The Steuart by Citrus (Scottish Restaurant and Pub)

CLIENT : George Steuart & Company Ltd. / Citrus Leisure PLC.
DESIGN BY : WL Design Consortium, No.178, Stanly Thilakarathne Mavatha, Nugegoda.
DESIGN TEEM : Pamuditha Wasala, Lashanga Gunasekera, Madhara Ranatunga, Methmali Alwis
PROJECT COST : Rs 25 Million.
FLOOR AREA : 4500 Sqft.

WL Design Consortium was approached by Citrus Management to create an appealing interior for a new high-end Scottish restaurant and bar called “The Steuart” at the heart of Colombo. The Steuart by Citrus is a Business Boutique hotel designed to offer the convenience of a prime location coupled with traditional Scottish charm and true Sri Lankan hospitality.

WL Design Consortium’s interior designers worked closely with Citrus management team to extend the concept though to the interiors. The restaurant is based in 175 years old ‘Steuart House’, a colonial building in Colombo. Our designs, therefore, had to be sensitive to their surroundings, ensuring that we retained the character and incorporated some of the traditional materials of the building, whilst creating a modern environment that sits harmoniously with the high-end produce. The main entrance is designed to be a welcoming space in which the diners can obtain a flavour of the concept and produce on offer especially with the light up ceiling. Adjacent to the reception area is a dining space and comfortable seating with exposed brick walls and elegant brass candle chandeliers.

Decoratively dotted around the restaurant and the bar are specially custom made lighting fixtures with Scottish touch and it’s a contemporary take on wall art enticing the patrons to immerse themselves in the playful environment.

WL Design Consortium’s involvement spanned from conception through to opening night. Throughout the project the brief evolved and complications, with the construction work on a listed building, were overcome by maintaining clear communication channels and working closely with the client to ensure the interiors perfectly realised their vision.

Our special thanks goes to Mr. Dilith Jayaweera who is the Group Chairman of George Steuart & Co. and Mr.Chandana Talwatte who is the CEO Citrus Leisure PLC, awarding us this project & giving their maximum support & advices to succeed the project.