Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: Pub (UK)


This category in the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards is for all UK Pubs, and this year the 25 entries have been shortlisted by the panel of judging experts to the top seven below.

one over the ait

With views over the River Thames, this wharf style pub – One Over The Ait, by Simple Simon Design, takes its cue from the local Brentford history. Eclectic furniture with intriguing design features such as a circular internal fire pit, old column radiators used as beer fronts and an old copper distiller used as a lighting feature, echo the traditional features of wharf warehouses. Lighting includes an original 15-foot wooden rowing skiff above the bar and reclaimed marine lights.

the airport

The Airport pub in Manchester has been designed to match the drama and excitement of the runway directly outside its doors. Frederic Robinson transformed the layout with a vintage British aeronautical scheme full of unique interior details such as Aviator chairs, reclaimed industrial lighting, Devon Spitfire chairs from Timothy Oulton and replica Sopwith Propellers.

 the bank

Drawing inspiration from banks of the past, Simple Simon drew on elements from the 1930s around the time the bank was built to create The Bank. A mix of old adding machines and typewriters sit within an eclectic, pigeon hole style back bar, the bar front was designed with old bankers desks and teller stations in mind. The interior is divided by traditional wood and glass screens to create snug booth areas within the main trading space.


A tapas and charcuterie pub by Concorde BGW, The Cavendish introduces a timeless elegance with a new bar downstairs and a seafood bar upstairs to add life to the restaurant. With a smart 1940’s gentleman’s club style interior, the venue mixes a traditional pub aesthetic with a contemporary bar and fine dining restaurant. Outside is a seating and quality dining area to enjoy the sumptuous cigar menu.

the griffin

The Griffin occupies the ground floor of the former Griffin Hotel, in Leeds and was given grade II listed status in 1975. Fusion By Design wanted to reintroduce traditional details previously lost alongside contemporary ones. Antique mirrors, classic deep buttoned fixed seating with brass detailing and mixes of hard and soft floor finishes are mixed throughout with poseur heights sitting alongside comfortable wing back style armchairs.

quarter jack

KDPA were asked by JD Wetherspoon to create a vibrant new bar in the cathedral city of Wells, Somerset. Set within a 1950’s bus garage, the stylised architecture of The Quarter Jack lent itself to a contemporary and equally stylish interior that would take full advantage of the daylight flooding in through the glazed facade. The now culverted St Andrews stream once crossed the site, inspiring KD Paine & Associates to form seating booths from sections of underground drainage pipe.


The building The Stamford Post post is located in previously housed the offices of the Stamford Mercury, Britain’s ‘oldest continuously published newspaper.’ Absolute design studio took key design influences from the history of the building and alongside the original stonework, an eclectic mix of antique light fittings and reclaimed timber panelling were installed. The copper bar top and treated bar front creates a striking feature in the large space.

View each of the shortlisted entries with access to all of the photographs on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site using the links below.

The Stamford Post (Stamford) Absolute

The Quarter Jack (Wells) KD Paine & Associates

The Griffin (Leeds) Fusion By Design

The Cavendish (London) Concorde BGW

The Bank (London) Simple Simon Design

The Airport (Manchester) Frederic Robinson

One Over The Ait (Brentford) Simple Simon Design

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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