Middletons in Leicester is shortlisted for prestigious design award
Our Leicester restaurant is located in one of the city’s architectural treasures – and has been shortlisted for a prestigious internationally-recognised design award.
The building at 2 St Martins in the Old Town underwent a £1.5 million restoration last year, transforming the neglected former banking hall into an iconic 200-seat restaurant.
Now the ambitious project has been nominated by the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards for a category dedicated to restaurants and bars inside heritage buildings within the UK.
The overall shortlist for the awards includes a total of 265 projects across 33 different categories completed by the world’s leading architects, interior designers, lighting designers and restaurant and bar operators.
While some projects are further afield in locations including Los Angeles, USA, and Melbourne, Australia, others are closer to home such as Bristol and York. This year, there were entries from over 70 countries.
More than 30 judges, whose expertise ranges from hospitality and catering to architecture and interior design, will decide the winners of each category. These will be announced on October 5, 2017, at a ceremony in London alongside the Best Overall Winner.
Steve Hutton, managing director of Middletons, said: “For the Middletons Steakhouse & Grill restaurant in Leicester to be shortlisted at this stage for an international award is an incredible achievement for our smaller restaurant group.”
“I’ve looked through the entire list and there’s examples of some exemplary work. And I’m delighted that our own steakhouse is listed alongside very impressive national and international projects.”
The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, now in its ninth year, is a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces.
Clare Devlin, the interior designer who coordinated the Middletons Steakhouse & Grill project in Leicester, said: “This has been a fantastic project to work on, and it is a great achievement to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award.”
She added: “The building’s character and scale definitely made this project very special, particularly the stunning 50ft-high dome and various original features.
“It is also really satisfying to see this former banking hall fully restored to its former glory, and being enjoyed by the public once again.”
As a result of the extensive restoration, the Grade-II listed building was removed from Historic England’s ‘at risk’ register earlier this year.
The former NatWest Bank building dates back to 1900 and had stood empty for 16 years until it was reopened as Middletons Steakhouse & Grill in October 2016.
The growing chain currently has six restaurants across Central and East of England including Colchester, King’s Lynn, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Norwich and Watford. It is due to open a branch in Peterborough in September.