At the Chapel

Client: At the Chapel, Catherine Trant and Ahmed Sidki
Contract Dates: May 2009
Contract Period: 5 Months
Contract Sum: £350,000
Services Provided: Architecture and Interior Design

“At the Chapel” has been created in the formere Congregational Chapel at 28 Hight Street in the ancient town of Bruton, Somerset. Built in the 18th century and now a Grade 2 listed building the venue comprises a restaurant, bar, bakery and wine shop.

The building has a simple and robust architecture and a history of public use that is well suited to a restaurant and the scheme makes maximum use of these inherent characteristics to create a venue with a great sense of style and place. The original fabric of the building has been very carefully repaired to reveal its original construction and history and has been juxtaposed with the essential and very modern new elements of the commercial operation with a layout that retains the uplifting aura of the original ecclesiastic space.

Materials are limited to reclaimed oak, the local Doulton stone, simple blackened wrought iron fittings all set against the pure white finish of the massively thick chapel walls. These materials form a particularly effective backdrop to the complexity, richness and variety of the local produce and cuisine that the venue offers. As one critic has stated: “it was as close to a religious experience as this rampant atheist is ever likely to have in a house of the Lord”.