World-travel and fatherhood inspire ethical Clapton business

Remy Zentar

For the past decade Rémy Zentar has been ploughing his passion for food and his wealth of travelling experience into his deli and café on Chatsworth Road.

The father-of-two, who grew up in Lyon in France, launched L'épicerie 56 in 2007 just after his son Izac was born. He’d been working in the catering and hospitality industry in South Africa and California and wanted to be more local.

He said: “When we launched, the transport was almost non-existent, the Overground trains stopped three times an hour and it wasn’t even part of TFL but I hoped it would improve.

“We exchanged on our house in Homerton on the day London was granted the Olympics, I hoped it would help the neighbourhood but knew there were no guarantees. A coffee shop had opened up six months before which gave me some confidence.”