Time Out Eating and Drinking Awards 2012



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Best New Design category: for the interiors that look good enough to eat or drink

As we all know, money can’t buy good taste. But these spots have used their redecorating budget wisely – to create an interior that makes a mood, has real wow factor, or is reason in itself to make a night of it. These are all a feast for the eye.

Best new design

  • WINNER: Mari Vanna

    116 Knightsbridge, Wellington Court, SW1X 7PJ

    Design: Yuna Megre br>
    Thanks to the talents of Russian-born and British-educated interior designer Yuna Megre, Mari Vanna is a marvel of old-fashioned Russian cooking in a setting that fleshes out the homely fantasy. Waitresses in flowery domestic aprons invite you to eat comfort food in their ‘sitting room’, where flea market curios fill every inch: there’s ornate crockery, French lace, crystal from St Petersburg, lamps draped with fringed shawls, Lenin pins, antique boxing gloves, an old accordion and so on. A visit to the bathrooms, where they play Russian folk songs and have installed old pull-chain toilets, is part of the adventure.
    Around £120 for two br>
    Read Mari Vanna review

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  • RUNNER UP: La Bodega Negra

    9 Old Compton St, W1D 5JF

    Design: Serge Becker and Jason Volenec br>
    There’s a garish neon ‘sex shop’ façade and a funky ground-floor diner, but it’s in the bookings-only basement restaurant – serving fashionable Mexican-American food – that the designer’s imagination is given full rein.
    Around £65 for two br>
    Read La Bodega Negra review

  • RUNNER UP: The Delaunay

    55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB (020 7499 8558)

    Design: David Collins br>
    Acclaimed restaurant designer David Collins has taken us back to a golden era with this beautifully evoked ‘grand café’. See also pXX Best New Restaurant category.
    Around £120 for two br>
    Read The Delaunay review

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  • RUNNER UP: Shrimpy’s

    The King's Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, N1C 4UR

    Design: Serge Becker and Jason Volenec br>
    A far cry from the building’s original incarnation as a petrol station, this restaurant has been cleverly converted into a good-looking temporary dining space, serving smart US dishes of the sort you might find from Miami to LA.
    Around £95 for two br>
    Read Shrimpy's review

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