The restaurant scene was just beginning to stir and, with great difficulty, a hundred people were persuaded to take part in the first London-wide survey. For nine months before publication of the first edition of Harden's London Restaurants, Richard and Peter ate their way around the capital: between them the brothers consumed 600 meals out in a six-month period.
Twenty four years later, and the number of participants has increased sixty-fold. Yes, that's 60 times more than Harden's first guide with over 6,250 people casting their votes for the latest editions!
Richard Harden originally conceived the concept of Harden’s Guides (as the business was originally called) in 1991, and has been instrumental in the development of the business in partnership with his brother Peter Harden ever since.
Having been involved in Harden’s for nearly a quarter of a century, Richard now feels it is time to apply his wide-ranging experience of business, and especially the publishing and catering sectors, to new challenges. Richard will remain a material shareholder in the company.
Richard says: “My brother Peter has always been at the forefront of adapting the business as circumstances change and opportunities arise, and I am sure it will continue to thrive with only one Harden at the helm.”