Category : Design

Are you ready for al fresco?

Keith Hobbs

The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and the roadmap to recovery is pressing ahead. We can’t wait to be sat in the beer garden, at the terrace, on the pavement: the al fresco options are endless!

The hospitality sector is always innovating anyway and we’ve loved seeing all the different ways our clients and friends are embracing the upcoming patio season, but it’s great to see so many Councils being more flexible with pavement seating options too. 

Areas like Covent Garden have radically innovated their space and surrounding areas to open up even more outside dining and drinking spaces. Closer to home it’s great to see Nottingham City Council altering road layouts to cater for greater pavement hospitality options. And globally we’re seeing trends shift and new patterns emerge as we all embrace our new normal.

However you tackle the conundrum of being safer outdoors, comfort and safety are key. Customers want to relax and enjoy themselves, safe in the knowledge that there is space around them and that all surfaces are clean and not damaged.

From a seating point of view, durability and comfort are key. Furniture needs to be sturdy, weather resistant and well-maintained. Keeping surfaces smooth and free from damage means there aren’t spaces for germs, dirt and bacteria to build. Regular deep cleaning ensures that staff cleaning systems are effective and manageable. We can help with all these aspects.

But we all need a bit of luxury too! Soft furnishings, lighting and imaginative use of the space all make such a difference. Cushions and covers can be brought inside to protect them, but can offer warmth and comfort when used.

We partner with specialised architectural joiners and can offer a range of exciting outside seating and structural options as a result. We can work with you to create a bespoke solution.

Our Brand Image Maintenance Service protects outside spaces just as much as indoor, and enables managers and owners to protect their outdoor investment securely. Take a look at the work we did for The Crescent Inn here.

Need to bring your outdoor seating and structures up to speed? Get in touch – we are always happy to give you a maintenance and repair quote.

Why you should adapt your pub to meet all-day dining trends

Rosie@cartwrightcommunications.co.uk

Today customers have the choice to eat what they want, whenever they want. As a result, many pubs have made strategic business changes to successfully compete in ‘all-day dining’ to meet this trend that dominates the industry.

The majority of pubs also have outside areas which can be used to fulfil the huge and growing desire we have to eat alfresco. This is a vital USP for the pub trade. High street restaurants might have some limited pavement seating and retail mall eateries can’t offer outside eating at all.

So, if you’re a pub owner or landlord who has decided to take the plunge to offer all-day dining, what do you do next? As maintenance, design and fit out experts, here are some clues to keeping your pub looking good at all hours of the day.

The biggest myths about interior designers dispelled

Ash Dhindsa

Giada Schioppa is an architect and interior designer at Fresssh Image. Here she provides her views on common misconceptions associated with interior designers with some top tips if you’re considering employing one.

For those managing hotels, restaurants and bars and thinking about changing the design or look and feel of a venue, employing an interior designer might well be a wise choice that can save you a lot of time and hassle. However, to get the best out of working well with a designer, there are some things to consider before approaching one:

  • Decide on a design brief – putting as much of your vision down on paper as you can
  • Do we have brand guidelines in place for the designer to work to?
  • What do we want the role of our interior designer be?
  • What added value will an interior designer add to the project?

Stick To The Knitting

matt@cartwrightcommunications.co.uk

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