29 May, 2015 @ 17:00
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You can’t build without a licence!

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WELCOME to my first ever showbiz column!

I think you’ll find me to be blunt, abrupt, honest and fun… because that’s how my life in Marbs has been so far.elliott beach time

Parties, fast cars and women, it has been a frenetic first month indeed.

And it is about to get a lot more crazy, when my pals from TV show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE), roll up for their annual shenanigans in Marbs next week.

I’ve been on the show two years now, and I can’t wait to see my mates.

OK I’ll admit I’m a bit less excited about seeing my ex Chloe Sims as I’m not sure what frame of mind she’ll be in, but I’ll take it as it comes with the help of a glass of wine!

So why I am I here, you are probably wondering? Why is this Bethnal Green boy getting a regular column?

Well, I’m opening a new restaurant Olivia’s in La Cala de Mijas, a multi-million euro project, and my third restaurant in Spain – and I’m so excited.

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Last year the TOWIE cast caused a stir with the swimwear in Marbella

I’ve been in La Cala for a month, and I love this charming, friendly place.

But I can’t lie… It’s been a shock to discover the way things are done differently down here compared to up in Alicante, where I have my other restaurants.

And – looking back – maybe I should have listened when people said: “You’re not allowed to build without a licence.”

But, as my teachers said at school, I never was very good at listening, and now I’ve been fined for knocking down the old Mijas Playa restaurant!

On the positive side you have to appreciate that things are done more correctly here. You can’t get away with blue murder and the cowboys can’t get away with stuff that has given the Costa del Sol a bad name over the years.

Maybe I deserved the kick up the bum.

Either way, I’m enjoying every minute and can’t wait to show everyone this new project.

Elliott Wright (Columnist)

The Olive Press welcomes its first ever man in Mijas. The Only Way is Essex's Elliott Wright gives readers the ups and downs of his new life on the Costa del Sol opening up Olivia's restaurant in La Cala.


  1. A poor article which gives the area a bad name and paints a tacky image of Marbella. Describing his first month as ‘Parties, fast cars and women’ plus the ‘Marbs’ description, surprised he missed out ‘Bling Bling’ and ‘dog mess on the streets around the old town’

    That’s one restaurant I’d give a wide berth to. Yes, I agree ‘you do need a kick up the bum’ as you mentioned.

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