The design narrative of The Elder in Bath is focused on three principle pillars: the Georgian history of the building and its locality, the romance and mischief of Bath itself with its strong literary history and the local, ethically sourced food offering from The Elder’s highly skilled team.
The Elder is spread out across what was previously four Georgian Townhouses. As a result, each space has a domestic scale, which naturally adds charm and character to the chosen interiors scheme. Upon entering the restaurant, the major focal point is the traditional timber panelled bar with an impressive antique brass gantry and fluted brass post lights. The entrance, which can be seen clearly from the hotel’s lobby, adds a sense of drama to the space. The scheme and palette within the room differentiates the space from the rest of the hotel and informs guests that The Elder is an independent entity.
Many of the existing architectural features within the bar and restaurant spaces are listed and as such the space had to be treated with care and sensitivity. Existing wall panelling has been carefully repaired and restored and where panelling was missing, new bespoke panelling has been installed. Subtle variations to the new panelling have been added to ensure that future generations will be able to read the layers of history apparent within the space. All panelling has been finished in a traditional green paint colour that includes a crackle glazed finish to add a sense of age and texture.
In the main restaurant, custom-made traditional brasserie dining chairs feature leather seat pads with a brass studded detail on the upholstery. Bespoke timber tables include a double bullnose edge detail and have a similar traditional feel. Several custom tan leather, button-backed banquettes bring a casualness to the spaces.