Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: Retail Space


The Restaurant or Bar in a retail space category is designated for projects across the UK. These places are often part of a modern shopping centre development and have restrictions which have to be overcome such as shopfront or façade restrictions. The challenge for the exterior design is a restaurant in keeping with the surrounding units and location, but with a unique street presence.


Botanic Kitchen, Huntingdon designed by 
Kiwi & Pom is a fresh, light and airy restaurant which blurs the boundaries between indoor and out and delivers the garden on a plate. The seating area is divided up into a sequence of garden rooms through wirework screens, trellis-inspired booths, bespoke Lloyd Loom weave sofas and pergola gantries with hanging baskets.

 cabana o2

Cabana’s 5th permanent site brings a slice of Brazil to the O2, London.
 Michaelis Boyd Associates fashioned the façade signage from Brasilian art, folded into letters and lit with coloured neon around the curved corrugate frontage. The open grill sits centrally in full view of the surrounding communal dining space, presenting a vibrant material palette and includes recycled denim banquettes, striped favela-inspired corrugated sheet metal and walls plastered with Brazilian street posters.


Using its double height space
, moreno:masey created a monolithic wall at the front of this Nando’s restaurant in Lakeside to draw in the eye. A variety of finishes; timber, concrete, wallpaper and brass were scaled up the wall increasing it’s verticality. A series of different but equally desirable seating areas allow for a different experience with every visit. The lighting was carefully chosen to create an inviting atmosphere away from the harsh light of the shopping centre.

Jonathon Morgan Design Associates created a second ‘Thai Heaven’ in the heart of Aberdeen, Scotland’s Granite City. This Thaikhun site was given the same authentic back-street Thailand treatment as Manchester, with subtle twists in finishes and lighting to keep the concept fresh. One wall is a ‘scrapbook’ of Thai culture incorporating maps, postcards and genuine imported Thai fixtures, all set within blackened metal framed shelving and a background of reclaimed boarding.

street kitchen notcutts

A new home and garden centre concept, The Street Kitchen, Nottingham aligns with Notcutts’ key values of something authentic, local, surprising and friendly. Reconditioned Citroën H vans take centre stage in 
Dalziel and Pow Design Consultants new street food-inspired offer. Each van has been individually named, branded and themed around a different type of cuisine, with one specifically catering to children. A series of further food stalls complete the vibrant market ambience.

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 Street Kitchen (Nottingham) 
Dalziel and Pow Design Consultants

Thaikhun (Aberdeen) 
Jonathon Morgan Design Associates

Nando’s (Lakeside)

Cabana (O2, London)
 Michaelis Boyd Associates

Botanic Kitchen (Wyton)
 Kiwi & Pom

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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