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The Boathouse Bar + Grill, Shrewsbury

The Boathouse Riverbar + Grill is an iconic landmark pub located on the edge of the river Severn in Shrewsbury, England. In 2013 the historic inn was renovated and re-branded by Rachael Chidlow to transform it from a pub in decline into a vibrant gastropub.

 As a listed building, the architectural fabric had to remain intact, however radical changes were made to the interior. The interior design scheme included replastering of the walls, new timber panelling, new lighting, new furniture - including a selection of antiques, contemporary furnishings and modifications to existing furniture, as well as the incorporation of rowing artefacts - some found in storage on site, while others were locally sourced. 

The changes were made on a very limited budget and timeframe, and were undertaken without the need to close the pub.

The extensive new river terrace was also redesigned, with trees, furniture and parasols. While new bars at the river level were also installed, along with hog roast ovens, barbecues and music facilities - all of which were positioned collectively to create a 'venue' on the river.

The original boathouse at the water's edge was also renovated to include a new bar and kitchen, and was re-branded into 'The Boatshed'  for private parties. This has enabled the business to cater for private parties and the restaurant area simultaneously.

Client: Mr. Jim Littler
Value: N/A

Size: 700 sq.m.

Reference: Mr. Jim Littler, Director
Design: 2012

Completion: 2013