Our goal was to bring the vision of the owner, Nick Thomas (Qdos Entertainment), to life and create a refined, relaxing environment for diners whilst retaining the quirkiness and theatrical link for which it is famed.
Entering the original interior of the Copper Horse was rather like stepping into an in-depth visual biography of Nick’s theatrical career. Every wall, nook and cranny was simply packed with theatre and puppeteer memorabilia, which although fascinating, was rather intense and created its own “noise”.
We retained and incorporated carefully selected items of theatre memorabilia into our design and set them within a bold new environment of tactile timber panels, rich velvets, bespoke lighting and a craftsman made hammered copper bar top. The walls became a gallery for portraits and caricatures of stage stars throughout Nick’s varied career.
Regular diners visiting the refurbished Copper Horse are appreciative of the new, grown up gentlemen’s-club type interior, and have commented that the dining environment is still as interesting as ever.
All images kindly supplied and reproduced here by permission of Qdos Entertainment
"We have worked with Rachel McLane Ltd on several projects since 2013, notably The Plough in Scalby, and The Copper Horse in Seamer, two stylish but very different drinking/dining destination with rooms near Scarborough. These are part of the HQ Collection, a division of Qdos Entertainment.
Not only are Rachel and her team consummately professional and a joy to work with, they have a unique empathy and ability to adopt the client’s vision, and make it better. From initial conception to final delivery, the journeys we have travelled with Rachel and her team have been fun and inspiring. Rachel McLane Ltd is a real ‘Northern Powerhouse’ of creative vision"
Nick Thomas - Chairman, Qdos Entertainment Group