At the beginning of this year, the Hilton Doubletree Leeds set out to create a more inviting offering at its Lock Kitchen and Bar, which would not only help to retain hotel guests but also attract non-residents diners from around the area.
ABDA Design was commissioned by Valor Europe to redesign the bar and restaurant space on the hotel’s ground floor, which included creating an inviting terrace space, as well as refurbishment of the hotel reception space.
Taking inspiration from the surrounding areas, including Granary Wharf, the River Are and its surrounding locks, the theme of the Lock Kitchen and Bar was based around the narrative of ‘The Lock Keeper’s Bar’, using the history of a nearby lock-keeper’s cottage to run throughout the entire feel of the space.
The expert team at ABDA Design took charge of providing bespoke features for the restaurant and bar area, including screens and light fittings forged from steel, light fittings sourced from ship manufacturers, graffiti-style murals of the lock keeper and other features which reference life on the nearby waterways. The external terrace area also made use of up-cycled furniture made from reclaimed materials.
“The Lock Kitchen and Bar is all about creating a warm, friendly environment, where guests can while away the hours chatting with friends and family over homely food,” says Martin Vann, general manager at the DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds.
“The Lock’s new look and fresh menu has completely transformed the space. The inviting atmosphere, along with the rich heritage and character of the surrounding area, makes The Lock a unique experience whether you’re visiting Leeds for the first time or a local looking for something new.”