The Anchor Club in St Aubins and Chambers Restaurant
Two exceptional new venues – one completed and the other underway – further add to the expanding portfolio of Jersey Pub Company Randalls Ltd.
The projects – at The Anchor Club in St Aubins and Chambers Restaurant & Bars in St Helier – are by Apple Interiors, with the recently completed The Anchor Club scheme having been hailed a great success.
Located right on the edge of the harbour, The Anchor Club, previously a restaurant, was purchased by Randalls last year.
Gavin Reid, managing director of Randalls said: “The original interior was a little stark and was completely stripped out and replaced with a design by Paul Sawford and based on a nautical/plantation theme with lots of polished woods, a blue and white colour palette and numerous soft seating areas and private dining spaces.”
All of the flooring was replaced by marine-style decking punctuated by circular carpeted areas delineating private spaces. Design highlights include a feature cocktail bar in the shape of a yacht tender, as well as oversized pendant lights covering each individual table. Plantation fans fitted in the high vaulted ceiling add an extra touch of atmosphere.
The venue has also been completely refurbished with the addition of new furniture including sofas and highly polished wood inlaid tables, as well as three private booth areas, each shaped like a yacht tender, and a new gazebo covering the entire outside balcony area
Gavin Reid said: “The project team did a fantastic job and we are very pleased with the scheme. We have had wonderful feedback from clients and weekend bookings for the venue now need to be made at least three weeks in advance.”
Moving on to the Chambers in St Helier – probably Jersey’s largest bar and late night venue where refurbishment works are still underway – Gavin Reid said: “This has been one of the most popular bars in Jersey for the last 25 years, but was in need of a complete new look, so we stripped out the entire interior to create a new all-day space which would naturally flow into a late night venue.
At the rear of the space was an entertainment area which was excavated to provide the height needed to add a mezzanine floor, adding capacity and also providing a viewing area for the entertainment below, as well as a bookable private corporate space.
The interior design is contemporary, featuring a palette of gold and purple/blue shades, with wooden flooring and banquette seating providing private spaces.
The frontage of the building is also being altered with the addition of new, much larger windows to allow more natural light into the interior. There will also be a new entrance area.
Gavin Reid said: “We are happy with the progress of the scheme and feel that the new look venue will appeal to a much larger demographic.”
Randalls has a rich and colourful history, dating back to the early 1800s. It was born out of a combination of two local breweries – Clare Street and Minden Place. Both located in the heart of the Island’s capital, St Helier, the two breweries began combining their operations in 1819.