Lloyds Lounge is the latest café and cocktail bar in Exeter. Located in Catherine Square, between the popular Princesshay shopping centre and Cathedral Green, it is the brainchild of Lloyd Gardner who has already had success with restaurant café Lloyd’s Kitchen.

The bar, designed by Hand Drawn Home Designs from Plymouth, is a standalone pavilion with glass walls. It has a fresh, contemporary interior with a stunning marble counter.

Key to the ambiance is the hi spec lighting design, which was the second biggest cost for the build.

The bar counter has a standard marble top, but the sides are an impressive feature – the marble panels have been ground to a 5mm thickness, allowing light to shine through. The panels were mounted on Perspex for strength, and two LED strips with diffuser shine through the panels to create a creative effect that can be seen through the glass walls by passers-by and customers.

In the kitchen area, LED panels are built into the ceiling to provide good working light for the chefs and kitchen staff.

To the front of the building, colour changing RGB LED downlights give the bar a voguish appearance. The lights are controlled by an app to alter the colour and speed of colour change. The same lights are used, in spike format, in flower beds, shining up at trees that line one side of the site. Bench seating in this area is highlighted by LED strips in warm white.

Landlords Princesshay, a joint venture partnership between The Crown Estate and TIAA Henderson Real Estate, required Class A in all aspects of the build, including lighting.


Electrician Lewis Voss enjoyed the challenge of the project, with the first fixing carried out in three days. In addition to lighting, his remit included the alarms and stereo. Lewis is a regular customer of Devondale and worked on the impressive RSPB wooden cabin in Aylesbeare.

The café and cocktail bar is set to wow Exeter socialites with delicious, tapas-style plates packing big flavours, sophisticated cocktails and live music until 12pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

The majority of lighting was sourced by Devondale from Collingwood Lighting. The lighting specifications included:

  • Collingwood RGBW LED spotlights 4W
  • Collingwood LED downlights 11W
  • Collingwood LED strips
  • Collingwood LED spike lights 3W
  • Collingwood LED wall lights 50 degrees