The Refuge Christmas Carol: A Celebration of Festive Food, Drinks & a DJing Santa!

Featuring live choirs, Christmas Fairs, workshops, town criers and turkey dinners...

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 30 November 2021

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The iconic landmark bar and restaurant, The Refuge at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel has announced the return of its magical CHRISTMAS CAROL events.

A celebration of festive food and drink offerings, along with local partnerships that encapsulates all that is merry in Manchester, launching on Friday 12th November.

Launch Event

The Refuge Christmas Carol will start the countdown to the festive season with a special launch event on Friday 12th November.

The evening will include a performance from The Hallé Ancoats Community Choir, and guests should keep their eyes peeled for a local hero making a special guest appearance as the first of the season’s Town Criers.

Pet Portraits & Fancy Dress for Dogs

On Saturday 28th November, The Refuge will host a fancy dress competition for dogs. The event will take place in the heated, undercover courtyard, and furry friends will be invited to dress up in their fanciest outfits and have their photos taken with fun Christmas props.

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Every Thursday in December from 6.30pm, The Refuge will be holding a Christmas Wreath Making Workshop in collaboration with Giraffe Flowers, the in-house florist at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel.

At £70 per person, the fee includes all the materials and guidance from experts to make a show stopping Christmas wreath that you can hang proudly on your door, along with a festive cocktail and mince pie.

Spaces are limited to 10 people per class. Tickets for the workshop are available here…

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Christmas Fairs

Capturing the spirit of an Edwardian Christmas, on Sundays 5th and 12th December will see a brand new Christmas Fair launching on the Refuge terrace. Guests can get their Christmas shopping list ticked off with:

There’ll also be an epic line-up of DJs carefully selected across the festive season, including Refuge residents, DJ Santa on 20th to 22nd December and many more to be announced.


Christmas in the Dining Room

Christmas in the Dining Room at The Refuge will feature a Feasting Menu available to anyone pre booked from Monday to Saturday throughout December.

The menu features a collection of ‘sleeves up, dig in’ dishes for maximum culinary yuletide delight, with the main event being a herb and butter-roasted turkey breast with cranberry and apricot stuffing, goose fat roast potatoes, cranberry-glazed pigs in blankets and lots of festive veg.

Feasting menus are served sharing style and priced at £32.50 per person.

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Christmas Day

Take the pressure of cooking for the whole family on Christmas Day itself and let The Refuge do it for you, with their Christmas Day menu. A gorgeous menu of all the festive classics lovingly prepared, with hand-carved Cheshire roast turkey, sirloin tournedos, duck breast or butternut squash, spinach and chestnut Wellington.

For dessert, choose from Christmas pud, sherry trifle, chocolate and cherry parfait or treacle tart with liquorice ice cream. The Christmas Day menu is priced at £120 per adult, £60 for 13 to 17-year-olds, £30 for six to 12-year-olds and free under 6s.

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Director of Operations at The Refuge, Tim Reynolds, said: “We are delighted to bring back A Refuge Christmas Carol. The team at Refuge have been working hard to put together a very special menu and programme of events right up until the end of the year – it’s set to be a magical affair.”


The Refuge Public Bar is open Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 11pm, Thursday 10am to midnight, Friday and Saturday 10pm to 1am, and Sunday 10am to 10.30pm.

The Refuge Dining Room is open Monday to Thursday (5-9pm only), Friday (1-3pm and 5-10pm), Saturday (1-4pm and 5-10pm) and Sunday (1-4pm and 5-9pm).


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