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Timothy Oulton Opens First Restaurant In Hong Kong

Timothy Oulton is renowned for many things. This British furniture and interiors company not only offers handcrafted and uniquely authentic furniture pieces, but its boutique design service, Timothy Oulton Studio, has been designing and outfitting hospitality projects around the world. Think Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Hong Kong. The Glazebrook House Hotel in England. The Dome Home in China. Now, Timothy Oulton extends its brand by opening its own restaurant in Hong Kong – Gough’s on Gough.

“We’ve done a lot of projects now around the world but this restaurant is really special to us, I think we’re offering people a very unique experience here with an inspiring interior at its heart,” says Timothy Oulton, visionary founder of the brand.

Timothy Oulton has always been driven by a passion for creating inspiring spaces where people can connect and have a great experience. In the early days, he showcased his new furniture collections at his home, with his customers as guests. Today, Timothy Oulton views its stores as its home and welcomes customers as friends, with a glass of champagne.

Gough’s on Gough is a natural extension of this philosophy and of the brand – that hospitality and great hosted experiences is an ancient art that deserves revival. “When you have a great night it’s beyond the food, it’s the setting, the atmosphere, the people – it’s all of these things that make it memorable, and that’s what we’re focussed on. It’s about romance, preparing for a guest, anticipating needs, in the way you design a space and an occasion,” says Tim.

The Design 

Just like Timothy Oulton’s stores, the decor at Gough’s on Gough is a feast for the senses. Upon entering the restaurant, diners will be greeted with an Art Deco-inspired modern British restaurant exuding style, craftsmanship and old-world grandeur and charm.

The eloquent 2-storey design creates an immediate impact with its marble flooring and walls which are laid in a Roman optical pattern, inspired by ancient motifs that have been reinterpreted over the centuries on to the walls and floors of classical buildings. Bold black marble is contrasted with gleaming white Italian Marble from Carrara, with each individual piece cut and inlaid with painstaking precision.

From the ground floor bar area, generous spiral steps in marble and brass lead up to the first floor, offering a sense of adventure and expectation. The moonstone marble, sourced from Italy, has a natural translucent quality, which reflects a soft glow just like moonlight, while brass railings hint at a bygone era.

Arriving on the second floor, an illuminated moonstone bar greets you with herringbone K9 glass and brass panels. Glamorous and captivating, the bar takes its inspiration from the Art Deco period and is completely one of a kind.

All fittings and furnishings, as well as the overall design of Goughs on Gough, have been conceived and fabricated in the same workshops used for the creation of Timothy Oulton’s distinctive furniture collections.

The Food

British head chef, Arron Rhodes, has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, Latin America and Asia. For Gough’s on Gough, Rhodes created a British menu featuring classic meat and seafood dishes, all revisited with modern flair and prepared with simple, authentic and fresh ingredients. Signature dishes include Beef Pop Shot and Slow-Cooked Hungarian Chicken with sautéed peas, confit asparagus and a raw mushroom carpaccio.

A bespoke artisan cocktail list features nods to British heritage, including The Roots of Manchester and Victory Gin. You know where to find me on my next trip to Hong Kong…

Gough’s on Gough is situated in the bustle of Gough street in Hong Kong, next to the Timothy Oulton furniture gallery. It seats up to 50 guests with 10 additional seats at the cocktail bar. A private dining room and semi-private dining room are also available. The restaurant officially launched this September. 

Discover the Timothy Oulton furniture collection here.

Anthony Spon-Smith

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