28th Mar 2018
A full renovation was carried out to this 16th century thatched pub. From the start, BarrJoinery Designer James Knight kept in mind the number one priority of its proprietors, Ian & Des: not to compromise on the traditional feel and character of the pub but, at the same time to achieve a fresh, new feel. We asked Ian to tell us about the project.
‘‘We have recently undergone a significant refurbishment of our pub/ restaurant. The building dates back to 1550 so any improvement works required a sympathetic and considered approach. We were recommended to approach BarrJoinery by our Architect Swabey-Collison Architecture, to assist us with designing and building a new bar and back bar fittings. It was a comprehensive installation which required full joinery, plumbing and electrical works."
"From the very start of the project we were confident that we had made the right choice of partner in BarrJoinery. Josh and the guys who undertook the full design process were fantastic. They took their time to understand both the practical operational needs of a bar environment and also our design philosophy. As a client inexperienced in such a project Josh and his team helped us no end, by raising issues that we would not have thought to consider. They endeavoured to maximise the use of space and came up with some very clever ideas to this end.”
As with many period projects, maximising the available space was particularly key. With low ceilings and a lot of original features to work around, space was at a premium for the design. For example, utilising the frame of the entrance way to the bar to store menus was an invaluable addition. Timing for the works was also a key factor. Ian goes on to say:
“At the start of the installation process it was necessary to close the pub for a period of three weeks. At this time we had a number of trades people working both inside and outside of the pub. The [installation] team from BarrJoinery, led by Dave were extremely professional and showed a very meticulous approach to their work. They were extremely considerate and accommodating with others working around them and were fantastic in their flexibility and readiness to assist others where they could.”
The tongue and groove panelling was hand painted in Little Greene 'Juniper Ash' to compliment and contrast with the new brass kick rail.
“The finished work looks beautiful, we are so happy with the craftsmanship of the joinery and the quality of the materials that have been used. Our new bar looks amazing and is receiving very complimentary reviews from our customers. It has also achieved our aim of seamlessly fitting into the environment of a 16th Century building, a modern solution undertaken in a very sympathetic and stylish way. Thank you to all at BarrJoinery, we appreciate all you have done!” says Ian.
A fantastic project to work on, it is always a privilege to work with clients who are so passionate about their mission! It was a privilege to be a part of conserving the soul of The Lamb Inn, a retreat which is at the very heart of its community. We look forward to catching up with Ian & Des at their annual beer festival 13th – 15th July, with a range of ales, ciders and live music on offer…see you there!