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Blok is the new gourmet restaurant in South Wales

In the heart of the South Wales Valleys, Blok restaurant has opened its doors in a contemporary interior. Located in Lanelay Hall, a luxury boutique hotel and spa in Pontyclun, the new space marks a complete redesign of the hotel's previous restaurant. A new open kitchen offers insight into the team's culinary expertise using local British produce.

Take a seat at Blok Restaurant in South Wales

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Lanelay Hall commissioned Manchester-based design studio SpaceInvader to take on the restaurant's transformation. The design was based on the newly created seasonal menu – which ranges from crispy hen's egg with asparagus, wild garlic and Hafod cheddar to scallops with peas, Carmarthenshire ham and caviar – and Blok's ethos of “fine dining by the fire”, with charcoal and flames serving as inspiration for the choice of colour tones and finishes for the space.

Wales Blok at Lanelay Hall

(Image credit: Courtesy of SpaceInvader and Blok)

Wales Blok at Lanelay Hall

(Image credit: Courtesy of SpaceInvader and Blok)

“The space was quite old-fashioned and formal and, with its sense of spaciousness and very high ceilings and loose furniture throughout the room, it didn't attract potential guests who wanted to experience an intimate atmosphere,” says Imogen Woodage of SpaceInvader. The designers created a 16-seat seating area at the heart of the restaurant, creating an intimate corner and strong visual appeal, and breaking up the linear rows of tables.

Small tables in a curved bay in the Blok restaurant

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Lighting played an important role in creating a cozy atmosphere. Decorative pendant lights hang above the booth and rechargeable lamps are placed on each table to provide individual mood lighting.