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Finding the right pub table

People love pub tables and here’s why: it’s somewhere for your beer to go.  It’s somewhere that’s your space in what can be a busy and loud environment.  It’s somewhere to relax.  It’s somewhere to lean.  It’s somewhere to put your food or to read a menu.  

It’s somewhere to put your mobile phone in plain sight so that you don’t have to keep getting it out of your pocket or bag to check it.  It’s somewhere to huddle around with your friends or family.  It allows space for business meetings without having to get too cosy on a sofa.

If those aren’t enough reasons (and we could go on!), pub tables also look great.  They complement the seating, utilise space and encourage your customers to take a seat, spending longer in comfort at the pub and even ordering food.

So what makes a pub table look and feel great?

Different types of pub tables

Here are some popular combinations that are regularly ordered together to create a comfortable and relaxed pub environment, whether a pub is modern, traditional, country or gastro.

Round pub tables

Often, round pub tables have smaller surface areas, mainly designed for holding a number of people’s drinks whilst they sit or stand and talk.  The aim is often to fit as many people around a space saving round table as possible.  For a good combination of a round pub table with seating, we think this Round Wellington Pedestal Table is well complemented by round stools like this Tall Shaker Stool.  For lower round tables, we find that tub chairs like this Portobello Tub Chair are a popular and very comfortable option.
Tall Shaker Stool

Rectangular pub tables

Rectangular pub tables are often the best table for dining – you can fit more people around them, which means more people staying to eat!  Square stools are often the best space saving and comfortable option for rectangular pub tables.  We like this Regular Wellington Table or this Solid Oak Rustic Table with either a stool with a sturdy back like this Tall Captains Bar Chair or a stool with an extra comfortable seat, like this Tall Squareback Bar Stool.  
Solid Oak Rustic Table

Square pub tables

The beauty of square pub tables is that they’re great for space saving if you’re looking for the ‘couples’ clientele who will come in for a meal and stay for a few hours.  Similarly, they’re great for a couple of mates to sit over a pint or 7, at a space that they can reserve as theirs for the night.  For a traditional look, we like this Square Tudor Table in Dark Oak paired with Straight Leg Mates Chairs.
Straight Leg Mates Chairs

Coffee tables for pubs

For a super cosy feel, a coffee table can hold a number of drinks and nibbles whilst friends and families sit comfortably on a sofa or chair for hours on end.  A table like our Farmhouse Rectangular Coffee Table would look great with a classic like our Chesterfield Two Seater Sofa.
Chesterfield Two Seater Sofa

Pros and cons of having pub tables

The main benefits of having pub tables at your pub is that customers are more likely to stay for longer – they have a place to settle, relax and put their pint.  They are also more likely to take the opportunity to eat at the pub, or at least to have more than one drink.

The main downside is that tables take up space.  If you have a small bar area and no dining facilities, a space saving option like smaller round or square tables with bar stools would work far better than a couple of large tables, which could easily get taken up by a couple and leave groups of friends and families with nowhere to sit.

How much do pub tables cost?

Depending on the type of pub table you are looking for, we can supply your pub with as many pub tables as you need starting from less than £40 per table.  For larger tables, the cost is more likely to be around £85.  For more information, view our range of tables and if you have any questions about which chairs go with which tables, give us a call. 

Where to buy pub tables

Through Trent Furniture of course!

We specialise in furniture for pubs and provide a range of pub tables ideal for pub dining, banqueting and events.  Our tables come in a range of sizes and colours, including light and dark woods such as light oak and walnut, as well as materials like aluminium and laminate.  

With winter now out of the way and warmer weather on the horizon (fingers-crossed) pubs, bars and restaurants will now be looking to their outdoor space to bring in more customers. 

If your establishment is fortunate enough to have outdoor space, there is a great opportunity for owners to increase footfall throughout the spring and summer seasons, but only if it’s done right. Here are some tips:
outdoor eating on a bench 

Provide consistent, attentive service 

A common reason to avoid eating outside for visitors is the slow service. Research by Hospitality GEM shows that 48 per cent of visitors claim slow or poor service puts them off eating outside. With such a high percentage of people having this impression, it’s vital to get the service right. Ensure that there is an adequate number of staff on shift and make it clear if it is table or self-service. 

Give diners space

Research shows that 42 per cent of families with children will use outdoor space for dining. Families like outdoor areas as it gives them the chance to move around more freely. Make sure you arrange the furniture to allow space in between tables for pets and pushchairs which often accompany families. Having an area with toys and games will keep the children engaged and help parents to relax.
hotel dining outside space

Provide clean eating areas

With lots of elements to battle against, outdoor furniture needs to be able to withstand the weather. Not only does furniture need to be long-standing, it also needs to be well maintained. For simple instructions on how best to clean your furniture, see here. Furniture can also be protected by providing ashtrays and napkins.

