Christopher Diccon Wright spent his early life split between his family’s fruit farm in Kent and in Geneva. Having established a passion for good quality produce from an early age at the fruit farm in Kent, Diccon started his business career by opening a boutique roastery, which was one of the first roasteries to open in the UK. This business selected hand crafted beans and supplied them direct to the restaurant trade. Diccon sold this successful business in 1998 so that he could move on and focus on the hospitality and property industries. Diccon’s first project in this area consisted of a 30 cover restaurant located in Tunbridge Wells, called ‘Right on the Green’. The restaurant featured James and Chris Tanner in the kitchens and the cuisine was based around modern European fine dining.
In 1998, with then business partner Peter Cornwell, Diccon purchased and renovated an old, derelict pub in West Malling, Kent. This area was close to both Diccon heart since it was close to where he grew up. The work in rejuvenating the premises took 18 months in total and at the end of this process, West Malling had a new restaurant, the Swan, which opened its doors in 2000.
The Swan in West Malling features a restaurant, two bars and also private dining rooms that spread over three floors. In addition to this the premises featured a large garden, an event space and an outdoor lunch which are perfect in the summer months. The restaurant features food that showcased the best of British produce, with seasonal food, grown and reared in the local area. From the start the restaurant has enjoyed both success and accolades, which include a listing in the Michelin guide, and also a finalist of Masterchef in 2010.
The next step for Diccon in 2007 was the undertaking of the contract for catering and event provision at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, located on the Thames south bank, in London. When Swan took over the site it was a rather down-at-heel tearoom, but following a significant refurbishment of the site it was developed into a highly successful, award-winning business, known as the Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe or Swan at the Globe.
Swan at the Globe includes a 90 cover restaurant and popular bar, with two private dining rooms, plus two event spaces- the Balcony Room and the Underglobe. Both event spaces typically operate as places for corporate entertaining, private parties, meetings and weddings. In addition to the restaurant and bar areas, the Swan also operate other catering facilities at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, including two cafés and the tap houses that service the main theatre.
In 2016, in partnership with local restauranteur Mark Cornwell, Christopher Diccon Wright has re-opened The Carvery, a sunny and intimate place to enjoy British cuisine in Spain. The Carvery located in Montemar, Torremolinos between Malaga and Marbella, with modern seating for 120 guests inside and room for 60 on the outdoor terrace.
Diccon’s future projects include Amano in West Malling, scheduled to open in 2017, which will include a new family-friendly café and bar. The renovated former pub will feature a modern Italian influence and include home-cured meats, freshly-made pasta and sourdough pizzas from an authentic wood burning oven.
An operational board manages the Swan on a daily basis which allows Diccon to focus on working in a consultancy and investment role, across a range of restaurant and property businesses both in the UK and abroad. You can find out more about Christopher Diccon Wright in the following places:
Christopher Diccon Wright’s new website and blog – http://www.dicconwright.com
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