ISSUE 29  |  The Simple Life

Lord Stanley: SF’s Prettiest New Restaurant?

July 24, 2015 3:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Husband/wife owners Rupert and Carrie Blease (he’s a Brit, she’s a Californian) met in the kitchen of Michelin two-star restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, England, more than a decade ago. They spent a few years in NYC (he in the kitchen at Per Se and she at Blue Hill) and then moved to San Francisco, where they worked in local establishments before striking out on their own.

Their newly opened restaurant, named after the couple’s favorite UK pub (and Rupert’s father Stanley), has “British and European influences,” the chefs say, and interiors by Boor Bridges Architecture (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory). Artisan-made flourishes include a felted wool wall hanging by Ashley Helvey, black ceramic lights by SF potter Mel Rice Ceramica, and birch tables made in Los Angeles by Brandon Munoz. 

Above: The light-flooded dining room has a poured and polished concrete floor. The Nordmyra Birch Dining Chairs are from Ikea.

Above: A view of the lofty dining room from the mezzanine level.

Above: An accent wall is painted pale gray; the tables were custom made by Monkwood Studio of LA.

Above: Small plates and cocktails are served at the standup bar, including lemon verbena olives in cut-glass bowls (see No. 2 in Remodelista’s Top 15 Interiors Trends of 2015).

Above: Industrial materials such as raw steel contrast with clean Scandinavian-looking elements.

Above: A plasterwork detail.

Above: Black ceramic lamps by SF’s Mel Rice Ceramica

Above: A custom concierge desk by Boor Bridges.

Above: The communal table on the mezzanine level. 

Above: The Felted Wool Wall Hanging by Ashley Helvey is made from wool sourced from Decatur Island wild sheep shorn by Nich Hance McElry. 

Lord Stanley is in SF’s Russian Hill.

 See more of our favorite Boor Bridges restaurant projects at Architect Visit: Sightglass by Boor Bridges Architecture and The Mill: A “Bright and Messy” SF Cafe