On May 18th 1988, we opened Percy's, a Wine Bar and Restaurant in North Harrow. We opened to a full house of 80 customers.
It was the start of a steep but steady learning curve but thankfully I had a great grounding and I was a fast learner.
Percy's Wine Bar & Restaurant was very popular from the beginning, so we decided to invest in a property in the country to retire to in a few years' time. The following Easter, Tony & I ventured West for a few days in search of such a property and found what is now the Coombeshead Estate.
When initially viewing the property, the then owners convinced us that the Devon longhouse would make a fine restaurant. The seed had been sown. The deal was sealed and planning was obtained for conversion of the old granary to 8 spacious rooms.
During the intervening years, Percy's reputation swiftly gained momentum. In 1996, Percy's Devon was opened as a Restaurant with Rooms. In 1998, Percy's in London was sold and all efforts were re-directed to Percy's in Devon.