restaurant interior

Design Insider states that the UK restaurant and bar sector has gone through something of a transformation over the last decade. This has been driven by a shift in consumer habits, economic climate, the shape of the high street, growth in cities outside London and innovations within the food and drink sector.

They also state that ‘It also appears that smaller restaurant brands are gaining share at the expense of larger groups. The other standout segment of the licensed sector has been cafés and wine bars. The rise of the casual but premium wine bar is one reason of this, another is the emergence of hybrid concepts that morph from a daytime coffee shop to a cocktail and wine bar by night.’

From research taken from experience and current market trends, idesign have identified three key points to which result in good restaurant design:

  1. Customer experience
  2. Outdoor space
  3. Uniqueness

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Idesign were commissioned to undertaken the interior fit out of a top-class bar in the heart of Exeter, where inspiration was taken from the families love of travel to such counties as Dubai and Marbella. This case study is a great example of a client that has hit all three points.

Lloyd’s is an example of a brand which is striving above the rest to give a unique experience to their customers. Headed by Lloyd Gardner successful owner of Lloyds Kitchen restaurant in Exeter. In 2017 they took the plunge to create an iconic café lounge bar a stone’s throw from their existing restaurant.

iDesign were privileged to part take in the design of this new concept which effortlessly transformed from a laid-back eatery and artisan coffee lounge by day, to an atmospheric cocktail bar by night.  

One of the main features of the design in achieving this was the lighting.  We have pools of lighting offering subtle illumination during the day and, in the evening, tables are romantically candlelit alongside the comforting glow of the central bar. Without doubt, however, the showstoppers are the stunning selection of Moooi Raimond lights which give the space that extra special edge and make it the unique venue that it is.

With large bifolding doors the lounge can be doubled in covers and transformed into an open air dining experience. Bespoke made benches allow for Miami style dining under starlit skies and heaters allow for all year round dining. The customer experience extending from dining at Lloyds Kitchen entitles the customer to take a leisurely stroll to the lounge to grab a cocktail and listen to live music, linking the two venues for all round brand identity.