FOUR NEW RESTAURANTS
The annual Restaurant and Bar Design Awards’ winners are announced on 5 October. Book a table or buy a bun at one of these shortlisted few before the word gets out (restaurantandbardesignawards.com)
Martello Hall, London
British practice Red Deer Architects let this former factory in Hackney set the tone for the restaurant: retaining its industriousness, the bar distils its own gin, brews the beer and fires up its pizza oven every night. Cafe curtains, frilly vintage glass lights and little sprigs of rosemary in bottles spruce up the three pared-back, chalk-painted floors – we especially love the long marble bar (martellohall.com).
Badger & Co, Edinburgh
Birmingham-based practice Tibbatts Abel was inspired by The Wind in the Willows stories for the interior of this brasserie – yes, there is wildlife-printed wallpaper, but it is offset by a beautiful powder-pink, cerulean and pale green palette and swathes of natural light streaming in through the floor-to-ceiling Georgian sash windows. Try the Scottish brown crab with lime and baby gem lettuce ( badgerandco.com).
Lost and Found, Knutsford
This Grade II listed red-brick Victorian town hall might look familiar from the outside – it was designed by Neo- Gothic genius Alfred Waterhouse, who also dreamed up the Natural History Museum – but the inside may surprise. Design-and-build group Concorde BGW carefully repurposed the building, leaving the space undivided: the single room is split only by existing pillars and citrus trees (the-lostandfound.co.uk).
This bakery’s interior is as wholesome as its handkneaded bread, with a neutral palette and rustic timber beams. Ferns and dracaena plants overflow from green walls in the listed building that has been redesigned by east London partnership Holland Harvey Architects. Danish pastries and oven-hot loaves of ‘Bristol brown’ (rye and wholemeal sourdough) sit behind a gleaming copper counter (pinkmans.co.uk).