Friday, 13 May 2011

UK Season 5 - The Fish and Anchor - CLOSED


Open or closed? CLOSED
Location:  Lampeter, Wales

Episode Summary:  Ex boxer running a bright blue sports bar, him and wife Caron fight with each other, the locals and anyone they can. Serving a bit of everything from Uncle Bens sauces to cookbook recipes, Mike was struggling to cook everything. Gordon bought him back to his Italian roots with meatballs and more and the fighting stopped and Caron no longer was scary.

What happened next: Gordon revisits and the building was repainted white! Since then, the email and website are no longer working. The Fish and Anchor was closed in 2008 and sold in 2009. Online sites report that after Gordon left things started slipping again and the reputation didn't really recover as the locals were still put off. It seems the Fish and Anchor may still be open as a restaurant but have been unable to confirm this.

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22 comments:

  1. Understand "FLEMING'in Miami, closed. Believe was season 3. They seemed to have gotten it all together. Had new stoves, menus, etc. Please advise what happened?
    Thanks.

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  2. I'm really sorry to see this. I thought they would be able to keep going but of course we don't know everything that's going on with the people who have been on this show. I just hope they both are OK physically. I lost my elder brother last year. He was terribly overweight and Mike reminded me of him. It was instant and all because he wouldn't stay away from junk food and sitting at a computer for too many hours a day. Wouldn't listen to all who loved him. Anyone know how these people are? I grew to like them very much and would like to know. :) Songs

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    1. You grew to LIKE these awful people? They're loud, volatile, combative and completely repellent!

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  3. Got some new info here:http://www.mtdsalestraining.com/mtdblog/fish-and-anchor.html

    Apparently Caron is now living in the next door farmhoue, no word on Mike though. The Fish And Anchor is open again and is now being run by a new couple, reviews have been pretty good so far.

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    1. Any chance Mike and Caron still own it, but let others RUN it? I laughed my ass off when I watched that episode. The fighting was brilliant! LMAO

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    2. They always did live next door in the farmhouse...

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  4. Those two awful people truly deserve each other. I don't believe in reincarnation, but if it were real I'd swear that the harpy wife used to be some sort of hyena, and the man a squawking macaw.

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  5. These two were destined to fail. You can't treat your patrons like filth and expect to succeed in an industry that revolves around customer service! And here those two are sitting there and wondering out loud why they're not getting any business!

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  6. Mike seemed like a truly decent sort but Caron was so insecure I believe she brought the place down. I don't think either was a bad person, they just had old habits.. long term counseling might have helped them, she especially needed that. I wish the best for both of them.

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  7. The service industry is not for everyone, that's for sure. Good luck to them.

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  8. WHEREVER GORDON GOES RESTUARANTS CLOSES .IT'S CALL THE RAMSEY CURSE

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    1. Really now? I wish people would understand better here that it isn't Ramsey or Irvine's fault on these restaurants closing!! Get your heads out of your asshole and realize that these restaurants are on their last legs/in shit condition by the time Restaurant Impossible or Kitchen Nightmares come! Get a damn clue!

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    2. Blaming Ramsey for failing restaurants is like blaming psychiatrists for crazy people.

      Having seen the entire 11 season series multiple times, it surprises me when one does succeed.

      For example "The Campaign for Real Gravy" is still running, but they moved to the Ship Inn, instead of the Fenwick Arms, so if you look at one of the "ramsey failure" lists on the internet, it shows up as "closed", when it really should say "moved"

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    3. No, that's not entirely true. Even Ramsay's only real success in the series, Momma Cherri's, ended in bankruptcy and closure.

      I personally know how hard this line of business is. Been there, done that. However, still, 5% of all restaurants eventually succeed. If you look at the Kitchen Nightmares record, it's below 5%. Way below. I think the last time I've read a tabulation of the record, it was around 1% that were still open at the time of the tabulation. Anyways, you can justify this by saying that Ramsay is dealing with the worst of the worse, and people see this as him turning around the 1%. But, no, I don't agree. I think Ramsay's show brings a sort of freak show like interest in these places. Just peruse Yelp and look up every restaurant that is still around that was featured on KN. You will see reviewers mention KN, and go there just to gawk and write terrible reviews. It just brings out the wrong crowd, and I think it's bad publicity, bad marketing. After all these seasons and failures, I don't understand why ANYONE would want to feature their failing restaurants on that show. It's a sure fire way to find the wrong customers.

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    4. Like you said, maybe 5% have long term success. Those 5% are not the ones that call in Ramsay to start with - these are the bottom 20% that are about to die. It's like judging a doctor's record if his work is entirely concerned with trying to save patients who are minutes from death. Chances are that doctor will have a lot of patients die on him.

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    5. Out of 82 restaurants in seasons 1-5 UK and 1-5 US plus the two UK special episodes (not counting season 6 US because it hasn't been long enough for the restaurants to really shake out), 28 are still open. 28 / 82 = greater than 5% (it's 34.15% for those without a calculator available). So, the Kitchen Nightmares record is better than some commenters here seem to think. However, to be fair, two of those restaurants are under new ownership, so really only 26 out of 82 should count as a KN success, but that is still a success rate of 31.71%. That means that roughly 1 out of 3 restaurants he helps, restaurants that started out on the ropes, turn around and become relatively successful. That seems like a pretty good rate of success to me.

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  9. Identify yourself you fiend! How dare you curse the great RAMSAY! We prefer the blue building. Overall we rank this an 8.5 on the Official Kitchen Nightmare Index Scale Rating System.

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  10. Sure! Ramsey's Curse. don't bother to mention that these restaurants are all on their final leg by the time Ramsey's attempts to help. sometimes it is too late to save something. don't blame Ramsey for the owners failures at business.

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  11. Caron reminds me of my ex mother-in-law. She was clinically insane too.

    Spooky.

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  12. I'm still worried about mena.

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  13. This couple was hilarious. It was obvious the couple was under so much stress they only had each other to turn to. I felt for Mike, his heart is so big. He put up with the kitchen and the real nightmare was his wife. All in all he loved her. His enthusiasm to be a "chef" is comendable. I was very happy to see the change the "Emperor" Chef Ramsay had on both the restaurant and the couple's marriage (a twist for The Emperor, marriage counseling?) So sorry they closed the restaurant, they seemed to be in the right track after Chef Ramay left. By the way, just finished watching this episode (had to wait for Nexflix, LOL) and I am wondering, could this couple be related to the owners of "Amy's Baking Company") in the USA? That would explain a lot! If you have not seen this episode you must, The Emperor will surprise you. Thank goodness for this blog, keep it up. PS: for the critics on this particular restaurant blog, take your %s and calculations to another blog, please. We are here to address a particular episode of KN! thank you!

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  14. Loved both Mike and Caron, I thought they were wonderfully entertaining.

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