English Heritage


Architects: Avanti Architects

Images: ©Avanti Architects

A complete furniture package for one of the most notable historic locations in England. Supporting the project designers, we manufactured, sourced and installed furniture and banquette seating in two refurbished cafés.


The refurbishment of the two cafés at Dover Castle, the Naafi and the Great Tower, is the first phase of English Heritage’s masterplan, led by Avanti Architects, to significantly enhance the overall visitor experience at Dover Castle. Both cafés are located in historic buildings within the Grade 1 listed castle complex, The Great Tower at the top of the hill, features the walls of the bailey. The Naafi, once used by soldiers stationed at Dover, is housed further down the slope in the 1868 Regimental Institute.

We were pleased to be able to source, manufacture and supply all furniture for the project.


For the Naafi Restaurant, our talented joinery team, alongside our product designers, engineered a solution to Avanti Architects’ concept and specification. The bespoke oak bench seating links together by a concealed clip to the underside of the seat so that the layout can be adjusted to visitor demand. These were constructed out of quarter-cut oak veneer with hardwood oak cappings. The fabric specified for the upholstered seat pads was Camira Aspect Atacama. This has a great aesthetic quality as well as practicality due to being wipeable.


Square white laminate table tops with a plywood edge were paired with our Inox table bases, powder coated black and cut to height. The specified laminate was Egger Alpine white. Stick back armchairs and Helen side chairs were supplied throughout the Naafi in a black stain finish.


The dramatic space that the Tower Café occupies has been used for dining since 1901 and is dominated by the stone walls of the castle itself.


Large reclaimed-style farmhouse tables are matched with Paris low stools. The 3-metre long bespoke tables were given a distressed and weathered finish, which derives from our range of scaffold board table tops.

Classic bentwood armchairs and side chairs are also a key element, both given a fresh twist with a whitewash finish. 


  • All products comply with contract regulations and we provide working drawings and samples for your sign-off
  • The majority of our products can be customised, to fit the brief and budget
  • With access to both in-house and external partners, we can find solutions beyond our current online ranges
  • 12-month guarantee on all products
  • Our timber is sourced from a sustainably managed forest
  • International shipping—we ship our products all over the world