Fenwick Food Hall, Newcastle
39 Northumberland St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AS, United Kingdom
CADA Design, London
The swish Fenwick department store has cemented its place as the ‘Harrods of the North’ with a world-class overhaul of its food hall.
Redeveloped after gaining vox pop data points from local patrons, the new-look food hall melds local and international influences for a globe-trotting culinary experience. The result integrates both restaurants and departments themed by product – and all in understated, minimalist style.
Drawing on the overarching design of the larger Fenwick setting, the food hall features textured, natural materials such as slate and timber in abundance, with blackened iron used throughout for signage and to divide the space.
London branding and strategy consultancy CADA Design brings interior design and a new visual identity to Fenwick’s beloved Food Hall.
A handful of contrasting, upmarket restaurants pepper the space, woven in between the less formal kiosks and shopping regions. Fuego serves up Mediterranean fare, while artisan bakery Mason + Rye has the patisserie side of things covered. Ko Sai plates up Thai cuisine in a setting flush with hints of South-East Asian decor, and the Saltwater Fish Company proffers chic fish and chips.
Outfitted in tasteful untreated timber and featuring displays crafted from wicker baskets and wooden boxes, a delicatessen section with global aspirations complements a stylish confectionery department.
Local caffeine purveyors Ouseburn Coffee Company brew espresso from an industrial-tinged corner with bold black-on-white decor warmed by rich timbers and striated lighting. The Wine Shop, linked to a wine and charcuterie bar, incorporates a region-first Enomatic wine dispensing system – and rows upon rows of tidily arranged local pours accessed via a library ladder.
In all, it’s a thoroughly palatable transformation.