Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage team approached us for the design of their Bristol Canteen.
The 19th Century church building had been marred by alterations over the past 30 years, including a first floor mezzanine that dissected the building and obscured many of its most beautiful architectural features. We were charged with creating a restaurant that befitted River Cottage's high profile and met its ethical standards.
We worked in close collaboration with Rover Cottage, the conservation officer and the planning department to ensure that all of the many changes would enhance both the fabric of the building and the experience for the 120 diners.
Renowned for their ethical stance on sustainability and promoting local producers, we selected tiles, replacement oak laths, limestone paint, reclaimed timber and bespoke staircase and balustrade all within 70 miles of the restaurant.
The final design included all English furniture, upcycled metal frame chairs and a reupholstered Ercol suite for the bar. Natural sunlight pours in through the original leaded stained glass windows, illuminating the painted timber roof trusses which were sandblasted to expose the original pitch pine framework.
CLIENT: The Draco Pub Co.