In winter, the open fire and cosy nooks provide a welcoming place to while away the evenings and in summer the front doors of the pub open out to provide a lovely setting for summer drinking and dining. During the project the shopfront was removed, disposed of then replaced with a like-for-like stained shop front to clean-up its look and give The Abbeville more curb appeal.
It was important the pub front looked good to continue to invite customers in through the doors. Beyond the architectural features, other important additions that needed to be considered were lighting, signage and outdoor accessories. All these extras were carefully chosen to compliment the look of the area which has a village-like atmosphere thanks to the large number of street cafés and independent shops. LED lighting hidden behind the top of the awning box illuminates the gold-leaf signage, large planters create a colourful boarder around the outdoor seating area and new external heaters make the space useable year-round. The Abbeville is sure to stand out on the high street with their refreshed new look.
The bar has an attractive and unique feel. A new verde green marble top with bullnose profile was installed and LED lighting on the underside of the bar illuminates the bar front. The flooring surrounding the bar and trade areas was either removed and replaced with new carpet or if a timber floor it was stripped and strained. Finally, the back bar fitting has new shelves which are brightly lit with LED lighting and a new waiter station with space for a single fridge was added for better accessibility for the waiting staff.
An eclectic mix of new and existing furniture at mid and high heights including new and reupholstered fixed seating takes advantage of all existing space and has been used to create atmosphere for large groups, or privacy in small booths.
The ladies and the gent’s toilets were refurbished in-line with the pubs overall look and feel. Tiles and vanity units were cleaned and polished, new beading to doors and mirrors and feature wallpaper on the ceiling compliments the new, intriguing artwork on the walls.
Pull up a stool at the bar for a proper pint or enjoy top notch British fare in the cosy dining room or one of the snugs. Roaring fires in winter, al fresco dining in summer. "50 Best Pubs for the Weekend" The Times.
The refurb has created an abundance of space for all occasions, a stunning outdoor seating area and a great environment for staff to work in. The Abbeville can now continue to be something of a local institution, a charming neighbourhood pub with bags of character.