A reinvention of the famous Grade II listed Cinque Ports Pub,
a former haunt of Britain’s mods and rockers.
Marine Terrace, Margate
To revitalise and resurface the historic (1930s) pub and its rich slice of subcultural history for modern audiences, while creating a destination considered the seafront gatehouse to the newly regenerated Dreamland amusement park.
In restoring and reworking the Grade II listed venue we were sure to invest the design with artful distress and artisanal charm, reflective of both the amusement park’s original Victorian-era prowess and its important status as a key meeting point for two of Britain’s most famous warring youth subcultures: the mods and the rockers. We did so via the introduction of slick monochrome floor tiling, exposed brick walls, reclaimed ceiling beams, brassy pendant lamps issuing soft ‘ships’ lighting, and a wraparound wooden bar conceived to resurrect that unique British institution itself: the pub.
We also installed sweeping perimeter windows, flushing light into the darker corners and revealing panoramic views of sea. The exterior was revitalised just as meticulously; we sourced a vintage street lamp and hand-painted signage adorn the side of the building.