The Algiers Inn Of Baltimore, Co. Cork, Gets Revamp
The Algiers Inn of Baltimore, Co. Cork, has gotten a revamp.
As reported by The Irish Examiner, the venue's new owners, Californian couple William and Ann Hillyard, have transformed its interior into a blend of desert décor, patterns and tiles, wall-hung decorative plates, greenery, and Moroccan pendant lights.
With plans to serve food at the venue, Ann Hillyard reportedly signed up for a 12-week Ballymaloe cookery course early last year, which was reportedly cut short due the COVID-19 pandemic. William reportedly said that Ann is reportedly now chef-ing at the inn, at which the food reportedly has a Mexican influence and is proving very popular.
The manual transformation of the venue was reportedly carried out by Californian friends of the Hillyards who reportedly came to Baltimore to help revamp the overhead living quarters. One of the trio of said friends was reportedly carpenter Norman Rowe, who reportedly stayed for nine months.
William reportedly said, "We had engaged COLLAB Design Studio [of the Dublin suburb of Malahide] and the plan initially was to revamp the pub over a year or two. In a way, you could say the lockdown was fortuitous because we decided to press ahead."
There was reportedly time for only one face-to-face meeting with COLLAB before travel restrictions started.
William reportedly said, "Everything we did was online,", and that reportedly included ordering materials and communications with COLLAB.
William reportedly said, "We'd send them videos of the work we were doing and they would give us feedback."
The work was reportedly arduous, reportedly involving re-wiring through 2 metre thick walls, replumbing, and re-rendering walls.
William reportedly aid, "There was much more to it than we had anticipated and we did it all ourselves. Norman's talents are evident in the joinery and tiling."
Tiles and lights reportedly came from Morocco, plates reportedly came from Tunisia and the back bar reportedly came from Cavan, for €200, via DoneDeal.
A beer garden outback was reportedly reconfigured by adding a tiled seating area to an unused planter under an existing grape vine, and there was reportedly an old shed that William reportedly said once housed the first flush toilet in west Cork.
William reportedly said, "The plumbing was still in place, even the broken-off remains of a Thomas Crapper toilet. The floor was about 60mm below the current grade of the beer garden so we raised it and extended the plumbing and put the old loo back into service."
A retractable awning over the beer garden has reportedly also been added so that the area is usable all year.
Fit Out Awards
The revamp has reportedly resulted in the shortlisting of the venue for two Fit Out Awards - Fit Out Client of the Year and Excellence in Collaboration.
The Fit Out Awards will reportedly be presented at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road in Dublin on Wednesday, November 24.
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