Roba Restaurant and Bar
Roba Restaurant and Bar opened on Monday 11th April to become Paddington’s latest fine dining addition.
Located in Norfolk Place, the restaurant brings together the talent and passion for modern British cooking from Head Chef Andrea Secchi. He has created a changing seasonal menu that is packed with flavour. Andrea’s background includes working with Michelin-starred Chef Marcus Wearing at Marcus at The Berkley and Tredwell’s, as well as other high profile London locations. Andrea’s food is described as “innovative, modern and beautifully presented” – a real treat for diners.
Stylish and chic interiors have been designed by Tibbatts Abel, the award winning interior designers behind the iconic Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge. Diners can expect contemporary interiors with custom-designed features including signature copper elements throughout the whole space. The restaurant feels stylish yet relaxed – it creates a casual atmosphere and a place that you want to come back to on a regular basis.
Adrian Abel, Director at Tibbatts Abel commented: “Upon your first entrance into the lounge/restaurant/bar area, there are oversized doors which are sliding glass doors, but with a timber fret work pattern. These doors are about 2.5m wide and are sliding doors and panels that create a large opening into the restaurant itself. There are a lot of clean lines and sculptures in the room but it is not cold, it has a checkerboard patterned floor, which looks great and is extremely practical.
“We have strong light features which were undertaken by Chantelle, and they are a number of circular light fittings over the main restaurant area. The bar itself is glass fronted with a marble top and brass. The bar then backs onto the external window so there is very good vision into the restaurant itself. There is also a lot of coloured lighting within the ceiling alcoves so the mood can change consistently throughout the day. The restaurant is warm but it is also edgy and is versatile and I think its versatility is the biggest feature of the room.”
Roba Restaurant and Bar is located in an existing hotel, which was in need of refurbishment. In the hotel, the breakfast room was previously located in the basement but the space was deemed as one that became “a useless area that nobody utilised after breakfast.”
Adrian added: “There was also a bar area within the basement which was quite run down and tired and not well used. The idea was to combine the two aspects together and relocate them on the ground floor with a much more prominent position. We wanted to produce a real Camillian offer so the area became one that not only the hotel guests could use as a breakfast area first thing, but as we had a clever use of cabinets and closures that we could seal all of the buffet tables behind sculptural doors and screens, it meant that we could utilise the rest of the room as a restaurant and a cocktail bar.”
The newly located restaurant and bar is now situated in an area that previously housed bedrooms. The bedrooms that have been moved from that area are now being relocated in the lower area of the hotel. Even though work on Roba Restaurant and Bar has been completed, work on finishing the hotel rooms is set to continue for a few more weeks.
H & J construction were the main contractors on the project with work taking place over a 12 month period. Work was also undertaken to the reception area with Tibbatts Abel giving the area an upgrade, with the overall design flowing between the reception area and lounge and bar. During the work, the hotel continued to operate throughout.
“We upgraded the reception, which made it much more contemporary with clean lines to actually suite the restaurant we had created,” said Adrian. “The design flows between the two areas with a lot cleaner lines, a pale backdrop and again sculptural lighting which we have used to give it some drama.”
Despite there being numerous design aspects throughout the project, Adrian believes that the main challenge of the project was convincing the client that they could achieve a flexible space.
He said: “The main challenge was actually convincing the client that you could achieve such a flexible space that could operate from before breakfast time, through breakfast, throughout the day and then see the same space become a lounge and bar space at night for guests, so it was really about convincing the client that you could achieve all of that and I think that has been proven.”
Upon completion of the restaurant and bar, the lighting, sculptural entrance doors and the bar, that is described as “nice, crisp, clean and great for a cocktail bar or coffee bar – whatever you want it to be,” have been deemed as stand out features of the overall design.
Feedback about the restaurant and bars new design has been positive, with the client praising Tibbatts Abel for their fantastic work. Adrian concluded: “The client are over the moon and are really pleased. They have said they want to do this in their sister hotel in Blakemore.”
Set up in 2007, by directors Adam Tibbatts and Adrian Abel, Tibbatts Abel is an architectural and interior design practice. Tibbatts Abel specialise in hospitality and leisure projects, with a particular focus on bars, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs.
Past projects delivered by Tibbatts Abel include The Hand & Flowers and The Coach in Marlow, for Tom Kerridge; Jinjuu in London for Judy Joo; Copper Blossom in Edinburgh and The Boozy Cow in Aberdeen and Edinburgh for The Speratus Group Ltd; Brewery Tap in Ware, The Ten Bells in Norwich and The Plough in Bicester for Greene King; and The Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh for Signature Pub Group. In addition, Tibbatts Abel has provided design services for Buddha Bar, London; Tape, London; Charlie, London; and Saint Pauls House in Birmingham for Suburban Inns.
Most recently, the company worked on Roba Restaurant and Bar in London were Tibbatts Abel was responsible for creating the restaurants stylish and chic interiors. The company created the new look and feel for the restaurant area, as well as upgrading the hotel’s reception area.
Speaking about the project, Tibbatts Abel Director, Adrian Abel said: “All of our projects are treated individually and conceived in close liaison with the client and with this project, it is for a high profile restaurant and bar in a prime location and is unique for the area as well.”
Chantelle Lighting has been designing and manufacturing bespoke light fittings for the hospitality industry for over 25 years. The company boasts a team of highly skilled, artisan craftsmen and women who use their expertise to create jaw-dropping lighting for hotels, bars, restaurants and many other commercial and domestic locations.
In addition to their involvements with Roba Restaurant, Chantelle Lighting has also completed work for some of the largest brands in the UK. Designers and architects choose to work with the Chantelle because of its unrivalled experience working in the hospitality industry.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Anthony Holly, Managing Director of Chantelle Lighting, to ask a few questions about the company and its project with Roba Restaurant.
“This was a really exciting project which we were thrilled to be involved with,” Anthony told us.
“We created the LED dimmable colour changing pendant, which is a real focal point in the restaurant, and we also provided a bespoke fitting to feature above the bar. This is an LED colour changing scribble light, which is 13 metres long and customised to their desired shape.
“In addition to these great light fittings, our team at Chantelle also manufactured copper wall lights and mosaic crackle pendants in a unique mink colour.
“The restaurant has a modern feel and the light fittings chosen really complement the rest of the interior design. A job well done by all involved!”