NoChintz have just completed work on the new Tusk bar and restaurant offering in the leafy south Manchester suburb of Heaton Moor. Continuing our relationship with MAD, after designing the Northern Quarter bar of the same name last year, we were approached to re-design the old Kro Heaton Moor site to provide a new concept offering a luxurious range of food and speciality gins and cocktails. Sitting on the corner of Shaw Road and the busy Heaton Moor Road, in the space of a previous bakery dating back to the 19th century, the site occupies a prime corner location in the busy area.
Keen to keep the bar tied into the existing Tusk brand, we kept the focus on the african inspiration used in the Northern Quarter site with a more sophisticated edge to appeal to the masses of the area. Rather than focus on the style of the existing Tusk we chose to work with the glazed elements and natural light in the space to create a concept based more around the luxurious plantation settings of South Africa; with a focus on botanical references and floral prints. Accents of brass and marble add luxury while keeping the palette natural using oak on the bar front and loose furniture finishes. The space was re-designed to offer a wider range of seating options in order to appeal to all ages at all times of day, allowing daytime diners and evening drinkers to be comfortable in different areas of the space.
Entering the bar on street level you are greeted by 3 high tables with luxurious upholstered stools providing high level dining comfort for groups and families, sitting behind the feature window neon projecting curb appeal through the dual aspect floor to ceiling windows .The main wall in the lower area was stripped back to brick and washed out in a white finish running into the vertical oak cladding leading onto the bar front. Feature Tom Dixon Beat Lights sit over each of the high tables and continue round over the bar to offer the luxury of brass sat against the rough, almost unfinished back drop. We installed a large format whitewashed plank style floor tile in a herringbone formation throughout the entire space to compliment the rough vs polished aesthetic we wanted to achieve.
Stepping up into the main seating area, the bar leads you round the space with its vertical oak cladding and marble bar top crowned with the impressive brass and expanded mesh glass gantry. To the left of the bar sits the glazed extension and main seating area featuring custom oak tables and dining chairs allowing complete flexibility for groups or large bookings and full height greyed oak plantation shutters. Banks of upholstered seating were installed in rich tan leathers and grey wool fabrics. Continuing past the bar to the rear of the space the setting becomes more relaxed, fixed upholstered seating offers comfort in a more lounge type environment, highlighted by dramatic palm print wall papers and over sized light fittings.
The project has been a huge success and well received by local residents leading to NoChintz’s appointment to work to adjoining upstairs space with a new bar concept. Watch this space.