Walnut Tree owners cook up a Ramsay storm

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IT was supposed to be a golden opportunity to turn a restaurant around - but yesterday the owner of The Walnut Tree said appearing on Gordon Ramsay's makeover show was just the beginning of a nightmare.

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Michael Victor

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Mar 27, 2007
 

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I certainly do not believe it was Gordons fault. He came to the rescue, if Mr Mattioli does not want to listen and take advice from someone who clearly has shown how it is done, then he alone is responsible for it. Don't whinge and blame others for your own non performance!
A Miller London

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I can't believe that the owners are blaming Gordon. They were in trouble when they brought him in, he identified the obvious problem, and the owner chose to ignore his advice, as is his right. He was wrong. I went there a few months ago, took one look at the prices and ate at an excellent little italian place 1/2 mile down the road for half the price.
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The Walnut Tree eh? You'd have thought having a pub name after Gordon's family would have been eager to listen to the Angry Walnut himself....?
Harry

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What a stubborn person !If should have openend his ears and should have listened to Gordon the place should still be open and profitable.
Marsha

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Typical italian to be so stubborn! Just enjoy preparing food for the people!

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That is really unfortunate for Gordon. Great Chef and can really give you sound advice if your willing to listen, too bad they weren't able to turn their bad into good.
Arjan

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It's a bloody shame, I hope the new owners make it an succes
Kevin

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I think Chef Ramsey does engage in a bit of theatrics on occasion in order to make for a compelling TV show, but in the end his advice is spot on; those who take it to heart go on to succeed, while those who are too stubborn to change,(as seems to be the case with Mr. Mattioli,) end up in receivership while blaming the messenger. Bollocks!
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They were on the brink of closing when gordon showed up. The guy was compensating for less business by raising his prices. Gordon tried to convince him to lower prices but my guess is that when he got the bump in business from the airing of the episode that he tried to cash in on it by raising prices again. He took a successful restaurant and brought it to ruin in 3 years, he can't blame anybody else for that.
Renee White

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If the place wasn't in trouble, Gordon wouldn't have been called in the first place. He tried every way possible to convince Mr. Mattioli of some basic facts of the restaurant business: mediocre food at ridiculously high prices simply won't work - especially in a hard working, intelligent community that knows better than to be ripped off! Maybe he'll have better luck some place with a lower combined IQ!!
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In Spring 2009, the Walnut Tree, which had reopened under a new owner and a new chef, was named "Great Britainís Restaurant of the Year" by Gourmet Britain, the UKís largest online restaurant guide
If anything, though Gordon Ramsay has nothing to do with the new Walnut Tree, the new management and kitchen follow the usual Ramsay formula of simple, rustic dishes prepared with fine local ingredients, served efficiently, with respect and without pretension, at prices that the community can see are fair.
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Feb 20, 2012
 
BBenjamin wrote:
In Spring 2009, the Walnut Tree, which had reopened under a new owner and a new chef, was named "Great Britainís Restaurant of the Year" by Gourmet Britain, the UKís largest online restaurant guide
If anything, though Gordon Ramsay has nothing to do with the new Walnut Tree, the new management and kitchen follow the usual Ramsay formula of simple, rustic dishes prepared with fine local ingredients, served efficiently, with respect and without pretension, at prices that the community can see are fair.
Thank you for the update.
Sarah Summers

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Good thing the previous owners Francesco and Enrica Mattioli (who featured on Kitchen Nightmares) sold it, I knew they would fail - Francesco was clearly living in a deluded world of grandeur and did not want to accept Gordon Ramsay's sound advice, which was a golden opportunity and could have been a saving grace for the the restaurant at the time, if he was not so f***ing stubborn. It's his own fault for not taking the advice he was given.
And Yes, it's currently under a different owner, and the new owner thinks the way Gordon thinks, that's why they were voted "Great Britainís Restaurant of the Year" by Gourmet Britain, and that is exactly what could have happened if Francesco had listened to Gordon and lowered his prices! But the idiot Francesco thought he knew better.
At least now the new owners have lowered their prices followed a Ramsay formula of simple, rustic dishes served without pretension at fair prices.
Good for you & Well done!

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Apr 10, 2012
 
The Walnut Tree eh? You'd have believed having a pub name after Gordon's household would have been willing to Pay attention to the Furious Walnut himself....

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