We are very happy to officially announce Adele Harrington as our new Creative Director. Based in the London office, Adele is a huge asset to Mystery, having a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, both in operations and design.
She considers herself a “walking restaurant guide, Northern lass and keen gardener”, whose passion for restaurants was kindled many years ago at her first Saturday job as a waitress, at an Italian / American restaurant serving espressos with the perfect crema.
Having made her way to London, she began a front of house restaurant career as manager of Monte’s, Jamie Oliver’s first restaurant on Sloane Street (pre Fifteen) and went on to open Adam Byatt’s first restaurant, Thyme in Clapham, which won many accolades, including Time Out Restaurant of the Year.
However, design was her passion and she decided to make the move from operations to design:
“I knew I needed to make the move to fulfil my career ambition as a Restaurant Designer. With many friends in the industry, and while still studying interior design at the London College of Communication, my first project and big break was to design a gastro pub in Surrey. It was amazing and I haven’t stopped since. Just over 14 years on, I returned to work for Adam Byatt once again, but this time to redesign his successful Trinity restaurant.”
More recently, Adele has worked with well-known pizza group, ASK whose estate spans everything from Grade I and II listed buildings of architectural heritage to new build shopping centres. The group went through several major rebrands during the six years she was with the company.
At the weekends Adele can be spotted running around Peckham Rye, burning off calories to make more room for food, growing vegetables in the garden and expanding her horticultural knowledge.
GUILTY PLEASURE…“A sausage and egg McMuffin on a Friday morning – ‘Veggies’ in the office beware!”