waterhouse Way.

The Refuge will present a street food collaboration with EATMCR, from Thursday 20th May to Sunday 22nd August, along with a drink partnership with a German gin brand Monkey 47 from Monday 17th May.

Joining forces with EATMCR, The Refuge will provide its cosy and covered terrace for a
collaborative street food takeover. Featuring some of EATMCR’s—and Manchester’s—favourite and most exciting street food traders, plus showcasing some of the latest to launch on the baked good scene.

A curated programme featuring street food and baked goods traders will rotate every two
weeks from Thursday to Sunday, 12 noon to 10pm (hours for some traders may vary).

Among the first traders to see at The Refuge are: Birria Brothers Tacos from the team
behind Koffee Pot, and Long Boi’s Bakehouse, the superb neighbourhood bakery in Levenshulme owned by baking duo Jenny Oakenfull and Sarah Bryan.

Pippy Eats, showcasing recipes inspired by East and Southeast Asian cookery; Things Palace, a Pan Asian inspired food curated by Lorcán Kan, of Stockport’s Where the Light Gets In, and DGHNT, a bakery launched by Sulin Baldwin offering some exceptional doughnut flavours such as Raspberry Pistachio Pavlova and Mango Lassi.

Bada Bing, the home of the hoagie, an Italian-American style sandwich deli, which takes inspiration from The Sopranos, and Batard Bakehouse, ran by Lewis Loughman offering ‘well good bread + bangin’ bakes’. Plus more to be announced.

Drinks come from Monkey 47 – a batch distilled and handcrafted Schwarzwald Dry Gin that fuses British traditions, the exoticism of India, and the purity of the Black Forest with masterly craftsmanship.

The menu includes five eccentric cocktails made with Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin including Monkey Sonic, Monkey Knees, Sloe Dance, Black Forest Negroni, and a classic Gin & Tonic.

The Refuge are also teaming up with local breweries, Manchester’s Shindigger and Salford’s
Pomona Island Brewery. And to complete the summer programming, soundtracks come from Manchester’s finest DJs and selectors, including Lil Minx, Massey, Abigail Ward and Neil Diablo.

Food at the terrace from EATMCR are available for walk-ins only and takeaway. Orders will be made through an app. Open every Thursday to Sunday, from 20 th May to 22 nd August, from 12 noon to 10pm (hours for some traders may vary). Keep an eye on socials – @eatmcr // @therefugemcr – for the latest update on traders and opening hours.

Drinks at the terrace from Monkey 47, Shindigger, Pomona Island Brewery are available daily from 12 noon to 10pm. Walk-ins and table service only.

Luke Cowdrey, one of the curators of The Refuge by Volta, commented, “The collaboration with EATMCR is launching so that we can support local independent businesses in Manchester in the wonderful Waterhouse Way courtyard. We look forward to coming together and enjoying the summertime at The Refuge”.

The Refuge at the Dining Room will re-open from Monday 17 th May: Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 9pm, Friday from 5pm to 10pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 10pm. Advance bookings are encouraged and can be made here.

The Terrace, Winter Garden and Public Bar are available for walk-ins only.


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