Great British Nightmare - Runaway Girl / Silversmiths - OPEN

In this Great British Nightmare, Chef Gordon Ramsay visit's Runaway Girl in Sheffield, England.

Runaway Girl is a tapas restaurant, bar and nightclub run by best friend Justin Rowntree on front of house and Richie in the kitchen.

Ritchie started working in the restaurant as a favour for his friend and was asked to stay but Justin doesn't listen to Ritchie, which frustrates him.

They are losing £1000 a week and Justin has no more money.

Gordon arrives and is met with a girl handing out flyers, offering 2 dishes for £6.50.

He thinks it looks like a lap dancing bar from the outside but the restaurant is dark and gloomy and the music is played loud.

Gordon orders a selection of tapas but finds it bland, stale and greasy. The paella rice is mush, the rabbit is dry and the fish stew tastes frozen.

The calamari is rubbery and the duck tastes reheated and looks like cat food. Justin defends the food and is in denial about the food.

Chef Ritchie is the most honest man there and knows there is an issue and has been doing the best he can.

Gordon observes a dinner service and the live music is very loud so customers are unable to have a conversation.

The customers aren't impressed with the microwaved food or the ambience in the restaurant.

Gordon finds the whole concept of the restaurant confusing but Justin is in denial and resistant to make changes.

He arrives the next morning and Justin has dug out comments cards where customers have not complained about the food and service.

Head Chef Richie is very fed up and tells Justin to listen to Gordon or he will walk away as he has been trying to make changes for a long time.

Justin realises that he has put a wedge between him and Ritchie and wants to fix it. He shows Gordon the finances and on one Saturday evening they took just over £150.

Gordon meets with Ritchie as he needs him to stay and he agrees to stay for Gordon as long as there will be change.

He walks around the area and finds Spanish restaurants along the same street. He notices that there isn't a good British restaurant nearby.

The next day they visit a local venison farm, where they make their own sausages for a twist on Sausages and Mash.

For the evening service, they will be serving fresh, local produce with loud music restricted to the late night crowd so Justin reluctantly cancels the band.

There are forty locals booked with just three main dishes and three new starters. Gordon is in the kitchen with Ritchie and he has a mystery diner keeping an eye on the dining room.

The mystery diner is ignored by Justin, is left waiting for food and is served food without cutlery.

Ritchie has shone in the kitchen and has impressed Gordon, sending all dishes with no errors but Justin tells Gordon that the pressure got to him.

Gordon revamps the restaurant, renaming it to Silversmiths as the building is a former Silversmiths.

On relaunch night, Justin takes orders for all customers at once and Gordon tells him to slow down as there are only two chefs in the kitchen.

Customers from the first sitting love the new food and promise to return but Justin hasn't cleared the tables from the first service.

During the second service the service falls apart and customers are left waiting. Ritchie shines throughout both services.


What Happened Next at Runaway Girl / Silversmiths?

Gordon revisited five weeks later to find glowing local reviews, a fully booked restaurant but an expensive set menu.

He reveals that he sent in another mystery diner and Justin's service was much better.

They launched an assault on the pub chains offering a Venison pie on Pie Night.

Since Gordon left, the restaurant has been a success, picking up a number of Local Awards and Trip Advisor reviews are mostly positive.

According to online blogs, Richie, possibly the most likeable Head Chef to be featured on Kitchen Nightmares ever, is no longer working at Silversmiths and he now works at Remo's in Sheffield.

Justin sold the restaurant to new owners in April 2017.

The restaurant has changed hands a further two times since he sold it with unexpected closures and one owner failing to pay staff.

The latest change of ownership took place in October 2019.

Planning a visit to the restaurant? Check out their website for opening hours and further information.

Runaway Girl aired on January 30 2009, the episode was filmed in August 2008 and is Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK Great British Nightmare episode 2.


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11 comments:

  1. What happened to Richie? where is he now?

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  2. I know. I want to know where he works and eat his food and ask him out for a drink. Loved his personality.

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  3. Richie!!!!! where you at!?

    Top guy, loyal, a rare characteristic these days! I'd hire him any day regardless of his skill level. The kid has will and commitment and most of all loyalty. Priceless qualities!

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  4. Go to the FB page for silversmiths and ask them. I would ask myself but I'm too chicken.

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  5. I got curious because I liked Richie too. Apparently, "he'd been made redundant from his position as chef at Silversmiths, in favour of a cheaper replacement, not a chef I understand but a cook (and there is a HUGE difference.)"

    http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?s=2eec596a010e3b6872b4a8d3d1fa63f4&t=516256

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  6. last time i checked he was working as head chef at popolo's in sheffield and doing a great job. I had the pleasure of working with ritchie for a few years at runaway girl and over the course of the show and he is truly a great guy. Justin came off really badly in the show but to be fare a bad word shouldn't be said about him. He was a great guy to work for and extremely passionate.

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  7. I enjoyed this episode, however, my problem is that Ramsay was passed a flyer when he first arrived and more often then not in an episode he will pull everyone out to pass out food and flyers...

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    1. What about the meat that the customer sent back to the kitchen? I didn't get that either, he always said that customer is king, but in this case he sent the food back to the customer! Doesn't make any sense

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  8. Also interesting how Gordon lambasts Justin for using 'pretentious' comment cards, yet every season of 'Hell's Kitchen' in the USA features - you guessed it - comment cards! And although I am no fan of the programme anymore, because I can't bear the undeserved conceit of Gregg Wallace, I read comments somewhere about how Ramsay regards 'Masterchef' as overly-dramatic or something or other, but he's quite happy to judge the US version of 'Masterchef', no doubt for a fee, and that is so over-the-top and melodramatic, it's truly cringeworthy! Ramsay's double standards at play again. Oh, and one last thing. It has me in stitches how Ramsay can tell people to 'have some effing respect' when he shows so little to so many other people. Wasn't he in trouble recently for his bigoted comments about an Australian TV anchor or something?

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  9. Justin is a great guy, he understands now where he was going wrong. He came into our school yesterday to be interviewed by us as part of a business studies course and he was very clear and forward thinking. I really enjoyed meeting him.

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  10. Say what you will about Gordan Ramsey. But he really turned that place around!!! And Justin should be extremely grateful!!!

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