The Higher Buck was a neglected pub with 7 letting rooms in a picturesque village of Waddington near Clitheroe, Lancashire. Although neglected it had bags of character and great features to work with. It is a tenanted pub with the landlord having another establishment locally with great food. The brief was to give an interior which had a welcoming pub feel to serve traditional pub food with a contemporary twist and to be relaxed not formal. The pub had been very dark and gloomy, both inside and out so we opened up the internal space, introduced a focal point with a raised fireplace and with careful use of a mixture of textures and finishes we achieved a light but welcoming pub with different cosy corners for customers to find their place to enjoy a pint or bite to eat. The outside was also transformed, a lighter, brighter exterior with great night lighting to draw your eye as you drive into the village.
The seven bedrooms were each different due to the character of the building but each was a great space with a good size ensuite and gave everything a guest would need to have a relaxed and comfortable stay. We gave the rooms a modern country feel which we achieved on quiet a conservative budget with some detailed finishing touches intended to help make the guests feel at home.