Founder and chairman of Peyton and Byrne and renowned restaurateur Oliver Peyton, has been awarded an honorary OBE for services to the hospitality industry. Widely respected for his passion, creativity and unique style as a restaurateur, Peyton’s successful career has spanned several decades. He is now more recently recognised for his mission to transform the culinary offering in many of London’s public dining spaces and greatest cultural institutions.

Oliver Peyton commented “I am hugely surprised, but am thrilled to have received an OBE. It’s a magnificent honour. I also want to thank my sisters Caitriona, Siobhan and Marie, who run Peyton and Byrne alongside me, as it wouldn’t have been possible without their help and support.”

Born in September 1961 on the West Coast of Ireland, Peyton’s career began in the Eighties running two successful nightclubs, The Can in Brighton, and RAW in London. From here he went on to create a premium drinks importing company and masterminded the UK distribution of Absolut vodka; Japanese beer Sapporo; and a number of other brands. His creative vision helped to revolutionize the UK drinks industry and created the ‘Super Premium’ spirit sector that was to kick start the UK’s cocktail culture.

In the early Nineties Peyton moved into restaurants, with the opening of the famous Atlantic Bar & Grill. Then in 2004 he took on a new challenge with the opening of the eco-friendly and architecturally innovative Inn the Park in St James’s Park. Seeing a gap in the market and a real need to change tourist perception of British food, Peyton went on to actively target opportunities within some of Britain’s biggest national institutions. Peyton and Byrne now lead the way in public space dining with eight restaurants including Restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Wallace Restaurant, The National Café, The National Dining Rooms, The Orangery and Pavilion, both at Kew Gardens and The ICA Café Bar.

In addition to the restaurants, is Peyton Events which creates unique events for both corporate and private clients as well as several Peyton and Byrne bakeries and cafés. Located at The British Library, Heal’s (Tottenham Court Road), St Pancras Station, The Wellcome Collection and their most recent opening St Giles, near Covent Garden, all the Peyton and Byrne bakeries offer a quintessentially British experience – presenting pretty pastel-coloured shops stacked with a variety of freshly made breads, biscuits, tarts, and cabinets filled with cream cakes, sponges and crumbles.

Outside of the hospitality industry Peyton invests in several creative businesses and when he is not cooking or opening new bakeries, he can usually be found browsing antiques shops or art galleries with his wife Charlie and their three children. He is also one of the judges on BB2’s Great British Menu and the author of two cookbooks.

“I am hugely grateful for the wonderful career that I have in the industry, and now to have been recognised with this honour is the icing on the cake!” concluded Oliver Peyton.


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