Alexis Noble to close Wander in November

By James McAllister

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Alexis Noble to close Wander in November

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Australian-born chef Alexis Noble has announced she will close the current iteration of her Stoke Newington restaurant Wander in November, to spend more time back home with her family.

In an Instagram post​ earlier this week, Noble confirmed that Wander's final service will be on 8 November 2022; exactly five years after the restaurant first opened its doors.

"Nov 8 will be exactly five years since Wander first opened, which when I moved to the UK to open, was my primary goal, and what I have achieved in this space has exceeded my wildest expectations," Noble said.

"I have been thinking about this for quite some time, actually making the decision back in January, so have had some time to come to terms with all that this means, but with only three months left to go it now feels right to share the news with everyone.

"Honestly it is a bittersweet decision, but after being separated from my home since the pandemic begun, continuing to go through everything with immigration, and after being able to spend time with my family over the past few months when they have visited London, it has made me realise that I want to be able to spend more time at home."

Noble was forced to close Wander late last year​ for a number of weeks after facing issues with her visa. 

The London restaurant, which has previously ranked on the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards top 100 list, celebrates a nomadic approach to cooking and is partly inspired by Noble's travels through America, Asia and Europe.

"It's been very difficult for me to keep this secret and consequently, I have been laying very low the past few months whilst finalising my decision but I have needed to take a little distance for things whilst I came to terms with and plan for what is next," continued Noble.

"I’m sorry if this comes as a shock to some people but please don’t be sad, or view this news as negative, I’ve taken a long time to come to this decision, and whilst I will miss this space, I am super excited for the future.

"The reality is this whole thing has been well beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of and I look forward to celebrating Wanders’ success with you over the next few months."

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