From the Valencian Pelota Cathedral to the Pelayo Gastro-Trinquet lifestyle
The interior designer, Carlos Serra, oversees the Pelayo Gastro-Trinquet project, a space which combines tradition and gastro-fusion led by the chef, Pablo Margós. A new temple of Valencian gastronomy with 150 years of history.
In 1868, the Pelayo Trinquet was inaugurated, a benchmark of quality in Valencian sport. One century and a half later in 2018, it came back as a new sport, a gastronomic and cultural project determined to increase interest in Valencian pelota and add trophies to its history.
Only a Valencian like Carlos Serra could clearly understand the refurbishment that this building required. The Mercader de Indias studio has overseen the turning of this past, present and future icon of the Valencian history in the heart of the city into a gastro-bar.
The challenge was to modernise this “temple” of Valencian sport and turn it into a brand new gastronomic space in a sports space which is still active, as well as making two great exponents of local culture go hand in hand: traditional sport and local gastronomy.
Two heights separate the restaurant from the bar and the entrance to the games, and multiple “pilotaris” (pelota players) icons go hand in hand with the traditional elements of the bar, enhanced by the emblematic colours of the pelota. Red appears on the table and furniture feet; blue on the seats and in the bathrooms; white on the bar and the floor: the Persian White marble by PORCELANOSA.
The old ticket sale stand has been also integrated inside the restaurant. A dyed oak structure in a stone colour stops time and recalls the golden era of pelota from more than a century ago. Recovered beamed ceilings and stone walls project the walls of traditional trinquet.
The transversality of time in a single atmosphere. A delight for those palates which value the authenticity carried out by the chef, Pablo Margós, who combines pelota games with classic Valencian products such as paella or avadetxo in renewed formats. This is Pelayo’s Gastro-Trinquet. Welcome to the Pelota Cathedral.
Pelayo Gastro Trinquet
Carrer de Pelai, 6. Valencia
About the interior designer:
With a degree in Industrial Design, the interior designer, Carlos Serra, puts all his passion into interior design. For more than 15 years, he has run El Mercader de Indias, a studio behind which there are famous interior design projects in the Valencian Community, Madrid, the Basque Country and the Balearic Islands. His passion for travelling and discovering other cultures defines his hallmark, due to the integration of decorative gems into spaces which have been imported from countries, such as: Jordan, India, Senegal and Sri Lanka; which go hand in hand perfectly with contemporary furniture.
Pictures by David Rodríguez Pastor – Cualiti