Slightly belated congratulations to all winners of the latest Restaurant and Bar Design awards, and our sincere thanks to those, of whom there were a gratifying number, who chose to use Havwoods’ products.
In the combined UK and International category the impressive Beast, created by illustrator and sculpture Stephen Garrett, scooped Best Identity. This steak and crab restaurant located in a cavernous basement off London’ Oxford Street lives up to expectations with enormous group banqueting tables, heavyweight candelabra and one of our solid block herringbone floors.
A polar opposite in style is the wonderfully vibrant and relaxed Wahaca. Designed by Softroom, this small chain has won numerous major awards over the last five years or so, including a previous Restaurant and Bar Design award for Best Pop-Up. This time the Cardiff site has been voted Best Multiple Restaurant and it is as bright and lively as the Mexican markets which inspire its cuisine; the flooring of choice is our Henley Oak Karkor.
Another central London eatery, the stylish Jinjuu designed by Tibbatts Abel, took Best Standalone Restaurant. This fuses the raw industrial nature of a New York warehouse with delicate and intricate Korean details which reflect its unique food from Korean-American chef Judy Joo, and the floors are a cross-sawn replica reclaimed engineered plank. Stock products providing a similar effect would be Relik Oak Onslow, or Henley Oak Raven which has a more pronounced sawn finish.
Best Pub went to Manchester and the quirky retro Airport. Located just 50 feet from Manchester Airport’s terminal 3 runway, it is a prime destination for aviation enthusiasts and the recent refurbishment makes the most of this with Spitfire armchairs, jet engine booths, vintage propeller parts and flying ducks dressed in pilot outfits. Retro floral fabrics and another of our herringbone floors complete the look.