The Lyttelton Arms gets a stylish makeover, with the help from hospitality designer JMDA
Nestled in the heart of Hagley in Birmingham, The Lyttelton Arms radiates character and charm. Transformed from a country pub experience to a premium restaurant and bar, the site has been chosen by owners Mitchells & Butlers to become a high energy offer for its vibrant clientele, bringing a touch of bravura and glamour to the small heritage village.
The venue boasts striking external details; rich green tones complement new satin brass signage and lighting, while planted archways create a threshold upon entering the garden, sprinkled with twinkling lights to create a welcoming feature for customers. The outdoor seating area offers an eclectic mix of styles. Lounge and drinking height furniture have been used to break up the vast patio space, upholstered in vivacious printed fabrics.
Inside, guests are greeted with bespoke brass hardware, oversized metallic planters and arresting modern artwork. The high energy drinking lounge opens up the room. Tear drop tiles line the front of the bar, complemented by a ‘busy carata’ marble top, creating drama and impact. Plush velvet seating with ruched detailing surround the dominant bar in a variation of heights, forming a comfortable drinking and dining environment.
The dining area has been designed to offer a range of intimate zones, festooned with rich colours, luxurious fabrics and chic metallic finishes. Large brass light fittings sit proud within the open ceiling spaces, while table lamps generate an cosy, tranquil setting for the evening. Back to back dining sofas have been arranged to establish a relaxed restaurant lounge in the heart of the establishment and larger dining areas house straight runs of fixed seating, offering flexibility for the operator. There are also a number of curved booths, which can be booked for special occasions and an additional private dining area for smaller groups.
Bold, colourful artwork is placed thoughtfully throughout the bar and restaurant, alongside an array of prints, neon features and 3D elements. The light levels and atmosphere is transitional from day to night, allow the venue to operate from morning to late evening. Fabrics contrast with intricate floral wallpaper while curtains dress windows and openings, creating style, softness and sophistication throughout.
The Lyttelton Arms, Bromsgrove Road, Hagley, Stourbridge, D79 9LJ
Behind the scenes
Interior design: JMDA
Main contractor: Belfords
Wallpaper: Arte, Charlotte Jade, Zoffany
Bric a brac: JFA
External furniture: AEL
Originally published in the August 2019 print edition of Bar magazine.