An award-winning boutique hotel aims to dazzle customers with a quirky redesign of one of its most exclusive spaces.

The Grown Up Bar at Oddfellows in Lower Bridge Street, Chester, has been completely redecorated in the venue’s signature style with a twist – in the shape of giant boxing hares.

Unknown to some, the first floor of Oddfellows has a private dining and meeting room space which, together with The Grown Up Bar, is exclusively available to hire for a party, meeting or wedding. There is also a dramatic roof terrace that allows a chimney top view of the city.

Designer Louise James said: “The fantastic Georgian room proportions meant it was crying out for a dramatic centrepiece so I commissioned a fantastic boxing hares sculpture from a famous willow artist, Michelle Cain. The hares provide a great talking point.”

The new Grown Up Bar looks like a woodland setting with faux log wallpaper, specially commissioned art work, stunning floral fabrics and cushions featuring flora, fauna and insect life.

Louise added: “I wanted to extend the link to the outdoors and nature but with a feeling of seclusion more suited to a private bar. It led to the idea of the glade – protected by a circle of trees with a clearing where the woodland’s best dressed residents meet.”

Sarah Dougherty, manager of Oddfellows said: “We are truly delighted with the work that Louise has recently completed on our new Grown Up Bar. She has managed to bring to life the tongue-in-cheek humour and fun style that makes Oddfellows so unique to our customers.”

Oddfellows’ forthcoming project is its two-bed coach house apartment, just a stone’s throw from the main venue, which is being worked on by designer Louise.