London-based Blacksheep has designed the first ever restaurant for the owners of the award-winning Provencale vineyard ‘Chateau du Galoupet’ in Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge. The innovative new London restaurant, entitled simply ‘Galoupet’, will open in late Spring 2011 and will house both public and private dining areas as well as a retail fine wine store, offering a range of wines from the owners’ vineyard, along with other hand-picked bins. The store will also house London’s first enomatic champagne machine, which dispenses four types of champagne by the glass at the perfect temperature.
‘Galoupet’ will be a two-storey space, with 60 sq m on the ground floor (divided into 25 sq m of wine store at the front and 35 sq m of restaurant space to the rear), plus a further 30 sq m of private dining and lounge space on the lower ground floor. The feel of the venue will be informal,welcoming and accessible, with a clean, understated glamour. It will offer an all-day menu of healthy dishes, which draw on Mediterranean and Asian influences, created by head chef Chris Golding (formerly of Zuma and Nobu Berkeley Street). The food offer, both seasonal and sustainable, will be a move away from the typical charcuterie, pâté and cheese menu that more traditionally accompanies fine wines and aims to demonstrate that such wines also work very well away from rich and heavy fare.
Visitors to Galoupet will enter the Georgian terraced building directly into the wine store area. Lighting is a very important part of the scheme (Blacksheep worked with Gravity Lighting on this) and here takes the form of ‘hidden’ lighting, set within a swirl-shaped ceiling bay, to create a subtle retail atmosphere and allow the product – housed in bespoke ridged glass display units edged in brass on the right hand wall – to shine. Four large glass floorplates (in a bespoke etched, checked design) will take the retail light down into the lower ground lounge area. Flooring around the glass flooring and through to the back of the restaurant space is pale oak.
A narrower gloss-panelled mid section between the store space and the restaurant will house coffee dispensing machines alongside the oak staircase, which leads down to the lower ground floor, with an all-glass surround and brass balustrade. The ‘hidden’ recessed lighting swirl continues through this space. The restaurant’s colours are restrained and subtly glamorous, in off-whites, silvers and gold, with bespoke banquette seating and tables and Hans Wegner ‘Wishbone’ chairs in white. Vertical interest is added through glass panels, edged in brass, whilst angled mirrors allow for people-watching in what is a small and intimate space. Lighting levels are all dimmable to provide for changes in atmosphere from day to night.
On the lower ground floor, the private dining area (for up to 8 people) features a leather-embossed wall and antiqued mirrors with limestone-effect ceramic flooring. A lounge area to the rear is lit from above via the retail area’s glass floor plates, slightly recessed into the ceiling with a striking patinated brass surround. This reflective, glamorous surface is picked up in the frame of a large mirror on the wall in this space and in the brass-edged and subtly-lit wine displays to the rear.
This area has a luxe, club feel with faux suede seating and a softening inset rug in the ceramic flooring. A striking feature wall is covered in marbled black, white and gold wallpaper. Furniture is further bespoke banquette seating in graphite grey and freestanding tables and stools in patinated brass with pale grey uppers.
Shaan Mahroti, Operations Director of Galoupet, commented:
It was a great pleasure to work with a company that has a passion for design and a commercial understanding of how things work. Left brain and right brain in perfect harmony!
The wine offer at ‘Galoupet’
The wine store will offer a range of wines both from the owners’ vineyard as well as other hand-picked bins to complete the 36-strong list by the glass. There will be a constantly changing selection, from the Old and New World, chosen by a host of guest sommeliers, highlighting new winemakers and innovative natural winemaking technologies. These guest sommeliers will change quarterly and will range from well-known wine writers to sommeliers from top London restaurants. The ground-floor store will offer several enomatic wine machines, allowing guests to sample a variety of different wines before purchasing and offering individual tasting opportunities. In addition to the 32 wines, Galoupet will have ‘The Flute’, London’s first enomatic Champagne machine, offering 4 Champagnes by the glass, including a range of vintage bins.
+ About Chateau du Galoupet
The ‘Chateau du Galoupet’ vineyard is located by the sea in Côtes de Provence. The vineyard has held the renowned Cru Classé status since 1955, still collects medals at an international level and is widely present on the wine lists of many prestigious restaurants throughout Europe.
+ About Blacksheep
London-based Blacksheep are stars of the hospitality design scene. The studio was established in 2002 by Courvoisier Future 500 stars Jo Sampson and Tim Mutton, quickly winning a reputation for unique, stylish and award-winning designs, for clients including Hilton Hotels, Park Hotels, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Hermès.
Blacksheep’s portfolio includes The Cuckoo Club (a 3-times winner at the London Club& Bar Awards), Euro-elite hangout ‘Whisky Mist’ at the Hilton Hotel (also a 3-times winner at the London Club & Bar Awards), Time Out Readers’ Award winner Inamo – the much-lauded, world’s first interactive ordering restaurant in Soho – Jamie’s Italian at Westfield and Summertime 2010 London smash hit Vista, the rooftop bar at The Trafalgar hotel. Blacksheep’s portfolio is increasingly international, with live or completed projects in the UK, Russia, India, Saudi Arabia and Poland. A fine dining restaurant and associated offers in Jeddah and a nightclub in Hyderabad will be the next projects to complete.
+ Designer: Blacksheep | http://www.blacksheep.uk.com/