Choosing your furniture

There are a number of options available when selecting outdoor furniture, but research shows that 72 per cent of people prefer dining tables over the 21 per cent who like picnic tables. However, with outdoor space, there is no one-size-fits-all. All spaces vary, and for that reason you need to choose furniture that fits with your style and the space that you have available.

One thing is certain though, no matter how much of an optimist you are: rain is likely. Remember to provide adequate coverage should the weather take a turn for the worse and have a few outdoor heaters to make sure customers stay well into the evening.

Trent Furniture’s extensive outdoor furniture range has something for every pub and restaurant. Browse through our outdoor chairs, tables and stools now and get your venue ready for the finer weather. 

outside restaurant furniture

If you’re considering sprucing up your hotel with a touch of luxury, what better way than with a Chesterfield sofa!  It can be mixed in with modern interiors for a touch of class and elegance, or added to a traditional room for the finishing touch in sophistication.  Wherever you put a Chesterfield sofa, one thing is for sure - it adds style.


hotel lobby area furniture 

Where do hotels use Chesterfield sofas?

You’ve decided your hotel needs a Chesterfield sofa (great choice!) but in case you’re not sure where it should go to best complement the interior of your hotel, here are some great ideas from UK hotels for Chesterfield sofa inspiration:

Chesterfield sofas for a hotel lobby:

Chesterfield sofas for a hotel lobby 
As with almost everything else in life, first impressions count.  A Chesterfield sofa in a hotel lobby gives an immediate impression of quality and luxury.  Where could be better for someone to wait and take in their surroundings whilst their other half parks the car or gets the room key, than a comfortable, stylish, hard wearing Chesterfield sofa? 

The other benefit of having a Chesterfield sofa in a hotel lobby, rather than a fabric sofa for example, is if people are carrying drinks with them or come into the hotel out of the rain, the material is far less likely to stain or be damaged by liquids.

For style inspiration, a classic example of a Chesterfield sofa being used in a hotel lobby is at the Chesterfield Mayfair in London.  

Chesterfield sofas for a cottage or apartment hotel:

If your hotel offers penthouses, apartments or is even a cottage, having a Chesterfield sofa within the rooms adds a level of grandeur and stylish comfort that no fabric sofa could achieve.  Take the rooms at the Old Chapel House in Barnoldswick, Lancashire as an example.  Mixing modern and traditional styles, the use of Chesterfield sofas creates a character that perfectly complements the attractiveness of its grand country cottage atmosphere.

Chesterfield sofas for hotel bedrooms:

If your hotel has rooms that are large enough for sofas, you have the perfect opportunity to use those rooms as your hotel’s luxury or executive suites.  What better way to convey extravagance than to include a Chesterfield sofa in a hotel room?  It certainly makes a hotel room look more attractive on a booking website.  The rooms at Stoke Park Country Club Spa & Hotel provide an excellent example of how a luxury room is styled  by the inclusion of a Chesterfield sofa.

Chesterfield sofas for hotel event rooms:

With our experience of working with hotels across the UK, we know that luxury hotels prefer furniture that reflects the standard and quality of their hotels.  After all, seminars, weddings and other events regularly held at hotels are often what first brings people to the hotel.  It’s after that first visit that many people decide to book and can turn into guests that return year after year.

Similar to a hotel’s lobby, event rooms are important for setting  the sorts of standards that guests can expect from the rest of the hotel.  Once again, the Chesterfield Mayfair in London shows how adding a Chesterfield sofa (or several) can really improve the opulence in a hotel event room in its library event room.

How much do Chesterfield sofas cost?

You don’t have to be a large luxury hotel to afford a Chesterfield sofa.  Trent Furniture are hotel furniture specialists and sell both two and three seater Chesterfield sofas, which would add a touch of class to any hotel interior, for under £300.  For more information, visit the sofa section on our website.

There are many influencers that decide whether a restaurant will be profitable. Obvious factors include demand for the cuisine, variable costs and marketing efforts. However, one area that is often over looked is the ambience of the restaurant itself.

chic restaurant interior 

Importance of restaurant interiors for business success

Studies have shown that restaurant atmosphere can affect how much/fast customers eat, how much they spend, how long they stay and if they decide to return. If a restaurant creates the right kind of ambience, customers will feel comfortable and enjoy their experience at your restaurant. 

Judgement is made on an establishment’s décor before anything else. The quality and style of the furniture should reflect the price of the restaurant: a high quality design will echo the establishment’s prices. In a restaurant with certain pieces of furniture such as sofas, this suggests a relaxed environment, prompting customers to unwind and stay for longer periods. The following interior design elements are areas which can be altered to change the experience you provide.
chesterfield three seater sofa  

Lighting and music in commercial spaces

Lighting will create the atmosphere for each table. It plays a strong supporting role in creating a brand. Restaurants featuring bright lighting encourage quick eating, just think of fast food establishments. In comparison, restaurants which are softly or dimly lit encourage customers to relax. 

