Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - The Sandgate Hotel - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares The Sandgate Hotel

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits The Sandgate Hotel in Folkestone, Kent, a hotel and restaurant owned by Peter and Lois, Peter works as an engineer while Lois runs the hotel. The hotel is very Fawlty Towers with a dumbwaiter but also a bar, terrace and Japanese restaurant. The kitchen is run by Stuart White who cooks both the English and Japanese food with an intercom to communicate to the staff. There are too many managers, there is a Food and Beverage Manager, Restaurant Manager and General Manager.

Gordon tries a starter from the Japanese menu, which has hard rice and he also tries a chicken dish for main that looks  like "something out of a porn movie", he also says "Excuse me waitress I'm missing my bollocks" as he is missing potatoes. He tastes the chicken but finds that it does not taste of chicken, it only tastes of the tomato sauce running through it. Gordon finds out that the food is not tasted by the Head Chef and does an exercise to find out who the staff think is running the hotel, the right person is not selected and he discovers that they are treating the Hotel as a second home.

The Head Chef is then forced to set up a BBQ on the Terrace communicating with the kitchen with a walkie talkie and Gordon gives Stuart the day off so he can eat in the restaurant meaning that Johnny takes over. The food takes a long time to come out and is substandard because the food is far too complicated. The staff all take to the sea for a fishing trip so the chefs can be honest about the food. The next day Stuart gets some bad news as they lose their AA Rosette.

Gordon suggests closing the Japanese restaurant as it is losing money and he brings in an expert waiter who bans the intercom, attempts to improve the Front of House and discovers that the staff are drinking at the Hotel on their days off. They are banned from drinking at the Hotel and Gordon relaunches the restaurant as a fish restaurant with some visitors from France who they face and beat in an oyster shucking/eating contest.

What Happened Next?

Gordon revisits, Stuart is having a baby (he had a little boy), there is now a vibrating system for the waitresses and the food has greatly improved. 

In 2006, Lois and Peter sold the hotel and it closed for refurbishment. It has since changed hands another two times. Trip Advisor reviews are mixed after Gordon's visit.

In 2008, it was sold again and everything was changed. Rumours suggest Lois to be working as a receptionist in a Dental Practice and that her and Peter are no longer together. Stuart is still a Chef and has gained 2 AA Rosettes at Courtyard Restaurant.

The Sandgate Hotel aired on February 28 2006, the episode was filmed in June 2005 and is Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK season 3 episode 2.


  1. There is only so much you can do when your hands are tied... I worked with a boss like that, they always expected perfection but i had below par tools and was doing the work of 4 people.
    The BFG did well, im glad he can now work on his craft properly.

  2. I loved Stuart, the Gentle Giant. Glad to hear he is working in some good places, and has got his AA rosettes back!

    Most of the staff in that place were clueless - especially owner Lois, restaurant manager Luca, and DIL/GM Kirstie - but it did make for an entertaining episode!

  3. Jarf Jimmberger12 April 2017 at 18:23

    "Rumours suggest Lois to be working as a receptionist in a Dental Practice and that her and Peter are no longer together."

    Any news on this? I felt bad for Peter, spending all his hard earned Engineering cash on this poorly run hotel.

  4. Great chef - A gentle giant indeed! Glad to hear that Stuart has moved on and not only regained his rosette but added a second one on top of it.

    The owner Lois was a lovely woman but I fear that she was too soft for her own good. Her managers, including her daughter in law, took advantage of her and lacked any control.


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