Barr Joinery has a strong reputation for supplying master craftsmanship of the highest level – so we’re proud
to consider them customers! Recently, some of Barr’s satisfied clients decided to commission some additional work,
which Quercus supplied the timber for.
The client in question was the Perch – an Oxfordshire restaurant famed for its high-end country charm and
gorgeous surroundings. In 2015, Barr had carried out an “extensive renovation, commercial kitchen refit
and redecoration” (in their own words) for Perch proprietor Jon Ellse. Now, he wanted them to add a ‘garden room’
to offer foodies a spacious seating area in which to eat, replete with natural light and a view of the willow-draped
riverside gardens. The garden room would seat an additional 46 guests, and Barr knew exactly which timber to
use (sapele) and which company to buy it from.
Like all our timber, the sapele we supply is of the highest quality, and always ethically and sustainably sourced.
This makes it an easy proposition for experienced joiners, like Barr, to buy into. This particular timber was
chosen to complete the beautiful aesthetic of the Perch, which has hosted iconic authors like C. S. Lewis and
Lewis Carroll in years past. No doubt the great authors of tomorrow will feel equally inspired surrounded by our timber!
Describing the completed garden room, Barr said: “Using a dark grey Pantone (picking up on the colour of
the existing external joinery) on the old external wall serves as a visual reminder of the line of the original building.
Cleverly avoiding current contemporary trends, the interior is effortlessly and timelessly chic. Vintage lights
and mirrors, innovative brass glass and wine bottle storage solutions, retro pictures, old church pew bench seats
and farmhouse chairs and tables, all come together to create an entirely individual ‘Perch’ feel.”
We agree that the space is a true testament to what great craftsman can do with great timber – and we’re
sure, having seen the images accompanying this story, you will too!