Old Saybrook, CT
Dining room, bar room, kitchen, entry vestibule, outdoor dining areas
Dennis M. Carbo
In 2018, a renovated 5,000 square foot restaurant serving pub food and craft beers located in the shoreline community of Old Saybrook, CT, was added to the Little Pub family-owned restaurant group. The project involved extensive demolition and a full gut renovation of an existing structure to improve efficiencies, i.e., reconfiguring the workflow from kitchen to bar and dining room. In addition to the new dining room, bar room, kitchen, entry vestibule, and toilet rooms, an outdoor eating area was created.
Its renovation was in keeping with the Little Pub branding; the exterior was given the appearance of a vintage timber-framed Tudor pub while the interior is also true to the period. The exterior features traditional Tudor half-timber batten framing, stucco walls and chimneys, and bright red batten doors. A new bold hipped gable roof with deep eaves transformed the building’s form and heightened its presence on Boston Post Road. In the interior, distressed reclaimed wood beams and planks line the vaulted ceiling, and decorative iron chandeliers suspend from above. Daylight penetrates the space through numerous dormers and windows that feature diamond patterned divided lites. Two fieldstone fireplaces with granite hearths enhance the atmosphere of the dining and bar areas. The interior walls include timber framing and antique bronze sconces.
The Old Saybrook Architectural Review Board awarded Little Pub its Design Excellence Award in 2020 for its “unique aesthetic qualities that help to preserve the heritage and integrity of the town.”