We were thrilled to be asked to complete an extensive refurbishment of the Grade II Listed 18th century The White Horse pub in Tilbrook, Huntingdon.
Our Creative Director, Abi Perry-Jones, commented “We worked closely with the local planning department to ensure that the design and materials used were sympathetic to the history and character of the building. The existing part of the pub is really characterful and cosy with very low ceilings in places, while in contrast the new oak framed extension has a great open ceiling structure and the glazing opens out onto the patio with amazing open countryside views.”
The bar area has a casual feel, with new fireplace, wingback chairs and a feature wall which boasts a striking vintage floral wallpaper. This is designed to be an inviting, sociable space, where customers can sit back, relax and enjoy pre- or post-dinner drinks in comfort. Spaces are broken up with illuminated wine stores and screens, while the back bar highlights the increasingly-popular craft beer offering from Charles Wells.
Although there is a light, bright contemporary space at its centre, our design retains many of the original features, cosy corners, and architectural details. The new colour scheme incorporates fresh blues and burnt orange with metallic copper accents in the light fittings and fixtures. Vintage mismatched lightshades now hang within the open roof structure of the extension, and the new WCs have pretty mismatched tiles and hanging vintage vanity mirrors.
Artwork and interior accessories were chosen to reflect the locality, including a large scale archive map which shows the village of Tilbrook in the 1800s, and prints of nearby Kimbolton Castle where Catherine of Aragon was exiled and eventually died. The White Horse brand identity is echoed throughout, including in a bespoke digitally-printed white horse wallpaper.
Commenting on the project, The White Horse co-owner Nick Bonner said, “This project was a real team effort from the start. Joe and I loved all of the design ideas that Abi and her team came up with, and we were particularly pleased to use contractors, suppliers and craftsmen from the local area to help bring new life to a much-loved village pub. Our aim was always to create the kind of pub that we’d like to spend time in ourselves and we’re more than happy that’s what The White Horse has become.”
You can see the finished product in the images below – it’s been fantastic to see the pub in use and becoming a real local hub once again.