English Garden

When one is entering this particular section of the restaurant they would first encounter the border of the space, criss-cross timber fencing teasing everyone by showing only glimpses of the space contained within.

 

Afterwards, guests will soon find themselves in a cosy garden space, very reminiscent of the old English gardens, hence the given name of the space. All furniture are customized to resemble English furniture, the colour white covers the space, elegant and delicate roses suspends from the ceiling above, the floor is covered with cool and soft grass carpet,

 

English folk art and collectibles line the shelves and decorated the walls, the glass window allows a glimpse outside the restaurant and to allow sunlight to come in, a foldable timber shade as well as foliage curtains are installed on top of the window sill to block out the sunlight when needed, timber picket fencing with English blossoms contained within; all to create an accurate sense of space in terms of atmosphere and ambience for the customers.

 

The owner paid so much attention to detail that he even took note that the only readily available building material at the time is wood, and thus executed a demand that the furniture, cabinets and shelves be made of timber.

 

 

With all that said, although the section is called the English Garden, it is actually dedicated to Agnes Newton Keith whose nationality is American. She travelled to North Borneo when she got married to her English husband Henry G. Keith whom worked under the British North Borneo Chartered Company as Conservator of Forests and Director of Agriculture for the government of North Borneo. During her time here, she was encouraged by her husband to write about her adventures in North Borneo, with that she won a literary competition and was offered a serialisation in a magazine.

 

These written articles are then compiled into a book entitled ‘the Land below the Wind’ as it garnered much interest from readers at the time. With that, she became one of the earliest writers to write about North Borneo. This book not only contributed to elevating North Borneo into the eyes of the world, it also made Sabah synonymous with the nickname of ‘Land below the wind’.