New author lifts lid on life in a canalside kitchen in Crick

Hermione Ainley - former owner of Edwards Restaurant in Crick, who has written a book about her time there.
Hermione Ainley - former owner of Edwards Restaurant in Crick, who has written a book about her time there.
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A FIRST-TIME author is serving up a word of warning to any budding restaurateur - with plenty of laughs along the way.

Hermione Ainley from Crick has written ‘Who’s the Fool?’ which tells the story of her days creating canalside restaurant Edward’s with her husband

The story starts in 1984 as Hermione, her husband and his colleague Richard buy a carpenter’s workshop alongside the Grand Union Canal to realise their ambition of opening a restaurant. Hermione relives the early disastrous days through all the triumphs and mishaps until its closure in 2002.

The book recounts many stories from throughout Herminone’s time at Edward’s with a great sense of humour.

She said: “Every step of the way as all these weird and wonderful events unfolded I was always saying I would write it all down. If something happened I would threaten to put it in the book.

“I hear a lot of people saying how they would love to open a restaurant one day but I’ve been through it and it isn’t easy!”

Hermione has been collecting her memories of Edward’s with friends for the book since 2005. With the help of her daughter Frances she put the book together and published it herself through Amazon.

She said: “It was fantastic looking back at Edward’s but it was the staff that made the place we had so many wonderful people on our team over the years.”

Hermione struggled to get the attention and backing of mainstream publishers so took the decision to publish the book herself.

She said: “The feedback from people so far has been good and I’m hoping that if enough people enjoy the book through its current release it will attract the attention of a publisher.”

While writing isn’t a full time venture for Hermione she is considering writing about her trek across Europe last year. She walked from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Crick arriving home on what have been her late husband’s birthday.

‘Who’s the Fool?’ is available from for £7.50 as well as digitally on the Kindle Store for £2.06