Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: A Restaurant or Bar in a Hotel


The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards category for a Restaurant or Bar in a Hotel is open to all UK food and beverage spaces within or connected to hotels, this year receiving entries from Birmingham, Brighton, Blackburn, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Leicester, Stansted and Watergate Bay. The judges have selected these seven restaurants for this year’s shortlist.


In the ground floor lobby of Urban Villa – London, lies bar and cafe Boki. A series of communal tables and private breakout spaces sit between screens and under ceiling rafts. Grzywinski+Pons Architects built the reception to double as a bar, inspired by traditional pubs where the barkeep doubled as an innkeeper. Abundant glazing and high ceilings combine with vertical breaks, warm and authentic materials, lush vegetation and texture.

DandelyanDesign Research Studio have created a London cocktail bar that references the connection with the golden age of travel and the glamorous bars of transatlantic cruise liners. Dandelyan contains an iconic, solid green, marble bar along the length of the space. Dark green panels the walls and intimate seating groups all have dramatic views of the Thames. The long linear nature of the space was broken up by adding raised levels.

HamYardHam Yard Restaurant is a light and airy London dining room in Kit Kemp’s signature modern British style. Playfully blending colour and texture, the walls are lined with fabric, its saffron tones blending perfectly with the grey timber. Rich multi-striped floorboards, unique details and artwork intersperse the space creating semi-private areas with all the buzz of the restaurant.

kensington quarter

Kensington Quarter is a ‘local living room’ and deli in London. Dexter Moren Associates created a multi-functional local deli space, complete with private dining snug area. Design elements include checkerboard flooring referencing a traditional deli aesthetic, quilted leather banquettes, fluted glass screens, chevron timber panels and industrial style lighting.


With a nod towards Britishness, Marcus in London brings a timeless elegance which is echoed in the lighting, creating a more relaxed ambience. The vibe is cool sophistication, yet is very comfortable and warm, exuding a true sense of luxury. The new architectural interior by Robert Angell Design International uses scale to create space and luxury, in which Marcus and his team can excite and exceed the guests’ expectations.

Sea Containers

Inspired by the golden age of transatlantic travel and the bounty of local fresh produce, Sea Containers combines the best of England and America. A central stainless steel bar is surrounded by British maritime-inspired nostalgia. Design Research Studio connected the lobby and the riverfront with the copper hull, drawing guests from the lobby into the restaurant.


A lounge for high tea and a bar at night, The Rosebery has a light, fresh feeling of space. The colours are fresh, vibrant and pastoral with soft and refined forms. G.A Design took the essence of the original tea rooms of the Hotel’s 1920’s heyday and transformed them into a light-filled, sparkling destination with commissioned art evocative of flowers and topography.

View each of the shortlisted entries on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site from the links below.

The Rosebery (London) G.A Design

Sea Containers (London) Design Research Studio

MARCUS (London) Robert Angell Design International

Kensington Quarter (London) Dexter Moren Associates

Ham Yard Restaurant (London) Kit Kemp

Dandelyan (London) Design Research Studio

Boki by Urban Villa (London) Grzywinski+Pons Architects

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.

Images © respective studios

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