Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's The Fish and Anchor, Lampeter, Wales, where he finds ex boxer Mike running a bright blue sports bar with wife Caron. They constantly argue and with the customers, they even got in trouble with the police for arguing. They have a bad reputation and are are losing £1000 a week. Gordon arrives and is shocked at the ghastly blue exterior and realises that Mike really likes blue!
Gordon sits down to order and is shocked by the vast range of cuisines on offer, he orders minestrone soup, one of his own fish recipes and a chicken korma. The soup is chunky and weird looking, the fish is nicely roasted but the shallots are raw and the chicken korma has welsh snot in it, he decides to skip dessert. Gordon talks to Mike in the kitchen and discovers that he used Uncle Bens curry sauce. Concerned with the reputation of the restaurant Gordon uses Google and finds many positive reviews, he confronts Mike about these reviews and he confesses that he wrote them.
Gordon arrives to witness a dinner service, he has invited 4o locals to see the restaurant during a busy service. Mike is in the kitchen whilst Caron runs the front of house. Mike struggles to cook the menu and the food takes forever to leave the kitchen. A customer comes into the kitchen and is told not to come back, a few minutes later another comes in and swears and is also asked to leave by Caron, Mike escorts the customer off the premises. At the end of service, half of the customers didn't get their food and Caron and Mike disappeared. Gordon realises that the problem is the menu and he tells Mike that even he wouldn't be able to cook the menu.
Gordon discovers Mike's Italian heritage and Mike tells him all about his Grandma's cooking. They visit a local farm where they pick tomatoes for an Italian special. Back at the restaurant, Mike cooks his Grandmothers meatball recipe. Gordon invites a local rugby team in to try the meatballs and they are impressed. The rest of the service takes a turn for the worse when Caron messes up an order and one diner doesn't get their dish, Gordon tries to resolve it but finds her outside having a cigarette. She then argues with Gordon and doesn't seem to realise that it doesn't just make her look wrong but the kitchen too. Gordon asks her to quieten down and she continues to shout at him, Mike then joins in the argument and Caron completely ignores Gordon before walking out the kitchen. Mike argues with Caron again outside. Gordon tells them both that they need to control their tempers or they will fail.
The next day Gordon goes into town to see the locals perceptions and the customers tell them that the atmosphere is bad, the owners are volatile and it is well known that there are arguments. Gordon also talks to Mike about his conviction for arguing with a customer and he tells them that they don't realise how bad the reputation is. Gordon plans to make the restaurant into an Italian restaurant, he brings in Kelly from a local catering college. He has created a new simple, rustic Italian menu, featuring just 6 starters and 6 mains that Mike can cook easily. Gordon's next challenge is Caron, whom he describes as a welsh dragon. He invites some fake customers to test the customer service, the waitresses shine but Caron struggles at first. Gordon tells Mike and Caron his plans to revamp the dining room and they remove the sports memorabilia and the walls are repainted. They ride into town on a tractor to promote the restaurant with Mike handing out samples of his meatballs.
On relaunch night, Gordon presents Mike with a Chefs jacket for the service. The food flies out of the kitchen, the customers are impressed with the new food and Caron is successfully running the dining room. Mike is under pressure, the orders begin to stack up and Mike is getting stressed in the kitchen. Waitress Mena slips on the floor and is unconscious, the staff are shaken and the evening service is stopped whilst she is taken to hospital.
What Happened Next?
Gordon revisits a month later, Mena was in hospital overnight and has recovered. As he approaches he sees the building has been repainted. The business has doubled and they are starting to break even. Gordon takes a flick through the reservation book and calls a few customers, they loved the atmosphere and food. Gordon witnesses a dinner service and he sees that Mike has gained control of the kitchen and has mastered his menu. He tells Caron that there is a big change in them both. He presents Mike with a Fish & Anchor cook book to write down his recipes to replace all the cook books he once had.
The Fish and Anchor closed in 2008 and was listed for sale at £295,000, it was sold in 2009. Previous customers say that things started slipping again and the reputation didn't fully recover. It appears that the Fish and Anchor has reopened but under new ownership.
In 2012, it appears that Mike was looking into moving back to Italy, posting on a forum site enquiring about available properties and businesses for sale.