Designer Timothy Oulton crafts his first restaurant in Hong Kong
JAN 30, 2019 | By Aneesha Bhadri
As you enter the modern British restaurant, Derek the Diver looms over you in his hypnotic blue tank. The frogman, donning a 1940s vintage helmet, greets you jovially while fending off piranhas, inviting you into the contrastingly warm golden space.
Take a winding route up the spiral staircase where authentic bar beams of century-old English reclaimed timbers crisscross overhead along with a glittering crystal chandelier reminiscent of a Venetian 1960’s style. The moonstone bar on the second landing makes you squirm with pleasure — the back-lit Italian moonstone and 495 herringbone baguettes of refractive K9 Optical glass create a delicious aura of vintage glamour.
Settle into one of the luxurious handcrafted leather seats and get ready to be transported to the glamourous era of the Roaring 20s — of black tuxedos, shimmering cocktail dresses and crystal glasses that glinted in warm light. Known worldwide for its vintage British charm, Timothy Oulton masterfully blends traditional craftsmanship with innovative designs. From the rustic, leather-bound menus to the moonstone and crystal central bar, Gough’s On Gough embodies this distinctive Timothy Oulton spirit.
A sleek, yet comfortable place for all types of social gatherings, this restaurant exudes an irresistible charm that is elegant with a hint of casual. Like the interiors, the cuisine is a reinterpretation of classic British dishes, drawing from a mix of multi-cultural influences, in this case, from Asia and Latin America. The menu, by Executive Chef Cary Docherty, revisits classic British styles using fresh seasonal ingredients of select provenance, including a raw bar with fresh British seafood, and a selection of bespoke crafted cocktails, fine champagnes and wines. Adding to the charm, Gough’s On Gough is deeply committed to supporting small family farms with exclusively sustainable practices.
“We are extremely excited to be opening our first restaurant concept in Hong Kong. Gough’s on Gough shares the same philosophy with everything our brand stands for – the idea of welcoming and connecting people and providing them with extraordinary hosted experiences,” says Timothy Oulton.