The Gilpin Hotel’s amazing ‘Hrishi’ dining experience had just gained its first Michelin star when were asked to design its new sister restaurant, ‘Gilpin Spice’. Our focus was to create an upmarket, casual space that offered customers simple yet stylish comfort.
The menu is inspired by Cumbria’s historical connection to the spice trade. It was therefore important that the interiors captured the essence of ‘spice’ in the same way as the cuisine. This led us on a fantastical journey as we researched the old silk road, from the Lake District to the Far East.
The decor is a vibrant feast for the eyes, offering the customer a visual journey through themed zones. From the Cumbrian port of Whitehaven where the trail began, through to India, China, Japan, Malaysia and finally Vietnam.
Flagstone floors, cement render and natural stone elements are symbolic of the rugged Lake District. Combined with a melting pot of striking vivid colours, sumptuous textures and clever lighting, this space evokes the exotic nature of the Eastern spice trade.
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