George's Dining Room & Bar, Worsley
Working with Formroom Architects Louise was commissioned to totally reinvent and rebrand the former Milan Restaurant in Worsley owned by friends Ryan Giggs, Kelvin Gregory and Bernie Taylor. The brief was to create a high quality, but understated and comfortable drinking and dining environment where new chef Andrew Parker's modern English cuisine could take centre stage.
The former Milan restaurant suffered from low ceiling heights, poor lighting and awkward corners. To solve this the building interior was taken back to shell, maximising ceiling heights where possible, rearranging the internal spaces, re-routing staff and customer flows, and opening up the front facade to a new front terrace bringing in natural light and reinvigorating the space. The interior is centred on a dramatic double height bar space featuring a fluted glass screen illuminated from behind with filament bulb lighting and a bespoke floor mosaic signature George's 'G'. In a bold move, a back of house stair was rotated into the restaurant to give access to the new private dining and party space on the first floor and also allow a picture window to the kitchen to be inserted behind the bar. The entrance was relocated to create a more convivial and welcoming bar space and a more intimate cocktail lounge. There was also a marked transformation of the restaurant area where a disabled WC was relocated and the ceiling opened up to create a high pitched ceiling with feature wine racking with ladders.
The client was especially keen to have a talking point in the loos. Here we had a bit fun with gold basins which reference the gold Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens designed by the restaurant's namesake Sir George Gilbert Scott.
The restaurant was very well received by the client and the critics in the restaurant press. Click here to see more >
Category : Restaurant & Bar
Client : George's Dining Room & Bar
Date : Complete