The Seven Sins of Peter Prescott - Co-owner Prescott & Conran
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The Seven Sins of Peter Prescott

Co-owner Prescott & Conran
Peter Prescott
Peter Prescott has worked with Terence Conran since early 2001. As general manager of the Bluebird Gastrodrome, he quickly progressed to the role of operations director for the Conran Restaurants group, which involved managing a portfolio of restaurants in London, plus properties in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham. 

Before joining Conran, he garnered experience at Claridge’s and Grosvenor House on Park Lane, amongst other hotels. His career has also included a period managing all of the restaurant, bar and event spaces at the Royal Opera House and as operations director for Anton Mosimann’s members’ club, cookery school and event planning business.

In 2006, Peter together with Terence and Vicki Conran, formed a private limited company called Prescott & Conran. The first project for this new venture was the multi-award-winning Boundary Hotel, Boundary Restaurant and Boundary Rooftop, plus Albion café, bakery and specialist British food shop, all of which opened in late 2008 and are located in Shoreditch.
The second major project was Lutyens Restaurant, Bar and Private Rooms in Fleet Street, EC4, which opened in the summer of 2009, this business has also won several prestigious awards.

In 2007 Peter and Terence co-authored the hugely successful book Eat London - a personal view on the food and restaurant scene in London. A second award-winning volume was published in early 2012.

In May 2010 Prescott & Conran launched a wine events club and a small wine related retail business called Château Boundary. In March 2013, food became a focus with the launch of Food for Thought, an informal forum to discover, discuss and debate interesting culinary matters.

Following the success of the first Albion in Shoreditch, in July 2013 Prescott & Conran launched a second Albion at the Lord Rogers-designed NEO Bankside, just next to Tate Modern, Bankside. At the end of 2014, Prescott & Conran acquired Les Deux Salons in Covent Garden, which was closed for refurbishment in early 2015 and reopened in the summer as a multi-faceted French food and drink destination.

In early 2015, Prescott & Conran reached agreement with Derwent London to lease large premises at the Turnmill building in Clerkenwell. The aim is to open this site as a further location for its Albion concept with the plan to include a large grocery, bakery, wine and craft beer shop, plus an affordable café, oyster bar and grill restaurant, together with private dining facilities, amongst other things.

In summer 2015, Prescott & Conran launched Counter Albion in Shoreditch, an informal offshoot of their successful Albion concept, based on lighter and healthier foods. Counter Albion also promotes Natural and Biodynamic wines partnered with artisanal British charcuterie and farm cheeses.

Peter has also worked as a restaurant consultant in London and Moscow and has been involved with various boards including a period as a main board director at Conran Holdings, the company responsible for all of the Conran enterprises - from the shops and licensing division to the architecture and design practise. Peter is currently involved with the Design Museum Enterprise Committee and is co-chair of the Hackney Community Fund.

Finally, Prescott & Conran are currently redeveloping 56 Redchurch Street, formerly the Loungelover nightclub in Shoreditch, and hope to launch a new all-day dining concept in early 2016.
Wrath - What makes you angry about the hospitality industry?
Peter Prescott Seven Sins
Not much. It’s difficult to be angry about the hospitality world; I think it should be a happy and fun place to be. If restaurateurs and hoteliers are happy then it is more likely that the customers will be too. Diners go to restaurants & bars etc for fun and good times and we need to remember this. Instead of being angry about the industry, I am angry about how little respect government gives to the industry. The buoyant restaurant scene in London gives a massive benefit to the capital and it needs to be acknowledged to a wider degree.
Greed - If all your food fantasies came true what would be on your Plate?
Peter Prescott Seven Sins
Too much to list! For a single meal, I’d probably start with a plateau de fruits de mer including some Native oyster, followed by a roast grouse with a side of gratin dauphinoise, and then a plate of French cheese, ending with a rich dark chocolate ice cream - St John restaurant is the best for this.
Sloth - What do you do to unwind?
Peter Prescott Seven Sins
Take my son to the rooftop swimming pool at Shoreditch House. When he’s gone to bed I like to read the Weekend FT in my Karuselli armchair with a decent glass of wine.
Pride - What are you most proud of?
Peter Prescott Seven Sins
In a work setting, it has to be Boundary hotel and Albion in Shoreditch.
Lust - Is there anything that you are still lusting to achieve?
Peter Prescott Seven Sins
Yes! Lots of different types of restaurants and hotels. I’ve got a great many ideas in my mind for different menus, restaurant designs and hotels.
Envy - who are you most envious of?
Peter Prescott Seven Sins
I don’t really think like this. Instead, in my minds eye, I have a personality that I want to be. He’s a complex character and a bit of an enigma, while also being a huge bon viveur and style icon.
Gluttony - have you ever over indulged? 
Peter Prescott Seven Sins
Regularly! I love a hearty Toulouse-style cassoulet with a bottle of gutsy Cahors, but it doesn’t agree with me. I keep going back for more and thinking it wont reoccur but it invariably ends with me waking in the middle of the night feeling queasy.
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