Gordon visits The Priory, a 100-seater carvery in Haywards Heath, Sussex owned by ex-IT consultant Scott. The former chapel of a 19th century convent, the restaurant is in a spectacularly beautiful location and offers bargain roast dinners from a carvery that's been running for twenty years. Scott bought the place for £300,000, but with an ageing clientele eating for half-price, he's losing £5,000 a week. And despite the heavenly location, the food is straight from hell: recycled meat, soup in a bucket, synthetic sauces and, worse still, a lazy head chef content to preside over food-encrusted ovens and a disaffected brigade.
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Despite the huge boost in customers and financial gains, the Priory slowly but surely reverted back to their old ways and and once again became carvery, and about two years after the episode aired, it closed. Another restaurant opened in its place but also shut. As of late 2014, the location was up for sale. See more
References Groundhog Day
Hallelujah (from the Messiah)
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