A sad farewell to El

It's a day of shocking, saddening losses. El, of El's Kitchen in Ladywell, is putting her deli up for sale. It's a wonderful business and El has been a tireless campaigner for Ladywell and a creative, award-winning entrepreneur. But it's time for her to move on, as she explains:

It is with great regret that we have to inform all our lovely customers that El’s Kitchen will be closing for good on Thursday 31st October. Unfortunately El is unable to carry on running the business and there is no succession plan in place. It’s been a really hard decision for us to make and we’ve given it an enormous amount of consideration, and, although we have looked into other options, none are viable given the circumstances.

We’ve spent a fantastic three years bringing you delicious food & drink in Ladywell and we couldn’t have done it without our wonderfully committed staff and tremendously loyal customers. We’ve really valued your business and greatly appreciated your support through the highs (Christmas trading & wine tastings!) and the lows (the bloody road works!).

It’s been an amazing experience being such a pivotal part of Ladywell and we’re very sad that El’s Kitchen will no longer be at the centre of the local community. We’d like to thank our customers and staff for coming with us on such an exciting journey, and we’re really hoping that someone can take over the reins and carry it on so that Ladywell gets to keep its deli.

El’s Kitchen is solvent and is not being liquidated. The lease and assets are for sale of this perfectly positioned property, which comes with an A3 restaurant licence, an on & off sales premises licence and a very friendly and accommodating landlord. Any interested parties should contact el@elskitchen.co.uk.

22 comments:

Jason said...

This is a very sad day indeed, Ladywell will miss you all on so many levels......Jason x

G said...

Terrible news, gutted, all the best to her.

Ali said...

Such sad, sad news. I'll be so terribly sorry to see you go. You will be sorely missed, as a wonderful place to shop, and as lovely, welcoming people. Ladywell will miss you dreadfully.

Bells said...

El's is a shining light brightening up Ladywell & will be greatly missed. Damn those road works that are taking the best part of the year to complete.

RB said...

All is not lost - we still have Rumbles, The Village Cafe and Mayil Food & Wine, as well as a few less honest establishments.

Tunamelt said...

Sorry to hear this, sad news for Ladywell. I hope someone carrying on your good work.

Tunamelt said...

Who are the less honest establishments?

Rosie said...

Oh no! What a terrible shame. Blast and dammit. El, you've been amazing. So sorry to see this chapter close

Simon said...

So sorry to hear that news. You really started something good in Ladywell and will be sorely missed. Best wishes and thanks.

Lady said...

Boo! very sad news. Good luck with the future, El.

Ladywell Lady said...

This is a huge loss to Ladywell. Thank you si much for your beautiful deli delights,these past 3 years El. All the very best to you. Please please please someone but the business! I have 2 small children & no cashbut would otherwise gladly take it on!

Simon & Olivia @geddes said...

We were both shocked and saddened to hear your news El. We can only echo the sentiments of the many on this thread by saying we'll miss El's Kitchen terribly. We know how much work you put in over the years and the meticulous planning you did in getting your business off the ground. You were a great addition to Ladywell and we sincerely hope someone else takes up the gauntlet and builds upon your impressive foundations.
All we can do is wish you all the very best for the future and we look forward to having that drink with you shortly. XX

Hannah said...

Such sad news. All the best to El and hope someone else can pick up the reins - no doubt they will have Ladywell's full support.

Nabil & Karine said...

So sorry to hear that you are leaving. We both wish you the very best best in the future. Ladywell will miss you.

Neilgadhok said...

Sad news indeed. Hope not related to roadworks.

Paul Gadd said...

The ones that don't fit into BC's Greater Brockley social cleansing policy.

Phil said...

No El's? Ladywell will be like Christmas without a tree, or presents or turkey. Very sad to hear the news. But much love and gratitude to El and her amazing team for the delicious grub and useful cooking tips - not forgetting the laughs and gossip.

leclair said...

You were our village shop that put a bit of heart into Ladywell.You will be missed.Fingers crossed that someone else with your passion for good food will take on the business

blackcat said...

don't go! this is very upsetting news! and so sudden... i hope this isn't related to the roadworks. if the roadworks have pushed out two of the best businesses in ladywell- el's and the tavern that will be a real shame. does anyone know what's happening with the tavern. they had workmen in doing a bit of painting and sanding weeks and weeks ago, but since then nothing...

IvyIvy said...

Agree - sad on personal level for staff, El etc, but too expensive for me to shop there, & am a local ad much as any. May be solvent, but obv not sustainable if overwork is a reason (as given elsewhere). Gentrification has its limits - maybe some good but cheap food could be sold instead?

Monkeyboy said...

obviously? well the books will be open and its being sold as a going concern so obviously it is turning a profit. the whole point of els is that its a specialist food store trading at the quality end of the market. a small store selling more normal goods would still require LONG hours.

IvyIvy said...

Ok - just hoping to feel more like I can afford to be part of what's going on in my area. Normal, affordable (but still good quality, ethical if not exotic) would be fine for me.

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