Formerly known as the River Restaurant, Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill at The Savoy is a stunning new restaurant located in one of the most prestigious hotels in the world.
Kaspar’s follows hot on the heels of the restoration of The Savoy in 2010 and is very much a destination in its own right.
Work began on Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill in March 2013 and reached completion ahead of its opening in May 2013. Robert Angell Design Studio was the lead interior design consultant on Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill, whilst Ireland-based company McCue Fit was the main contractor.
Robert Angell Design Studio Company Director, Rob Angell, said:
“The Savoy is one of the world’s most iconic hotel’s however the River Restaurant was not attracting the wider audience it should. Although the restaurant was working very well, The Savoy wanted to enhance the dining experience whilst continuing to appeal to the local crowd.
“With the theatres, museums and the Opera House across the Strand, Kaspar’s will retain the loyal Savoy guests and celebratory customers, but will also attract the discerning young affluents, ladies who lunch and Captains of Industry.
“Through intelligent and considered design this was a seamless transformation to create an exciting and dynamic restaurant that has subtle points of difference from breakfast through to lunch and dinner.”
Designed by Robert Angell Design Studio, the art deco inspired restaurant takes reference from the Savoy’s steeped heritage, to give a timeless eating experience. The layout is dynamic and flexible, with new lighting – including a beautiful bespoke chandelier – a stunning marble floor around a new dramatic seafood bar and elegantly designed furniture to punctuate the space.
New comfortable banquette seating and table arrangements allow the restaurant to cater for the needs and expectations of guests. Meanwhile, the ceiling has been fitted with silver leaf to bring a touch of glamour to Kaspar’s and additional features include brass balustrading and art deco mirrors.
“We wanted to give the restaurant an elegant, sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere. We kept many references to The Savoy and kept some of the existing elements; however it is a new and radically different look to what was there previously.
“The restaurant is visually enticing, glamorous and sophisticated, welcoming and relaxed in its atmosphere with an aura of informality, combining a blend of strong design with a casual, modern food and service offering.”
“Although Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill is somewhat of a departure from River Restaurant, it still meets the expectations of its guests. It has been an amazing opportunity to be associated with The Savoy. I am very proud that we were entrusted to be involved with this new era of the Savoy and its future growth.”
The overall design of the restaurant takes its inspiration from The Savoy’s rich history, whilst it takes its name from a three foot high cat sculpted in 1926 by British Basil Lonides. The cat is steeped in superstition and has a longstanding history with The Savoy.
Commenting on the new restaurant, Kiaran MacDonald, General Manager at The Savoy, said:
“Not only in its name does Kaspar’s keep alive the wonderful history that this four legged friend brought to the hotel almost 100 years ago, but as an informal, yet chic brasserie style restaurant it will also meet the demands of today’s regular diners.”
Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill at The Savoy is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with a pre-theatre and children’s menu also available. Head chef, James Pare has created a simple, yet approachable menu which includes smoked brown shrimp & eel cocktail, Dover sole with brown butter caper sauce and lobster club sandwich with chips.
For more information about Kaspar’s, please visit: www.kaspars.co.uk.
TAG Catering Equipment
For the past 25 years, TAG Catering Equipment has specialised in the design and supply of bespoke kitchens schemes. TAG has provided services for many leading names in a variety of sectors, including Fortnum & Mason, Dorchester Hotel, Somerset House and Royal Marsden Hospital.
Working on Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill at The Savoy, TAG designed a polished stainless steel bar, including bespoke fridges, raised ice wells and chilled glass fish cabinets. A special feature is a unique bread oven recessed into a marble wall with a curved glass cheese counter in front.
TAG Designer, Tyron Stephens-Smith, said:
“It was an exciting opportunity to work alongside Robert Angell Design Studio, helping Robert to achieve his vision of the restaurant. We have worked with The Savoy on a number of back-of-house projects, so it was great to be involved in designing equipment so visually appealing for diners.”
“TAG’s background in engineering and servicing gives us a wealth of experience in designing kitchen schemes focused on longevity and efficiency.”
McCue Interior Fit-out Solutions
For almost 60 years McCue Interior Fit-out Solutions has been the supplier of choice for some of the world’s most exciting brands. Having carved a reputation in retail for innovation, quality and on-time delivery; it was only a matter of time before the hospitality sector took notice.
The completion of a string of major projects in the last two years has seen hotel operators like Malmaison and Radisson added to an enviable client base that also boasts Urban Outfitters, DW Sports Fitness, Hugo Boss and Starbucks. In recent weeks, the fit-out specialist was also appointed main contractor for The Savoy hotel’s new Art-deco inspired interior restaurant, Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill.
Discussing the project, McCue Interior Fit-out Solutions Managing Director, Les McCracken, said:
“Working with Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill at The Savoy has been a highlight for our team. This was a high profile project and we were pleased to be associated with such an iconic London Hotel.
“We build great working relationships with all our clients. Many have been with us for a long time because they trust our ability to finish to the highest standards on time and within budget.”
McCue Interior Fit-out Solutions provides comprehensive and tailored packages that include project management, bespoke architectural joinery, design-led interior products, and essential support and maintenance services.