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Art makes a room. It is part of the culture of the place. As much as the food makes a statement about the restaurant, so does art.


Art and food are inextricably linked: whilst food provides nourishment, a source of pleasure and sustenance for the body and mind, art provides nourishment for the soul. A stunning interior, painting or photograph on which diners can feast their eyes, not only enhances the décor, it adds interest, creates a talking point, defines the ambiance and renders it unique. For some years now, restaurants such as The Ivy and Le Gavroche have been showcasing paintings to popular


A FEAST FOR THE EYES Malvern Tilla, Malvern





Art is being added in some Indian restaurants art as an additional attraction to bring people across the threshold.


acclaim. Now, Indian restaurateurs have also recognised the value of featuring original art to create exciting and beautiful spaces. Whether the interpretation portrays the exotic, the tribal, atmospheric or romantic vistas of far-away lands, a renaissance is underway. Thanks to the vision of enlightened owners and managers, restaurants are fast becoming the art galleries of the modern world. Here, we visit some that are leading the way:


Set in the moody Malvern Hills, the Malvern Tilla Indian restaurant provides a showcase for the panoramic work of celebrated fine art, commercial and landscape photographer, Jan Sedlacek. After moving from the Czech Republic to the UK, Jan was so captivated by the beautiful landscapes of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, he decided to settle in Malvern, where he formed his company digitlight.co.uk. Now his art is celebrated in galleries across the world and is available in large and small format via his website. Locally, Jan’s work can be seen in diverse settings ranging from Worcester Cathedral, to businesses, hotels, and several Indian restaurants. In Malvern Tilla restaurant his images provide a dramatic backdrop with their depiction of the unspoilt Malvern Hills. Balanced between photography and painting, full of unusual light, they bring the untamed outdoors indoors, lead the eye, and create an atmosphere of drama and mystery.


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