The Black Boywww.theblackboyhotelsudbury.co.uk
The Black Boy Hotel in Sudbury was given a transformational refurbishment by Tibbatts Abel commissioned by Greene King.
The pub is a very long and narrow building creating the operational issue of filling the back and middle of the pub. And maximising it’s potential. The building is a beautiful grade 2 listed situated in the heart of the market Town of Sudbury. The brief was to transform this muted understated pub into a destination site specialising in real ale and good quality british pub food. To create maximum use of the building, Tibbatts Abel zoned the areas of the pub to draw people throughout the space, avoiding the current problem of the middle and rear remaining empty and cavernous. The front of the pub is largely a lounge area serving coffee and cakes daily, the reclaimed brick, contemporary grey colour palette and vibrant upholsteries make this area contemporary but comfortable.
The use of chalky grey, tin ceiling with contemporary tweeds, wools and antique leathers retain the tradition of the pub, but create the much desired punchy contemporary interior. The middle area of the pub is now the drinks lead area, with an enviable selection of real ales served directly from the cask on an illuminated statement metal framework in view of the customer. Alongside this are a great selection of craft beers and spirits served from a reclaimed timber metal cage back fitting under oversized dropped Edison bulb pendants. The once neglected rear of the pub is now the cosy, and warm go to restaurant area. The grey tones continue but are complemented by rich mulberry tones and chestnut leather fixed seating. The inherent features of the building have been retained and enhanced giving new life to the parquet floor, the ceilng beams and large double sided inglenook fireplace