Case Study: The Red Lion- Palmers Brewery

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An 18th century coach house set in the square of the Dorset town of Beaminster, the Red Lion has a skittle alley and a beer garden sheltered by the ancient stone wallThe Red Lion is a modern take on the classic English pub. Serving the finest Palmers ales and quality cuisine, The Red Lion is a visit you won’t forget.

The Red Lion, a Palmers Brewery Pub, appointed Creative Solutions to assist in a transformational refurbishment. We were tasked with creating traditional pub signs on the exterior of the building, as well as internal directional signs and door signs. 

The external signs were to be painted on to the wall in order to create a more traditional, vintage appearance. There were two primary surfaces on which the signs would be applied, a red brick wall at the front of the building and a rugged stone wall on the side.

The stone wall was treated prior to commencing, getting rid of any loose stone and creating a stable surface. Several large stencils were custom routed at our premises in Axminster with the Red Lion lettering, as well as the lion itself.

The signs were hand-painted by a two man installation team. With the assistance of a scaffold tower, the stencils were mounted to the wall and drawn around in pencil before being given two coats of paint. The job required an incredibly steady hand around the outside of the letters given that the background colour of the wall was the red brick itself, allowing no room for error! Our experienced team made no mistakes in creating a superb display.

Internally the theme of painted signs was continued. Cut-vinyl was applied to the wall and used as a stencil after being created in our designated print studio. Throughout the premises, directional signs and door signs were added throughout to assist customers in navigating their way around the pub, as well as creating a homely, traditional atmosphere. The stencil created a concise and clean finish.

Creative Solutions also produced a customised Chalk A-board to be stationed outside the premises, as well as a brass menu board to be wall-mounted by the door. Creative Solutions were delighted to be a part of the refurbishment. The Red Lion also has a completely new menu, if you’re in the Dorset area head on down and have a look!


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Posted by Rob on November 9th 2015

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