The Atrium Restaurant at Lords of the Manor Hotel
For the first time in its career as a privately-owned hotel with a distinguished fine-dining reputation, the Lords of the Manor can now offer a choice of restaurant to guests, with the recent opening of The Atrium restaurant earlier this spring.
Head Chef Charles Smith, whose CV is described by the Good Food Guide as ‘of the blessed’, is at the restaurant’s head. Being more formal, the Atrium restaurant will offer a £95 seven-course tasting menu with a focus on luxury, highly seasonal, dining for just 14 diners. The hotel’s Dining Room will offer a complementary, more relaxed dining style with a further 40 covers.
PREMIER HOSPITALITY MAGAZINE spoke to Louise Jackson of Louise Jackson Interiors about the design of the Atrium.
How did you get involved?
“I was approached by the hotel, who were looking for a local designer well versed with period country homes. I work predominately in the residential side of interior design, which is what drew them to me. I specialise in creating comfortable spaces with elegance and luxury. This iconic hotel needed to regain its personality and relish the fact it started life as a grand country private home.”
What is the design like?
“Each of the public rooms in the hotel has its own individuality and atmosphere so I wanted to express that, but also keeping a flow and a cohesive link between each one. This I did with linking colour tones, and fabric textures throughout as well as carefully selected furniture items.
“The atrium is an unusual shaped space with an overhead sky lantern. We worked alongside the head chef to create a calming and elegant dining environment, that is as refined as his culinary creations. We focused on getting the atmosphere right, so used gently metallic wallpapers and natural inspired wall lighting together with silk shades all of which helps to reflect back the soft candlelight on each table. This design then flows through to the main dining room as a reflection of it but using corresponding wallpapers and differing Curtaining
“We had bespoke dining chairs made throughout and used a soft velvet for the front of the seat and a coordinating silk feel fabric for the backs of the chairs. It is after all about comfort! I very much wanted this to accent a first class dining experience.”
How important was it for you to be involved?
“It was phenomenal for my team and I to be involved in the refurbishment of this most iconic of Cotswolds Hotels. We felt very honoured to have redesigned each of the ground floor public rooms and that visitors from all over the world will get to enjoy the hotel in all its glory!”