Rumah Bar and Kitchen Birkdale

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Rumah Bar and Kitchen

Rumah is the brainchild of owners Ian Smith and Ian Lawless. They worked with creative interior, food and drink experts to bring the chic designs, adventurous tastes and stunning aromas from Bali to this new venture in Birkdale.

Rumah translates to home in Indonesian, and designer Chris Naughton from Sheila Bird has created a space that is welcoming and homely, together with the vibrant colours and textures of Indonesia; with a contemporary interior, spacious dining sun terrace and outdoor courtyard.

Head chef Troy Amador grew up on the Indonesian border and has worked extensively in the country. He developed Rumah’s lunch and dinner menus during a special two month research trip. He said:

“As I grew up in a developing country my diet was amazing – flavoursome and varied with spices and zesty flavours put together with a lot of rice.  But it was the care and attention to preparing those ingredients that stands out most and it is what has been instilled in me as a chef.  I am preparing the food that I’ve always eaten and prepared in Bali – the small plates, spicy salads and traditional dishes – with a modern twist.  Plus there is obviously a bit of rice!”

The Sate spotlight on the menu is Tahu; Delicious Tofu immersed in a special house marinade made with ingredients such as shallots, garlic and chilli to infuse the tofu with flavour. Served with special homemade Sambal Rujak, a flavoursome chilli sauce then garnished with red onions and shiso flowers.

The dessert spotlight, on the other hand is Banana Toron: a Filipino dessert special and handmade by the head chef. This dessert is made from fresh locally sourced bananas wrapped in a spring roll, fried and dusted with in house cinnamon sugar and drizzled with homemade pineapple syrup, it is served with Yee Kwan’s delicious Ginger and White Chocolate ice cream.

Rumah also has an extensive drinks menu with fine wines from Europe, America and New Zealand.  The cocktails are inspired using flavours discovered centuries ago during the first spice trades between Asia, Africa and Europe.  With aromas of tea, grain, rice, spice and sugar cane there really is something for everyone.

Ian Smith said: “Rumah has taken us years to develop. I fell in love with the beautiful island of Bali years ago. It’s so enchanting, with restaurants full of fresh and tasty food served with warmth and unsurpassed hospitality. We knew we wanted to try and recreate a little bit of Bali here.  We can’t wait to welcome people from Birkdale and afar to have a quiet daytime coffee, a lunch with friends or an evening cocktail.”

Rumah offers different zones and spaces for adults, families, children, and dogs too.


Contract Furniture UK Ltd

Contract Furniture UK Ltd (CFUK) manufacture and supply all aspects of contract furniture to the leisure industry, from tables, chairs, sofas and stools to specialist banquette seating, bars 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 has been involved with the work on Rumah Bar & Kitchen in Birkdale supplying the venue with fixed seating and loose furniture including bar stools, armchairs and chairs, puffs and tables. CFUK Ltd has also delivered outdoor seating, tables and chairs.

Kevin Tobin, Managing Director for CFUK, said:

“Even though we’ve been working nationwide for years, local projects always bring us a different kind of satisfaction. It’s a real pleasure to see businesses like Rumah grow in our region. I wish them all the best.

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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