We are delighted to announce the opening of the refurbished cafes designed by Avanti within the Grade I listed Dover Castle. This forms part of a programme of works following a masterplan and conservation strategy led by Avanti.
The new interior designed Naafi Resturant is located in the former 1868 regimental institute within the grounds of Dover Castle. The new restaurant provides two distinct seating areas, both served from a new bespoke servery. The seaward facing space has been stripped back to create a formal dining area, adopting a simple palate of colours, glass pendant lighting and bespoke seating. The walls act as a picture gallery to display framed prints from the Imperial War Museum Archive. The yellow-ochre upholstered bespoke booth style seating is arranged to exploit the dramatic views out across the Channel. The practice was responsible for the graphics and visual identity, including the typographical backdrop to the historic gun exhibited in the connected café space. A new outdoor seating deck has been carefully inserted into this historically sensitive setting.
Great Tower Café sits alongside Henry II’s, Great Tower. This new café interior has been re-orientated, with a new servery, framed in a deep red clad box within this dramatic double height trussed volume. Large banquet style tables and chairs have been arranged against the historic backdrop of the inner bailey stone wall re-illuminated to great effect. Two murals by Francesca Tiley https://www.francescatiley.com/ were commissioned based on medieval feasting images and stretch across the two outer walls of the space.
Great Tower Café and Naafi Resturant at Dover Castle to open on the 4th July