About Us

JohnJohn Twomey is a linguist and entrepreneur. He has restored and runs the famous Ten Bells Pub in Spitalfields in London. Currently home to ‘The Young Turks,’ one of the most talked about Pop-Up restaurants in London. His taste for travel and probably his entrepreneurial skills were formed in his early years fencing around the world as a national representative for Ireland.  He ended up in The Soviet Union before its breakup setting up a bank and selling caviar. In 2006 he bought the then un-restored Riad Idrissy after visiting on an exploratory weekend. John and Robert have known each other since Robert was Maitre D’ at The Ivy restaurant in London.

Robert Johnstone is a designer, cook and gardener. He spent over a year designing the interior of Riad Idrissy. The ruined garden has also been taking shape since his arrival in Morocco in 2010. Before this, he was the Reservations Manager for Chris Corbin and Jeremy King of The Wolseley Restaurant in London. Robert also spent some time working at J. Sheekey and The Ivy restaurants respectively. He has worked as a chef in Manchester as well as a freelance designer and jeweller. Robert has gardened since he was a child and has always been especially interested in growing food, from garden fork to table fork in the fewest steps possible. Many of the herbs, seasonings and cut flowers used in the Riad are grown in the Ruined Garden. If you are really lucky, he may be persuaded to cook you dinner.