The Olde Bell Inn in Hurley, Berkshire has been voted the Best Designed Restaurant in the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2008/09, with the Best Bar title going to Carbon in London’s West End.
While St. Pancras Grand, Wahaca (Westfield) and Filini were all shortlisted for the Best Restaurant Design award, it was The Olde Bell Inn that scooped the top prize for it’s rustic yet indulgent interior. Carbon beat off competition from Home House, 1707 Wine Bar and Paramount to secure the Best Bar Interior title.
Le Gavroche was awarded the title of Best Designed Washroom, which incorporates a kitsch collection of wall-mounted handheld mirrors, and Bob Bob Ricard the title of Best Identity, an accolade that was also sought after by Fat Boy Slim’s Oki-Nami and Marcus Eaves’s L’Autre Pied.
Judges including Jeremy Coysten of North Design, Richard Doone of Conran & Partners and Tony Chambers, editor of Wallpaper Magazine, sorted through over 300 entries to find the winning designs. The triumphant entries in other categories included Sake No Hana for Restaurant Interior & Lighting Scheme, East Beach Cafe for Exterior Space, Oojam for Kitchen Space, and Lem for Furniture & Lighting Product.