Chef Chantelle Nicholson has revealed she has been the sole owner of Tredwells restaurant in London's Covent Garden for the last two years, while announcing plans for a new site.
A post on the chef's website titled ‘Tredwells 2.0' revealed that having overseen the launch of the restaurant as part of Marcus Wareing Restaurants in 2014 and her appointment as its chef-patron in 2016, she took sole ownership of the restaurant more than two years ago.
Nicholson wrote in the post: "So there came the point when, for everyone's futures to be what they wanted, I took full ownership of something I had sunk a lot of my heart, soul, and life, into. I became the sole owner of Tredwells a little over two years ago.
"The timing never quite seemed right to shout about it, and fear being a constant, dull headache – ‘will people still want to visit if the MW name has been removed?'. Yet, I also wanted Tredwells to forge its own path ahead, and that path was on a slightly different trajectory. So earlier this year, I decided the time had come to make it common knowledge. Alas, a certain pandemic seemed to have other ideas and, as we have all experienced, everything was put on hold, including a future, in some respects."
She also revealed plans to find a new home for the concept were in the pipeline, however with Covid-19 delaying this, the Covent Garden site will instead be undergoing a light refurbishment and reopening on 6 August until the move can be realised.
Nicholson said: "Whilst I have adored our current home in Seven Dials, I feel that in order for me to take Tredwells into the future it needed a new home, where my vision of more of a ‘regenerative' restaurant could take shape. Thus, Tredwells 2.0 was slowly working in the background, with a new site in the pipeline. Whilst those plans are now a little waylaid and slightly dynamic, I decided to take this opportunity to start as we mean to go on."
Nicholson joined Marcus Wareing Restaurants in 2004, becoming group operations director in 2014. She confirmed that she will retain her roles as group operations director for Marcus Wareing Restaurants and as a business partner in the Gilbert Scott in King's Cross.