Renovating a Country Pub & Restaurant in Malvern, Worcestershire, England
As we first approached the opportunity, it was over a pint of Guinness. With no thought or idea that this was to become our home. Its always testing trying to revive, revamp or create a new space. The key opportunities were to see what everyone else offered in the area of Malvern. I’m not sugar coat it, It’s pretty simple- we set out to the very best and what we can and be a clear favourite for a cosy place to spend time and relax, a place to bring family and enjoy fairly priced food that is exceptional. Consider it research and development.
We spoke and followed around the locals and got a real sense not just on how to make the Marlbank Inn better; but what everyone expected from a proper pub. You can absorb so much information and research; we certainly did not want to do the traditional tweed and 90’s styling. Key to not overdo the ‘whats on trend’ and ‘whats now’. Being current is pressured, its forced and non-consistent. Certain design ages, literature and so forth are in the league of their own; timeless. That’s what hoped for The Marlbank Inn.
“Trying to different yourself, but being modest and protecting the history of the building was the icing for us. Cherry sicking key pieces of furniture and showcases the history0- the right colours and mood lighting to basically insinuate the user experience is really what we hope to achieve.”
“Food is the heartbeat of any dining establishment, so taking it back to short and flavoursome in-house made- especially with our Garden Smokehouse. It’s a mixology of the few things we think; done well that have made us stand apart in Malvern, Worcestershire and even in England as true pub trying to be just that.”- Co-owner, Chef- Amit Panwar, The Marlbank Inn
History of the Marlbank Inn | A Malvern Country Pub circa 1860
Historically the pub has undone two owners in the past 10 years, so we’re the third. We immersed ourselves firstly into the historic significance of the building. With the support of Faith Granger, Curator of The Malvern Museum we came to know that the public-house had referenced from the Kelly & Co Directory 1860 edition.
The area of Welland is very scenic, infant its a minute drive from the main Wells Road, which is the direct route from Greater Malvern – as if heading towards British Camp & Hereford. Among the most spectacular view in Malvern from any establishment, our ideas and award-winning pedigree for food made it a focal point to become the top pub & restaurant in Malvern.
Behind The Brand | The Marlbank Inn, Malvern, England.
As I co-own a Design Practise in Birmingham, Branding my forte. Budget bearing, we went all in and will continue to replenish and restore the public-house to its former 1860 glory. The food and energy we put into our menu is far beyond what is offered locally, even nationwide with great respect. For a public house, we getting very serious about the details and processes. The Interiors, colours were to reflect the tradition, tonal range from dark green to accents of warm cranberry- their relationship with wood panelled walls, exposed beams in a 2 acre Malvern country setting. The eclectic frames selected to convey the local Historic and provide a real focal point for visitors to The Marlbank, Malvern. Zoning areas to ensure it remained a pub, with charming open fires, snug areas being a focal point. Each corner has its own charm and we basically wanted to bring all of that out. So you felt comfortable to sit around and enjoy some fine wine. Perhaps the occasional cigar with our humidor!
People think we’re fine gastro pub; hey that’s great, as much as it’s about us, its really about you. So join us and soak up the eclectic interiors, tradition and modern comforts. Its about the fine wines, affordable dining and oak smoked, clay fires and bbq hints feature throughout our menu. Our homemade stocks are a focal core of what we do, that energy and passionate, our very own herb garden rings true through every bite. Each element of plating, the palette and spices and processes are carefully though. Its seasonal, local and food purists will love us! – Alex, Marketing Manager at The Marlbank Inn, Country pub & Restuarant Malvern, Worcestershire
The design details and touches that enhances a guest’s experience, ist all part and parcel of service. From the moment you approach the building, how it looks outside, what looks tired, how can we make this better.. The odd thing with spaces, is that they do hold a natural- type of energy I’d say. This country pub situated on 2 acres of land, certainly holds that in abundance,.
The core was to replaster the exteriors, the signage and branding is welcoming, it says what we do and what we are. A County Pub with Quality Food in Malvern. We also incorporated the Typeset M, which is featured as a stamp that combines a traditional font that is a true type treatment by an award-winning designer from Internationally recognised Type foundry.