The Royal Hotel in Elgin has always been a popular choice for locals and visitors alike with its traditional charm and central location. But owner and proprietor Allan Main could see the potential to expand the property to offer a more informal bistro style dining experience that would not only appeal to guests but would attract passing custom and drive additional revenue into the business.
Given the historic nature of the building, we worked with Historic Scotland to create an extension that would complement the existing style of property while offering a modern and contemporary dining space, designed to suit the specific needs of the business.
We designed a cedar extension with a central cupola that would allow light to flood into the new space while offering a more solid structure to match the existing style of property. Wishing to create a room for private dining and exclusive use functions, we incorporated internal bifold doors to enable the room to be divided into two areas when required, without compromising on light and the feeling of space. With our clients’ clear wish to create an extension that would attract passing custom in mind, we needed to ensure the design included a separate ‘street’ entrance so customers could enter the bistro without having to pass through the main hotel reception. The owner felt that coming through the main hotel was presenting a potential barrier to non-guests popping in for a coffee or a spot of lunch.