Fishpool Inn, an historic quaint public house situated in Delamere, Cheshire, has recently been awarded the Best New Pub Award at this year’s Publican Awards for its inspired design.
Owned by the family run Nelson Northwest Hotels, the venue was originally a series of three cottages, which were transformed last century into a pub, before being converted into its modern day guise.
Following an 11 month renovation project which completed in February 2013 the pub has been transformed into a modern, open plan space, managing to retain the structures original cosy character. Eager to find out more about the venue Premier Hospitality caught up with Ken Roscoe, Director of project designers Lister Carter Design. He said:
“I have worked for Nelson Northwest Hotels previously and have had a longstanding working relationship with the firm for over 15 years. As well as acting as the lead designers on the project we also undertook all of the internal fit out works, making and installing all of the interior fixtures and fittings including the bespoke panelling and bars.
“We worked alongside main contractors Latham Construction to convert and extend the existing structure. One of the difficulties for us was creating an open plan space inside the venue as well as retaining the cellular rooms which are scattered throughout.”
Ken and the design team were eager to retain the cosy nooks and crannies of the Fishpool Inn as they added charm and character to the venue. The venue used to comprise a series of three interlocking rooms and a small bar area and following the renovation now comprises two new wings which have enabled the owners to increase the dining space to 160 covers.
As part of the renovation project one of the building’s existing storage wings on the ground floor has been converted into a more useable public space. The cellar has been transformed into a bespoke space to contain all of the cellar works and refrigerator storage for the kitchens.
A new state of the art kitchen has also been created as part of the project which opens up to the restaurant, lying in the inner quadrant of the Fishpool Inn, inside a newly constructed oak structure.
Upon entering the newly renovated Fishpool Inn a double height entrance space greets diners, as well as a grand staircase leading to the first floor male and female toilet facilities. The ground floor also holds a baby changing area, located behind a secret door, as well as a small snug area which holds eight people and is ideal for cosy gatherings.
The dog friendly venue also contains an impressive traditional bar area containing a large open crackling fire, exposed oak beams on the ceiling and peg rails on the wall. Inside the newly constructed oak framed structure of the pub an open plan dining space is located which has been divided into a number of stalls.
These partitioned dining spaces have been made out of oak cladding with blacksmiths railing to create an intimate area for guests to relax. The space also contains a large skylight in the centre of the ceiling and a vintage rowing boat which is suspended below the light creating a feature piece in the room.
The other two rooms in the Fishpool Inn have been dedicated to polo because of the area’s links to the sport. Cheshire’s polo fields are close by and so the room has been filled with polo memorabilia, as well as bespoke artwork referencing local and international polo games. The rooms are also adorned with saddle ranches and polo mallets, mounted on the walls and ceiling.
Ken said the team did encounter some difficulties during the project including the construction of the new cellar. He added:
“Most of the ground was sand and so building a very large structure on the area required extensive sheet piling in order to retain the earth. Despite the difficulties, this project is one I am very proud of and demonstrated the clients trust in us.
“This trust spurred us on to deliver a fantastic project; we used natural material throughout the pub and were eager that all of the fixtures and fittings were bespokely made with local and sustainable materials. Everywhere you look there is something to admire – it really is a feast for the eyes!”
Ted Todd Hardwood
Specialising in hardwood flooring, Ted Todd Hardwood is a design and manufacture establishment which has now been in operation for 21 years. The business has a retail focus, dealing with sales and commercial sales to delivering to showrooms. Other than The Fish Pool Inn, Ted Todd has also embarked upon numerous other projects including producing the floors for Harrods and the O2 Arena in London.
Working with The Fish Pool Inn, the company supplied specialised flooring for the exclusive project. Products consisted of Artizan flooring and Hockenhall flooring, which was laid in a selection of unique patterns. Ted Todd Hardwood also delivered luxurious two-ply oak Versailles panels which promised to deliver a dramatic and unique effect whilst also being a hardwearing and easy to maintain option.
Premier Hospitality caught up with John Sheridan, the Head of Marketing for Ted Todd Hardwood, to find out a little more on their work with The Fish Pool Inn.
“It was great to be a part of the success of The Fish Pool Inn, the most important thing to us as a business is to create the right vibe for our clients. Regardless of size, with each and every project we like to ensure that every client has the best products and service.”
Ted Todd Hardwood also prides itself in its dedication to environmentally friendly standards. Regarding the FSC (Forest Stewardship Commission) the company shares the same values when it comes to sustainability.
Taylor Classics is a specialist traditional furniture manufacturer and supplier to the hospitality market. The firm create bespoke tables, chairs, sofas and other unique pieces for clients as well as refurbishing existing antique pieces.
The team are skilled at refurbishing Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian furniture and making it suitable for the hospitality market. Taylor’s has been in operation for 30 years, initially starting as an antique dealer, but gradually focusing on supplying pieces to the hospitality industry.
The firm has established an impressive portfolio since its inception having worked for high profile clients including Provenance Inns, Elite Pubs, Browns Restaurants, Nando’s and The National Trust. Recently the firm has been involved in the renovation of the Fishpool Inn, supplying the majority of the furniture for clients Nelson Hotels.
We caught up with Roger Belham, Director of Taylors Classics, to find out more about the project:
“We have worked for Nelson Hotels for a number of years and love working for them as they have very clear ideas of how they want their venues to look. They are also always prepared to invest in good quality furniture and they have high standards which we think we meet.”
Taylors supplied the Fishpool Inn with their new Brewood collection, based on an arts and crafts theme, which suited the venue. As well as supplying furniture for the renovation Taylors also refurbished some existing items.
“It was great to be involved with the Fishpool Inn as it one of the major venues in the north west of England. It has recently won an award for its inspired design and so to be associated with such a high profile project is great. We supplied a wide variety of furniture to the project and worked successfully alongside the clients and designers Lister Carter.”
Roger said the firm pride themselves on their ability to select high quality antique furniture for projects, as well as the quality of their refurbishment skills. Roger commented:
“Our ability to make bespoke furniture enables every location we work on to be entirely individual.”
LCT Interior Solutions
LCT Interior Solutions has been in operation for five years but has a combined experience of 20 years in the hospitality industry. The firm provide an array of services including picture framing, printing, artwork, photography, planting, decorative accessories, sourcing and research as well as a full installation facility.
LCT is skilled at adding imaginative, finishing touches to hotel, bar and leisure interiors in the UK and overseas. Since their inception they have shared their expertise with an array of clients including Wetherspoons, Nando’s, Novus Leisure Ltd, TGI Friday’s, Revolution, Premier Inn, Holiday Inn, De Vere, The Living Room, Living Ventures, Macdonald Hotel and Mercure Hotels to name but a few.
LCT has recently been involved with the renovation of The Fishpool Inn in Cheshire. We caught up with LCT’s Director, Cath Davis, to find out more about the firms involvement in the project:
“We manufactured and installed all the framed prints, bespoke artwork and themed artefacts that decorate the venue and there was a lot of it!! This project was very important to us, it is always great to work on local venues with local companies and especially with such a nice scheme. It will certainly add to our portfolio”
“We pride ourselves in our ability to interpret our client’s needs and help them to create something individual. Our highly conscientious team are dedicated in maintaining our reputation for a service of uncompromising quality and originality. The success of the company is based on a strong commitment to deliver creative and innovative solutions within budgets and deadlines.”