The Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder (in a cone) that you didn't know you needed...

A huge succulent 12-hour roasted lamb shoulder served with flatbread cones and a massive array of small dishes.

By Alex Watson | 12 November 2019

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A few weeks ago we spotted something on a menu that caught our eye. Now I’m not just talking about when you see pie and mash or when you see fish and chips when you promised yourself you were going healthy this week. We clocked The Big Hit at The Refuge.

Intrigued by the name and the possibility of the sheer size of this, we followed all of our instincts and headed down to get some sexy pics of this delicious grub to share with the world. We also took it upon ourselves to eat as much as we could stomach. Which is a lot.

But this is designed to feed up to 6 people and there was only 3 of us.

Anyway, how greedy we are is unimportant, what is important here is how BLOODY good this lamb was. It’s the flakiest ever, melt-in-your-mouth lamb shoulder from North Yorkshire covered in a sweet Persian spice.

The outer layer is lightly charred to give a crispy coat, before being cooked low and slow for 12 hours. The lamb is finished with a good rub of spicy harissa and finally roasted one last time at a high temperature.

What is left is a succulent, juicy lamb that flakes off the fork with a crispy spicy crust. Honestly this lamb was truly magical and my mouth is watering looking at these pictures.

The lamb is served with flatbreads, mint yoghurt, rocket and a little extra sprinkling of homemade harissa.

It’s then up to you to build up your cone of lamb with dollops of sauce and as much meat as you can stuff in. The flatbreads are fluffy and crispy and bloody delicious.

You can order the lamb just as it is or go all out and add on Voltini dishes of your own choice or let the chefs decide the best pairings.

We did the latter and were greeted with a huge array of delicious small plates including classics such as New Potatoes with bravas sauce, aioli and parsley.

We also got the Chickpea Daal dish, perfectly bumpy and lumpy with plenty of coconut milk, smoked almond flakes and a good amount of sweetness from apricot and dates.

We also had the Chargrilled Cauliflower served with caraway seeds, chili and plenty of refreshing pomegranate seeds.

Once you get all these delicious dishes together you’ve got yourself a right feast. You might struggle to finish this impressive plating of food but you’ll be dreaming of it for weeks to come. Trust me.


The Big Hit 
at The Refuge

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The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA
0161 233 5151