Alvin & Sally Michaels, Bricklayers Arms

The Bricklayers Arms located in quaintly named Hogpits Bottom, in Flaunden, Hertfordshire, is certainly no ordinary country pub.

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Offering a stunning Anglo-French fusion menu in a delightful 18th century setting, it is a multi award-winning gastro pub, which is listed in the Michelin and Good Pub guides and was Restaurant of the Year in the acclaimed Foodie Magazine.

So when owners Alvin and Sally Michaels were looking to upgrade the bar counters and back bar area at the Bricklayers, they didn’t want to settle for anything ordinary. They wanted a high class finish that was easy to maintain, which would blend into the cosy surroundings of a Grade II listed country pub and, most important of all, which could be installed in a single day, so as not to disrupt their busy lunchtime and evening trade more than absolutely necessary.

The material they chose was our diamond-polished recycled glass Vetro Moretti, which fittingly for these licensed premises is made from used wine and beer bottles. Because it’s tough, yet lightweight enough to fit over the existing bar counters, we were able to complete the whole installation in under a day, complete with separate free-standing shelf units that were built off-site.

“It’s a very resilient product and we don’t have to maintain it at all,” says Alvin. “It looks good, the colour we chose blends in beautifully with the existing wood, and the finish introduces a modern, fashionable touch.”