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Macaulay Sinclair transforms former met bar into Gridiron at Como Metropolitan London

Hamish Kilburn

The interior, architecture and design studio behind the new Gridiron restaurant within COMO Metropolitan London Hotel in Old Park Lane, Mayfair has been unveiled as Nottingham-based Macaulay Sinclair

Design studio Macaulay Sinclair, which has created exceptional spaces for the hospitality sector such as Gleneagles, has transformed the former Met Bar into the new 60-cover restaurant and bar at COMO Matropolitan London Hotel, which opened this autumn.

Headed up by co-directors John Macaulay and Mike Sinclair, the studio has worked with a number of well-known multi-site and independent restaurant and bar operators across London and beyond, including Hawksmoor, Dishoom and Wright Brothers.

“The Met Bar was a go-to London destination and the celebrity haunt of the nineties and noughties era,” Sinclair said. “We are proud to have been part of the team to bring an indulgent and intimate dining experience into such a landmark location.”

The prestigious venue will be overseen by renowned chef Richard H. Turner of Turner and George, Blacklock, Hawksmoor and Meatopia.

Mike continued: “In order to give the new restaurant and bar its own identity while remaining synonymous with the COMO brand the interior design has been kept simple and understated, providing a subtle backdrop for Turner’s kitchen.”

Paying homage to the art of grilling over an open fire, the new restaurant has an open kitchen with modern live-fire grillroom. The interior is dominated by monochrome palette throughout, with accents of red, dark wood and marble. Wall finishings remain simple and sleek, and the stripped back furniture matches the ethos of the food and service: comfort and style without unnecessary formality.

 

 

Interior of the restuarant

Indoor-outdoor restaurant experience to open in luxury hotel in Chester, England

800 534 Hamish Kilburn

Palm Court Restaurant, Bar & Piano Lounge will open in to Chester’s Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa this month…

A dining experience with a difference will be unveiled in Chester’s Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa this month with the opening of Palm Court Restaurant, Bar & Piano Lounge.

Nelson Hotels have opened the multi-purpose dining venue with the aim to meet all needs of hotel guests, local residents, and visitors to the area. “We identified the need for a restaurant which would be suitable for all occasions and all guests,” said Harold Nelson, Chairman of Nelson Hotels. “Our vision was to create more than just a restaurant and so Palm Court will cater throughout the day and appeal to all dining requirements from casual to special occasion.”

The £1.5 million dining venue has been designed by award-winning interior design consultancy Lister Carter. With an impressive glass ceiling, the space has taken inspiration from a Victorian Palm House, bursting with the greenery of the Kentia Palm tree. The intimate restaurant and bar blends exposed industrial style metalwork and brickwork with luxurious crystal chandeliers, antique mirrors and bronze fretwork. The exposed steel, aged glass and bronze artwork lends itself to a warm but stripped back feel. A mix of marble and wood tables, comfortable leather and velvet chairs and plush sofas offers the customer a sumptuous experience whether it be morning coffee or evening cocktails.

One of the main focal points of Palm Court is a black Yamaha baby grand piano set amidst bubbling fountains and lush palm trees. As well as being the highest quality acoustic piano, it is a famed entertainment piano which boasts thousands of self-playing songs, so even without the pianist it will be music for the ears.

Dining experience

Palm Court is also home to an exclusive wine cave with floor to ceiling wine racks showcasing Laurent Perrier Champagnes and housing almost 100 different varieties of old and new world wines and Champagnes along with specially selected, fine cellar wines. Mirrored walls and a crystal seed chandelier give a luxurious, chic feel. With a poser table seating up to six people, the wine cave will be used for wine tastings and exclusive private dining.

Country-house style dining area

Hilton Puckrup Hall completes contemporary F&B renovation

800 533 Hamish Kilburn

The hotel’s F&B areas in the Cotswolds was designed by Central Design Studio…

Inspired by the colours and textures of the nearby Cotswolds countryside with a contemporary spin, Hilton Puckrup Hall has completed an F&B renovation that was led by Ian Haigh, creative director Ian Haigh of Central Design Studio.

