Designing a Restaurant or Takeaway menu is hard enough, just making sure you have the right spelling and language, the correct price and not to mention the right meals is a task in itself, let alone creating a memorable and eye-catching design.
The Solopress team have put forward some of our favourite menu designs from our local area of Southend-on-Sea, Essex – and some unforgettable classics from London and around the world – to give you some menu design inspiration!
Local Menu Inspiration – London & Southend
1.) The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea
One of the best places in Southend to catch talented local bands, eat scrummy vegetarian and vegan food – and partake in wide selection of tipples. Their menu design fits their shabby-chic look — many a summer has been spent sitting on the mish-mash of furniture in the garden, supping a cider or two.
2.) Mangetout, Southend-on-Sea
A rare place, with some of the best food I’ve ever had the pleasure of looking at from afar away, crying and salivating – because I can never get in! The bookings here are usually 2-3 months booked in advance, so if you fancy a giant, sexy burger with all the trimmings, make sure you book ahead. Their menu design is minimal, straight to the point, chalkboard black and white, no pretences here, you know you’re going to get good food.
3.) The Clarence Yard – Southend-on-Sea
The Clarence Yard presents it’s offerings of Burgers, Salads, Rolls, Pasta, Desserts and Tarts in a classic newspaper style, on just one sheet, big and bold; you can view all the gastro-articles straight away!
4.) Sketch – London
There’s nothing sketchy about Sketch, their beautifully illustrated “Parlour Breakfast” menu puts you back in the late 1800’s wild-west, with lace, and ladies with fans, you can almost smell the tobacco, gin and talcum.
5.) The Drift Bar London
Set yourself adrift in a food-fantasy land, escape from the busy London rush and pick from a selection of taste-bud tingling nibbles and meals. The circus tent butterfly house menu match the drift’s decor and attitude, with lobster, beef and veggie leaf icons to help potential patrons pick a plate.
Menu Designs from Around the World
6.) Mr Brown, Mexico
“Muy Fresco, tan Burger!”
These boards spell the name “Mr Brown” and can hang on tables rather than take up valuable table real estate. Buen plan, Señor Brown!
7.) Hubbly Bubbly, Orlando.
Bright colours and light-hearted illustrations would serve any small or medium sized restaurant or take out well. A quirky poem always gets a smile, too!
8.) The Pelican, Singapore
Combining sea-creatures with people and drink bottles is pure genius, if a bit odd. Certainly makes the Pelican stand out – great idea for any seaside eateries or seafood specialists!
9.) Fade Street Social, Dublin
Illustrator Steve Simpson created this bonkers menu design for the Fade Street Social, conveying a sense of food-themed fun, and showcases the venue’s sense of humour and irish character – and not a mention of a shamrock or Guinness. So play to your strengths, if you have a sense of humour – use it.
10.) L’Encant, Spain
Celebrating the restaurant’s blend of Japanese and Catalan culture, the Nuria Vila team developed this concept, which pays homage to Japanese folding fans. Any swanky noodle bars or venues offering Japanese cuisine should be fans of this innovative design.