Lorraine Angliss: Annie’s restaurant founder & owner

Profile by Bridget Osborne

November 2018 (Updated September 2019)

Annie’s restaurant at Strand on the Green has become something of an institution in Chiswick. Those who have discovered the restaurant, with its tasty comfort food and homely decor, and the pleasure of eating in its relaxed atmosphere by the river, tend to come back again and again. Lorraine Angliss, its owner, was one of the first to join The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card scheme (15% off lunch or dinner, Monday – Thursday).

A canny businesswoman, she has build up a small group of restaurants since she opened Annie’s, all of them well reviewed and respected; but she says, times have never been harder in the restaurant business. Lorraine Angliss talked to The Chiswick Calendar in November 2018 about her career, her early days as a rock chick, working with the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, her restaurants and why femininity has been the key to their success.

Opening Little Bird

In the summer of 2016 Lorraine opened Little Bird opposite Chiswick Rail Station. Created on a different model to Annie’s, it’s more of a cocktail bar with food platters for sharing rather than the traditional three course meal.

Closing Annie’s in Barnes

In the summer of 2019 she was forced to close down Annie’s in Barnes, citing the closure of Hammersmith Bridge as the reason for the sudden catastrophic drop in business, but she also said she was looking for premises to open a restaurant somewhere in central London – Soho or Covent Garden, so watch this space …

Little bird and Annie’s are part of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card scheme