Bistrot Pierre Kidderminster
Founded by childhood friends Robert Beacham and John Whitehead in 1994, Bistrot Pierre has grown steadily in the time since, with its Anglo-French dishes freshly prepared using the best locally sourced ingredients.
Having first operated successful franchises in Nottingham and Derby, Bistrot Pierre now boasts over 20 sites across England. Most recently, the brand arrived in Kidderminster, bringing a taste of France to the area. Bistrot Pierre Kidderminster is part of the Riverside restaurant and retail development in the heart of the town, right on the banks of the River Stour.
In addition to accommodating up to 138 diners internally, the site also boasts an external seating area and like all Bistrot Pierre restaurants it has been designed to have its own distinct character and atmosphere. Continuing a long standing relationship with Bistrot Pierre, award-winning practice Gillespie Yunnie Architects worked on the interior design and fit out of the space.
Nicola Donnery, architectural assistant at Gillespie Yunnie, said:
“We started working on this particular project in October 2016. The restaurant has been designed to form a series of dining spaces, including a raised seating area and window seat banquette along the glazing line while three reclaimed metal windows form a screen separating the informal café style seating area from the main dining space.”
Curved booth seating, in distinctive mustard yellow leather, bookends the main dining area while an open plan cookline forms the backdrop to the restaurant set within a timber panelled wall. Nicola added:
“The main materials we have used in the space include a combination of classic French bistro elements teamed with brand essentials such as the large holophane globe lighting visible from the street, tin tile ceiling decoration, a pewter bar top and neon signage.
“The furniture is a mix of Chesterfield-inspired banquette seating with button backs, Bistro-style and Bentwood-style chairs and reclaimed timber table tops. The colour scheme is a palette of rich blues, mustard yellow and antique gold.”
As with any new restaurant, the planning and design process also involved overcoming a number of obstacles. The long and narrow nature of the Kidderminster site meant there was a danger it would be inward looking. To prevent this, a central chandelier was introduced to give focus to the restaurant dining, with the bar and bookcase shelving forming features to either side.
Commenting on the initial feedback for the Kidderminster restaurant, a spokesperson for Bistrot Pierre said:
“Customers are delighted to see such a stunning restaurant open in Kidderminster, which has been welcomed with open arms. Not only has it transformed the area, but it has given people a reason to visit Kidderminster. As you will see from TripAdvisor they highly commend the food, staff and surroundings.”
With further Bistrot Pierre sites set to open later this year and in 2018, the brand continues to go from strength to strength. For more information, please visit bistrotpierre.co.uk.