New facilities located within grade I-listed building

Avanti Architects has completed the refurbishment of two cafes within the grade I-listed Dover Castle.

The project, which is for English Heritage, forms part of a programme of works following a masterplan and conservation strategy led by Avanti.

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Naafi Restraunt

One of the schemes is a new interior for the NAAFI Restaurant, which is located in the former 1868 regimental institute within the grounds of Dover Castle.

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The NAAFI Restaurant

The new restaurant provides two seating areas, both served from a new 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 restaurant will also display framed prints from the Imperial War Museum archive. 

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Great Tower Cafe

The Great Tower Cafe sits alongside Henry II’s Great Tower.

This new cafe interior has been re-orientated, with a new servery, framed in a deep red-clad box within a dramatic double-height trussed volume.

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Great Tower Cafe

Large banquet-style tables and chairs have been arranged against the historic backdrop of the inner bailey stone wall which has been re-illuminated.

Two murals by Francesca Tiley were commissioned based on medieval feasting images and stretch across the two outer walls of the space.