The revamp by hospitality design specialist Concorde BGW has altered the layout while remaining sympathetic with the Grade II-listed building – a former Unitarian chapel dating back to 1876.
The bar, which originally opened in 1998, will also have a new-look food and drinks offering, including classic and sharing cocktails, ales, wines and “top-shelf” spirits.
Spread across two levels, the new design has a toned-down and stripped-back industrial feel throughout, from the flooring and fabrics through to the new fixtures and fittings.
Pitcher & Piano managing director Colin Sadler said: “The highlight of our refurbishment sees us move the bar to a central island server, drawing vision to the incredible stained glass window opposite as you walk in.
“The new server will enable us to further improve bar service, and deliver our range of quality cocktails even faster. The dynamics of the bar will also massively improve the dining experience for our customers.”
Other new features include custom-made light fittings – notably, the oversized, birdcage-inspired light – and crackle-glaze white tiles interspersed with sections of dark oaked parquet flooring and reclaimed timber.
Flanked by comfy high chairs, the bar acts as a fresh focal point for the ground floor which now has a cosier feel.
The refurbishment also sees the addition of curved booths near the entrance for smaller group bookings – with all existing booths reupholstered with brighter fabric to lighten the space and match bold statement wallpapers.
There are also new poseur-height communal tables, two baby-blue grand pianos and a low wall that hems in the raised seating area.
As part of the stripped-back industrial feel, it features bespoke metal high stools – commissioned and designed exclusively for Pitcher & Piano – zinc and reclaimed timber tabletops, and filament lamps suspended from a wall-mounted steel conduit via fabric-covered cables.
Distressed finishes, vintage mirrored panels and shabby, mismatched chairs add to the motif, while one-off pieces of furniture such as a Louis-style armchair in metallic turquoise leather and quirky metal stacking chairs provide character.
The revamped all-day menu aims to elevate British comfort-food classics with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Dishes will include steaks, gourmet burgers and bangers and mash, while a rotating “Food We Love At The Moment” section will highlight culinary trends from hot dogs and spicy fried buttermilk chicken through to pulled pork burritos.
Colin added: “We are delighted to be investing in Pitcher & Piano Nottingham and have recently announced our plans to acquire more sites for our premium bar brand. We are currently looking for more sites across the UK.”
A second phase for external works is scheduled at Pitcher & Piano Nottingham this summer.
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