In returning to the East Coast Town of Whitby with a brand new seafood restaurant, Andrew Pern of The Star at Harome/Star Inn the City, is in effect returning to his roots. Andrew, together with his business partner, Mike Green, plans to make Star Inn the Harbour into an exciting brasserie style seafood restaurant, showcasing the best of a larder provided by the North Sea.
Following on from our work at the Star Inn The City, Andrew’s brief to us was “a flavour of the Star, reflecting the building’s harbour location and East Coast Heritage”
Our interpretation of the brief is slightly nautical, rustic but not museum-like, sea shanty or surf shack, and eclectic but most certainly not Jack Sparrow! Taking the architects’ plans, our first objective was to optimise the space and traffic flow to encompass all areas including brasserie, bar, ice-cream parlour, private dining, washrooms, stairs and external promenade shelters.
Initial design thoughts are to create ambience overhead with a ropes, sails and bespoke lighting. A mixture of floor finishes such as sisal; Victorian tiles and wide planking define their own areas.
Diners in the Brasserie will be able to choose between “captain and crew” seating or one of the spacious booths lining the wall. Bespoke mirrors, tiles and lighting will create ambience and interest.
The Yorkshire East Coast is today enjoying somewhat of a renaissance, and a flavour of its 1950’s heyday inspired our design for the Ice Cream Parlour. We have repurposed traditional seaside “props”, but given them alternative jobs to do!
Situated at the junction of the Ice Cream Parlour and Brasserie, the Bar area is the hub of the restaurant. With its Victorian style tiled apron, stylish seating and timber floors, the bar is perfect for those popping in for a drink, waiting for a table, or perhaps a relaxing place to sit and enjoy dessert.
A Private Dining area is designed to earn its keep. Sharing the same exclusivity as the Captains quarters on a sea faring vessel, the area has planked ceiling, bespoke mosaic tables and maritime wall hangings. The area can be opened out as an extension of the Brasserie at busy times when not booked privately.
Outside, Promenade Shelters will be created from wooden sheds currently on the site.
We are excited to be working once again with Andrew and his team. The work started on site in the middle of March and we hope to be finished by end of June.