FIRST LOOK: Gravetye Manor’s revamped restaurant

Reopening this month is the Michelin-starred restaurant at Gravetye Manor in Sussex, boasting a new look inspired by ‘botanical elegance’.

The Grade-II listed 16th century country house hotel officially reopened the dining room, which is headed up top chef George Blogg, on May 7.

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Opening in the year of its 60th anniversary, the new space has been designed by architect Sir Charles Knowles, of Charles Knowles Design.

Blending elements of the garden into the interior was key.

Upon entry, the interior features a contemporary twist on a rustic oak table with a double ball base and bronze details, complimented by the natural chocolate limestone and soft-fume toned reclaimed Versailles parquet oak flooring.

The walls of the new restaurant feature hand-painted panels by French artists Claire Basler, which rotate to enable guests to see the botanic artwork as well as respecting the preservation of the historic elements.

The main central pendant is detailed with bronze, satin brass and has smoked opal shades.

The dining furniture comprises of dining chairs upholstered in hand-picked shades of olive green velvet. The backs of the armchairs are covered in a custom-coloured linen fabric to reflect the tones from the garden and artwork. The central banquette is upholstered in a crisp green and white chevron wool. The banquette upholstery flanking the walls is paired with a soft young olive green velvet and lifted with bright accent cushions in zesty limes, pinks, champagnes and cerise tones.

The architect was assisted with decorative finishes by Nelson Design who introduced Claire Basler to the project and, in collaboration with the owner Elizabeth Hosking, selected the fabrics for the banquette seating and chairs in crisp apple and olive green velvets with accent cushions in zesty limes, dusty rose pinks and fuchsia, sympathetic to the garden theme.

“It is thanks to Charles’s creative vision that we have this stunning new restaurant to take us to a new
level, it is a game changer” says Jeremy Hosking, owner, Gravetye Manor.

Sir Charles says: ” Having known Gravetye for over 25 years, it was a real privilege to be asked to
capture the essence of this magical place in a contemporary building. It is thanks to the vision and
commitment of an enlightened owner that we were given the opportunity to design this memorable
and unusual restaurant.

“It is a triumph! So it is with huge thanks to everyone who has been involved and I feel that we will have left a beautiful legacy for the future for people to enjoy and Gravetye will live on,” says Elizabeth Hosking, owner, Gravetye Manor.

 

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  1. Piers Oakey said:

    This is absolutely spectacular… such a clever use of space and position.
    Lots of original features and the flower painting are exquisite.

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