My father Leon came over to the UK from Cyprus in 1958 with the dream of making a better life for himself. That, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit, is what drove him to eventually start his own restaurant.
My dad started out in London working as a server in a little restaurant, working his way up. From there he moved to Leicester in 1968 when he had the opportunity to take over a chip shop from his uncle in Glenfield, which we still own today (and is right next door!). I remember those early days well, sitting on the counter as a toddler in the chippy and later working behind the counter helping customers with their orders and peeling potatoes in the back.
In 1986 my father, missing the food and social aspects of Greek food, opened Troodos Taverna to bring a bit of Cyprus to Leicester, with all the things we love from back home – mezze, Greek music, good drinks, lively conversations, a sense of family, of belonging.
Working in the restaurant for most of my life to this point, I moved back home to Cyprus after meeting my wife Antri. Fast forward a few years, with two bouncy children in tow, we settled once again in Leicester to help out with the restaurant, where, in June this year, my dad decided it was time to retire and hand the restaurant over to me and Antri.
We are truly excited to be running Troodos – me in the kitchen cooking up food native to Cyprus, with Antri basically running the restaurant (I got the easy job!). We’re very excited about this new chapter in our lives – and are looking forward to introducing new, exciting dishes and throwing special music evenings, while still staying true to our traditional roots that we have become known for.
Thank you for visiting and letting us share a little bit of our Cypriot heritage with you. We hope you enjoy!
Pez & Antri.