In 1807, the original owner of the Watney-Combe brewery, Alderman Combe, hosted an annual steak supper for London’s great and good, including the Prince of Wales and Duke of York. Inspired by the site’s impressive heritage, our brief was to design a British steakhouse and cocktail bar that was unique, considered and dramatic. We wanted to create a space full of wit, imagination and invention, but above all, to capture a sense of time and occasion.
The reclaimed parquet floor, oak panelling, bespoke wall lights and brass table lamps, handmade crackle-glazed tiles and pewter cocktail bar were painstakingly sourced and crafted to evoke the impression of establishment and permanency. We exposed the building’s brick arches, supported by a striking colonnade of cast iron columns, to reveal the original basement structure and communicate a visual link to the past.
The carefully considered lighting gives the interior warmth and intimacy, while polished metal, cut crystal glass and lustrous leather convey the decadence and indulgence of bygone times.