SMC Design to revamp cafés on DFDS’s Eastern Channel ferries

SMC Design to revamp cafés on DFDS’s Eastern Channel ferries
The Lighthouse Café will be reminiscent of a modern European coffee shop (Image: SMC Design 2018)

UK-based design consultancy SMC Design is to revamp the catering outlets onboard the three ferries sailing on DFDS’s Eastern Channel routes between Dover, UK and Dunkirk, France.

As part of DFDS’s £1.8 million (US$3.4 million) investment, SMC Design will replace the existing food and beverage outlets on Dover Seaways, Dunkerque Seaways and Delft Seaways with the “fresh and modern” Lighthouse Café, which will give passengers a taste of the European coffee shop experience. The venue will also have a renovated play area for children.

The three refits are expected to take just five weeks and will start when the first Dover-Dunkirk vessel enters dry dock on 7 January 2019.

“We’re delighted to be working with the prestigious SMC Design consultancy on a project designed to offer a new, contemporary dining outlet for our passengers,” said Steve Newbery, onboard commercial director at DFDS. “The decision to revitalise the current catering concept onboard our Eastern Channel routes follows passenger feedback, something we pride ourselves in listening and responding to. In an effort to boost passengers’ experience onboard, the Lighthouse Café will include a revised menu, recycling stations and a revamped children’s play area, all underpinned by a new and vibrant colour scheme.”

SMC Design, which has signed a three-year contract with DFDS, will also carry out an additional £180,000 upgrade in the Horizon restaurants onboard the ferries in the Dover-Calais fleet. Work will start in early 2019.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
23 October 2018

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