Located in the heart of Liverpool, the Sir Thomas hotel is boutique destination housed within a stunning 19th century building. Alongside 39 charming guestrooms, the Sir Thomas is also home to a brasserie and bar that was recently the subject of a major interior makeover.
The new look, which was designed by Wroot Design, has transformed a space that was previously dark and dated into a flexible area that is bright and inviting. The sharp new interior is matched by a high quality food and drink offering that, where possible, is sourced locally. Since reopening to the public in February the reception for the brasserie and bar has been very positive – a testament to the skill of lead designers Wroot Design.
Premier Hospitality recently spoke to Fiona Wroot, Director at Wroot Design, to find out a bit more about the project:
“The Sir Thomas bar, restaurant and reception hadn’t been refurbished for about 14 years so they needed bringing up to date and given a whole new identity. That is what we were tasked with doing. In terms of a brief the client wanted something fresher, more modern and up to date that was flexible for the many varied events they host at the restaurant and bar.
“It’s a lot lighter and brighter. Essentially, before it was a lot more like a gentleman’s club with dark leather couches and carpets. That’s all gone and it’s now a place that’s light and bright during day but can transition easily into an intimate and cosy space at night. It’s now a very comfortable place to sit in, no matter what time of the day.
“Before there was just one light across the whole area but we’ve zoned it so you can have lighter areas and more intimate areas. The bar is now more of a focus because it’s brighter than the rest of the space.”
While work was carried out on site the rest of the hotel remained open and this proved to be the biggest challenge on the project along with a tight time frame.
The food at the brasserie includes an A La Carte menu that is regularly updated to match seasonal ingredient changes. The menu is supplemented by Afternoon Tea and a Sunday Roast to round off the weekend. The laidback bar includes an extensive wine list and an enviable mix of cocktails.
“I’ve worked with the client for a long time and I know what they want. The relationship has developed over a number of years now and they’re great to work with.”
The Sir Thomas is one of two hotels owned by the Flanagan Group. Ideally placed just a short walk from Liverpool Lime Street station and the historic Albert Dock, the Sir Thomas has long been a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. While a number of the building’s original features have been maintained, the evolution of the interior has resulted in an elegant, clean and inviting space.
To find out more, please visit thesirthomas.co.uk.
Versital UK specialise in the manufacture of made-to-order surfaces for use within the hospitality and leisure industry. The company has been in operation for more than 30 years and within this time has gained a reputation for delivering true-to-life marble finishes, popular for bar tops, table tops and washroom vanities.
Over the years, Versital UK has built up an enviable portfolio completing projects for Mitchells & Butlers, The Andaz London, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Greenwich Peninsula, Yates, Heathrow Airport and even the Big Brother House. Most recently, Versital UK have been involved with The Sir Thomas.
For The Sir Thomas, Versital UK supplied Copper Stratos metallic marble finishes for bar tops and panels, to clad columns and the hotel’s custom music system. The orders were manufactured to meet exact size requirements ready for installation.
Gemma Stockberger, Versital UK, said:
“The Sir Thomas is a beautiful historic hotel located in the heart of the city and now incorporates the newly refurbished Brasserie and Bar. We were delighted to work alongside installers Go Green on The Sir Thomas; they were a pleasure to work with and really helped to do justice to our product.”
Versital UK enjoy working with independent installers and designers who create beautiful and unique designs using their products in fantastic locations.
“At Versital UK, we offer a completely unique product – being the most true to life marble you will find on the market, whilst also being totally waterproof and stain resistant. We take great pride in the manufacture of each item, paying attention to the smallest detail.
“Our customer service is second to none and our aim is to provide our clients with a stress free, simple buying process which ensures repeat business.”