BARLUGA designed by Fluid Design Solutions, has taken the top prize in the North East Restaurant Awards 2009 for its stunning Art Nouveau inspired interior.

The venue re-opened last year after a £1m investment, with the main dining area enhanced with a decorative period ceiling, chandeliers, bespoke carpets and a back lit art nouveau-inspired wine display.

Period columns were also introduced into the scheme to enhance the space and tie in with the theme.

The bar was transformed with French, rolled zinc bar tops and floating fonts suspended from the canopy… a feature unlike anything customers have experienced in Newcastle before.

The mezzanine was also extended to accommodate an external terrace, which opens up the backdrop of Newcastle and St Nicholas Cathedral.