Seven entries made the judges shortlist for the UK Standalone Restaurant Category. Each entry overcame their own space, budget and location challenges to create vibrant successful venues that appeal to a wide range of guests.
The Beech House, St Albans has a distressed look, without obvious boundaries, encompassing a traditional warmth with the fireplace and blackened barn wood boards. The brief was for People in Space to create an open, homely atmosphere, instilling character in a retail unit which had no existing references.
Echoing the attributes of it’s sister company; The Blind Pig, Manchester’s Crafty Pig draws inspiration from graffiti art around the globe. Utilising bold colours and raw materials, DV8 Designs ensured the ‘crafted’ elements came through; torn two-tone mixed wallpaper, wooden booths and local artists. The Crafty Pig has previously been featured on our site.
Spitfire designers Simple Simon set out to add texture, depth and zoned areas to break up the big open space and maximise the potential of this Bristol interior. The inspiration was to bring the South African sunshine, barbecue and party scene to the Bristol Harbourside. Spitfire (Bristol) has also previously been featured on our site.
Lima Floral stayed true to the core values of the Peruvian dining offer with strong references to nature, geometry and materials. The ground floor has geometric details in an intricate metal work screen separating the entrance and dining area. Deep, rich midnight blue floral patterned tiles create a backdrop to textured finishes in the basement. Located in London with interiors by B3 Designers.
Jinjuu, London by Tibbatts Abel is a compact venue which strikes a careful balance between ornate and decorative Korean elements and the raw, industrial nature of an urban NYC warehouse vibe. To maximise trading space, the basement and ground floor utilised every corner of the restaurant. Concrete and steel were fused with intricate fretwork and smoked mirrors, creating a harmonious venue.
In a tiny cloakroom in Covent Garden, Mystery created a central London ‘escape’ – stepping in to a tropical beach shack, Dub Jam’s design embraces the Caribbean approach of recycling to keep the brand authentic and innovative with upcycled barrels, car alloys and boat buoys for lights.
To create a true rustic feel to Beef & Pudding, DV8 Designs created a cocktail bar and separate area for dining, incorporating ultra-modern décors with a roughed-up edge. Original key design elements such as the bull tiles and the painted logo on the brickwork accentuated the overall rustic feel. This Manchester venue has been previously featured on our site.
Each of the shortlisted entries are viewable on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site from links below.
Beef & Pudding (Manchester)
Dub Jam (London) Mystery
Jinjuu (London) Tibbatts Abel
Lima Floral (London) B3 Designers
Spitfire (Bristol) Simple Simon Design
The Crafty Pig (Manchester) DV8 Designs
The Beech House (St Albans) People in Space
The overall winner for this category will be announced at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Ceremony ‘The Story – Building Emotions’. Tickets are now on sale for this event to be held at The Old Truman Brewery, London on October 1st 2015.
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