Dining Style

Design award makes The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel Manchester’s hottest eatery

The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel, in Manchester, has taken top honours at the 2020 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, in the Hotel Category. 

The win is a coup for London-based luxury interior design house, Goddard Littlefair, responsible for the restaurant’s chic new outlook, and a compelling reason to revisit this Mancunian hot spot.

The restaurant, which overlooks the River Irwell, is renowned for its modern take on British classics created by Executive Head Chef Dave Ashton. Patrons can choose from a mix of beef, chicken, fish and shellfish dishes, which use locally sourced seasonal food 

The two essential characteristics driving the award winning redesign were ‘luxury’ and ‘contemporary’.

The River Restaurant, which overlooks the River Irwell, is renowned for its grill-style menu…

The colour palette reflects the musical heritage of the city

Geometric influences used throughout have been inspired by the iconic bridge over the River Irwell, while the playful colour palette reflects the musical heritage of the city. The design team even managed to even work in a homage to the city’s industrial past with the use of metal elements throughout the space.

The architectural approach taken by Goddard Littlefair has been built around bespoke furniture and fittings for the restaurant. 

A grand centralised marble top bar provides a focus for the room, while the slatted screen design of the bar allows segments of it to be closed down to make a private event that much more special.

Fitted joinery creates a series of well defined but linked spaces, while lighting and colour design are used to bring them all together. Bright burnt oranges and reds to calming greens and blues, are picked up and accentuated by artworks. Bespoke glass lighting is the final touch, offering warmth and vibrancy during the day, yet creating a sophisticated atmosphere in the evenings.

Goddard Littlefair is a London-based, luxury interior design house whose specialty is high-end and luxury hotels, but they also work on private and developer residential schemes.

The studio recently completed work at Gleneagles in Scotland, the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik and the Kimpton Charlotte Square. The team are currently working on a five-star Mediterranean resort, as well as an ambitious reimagining of a historic property in Vienna. The soon-to-open Villa Copenhagen in Denmark, will highlight the studio’s F&B division Epicurean. 

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