The aim of the renovation was to create a restaurant and bar with a modern, British feel.

Olive wallcoverings and royal blue carpets

Designed to resemble more of a country house rather than a hotel public area, the restaurant is a celebration of local British produce, without being old-fashioned or stuffy. Modern paintings adorn the walls, and quality crafted furniture and upholstery add to the sense of place.

The bar has an informal character whatever the time of day. Dark woods and a deep indigo colour scheme complement tactile British fabrics and finishes, again with colourful and curated artwork playing a part.

Many of the furniture and lighting pieces were designed bespoke by Central Design Studio, in close collaboration with various artisans and manufacturers in the UK and Ireland. In addition, the artwork was curated and commissioned especially for the project, including the large-format paintings that hang in the restaurant, using up-and-coming illustrators and artists.

Light, airy interiors in dining area

“The challenge with this project was to make the space feel contemporary, without compromising on that cosy and comfortable atmosphere,” said Haigh. “The artwork in particular really helps this, as it brings a  subtle energy and freshness to the design.”

Accents of lightly antiqued brass add to the sense of familiarity and warmth, and run throughout the whole design. This is highlighted by two large, hand-crafted brass screens made in South East London. Designed by Central Design Studio in collaboration with Creative Metalwork, they are a real feature and talking point and cleverly used to divide up the restaurant space.

High-quality Axminster carpet was chosen for the floor finish in both the restaurant and the bar, again to a tailored design developed by Central Design Studio and Brintons. The pantry on the other hand, used primarily for breakfast service, has more of a country kitchen aesthetic to it with a limestone-effect floor and lighter colour scheme.

Key Suppliers

Main Contractor: Zenith
Joinery Contractor: Wreake Valley
Lighting (bespoke chandeliers): Northern Lights
Brass screens: Creative Metalwork
Furniture (bespoke banquettes): Craftwoord
Furniture (general): Contract Chair Co. / Inside Out
Carpet: Brintons

Lodore Falls Hotel unveils new restaurant as part of £10m renovation

640 427 Hamish Kilburn

Lodore Falls Hotel, part of the Lake District Hotels group, has announced the launch of its new 70-seater Pan Asian restaurant, Mizu

Taking its name from the Japanese for ‘falling water’, Mizu occupies a prime and appropriate spot, directly overlooking the stunning Lodore Falls waterfall.

Becoming the hotel’s second restaurant, Mizu reflects a relaxed ambiance with cool, elemental colours, floor-to-ceiling windows coupled with natural textures and materials.

Leading the interior design project was Ashleigh Doherty from Greyline Design. She said: “Mizu took inspiration from the local colour palette of warm green hues mixed with timber elements reflecting the surrounding woods. A modern feeling has been retained with contrasting concrete tiling, glazed bar front and a beautiful geometric floor. We have tried to honour the clients own heritage with Scandinavian style furniture upholstered in rich, tweed fabrics bringing warmth and texture to the restaurant.  A lounge area was added with luxurious deep buttoned leather sofas and comfortable chairs. Feature pendant and wall lights enhance warmth, creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.”

Scheduled to launch mid May, the new restaurant’s open kitchen allows for guests to watch talented head chef Kasun Jayasooriya as he serves up a fusion of Asian dishes.

Marketing Director of Lake District Hotels, Daniella Hope, said: “We are delighted to have made recent investment, such as refurbishing our public areas, developing new larger, luxurious bedroom suites and now with the creation and launch of Mizu restaurant. The stunning natural beauty of the Lake District makes it a competitive market place but we at Lodore Falls Hotel are confident that we offer something uniquely exciting.”

The hotel’s overall investment is £10 million, with phase one now complete and saw the refurbishment of the hotel’s entire ground floor. Phase two sees the opening of Mizu restaurant and four spacious bedroom suites. As well as a further 14 bedroom suites and the much anticipated, The Falls Spa will launch during mid September 2018.

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