It is also important to match the music with the lighting of the restaurant. A study found that guests who dined in a softly lit environment consumed less food, however they lingered longer, making additional orders. Sound in restaurants also had the same outcome, loud and popular music promoted faster eating whilst slower tempo music helps diners to relax.

 retro music players for restaurant theme

Colour schemes for dining

Colour schemes again need to match your restaurant type. The colour choice can affect the way customers perceive your restaurant. Reds, yellows and other bright colours are commonly used in quick turnover food establishments whereas dark colours are used to create a more intimate, romantic feeling as they make rooms look smaller.

Comfortable eating

Customers’ comfort is vital in improving the diners’ experience. The use of quality tables and chairs help to create comfort but the spacing of the furniture is equally important. Spacing can prompt customers’ decisions, for example a fast turnaround can be created by placing people in the middle of the room. It has been found that this makes people eat quicker. Whilst it is essential to make sure spaces aren’t cramped, there needs to be enough seating available to create a profit. 
 
Ultimately, each restaurant will have different needs and requirements. In smaller places, the opportunity may be more limited, but it is nearly always possible to alter the ambience of a space with careful manipulation of design elements.

Whatever interior your restaurant is looking to create, Trent Furniture can help. Call us now on 0116 2864 911. 

In his 1938 comic song “I Went to a Marvellous Party”, the songwriter and playwright Noël Coward described a particularly colourful event:

"The Grand Duke was dancing a foxtrot with me 
When suddenly Cyril screamed ‘Fiddledidee’
And ripped off his trousers and jumped in the sea.
I couldn’t have liked it more."

Coward’s song was of course poking fun at the society types he mixed with in the south of France. But these days, extravagant parties are no longer the preserve of the privileged classes. Many of us work for businesses that hold annual parties – some of them at Christmas, but increasingly spread throughout the year – to foster a sense of togetherness among employees or to celebrate achievements and anniversaries. And parties are an essential part of the annual round of showbusiness awards ceremonies such as the Baftas and the Brits. 

The party industry has grown to become a huge business. The events sector is worth £42.3 billion to the UK economy, of which corporate hospitality and corporate events accounts for £1.2 billion. So, where does all this money go? Here’s a segment-by-segment assessment of the party business, showing where the best parties are being held, and revealing some of the best hidden hideouts.

Hotels and private members’ clubs - the perfect venue for a party?

These are the most conventional venues for parties. With their ballrooms and other public spaces, the bigger hotels in particular are well equipped to deal with large events, being able to feed and entertain large numbers of guests in an evening. Following this year’s Brit Awards, for instance, Universal Music’s after party was held at 180 The Strand in London, hosted by Soho House. Here, A-list guests such as Katy Perry and Ellie Goulding mingled in an environment that was chiefly aimed at a standing, circulating crowd – there was some furniture, such as velveteen cubes and low upholstered benches, but mostly the venue was left as open space, with DJs supplying music. 

Hotels and private members’ clubs

And the Rosewood Hotel in London has hosted the post-Bafta party (sponsored by Grey Goose vodka, a big player in the party business). The hotel itself was essentially a sober backdrop against which stars such as Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch could shine. Meanwhile London’s Groucho Club – which opened in 1985 and pioneered the trend towards younger, hipper private members’ clubs – has various spaces available, including its Soho Bar, which can accommodate up to 150 standing guests. The room is impressively furnished with club sofas and stools upholstered in bright, attractive fabrics.

Churches - suitable venues for staff events?

It might come as a surprise to learn that houses of worship are now also serving as palaces of pleasure. But these are straitened times and churches are using their attractive, distinctive premises to host events and parties. Hallé St Peter’s church in Manchester, and LSO St Luke’s and St John at Hackney in London are among those that host celebrations (these venues also host regular music concerts). These spaces are flexible, with removable seating, which means that they can be used for wining, dining and even dancing. A well-lit church interior with a high ornate roof and stained glass windows can be a dramatic backdrop for a celebration.

Museums and galleries for business venues?

Like churches, these venues can provide a spectacular and historic party setting, often amid fascinating exhibits or stunning artworks. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, for instance, can provide spaces for formal dining in the Victorian grandeur of its galleries, with the traditional arrangement of tables, or it can host more informal events, with guests standing and circulating in the museum’s Edwardian Tea Room. The museum’s Industrial Gallery, for instance, provides space for up to 250 guests surrounded by impressive decorative arts. Most major galleries and museums across the UK, including London’s V&A, Science Museum and National Portrait Gallery, will provide venue hire, though the types of celebration may be limited to ensure the protection of precious exhibits.

