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From Post Office to Champagne and Cocktail Bar

The Adamson Bar

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The Adamson


St Andrews



This expansion to an award winning restaurant delivered on the ambition to create an urban and contemporary venue which delivers a memorable guest experience.

The background

Located in the heart of St. Andrews, the highly renowned and multi-award winning Adamson Restaurant occupies a prominent location in a former Post Office building. We were commissioned to expand the current offering involving the design and fit-out of the adjacent former sorting office building which was in a state of disrepair, to create a new destination champagne and cocktail bar.

A narrow, off street access point created the opportunity for gently lit wayfinding towards the newly instated chic timber and glass entrance.  From a narrow entrance customers are taken immediately into view of a double height bar, creating a dramatic entrance to the venue.

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The design approach

An original dilapidated staircase and partitions were removed to create a central open space whilst giving a respectful nod to the original sorting office by exposing the steel trussed roof. This was coupled with a subtle material palette and feature finishes to create a contemporary cocktail bar. 

The natural division from the existing building enabled, with careful planning, the incorporation of a kitchen preparation area and a significant back of bar area for storage and glass wash facilities.

Attention to detail was critical to the success of the project. Our team were hands-on, working closely with specialist trades and suppliers including the client’s interior designer, Ian Smith Design and fit-out contractor Bentley to ensure a high standard of finish that aligned with The Adamson brand and market expectation.   

After completion, the Adamson Bar was shortlisted for several prestigious trade and design awards.

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The Adamson is a well established and much loved venue in St Andrews. We were compelled to reflect the same quality in our design and delivery as its visitors associate with the venue experience

Steve Charman


Steve Charman Partner Sector Lead

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