Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: Fast/Casual


The Fast/Casual category in the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards encompasses any food and beverage location in the UK with an emphasis on casual dining and or catering for customers with a fast food offering. This year’s entries were shortlisted by the Judges to include the following six projects.


Topolabamba is a quirky new Mexican street food restaurant that needed to feel like the heart of Cantina in Mexico; a stark contrast in Glasgow. Ibdp worked closely with Grahams Upholstery and CFG Furniture to encompass retro and industrial themes in an eclectic variety of colours and finishes. Furniture was given an air of the reclaimed look, reinforcing the ‘Cantina’ feel required for the design.


A slice from the streets of Thailand appears to have ‘landed’ in the glass and steel canyons of Spinningfields, Manchester. Jonathon Morgan Design Associates have combined authentic bric-a-brac, with industrial lighting, a theatre kitchen and reclaimed timbers to replicate traditional street food stalls with TLG’s first Thaikhun concept.


Subtly preserving its historic and cultural value within the new design by STAC Architecture & BuckleyGrayYeoman is the new Nando’s in Loughton. A rammed-earth clay wall uses traditional African techniques and locally sourced clay, curving in response to the shopfront, and forming a backdrop to the restaurant. Working with the building’s former identity as a car dealership, parts of the design utilise recycled car panels. A cobble stone path starts at the street and flows through the entire restaurant.


In the shadow of the historic Hereford Cathedral sits Nando’s Hereford, embracing the contemporary Afro-Portuguese branding with innovative lighting, accessories and furniture. The design palette is tonal with colour punches in fabrics and artwork while Harrison also used reclaimed timber, leather and steel in the design.

get baked leeds

Set inside an 1820s gothic church, the interior of Leeds Student Union ‘Get Baked’ is juxtaposed with a fast moving slideshow of trashed wraparound cut and paste punk rock graphics, delivering a 2015 fast food joint. The designers Tokyo Industries wanted to reinstate the gothic scale of the space and reveal stained glasswork previously hidden.


To ensure every design detail reflected the values for wholesome, authentic and colourful Middle Eastern food throughout, a vibrant colour palette, strong graphic accents and eclectic mix of materials were used in Comptoir Libanais. This offered a relaxed, casual yet exciting eating destination in Kingston designed by Studio 48 London.

The links to all the shortlisted entries from the Awards site are below.

Comptoir Libanais (Kingston) Studio 48 London

Get Baked (Leeds) Tokyo Industries

Nando’s (Hereford) Harrison read more about the interior design by Harrison on our blog.

Nando’s (Loughton) STAC Architecture & BuckleyGrayYeoman

Thaikhun (Manchester) Jonathon Morgan Design Associates

Topolabamba (Glasgow) ibdp

Images © respective studios

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