Tourist attractions and heritage sites for work events

Anyone passing through London’s Regent’s Park in the evening might come across a stream of party-goers heading towards London Zoo, which has for some years been hiring out parts of its extensive grounds and buildings for parties and events. The Zoo has various pavilions and rooms, as well as outdoor areas, for corporate and private hire, many of which have animal enclosures as a backdrop; some packages will include access for guests to attractions such as the Aquarium or the Reptile House, or even encounters with some of the animals, such as llamas, also giving access to the animals’ keepers. A cocktail party in the Komodo dragon house is one of many packages on offer. Formal dining or more relaxed celebrations can be catered for, both inside and outdoors on terraces or in public areas.

Animals for business venues and parties

The Tower of London is one of many historic tourist attractions to offer venue hire for parties. The Tower, which is owned and operated by Historic Royal Palaces, has a selection of rooms and venues rich in history and brimming with artefacts. Among the smallest is the Jewel House, which can accommodate 50 guests; the largest is the Tower’s moat, which can hold up to 2,000 guests. A specially-built pavilion is also available, furnished with long sofas and upholstered ottomans, with the Tower as an iconic backdrop.

London’s Guildhall, meanwhile, has hosted major events such as last year’s Save the Children Winter Gala, a fundraising and celebratory event featuring guests such as Grayson Perry and Mary Portas. The event was themed around the work of Roald Dahl, marking the author’s centenary, and guests were taken into a Dahl fantasyland where characters from his books roamed the party and guests could order drinks from the Marvellous Medicine bar.  Fundraising auctions were held, with guests seated at banqueting furniture

Meanwhile, on a smaller scale, the London Eye offers private hire of its capsules for a 30-minute rotation of the wheel for up to 25 guests (though that might be quite a squash).

Theatres and music venues for businesses

Christmas venues for work parties

Many theatres will hire out their premises – either individual rooms or the whole auditorium – for events. Those with removable seating are best suited for parties. London’s Troxy, for instance, normally serves as a live music venue, but recently hosted the Christmas party for staff at Google. A hipsterish environment is provided by Village Underground in London’s Shoreditch, with its high brick walls and post-industrial ambience. London’s Roundhouse, too – home of performances by bands such as the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and The Ramones – is a fine venue for a party, with its iron pillars and brickwork walls. And the fading grandeur of Wilton’s Music Hall in east London, where music-hall stars such as George Leybourne (otherwise known as Champagne Charlie) used to perform, has provided richly atmospheric surroundings for many celebrations. Elsewhere in the UK, venues such as the Leadmill in Sheffield are available for hire for parties.

Music halls and corporate venues

Spiegeltents

These highly decorated mobile performance venues (it means “mirror tent” in Dutch) are coming back into favour, with some – such as the Spiegeltent on London’s South Bank – being used as permanent cabaret and circus performance venues, and others being available for hire for parties. They offer flexibility and an excellent opportunity for a “themed” party, with fairground attractions, circus performers and popcorn vendors adding to the flavour of the event. Seating can be removed or installed as required.

Warehouses for your next party?

Disused warehouses and old industrial premises offer an edgy, urban space for your party (they’re also popular for fashion shows and photoshoots). Usefully, they offer a blank slate – an empty structure with countless permutations and variations. (Canvas can arrange hire of a range of warehouse spaces in London.) Some provide furniture, which is often, as you’d expect, idiosyncratic. A popular warehouse is The Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s South Bank, which has peeling plasterwork and bare metal girders. Most major British cities will have post-industrial premises for hire. A typical example is the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, a complex of rooms that have been used for events by corporate clients including BMW and Gap.

The Bays at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

Stately homes - the solution for business events?

With the aristocracy in financial decline, Britain’s stately homes are in search of revenue, and many now offer rooms and spaces for parties and events. Perhaps the most famous of these is Cliveden in Berkshire, where, in the summer of 1961, 19-year-old Christine Keeler swam in the pool while John Profumo looked on, thus sparking one of British history’s most notorious scandals.  It seems that Cliveden is not ashamed of its role in the scandal. In fact the house actually trades on its role, offering what it calls “decadent celebrations as wild as your imagination”.

Immersive parties for work? 

These events lie in the rarefied upper echelons of the party business. Organised by high-end production companies such as Immersive Cult, whose prices typically begin at around £100,000, these parties are more like theatrical events and cater to hosts who want to give their guests a unique and unrepeatable experience, with little spared in the way of expense. Immersive Cult, for instance, organised a party themed around The Great Gatsby, with guests being loaned their own vintage car in which to drive to the venue.

More modestly priced parties based around a culinary theme are offered by London-based Shuttlecock; a travel-themed party created by Shuttlecock, the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, simulated seven train stops from Rangoon to Kashmir via a seven-course tasting menu, designed around a colonial-style dining car and featuring actor hosts performing “in character”. No doubt Noël Coward would have been amused.

Shuttlecock parties for staff events
 

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