After 25 years at the helm of Friends Restaurant, the time has come for me to take a step back. An infection in my hip and three operations have slowed me down. I felt that I have not been able to devote the necessary energy to Friends that the business needed.
I have brought in two new partners, Stelian and Faisal, to run the business. Stelian is a Head Chef with over 10 years experience. He has worked at Incanto (AA Rosette), Club Gascon (Michelin Star), The Dorchester Hotel, Loiseau des Vignes (Michelin Star) and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (3 Michelin Stars). Faisal is a City financier with over 16 years experience at HSBC and KPMG, as well as setting up and managing several small businesses.
Stelian and Faisal will stay close to the roots of what has made Friends such a unique and special restaurant in the heart of Pinner. They will also inject the energy to lift and gently evolve Friends. To that end, I would like announce that we will be refurbishing Friends and the restaurant will be closed from 1st January until 19th January.
I would like to invite all our customers to our Champagne and Canapés re-opening party on the 19th January. It will give me a chance to personally introduce you to my new partners Stelian and Faisal and also the wider team at Friends. I will send a formal invitation closer to the time.
I would like thank you for your continued support and wish you a prosperous and Happy New Year. I look forward to welcoming you to our re-opening on the 19th January.