Visiting stylish restaurants is a constant source of interiors inspiration and a way of keeping your eye on the latest trends as often the very cream of design experts are called in to help create a unique feel for new eateries. Whilst working our way around design venues at Clerkenwell Design Week, we called into Aussie restauranteur & food writer Bill Granger‘s place Granger & Co for a late lunch and loved it. Light & airy up on the first floor of the imposing Middlesex House on Clerkenwell Green, it has huge windows looking out to tall leafy trees and doesn’t actually feel like London at all.
The use of large mirrors, high timber clad ceilings and pale wicker work chairs gives the place very non-British vibe, though the use of brass detailing on stairs, table edges, sockets and around the fabulous cake stand ground the scheme and make it feel solid somehow. The light streaming in through the windows bounces from the gold edging beautifully. What do you think of the brass risers & bannister on the stairs below – I adored them! Warm metallics are everywhere in 2014 but it’s clear Granger’s were well ahead of the curve on this trend.
The food was equally impressive. Mr M tried the fish curry, a cracking portion of tender white fish, with a zingy coriander salad & sticky rice. My coconut chicken salad was truly delicious, it’s so blinking rare to get a decent salad dish in the UK and I didn’t want it to end and felt very virtuous indeed. A creamy, perfectly ripe avocado & chilli greens balanced the delicate coconut perfectly, with an added crunchy broccoli side with crispy onion topping.
Leaving room, of course, for a summer fruit cheesecake from the uber cool brass detailed pudding table.
Now I just have to find someone in Manchester who can do a bit of brass work for me at Moregeous Mansions…. #inspired
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