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Our History

Our family culinary history runs deep. My father comes from a long line of chefs. Somewhere in the long distant past is a many times great grandfather who was chef to an emperor. Another many times great grandfather effectively invented the stock cube. My grandparents had a famous restaurant in Macau where my granny was famed for her knife skills. There is an old family recipe for Chinese Wind Dried Meats, which we still produce today. My father started in the kitchen young. In Hong Kong, he trained with a Swiss pâtissier and in the mid-Sixties he came to England in pursuit of my mother. Disappointed by the quality of Chinese food in England at the time, my parents opened the first Poon’s Restaurant in 1973 in Lisle Street, Chinatown. Three years later they opened the iconic Poon’s of Covent Garden at 41 King Street (now a Burberry store.) The great and the good dined there – from Mick Jagger to Barbara Streisand. In 1980 my father was awarded a Michelin Star. Restaurants in Geneva and The City followed. My parents retired in 2006. I have worked in all my parents’ restaurants and swore I would never go into the business, but what chance does one stand against kismet? So, I bring you my Chinese kitchen from the depths of my heart & my family’s hearth.

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Bill Poon, a seventh generation masterchef, together with his wife, Cecilia, begins production of Poon's Wind-Dried Meats and Sausages from an old family recipe.

Bill & Cecilia Poon
{ Bill & Cecilia Poon, c. 1970, making Poon’s wind-dried sausages to an old family recipe. }
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Bill and Cecilia Poon open Poon’s and Co. at 27 Lisle Street in Chinatown.

Poon’s Lisle Street 1973
{ Poon’s Lisle Street 1973. }
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Bill and Cecilia Poon open Poon’s of Covent Garden in King Street on the corner of Covent Garden Piazza.

Poon’s Covent Garden 1976
{ Poon’s Covent Garden 1976. }
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Awarded a Michelin star and established as one of London’s top tables, Poon’s of Covent Garden becomes an iconic destination of Chinese gastronomy.

Poon’s Chinese Gastronomy
{ Poon’s Chinese Gastronomy. }
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Poon’s of Geneva opens.

Poon’s of Geneva
{ Poon’s of Geneva. }
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Poon’s in The City opens alongside three other restaurants in London; owned and managed by members of the wider Poon family – Whiteley’s, Russell Square, Leicester Street.

Poon’s restaurants
{ Poon’s restaurants. }
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Bill and Cecilia Poon retire from the restaurant scene. To this day they receive regular calls from former customers looking for Bill’s cooking.

Bill & Cecilia Poon
{ Bill & Cecilia Poon. }
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Bill and Cecilia Poon start work with Huls in Holland to produce Poon’s Signature Wind-Dried Meats and Sausages.

Poon’s Wind-Dried Meats
{ Poon’s Wind-Dried Meats. }
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Amy Poon brings back Poon's as a 3-month pop-up in Clerkenwell. The reception is overwhelming with old and new customers and the press championing a return of Poon's. Poon's is now actively looking for a permanent home.

Poon’s Clerkenwell Pop-up
{ Poon’s Clerkenwell Pop-up. }
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Amy develops the ‘Wontoneria’ concept and explores food hall sites and meal kit delivery options.

Poon’s Wontoneria
{ Poon’s Wontoneria. }
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Mid-Covid, Poon’s Wontoneria launches at JOY at Portobello, offering local delivery of fresh wontons in collaboration with Stevie Parle. A residency with Spiritland follows when restaurants re-open.

Poon’s at JOY
{ Poon’s at JOY. }
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Amy launches range of Poon’s Signature Sauces, which are immediately taken up by Harvey Nichols and Sous Chef. Nationwide delivery of Poon’s pork wontons commences.

Poon’s Signature Sauces Range
{ Poon’s Signature Sauces Range. }
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Following Amy’s guest chef dinner at Carousel, Wontoneria debuts at No. 23 for an initial three-month run. A great success, Wontoneria opens for dinner and extends its residency until February 2024. Wontoneria collaborates with Sotheby’s to support their Asia Sale and takes over the restaurant at Sotheby’s for 3 weeks.

Poon’s Wontoneria Charlotte Street
{ Poon’s Wontoneria Charlotte Street. }
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All four of Poon’s signature sauces are awarded stars in the Great Taste Awards and are stocked in over 60 retailers nationwide including Selfridges , Fortnum & Mason and Harrods. Chinese wind-dried meats, tea towels and Gift Hampers are all launched to great acclaim.

Poon’s Great Taste Awards
{ Poon’s Great Taste Awards. }


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