All’s Well for Hackney restaurant born to keep staff going in lockdown

As lockdown devastated Central London’s hospitality industry, renowned chef Chantelle Nicholson was so determined to keep staff on that she launched a neighbourhood restaurant in Hackney.

When other restaurants were losing staff, the founder of Tredwells in Covent Garden launched All’s Well, a pop-up restaurant on Mare Street. The initiative enabled them to maintain employment levels, learn new skills and bond over a shared new project.

Manager Beth Morgan-Jones explained: “Covent Garden was badly affected by the pandemic – we rely heavily on businesses, tourists and theatres and, with all of that trade lost, wanted a project to keep us active and enable us to keep staff on.

“We wanted to find somewhere with a thriving community where people share our passion for sustainability – I’d lived in Hackney before and it seemed a good place to go.”