Project Launch: Field Grey Aprons at The Refuge by Volta, Manchester


The Refuge by Volta, Manchester’s most exciting new venue, opened last week. As the finishing touches were coming together, Field Grey paid a visit at the start of this month.

The new bar and restaurant complex is part of the overhaul of The Palace Hotel, one of Manchester’s most iconic residences. With a 139-cover restaurant and various areas to imbibe, The Refuge by Volta is set to become the hottest place to hang out. Volta’s reputation precedes itself; restaurateurs turned DJs Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford’s West Didsbury venue has long be a favourite of Mancunians and visitors.

Volta Refuge Manchester Palace Hotel

Field Grey have designed a bespoke khaki cotton canvas waist apron with antique brass eyelets. Here’s a peek at the development:




The aprons are now in place. The Refuge by Volta’s interior was originally the main hall for The Refuge Assurance Company (hence the name) and the interior is Grade II* listed.

The stunning Winter Garden is nestled in the centre of The Refuge. A combination of geometric tiles and floral print furniture made us weak at the knees, and this light, airy space is the perfect place to enjoy high tea or a Refuge cocktail.

The Refuge Volta Manchester Palace Hotel

The Refuge Volta Manchester Palace Hotel

The spacious dining room mixes mid-century-style copper lighting with leather sofas and dark wooden tables.



The main space features a huge granite bar and several shelves of spirits from around the world. The decor here features a mix of elegant Chesterfields and vibrantly-upholstered furniture.


The ‘Den’ is a laid-back space, housing pool and foosball tables and a projector for film screenings. Its parquet floor is the stuff of dreams; we can’t wait to enjoy a cocktail or two in this space.




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