Jean-Baptiste Noel and Aurelia Delclos-Noel.
Jane Imrie

On The Third Day Of Business: Bringing the taste of France to London with Chez Antoinette

For the third day of Bdaily’s 12 Days of Business, we decided to keep it continental and chat with a business with that extra ‘je ne se quoi’.

So, we had a chat with our very own ‘French hens’ (get it?), restaurateurs and founders of French restaurant Chez Antoinette, Jean-Baptiste Noel and Aurelia Delclos-Noel.

Based in London, Jean-Baptiste and Aurelia have drawn on their Lyonnaise roots to create their eatery concept.

Can you give us an introduction on who you are and what your company does?

“We are Jean-Baptiste Noel and Aurelia Delclos-Noel, owners and founders of the Chez Antoinette restaurant family with sites in Covent Garden and Victoria.

“Chez Antoinette is all about bringing the much loved cuisine of Aurelia’s grandmother Antoinette to London, and focuses on traditional French (particularly Lyonnaise) dishes with a modern sensibility, showcasing highest-quality, seasonal ingredients from local and French suppliers.”

What has been your biggest achievement of 2019?

“Opening our second restaurant in March - Chez Antoinette in Victoria.”

If you could go back to the start of 2019 and tell yourself what you know now about your business, what would you say?

“That nothing is impossible you just have to believe in it and do everything you can to make it happened.”

What are your company’s plans for the new year (and decade) ahead?

“Review our organisation to deliver even better quality of product and service.

“In the next few years we plan to expand with more openings starting end of 2020.”

How are you going to celebrate Christmas this year?

“We are very traditional, so we will spend it with our family in Paris and then in Lyon.

“We will have Christmas meals eating great French food like oysters, capon, black truffle and a lot of chocolate!”

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