The Courtyard is a lovely, homely restaurant positioned within the unique surrounding of Portsmouth Southsea Castle. Brick arches and stone walls make for a historical experience which few other venues can offer.
Starting from the beginning Lucy presented us the concept for her restaurant and venue. We were immediately inspired by the venue and her ‘Home cooked, naked British food’.
We created a brand that feels hand crafted, a direct reflection of the Courtyards gastro style cooking. Illustrated food elements, rustic textures and pastel colours are employed to further express a feeling of hands on.
When directing the photography we focused on key dishes from the menu, the spectacular historical architecture and the finer details of the decor.
Once the photography was completed we then delivered a responsive website, that feels friendly and modern, with a major focus of driving people to review the menus.
Since then we have been working to evolve the branding with a variety of little touches such as vintage hand drawn typography, more illustration and constant development of the website.