Now that the quality of food in restaurants in the UK has become so good – many dining businesses are turning to their interior to ‘wow’ customers. Although London is often seen as the focal point for great design, there are some stunning restaurants dotted all around the UK that are well worth a visit. The UK now proudly boasts many restaurants inside and outside of the capital city that are at the forefront of design. One of the many reasons companies like Dawnvale are so successful now is because restaurants really are focusing on their interiors.
German Gymnasium, London
Despite what the name would suggest, this Kings Cross restaurant is nothing like a gym. The name stems from the fact that the building was a gym designed by Edward Gruning in 1864 before it became the hot spot it is today. The light, airy space displays symmetry that is pleasing to the eye and warm clean colours that create a relaxing dining experience. There are two floors and heated terraces for guests to make themselves comfortable on while they are served Mittel-European food. In a break from trend it doesn’t take itself too seriously like many other well designed and celebrated restaurants and actually markets itself as a ‘cafe’.
Archive HomestoreAnd Kitchen, Ramsgate
If you have ever been in the unfortunate situation of needing to eat while doing an Ikea shop you will be fully aware of how basic and unbecoming furniture store cafes can be. While Ikea drive sales through cheap food, the overall experience is much like a school dinner, only worse as you are paying for the privilege. This is why it is so surprising that the Archive Homestore and Kitchen has made it into the list. The Kent cafe serves locally-sourced lunches in a setting that is designed just as pleasantly as the connecting homeware store. The high ceilings give the atmosphere of space and the basic yet elegant furniture is complemented only by the imaginative use of lighting. Many people visit because of the restaurant rather than the homeware.
On the more luxurious end of the spectrum, Tattu in Manchester is based in Spinningfields area of the city. Often voted one of the best designed restaurants in the UK, the Chinese restaurant’s focal point is a neon cherry tree. The low level lighting has caused many a joke on social media, but those who do not mind eating in near-darkness include Premiership footballers and celebrities. The entire decor is based on an Asian theme and no expense has been spared when it comes to ornaments and the intricately designed walls and ceiling. Peculiarly, the restaurant states on it’s own website that it takes inspiration from body art. As well as the restaurant they also have a bar area for those who just want to bask in the glamorous atmosphere and enjoy a drink. You’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else in Manchester as opulent as this and many believe it is only rivalled by similar London restaurants like Nobu.