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Festival Food and Drink

Festival Food and Drink
Written by Roma Publications

Festival Food and Drink Where Brazil meets Liverpool

A fusion of Brazilian tastes and rhythms together with a blend of Liverpool humour and music history, Festival Food and Drink has opened within a Grade II listed building on Matthew Street in Liverpool.

 The venue is a unique collaboration between twosuccessful businesses, Bem Brasil who operate five restaurants in the NorthWest, and The Cavern Club, the most famous club in the world.

 Interior designers for the scheme were JSA Design based in Warrington; main contractors were Medlock FRB, who were commended for theirwork.

Festival Food and Drink has opened on the 25th anniversary of the First Matthew Street Festival – and this has been commemorated with two walls dedicated to Mathew Street at the restaurant which celebrates festivals from around the world, from Glastonbury and Woodstock to the Cannes Film Festival and Munich’s Oktoberfest.

Jon Salisbury, director of JSA Design said: “The project involved the remodelling and fit out of a previously derelict unit, with the works being carried out over three floors. The basement level incorporates the kitchen, stores and toilets, with a restaurant and open barbeque cook-line on the ground floor and a further restaurant on the first floor.

“Both floors are served by a designated bar, with the ground floor space having a mix of sharing tables for a more sociable atmosphere. The first floor is more of an intimate setting, with booth seating & feature mood lighting. The theatre of the grill to the ground floor BBQ adds to the Festival vibe!”

Festival Food and Drink

Remodelling of the basement was required to accommodate the new kitchen and toilets. The works also involved the installation of new staircases from basement to ground floor and from ground floor to first floor.

The design brief was to create a relaxed dining experience, taking influences from the surrounding music scene on Mathew Street, with the emphasis of the design being festival-related.

Walls have been left exposed to display the history of the building’s fabric, with key areas featuring reclaimed timber and corrugated panels.

Floors are a mix of timber and tiling and furniture is an eclectic mix of polished and painted pieces.

A mix of vibrant colours have been used to pick out key panelled features, with the existing brickwork based out in a linen grey.

Key elements of the lighting scheme include ‘gramophone’ pendants, LED tube lighting to a double high gallery, and multi-lamp ring pendants.

The client has also created a softer seated area on the Mathew Street elevation, using astroturf and vibrantly coloured picnic benches, to extend the festival theme into the street scene.

Jon Salisbury said: “With the building being a Grade II Listed asset, care had to be taken not to detract from or damage the existing fabric.

“Access was also an issue from a contractor perspective, with little or no storage and limited vehicular access.

“Despite these challenges, Medlock FRB did an excellent job.

“It was a great project to be involved in and the finished product is one we are all very proud of at JSA.”

The venue offers a choice of mouth-watering dining options. These include the ‘Tent’ menu for a more informal visit or the ‘Glamping’ menu for more formal dining on the first floor.

Options include: grilled chicken breasts marinated in buttermilk and parsley; The Boss Burger – two flame grilled beef burgers, cheese, egg, bacon, ham, fried onion and ranch sauce; BBQ Rack of Ribs – pork ribs glazed with homemade BBQ Bourbon sauce, served with a red chilli garnish; Sea Bass with Mango Salsa; Passion Fruit Salmon – wild Scottish salmon served with a passion fruit and white wine sauce and Picanha Steak (a Brazilian Favourite) – the venue’s signature Brazilian steak representing the art of churrasco.

Festival is all part of a long-term ambition to make Mathew Street a must-visit destination by day, as well as an exciting place to enjoy an evening out, appealing to families as much as music fans.

Festival Food and Drink

Contract Furniture UK Ltd

Contract Furniture UK Ltd (CFUK Ltd) manufacture and supply all aspects of contract furniture to the leisure industry, from tables, chairs, sofas and stools to specialist banquette seating and everything required for a hotel bedroom. The company has been in operation for more than 20 years and within this time has worked with all of the leading pub & leisure companies supplying to David Lloyd Leisure, Stonegate Pub Company, Greene King, Star Pubs & Bars, Hydes Brewery, JW Lees and Wadworth Brewery, as well as many independent businesses.

Most recently, CFUK Ltd has been involved with the work on The Festival Food & Drinks Bar on Matthew Street in Liverpool. Working on this project, CFUK Ltd supplied the venue with loose furniture including tables, chairs, benches and more.

Kevin Tobin, Managing Director for CFUK Ltd, said:

“Being a local Warrington-based company it was important to be involved in such a prime venue within Mathew Street and to work closely with designers JSA to produce such a bespoke, one-off concept.”

Kevin added:

“At CFUK Ltd we pride ourselves on our quality, our service and our manufacturing skills, with everything made here in Britain.”

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Established in September 2016 and based in Warrington, JSA specialises in interior and architectural design along with project management, for schemes within the hospitality sector. The practice is headed by managing director Jon Salisbury, who set up the venture after 17 years at his last post as director of a North West design practice, along with Laura Seddon (creative director) and Lauren Dean (senior interior designer and project manager).

Over the past two years, JSA has delivered a rich plethora of aesthetically and financially successful schemes for both old and new clients. One of JSA’s most recent projects was Festival Food & Drink Grill.

Jon commented: “We were appointed as interior designers, project managers & cost management consultants on behalf of Festival Food & Drink Grill Limited. Our role was to bring together the design element along with overseeing all contractors/suppliers involved, from a project management & cost control perspective.”

Jon added:

“This is a project we are all very proud of. The bespoke nature of the project & the willingness of the client to take risks with the design meant we were able to push the boundaries which are reflected in the eclectic feel of Festival.”

JSA pride themselves on their ability to connect with their clients, interpreting the brief and taking the project through to completion. The practice’s ability to not only design but to also project & cost manage without compromise is a key value of JSA.

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