It has been a patio season like no other.
There is no doubt it has been a difficult year for hospitality, but the covid trend to repurpose outside areas for seating spaces has been well served by the clement weather we’ve had.
Restaurateurs and councils across the UK moved quickly earlier in the season to create or expand outdoor dining sections, giving venues more physically distanced capacity, and COVID-cautious customers the confidence to dine out in fresh air.
It has been great to see a much broader embrace of al fresco dining, especially in city centres, and we would love to see it continue. Our approach at Fresssh Image is always to be solution-focused, and we hope placemakers nationwide will continue to offer flexibility about how outside space is used.
As temperatures drop during the colder months, there has been a lot of debate about how comfortable people will be outside. Outdoor heaters are of course an option, but not a very sustainable one given the current climate crisis.
Instead, we only have to look to other areas such as Scandinavia and New Zealand, where boxes of blankets and hot water bottles are a standard feature for most bars and restaurants. Accessories such as this, along with suitable clothing and a shift in attitude would allow a vibrant al fresco culture to prevail here too, all year round. Particularly if those outdoor spaces were covered.
We are excited about the possibilities afforded by outside structures, bespoke seating and inventive outdoor spaces, and we know you are too.
From a seating point of view, durability and comfort are key. Furniture needs to be sturdy, weather resistant and well-maintained. Cushions and covers can be brought inside to protect them, but can offer warmth and luxury when used.
Our partners, Willey and Bunker Projects, offer a range of exciting outside seating and structural options, and 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.