Dominating the local skyline, Lancaster Castle is one of England’s best-preserved castles. Its early history is unclear, but it may have been founded in the 11th century on the site of a Roman fort overlooking a crossing of the River Lune. The Cafè, situated at the highest point of the newsly recreated Kitchen Courtyard, is comprised of two buildings: the old kitchen and the only 21st Century building of the outside segment of the castle.
Although the building that The Café is in is very old, the café itself is a modern addition. “We felt that if we tried too hard to make the cafe look similar to the castle then it would seem faux as our space is new. Also, with considerate, minimal design, it is possible to highlight the historical architecture that is around you, so this is what we tried to achieve. So we try and highlight the architecture of the castle and also to reflect the character of Atkinson’s as an old yet modern company” – continues Caspar. “We tried to use materials that help to create a warm and welcoming environment in a large space. To do this we used a lot of birch ply wood for the furniture and matte black Formica ply wood for the worktops and some table tops. We also tried to include lots of large plants to soften the large space”.
Every detail is aligned to the design of the coffee shop. “The Eagle One is a great design in itself but it is also a great design to compliment many different interiors as it is sleek, minimal and highly customisable. We had our 3 group Eagle One customised by Urban Espresso in Birmingham by powder coating the entire thing in matte black, the group heads, the drip tray, the logo, even the feet are matte black! This sits beautifully on our matte black worktop next to the matte black grinders and Puqpress”- said Caspar.