The Nosh And Quaff
Situated in Birmingham’s Colmore Row, this uniquely designed restaurant is set in a Victorian building with high, arched windows on one side and two other walls of exposed red-brown brickwork. Wooden flooring has a distinctly worn appearance. The high ceiling disappears beyond the large, oversized wooden pallets that are suspended in a haphazard fashion above the dining room. At least a score of small square wooden tables are arranged beneath and are set with comfortable tub style chairs. Several deep red upholstered leather sofas are placed at right angles to the arched windows creating separate areas for diners to have a little more seclusion. There is a bar over at the far side which is low and wooden, highlighted towards the back by panelled inserts of abstract mosaics in a mixture of greens and yellows. The lighting is perhaps the most eye catching as massive stage searchlights are suspended from the ceiling in rows creating the illusion of a restaurant hidden away in the props room.
This restaurant, also in Colmore Row, Birmingham, makes an immediate impact. An overall colour scheme of light golden beige has contrasting curved back comfortable chairs in a lilac grey dotted about the round glass topped tables. From some of the tables are large centrepieces that fan out and up towards the high ceiling recreating an impression of the archways beneath a cathedral or perhaps, where there are trailing plants, the roofs within caves. Strands of tiny bright white lights are woven around the twisting structures, reminiscent of the stars in the sky. The wood and brown carpet flooring continue the arched theme as they swirl in tandem between the tables.
Located in the City Centre of Birmingham, The Stable is an extreme, minimalist design that uses the restaurant’s name as inspiration. Dark wooden flooring and walls created from thin vertical slats of wooden panelling are indeed like the walls of a stable. To complete the picture, there are several bare light bulbs suspended low over plain wooden tables and chairs. On one wall is the only ornament, a cartoon sketch of a bull’s head, a tribute to the famous statue of “Bully” who guards the nearby Bull Ring Market. Over on the far wall are brown leather upholstered bench style seats where diners can relax. Creating instant impressions is what Dawnvale continue to do as they turn the strangest of themes into unique, bespoke designs for restaurants.