Shared passions —
Sidney and Declan first met on the playground. Aged three they bonded over trade - foraged old pennies for chocolate Bourbons and Custard Creams. At eleven they set up a bogus company and sold shares for Wham Bars and other confectionery, paying dividends in the form of penny Fruit Salads before abruptly declaring bankruptcy and absconding with their sugary bounty.
Sweets made way for serious food, their friendship continued, entwined in a shared passion for food and the countryside. At seventeen, they could be found skiving from their school’s sports matches, spending the afternoons entrenched in the nearby town’s Japanese restaurant instead, daydreaming of mountains, forests and rivers.
Spending summers together on Islay in Scotland, the pair fished and foraged their way to gourmet bliss. Smoked wild trout, raw scallops straight out the water and pollock ceviche introduced them to the joys of celebrating local produce while surrounded by the glorious countryside from where it came. The banks of the River Sorn became a place of grand schemes, where ideas were born and forgotten, the odd fish was caught, and picnics devoured.
By 2017, Sidney was working in a Mayfair art gallery, spending his lunch breaks working his way through the restaurants of Soho. Declan was working for a PR agency in Buenos Aires and learning the art of the asado. But it was only a matter of time before the siren call of their shared passions drew them back. Early dreams were rediscovered, a plan was formed, and a plot hatched.