The word “Yara” comes from the Arabic language word for power, capability and courage, because that’s what this story is about.
The story of Yara began in 1998, when two friends came to the UK from Syria with a shared dream: opening a restaurant that would bring the delicious flavours and historical significance of their beloved Middle Eastern cuisine to the new place they called home. Almost immediately, the two set to work making their dream a reality. They devoted themselves to their studies, taking on multiple things at once with plenty of motivation. They worked on mastering their English skills while perfecting the delicate art of professional cooking by taking cheffing courses with local restaurants of various cuisines. But it was more than just making great food they were after—it was to create a truly unique dining experience that would be memorable for each guest. Along the way they honed their business sense and boosted their know-how of the restaurant industry, as well as fine-tuning their attention to detail and focus on creativity and motivational management styles that would make each staff member feel like they were in on something special.