CDG shortlisted for the Casual Dining Awards for Barbican refurb

Catering Design Group has reached the finals of the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards.

The award-winning restaurant and commercial kitchen design company has been shortlisted in “Best Designed Independent Casual Dining Restaurant” category for transforming The Barbican Lounge in London.

Re-branded into ‘Bonfire’, the first-floor restaurant was turned into a casual dining venue with an informal restaurant and bar space that served up a relaxed atmosphere.

This is the second time Catering Design Group has been shortlisted for the Awards since 2014 saw them featuring in Best Designed Independent Restaurant (Ludlow Kitchen, Ludlow) and Best Designed Casual Dining Pub (The Wheatsheaf, Farnham).

Drew Keen, Creative Director of Catering Design Group, commented:

“To say we are delighted about reaching the finals of the Casual Dining Design Restaurant & Pub Awards for a second time is an understatement. We are extremely proud of what we achieved for Bonfire at The Barbican and have everything crossed in the hope that we’ll be triumphant on the day.”

CDG designed and completely renovated the 300m² space together with a refurbishment of the kitchen to include state-of-the-art equipment around a theatre style space to complement the ‘laid back’ environment front-of-house.

An urban setting was created to showcase the personality of the ‘Bonfire’ brand and its menu of rotisserie chicken, burgers, milkshakes and ‘comforting’ desserts.

Taking inspiration from the celebrated architecture and exposed concrete prominent in the original structure, CDG immersed themselves in the raw, industrial nature of the space, enhancing it further with the use of reclaimed timbers, galvanised steel, corrugated metal sheets and steel mesh panels.

A dramatic feature wall backlit with LED lighting was designed to display the ‘Bonfire’ signage, giving customers the illusion of a sunken bonfire and branded livestock.

Menus are held by steel components and clipboards suspended from butchers’ hooks.

The rich, vibrant reds, blues and orange bonfire tones add warmth and interest around the space. Statement patchwork floor tiles in navy, orange and grey, cleverly zone the space, while subconsciously leading customers effortlessly through each area to improve customer flow.

Furniture within the bar and across the banquette dining area features reclaimed timber and galvanised steel finishes. Oversized, industrial copper pendants provide an eye-catching feature over the bar, complementing the tones of the floor tiles underneath.

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