A Newcastle bar has won an international award less than a year since its opening.
Leila Lily’s in Grey Street impressed judges at the FESPA awards with its interior design and the likes of vibrant wallpapers – and the winning work was created by designer Beth Travers, originally from Sunderland.
The city centre restaurant-bar, which opened last September to reveal its floral new look, beat worldwide competition to win a new category at the international awards ceremony called printeriors, which celebrates innovative use of printed materials and design in interiors.
The work by Beth, who now runs her company, BOBO 1325, from Manchester, secured first place over entrants from as far afield as India and Italy.
FESPA – now known as the acronymn, which originally stood for Federation of European Screen Printers Association – is a global group representing the screenprinting and digital printing industry.
Its award judges described Beth’s work as “a stunning example which demonstrated creative use of digital technologies to create luxury interior decoration”.
Beth said: “The awards were originally supposed to be held in Madrid and I had tickets to go and then because of Covid-19 it had be held remotely.
“But the fact that I managed to win made up for the fact we had to ‘attend’ a virtual ceremony.”
She added: “I am so proud of the award, particularly because I am originally from the North East so it’s really special that I won it for my work on a project from there.
“Leila Lily’s is an incredible venue and it was amazing to be a part of it.”
Atul Malhotra, operations director of The Malhotra Group PLC which owns Leila Lily’s and who came up with the original concept for the venue he names after his daughter, said: “We know that Leila Lily’s is something special and it’s fantastic that this has been recognised internationally.”
He said that Beth “did a fantastic job” and is now currently working again with the company at both The Three Mile Inn in Gosforth and on refurbishment plans for Osborne’s bar in Jesmond.
At a time the hospitality industry is struggling to recover from the effects of the pandemic, the award is another piece of good news for Leila Lily’s which was awarded an AA rosette for its food just before lockdown.