FRIENDSHIP TURNED CULINARY DREAM
Iain Whiteley and Ally Eccles, the dynamic duo behind an dárna, have shared a friendship that spans over 14 years. Their journey began at a local independent hotel, where they bonded over their love for food, hospitality and dreams of opening their own venue.
Iain said: “Over the years, we nurtured our passion for the culinary arts, frequently discussing what it would be like to have a place of our own.
“The dream was there, but the right opportunity had yet to arise.”
In 2021, fate intervened when a new space opened just across the road from Iain’s cocktail bar, Meraki. It was a crisp winter evening when Iain, struck by inspiration, decided to make the call that would change their working lives. He phoned Ally and without hesitation, he agreed.
Ally said “It was a moment of serendipity – the perfect location had presented itself, and the timing couldn’t have been better.
“Our dream was within reach, and we seized the opportunity with both hands.”