Café Thai is the brainchild of cousins Scott Carroll and Paul Nichols, who realised their dreams of opening a restaurant after falling in love with the local cuisine whilst travelling extensively through Thailand 10 years ago. The restaurant has recently been extended to offer a new Thai Tapas experience, with local furniture supplier Andy Thornton Ltd providing the complete interior furnishings.
The attractive bar has been manufactured by Andy Thornton craftsmen, combining carved wooden mouldings with decorative metal tiles to create the decorative bar counter. This is all finished in antique copper, a finish that has been replicated throughout the restaurant. Metal poseur tables are combined with French Café bar stools, again in a copper finish.
The main feature of the raised dining area is the sumptuous button-backed banquette seating, upholstered in a hazelnut-coloured natural grain leather and fitted below the metal tiled back wall. The loose furniture features the Lina side chair in heavily distressed brown leather, used so successfully in the downstairs restaurant, with stepped metal table bases and solid ash tops.
Andy Thornton supplied and installed the cast metal balustrading that so effectively divides the restaurant from the bar and even created a bespoke feature light in the bar, using individual corded pendants.