Oddfellows Hotel Garden Restaurant Design
Oddfellows Hotel – Bar/ Restaurant
Our dream was to design and build a totally unique boutique hotel right in the heart of Chester – inside one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain.
Chester based interior designers Lister Carter have been responsible for the complete design and build of the multi million pound hotel development and restaurant project in Chester. To accompany Oddfellows hotel Lister Carter created the ‘Secret Garden’ and restaurant concept which is an exciting new chapter in the development of Oddfellows - launching its Mediterranean-inspired restaurant ‘The Garden by Simon Radley’
The interior of the restaurant is light, spacious with three horizontal windows in the side of the building and huge glass sliding doors at the far end of the restaurant - allowing light to pour in to the restaurant in the daytime and when the doors are open this almost bringing the garden ‘in to the restaurant’.
Decoration combines bespoke, colourful hand-made decoupage wallpaper based on flowers, vibrant coloured birds in flight, plant pots, framed pictures, antique side tables, old upholstered chairs. The restaurant furniture is simple, comfortable and distinctive. Complimenting the natural feel of the space, character grade European oak is used for all the tables, as well as being surrounded by plants, guests will notice there is even an olive tree through the centre of one of the larger dining tables! The restaurant ceiling is wallpapered with a light, yet translucent image of shadowed leaves - presenting the diner's with an almost 'natural' foliage canopy above their heads.
Food is served through the day and into the evening with a la carte, sharing plate and ‘munch’ menus to choose from including dishes such as broad bean and mint houmous, gazpacho and salt cod fritters with anchovy and lime.
Outside the restaurant you will find a real country garden effect with simple white picket fences, fragrant herbs, a jasmine trail, old terracotta pots, olive trees and a distinctive copper tree water feature complement the landscaped ‘secret garden’.
‘The Potting Shed’ Bar can be found at the end of the garden and feature an assortment of garden tools, seed trays and plant pots. You will also find secluded seating areas, private booths, comfy sofas and freestanding open fire places surrounded by 360-degree seating - all the garden's outdoor seating areas are protected from the elements by a cleverly designed retractable canopy system that covers and provides heat to visitors giving ‘indoor’ comfort all year round.
Everywhere you look in 'the garden' you will see interesting and ‘quirky’ design features and just when you thought you had seen all the details – you will spot something new that will make you smile.