Series 1 - Episode 4: Olive Mill

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A lack of customers has left a roadside eatery in dire straits, but the headstrong owner, who is also the head chef, is reluctant to make widespread changes. However, running the business with his girlfriend has led to its own set of difficulties.



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Comments (31)

  • timbo

    almost 2 years ago


    well i hoped to watch this, but as so often happens with demand 5 it stops playing every couple of minutes - it is ridiculous. i have a high end computer, a good broadband connection and while this programme has been stalled i have watched eastenders on bbc (on this computer) and a gordon ramsey programme on c4 (on this computer) the problem is with 5.... why offer a service you cannot provide? it is like amateur hour

  • Pete

    almost 3 years ago


    Some of the reviews here are truly astonishing... And shows that people really do not listen, they only hear what they want too... Fernando never said there is no need for a greek restaurant in Somerset, he said just not in the location they were at! They are off the beaten track, it is clear that there is no room for a mediterranean style restaurant which just focuses on one particular cuisine in such a place! Fernando was right in every sense, of course they will be a few couples which miss the old menu, but they will also now have hundreds who go for the new one. If they work hard now for the next 5 or so years, they could sell up and then open a nice Greek restaurant somewhere by the sea serving the freshest seafood and will always be busy! Good luck to you! You made the right choice! Fernando is right!!!!

  • Busybee

    almost 3 years ago


    I am no expert, but from a customer's point of view, sometimes (for me most of the cases) we don't make up our minds what cuisine we want until we see the menu. When I am travelling, I just pop into the restaurants that appeal to me most. It could be the look, the menu, the cuisine, anything. So I don't agree that restaurant of certain ethnic cuisine shouldn't be opened in areas where that ethnic group is not prevalent. The problem with this restaurant were probably something else.

  • costas,michael,costandino

    almost 3 years ago


    well done mark and christina your a credit to the familey x loves ya x

  • Caprice

    almost 3 years ago


    Just watched programme on i-player. I live locally and have been to the Olive Mill just once. Was not impressed with the cuisine but to be honest I went to the restaurant before the new owners took over. I was impressed by Fernando's constructive advice and, yes, I love Somerset menus, so I will give the Olive Mill a try when the family next come visiting. I look forward to supporting Christina and Mark with my custom in their restyled restaurant. They came across as two lovely, young enthusiastic people.

  • Steve

    almost 3 years ago


    Just so there is no doubt: Pesco-vegetarians: Doesn't eat any food of animal origin, including meat, poultry but eat fish, dairy products, and eggs along with plant foods. Lacto-vegetarians: Doesn't eat any food of animal origin, including meat, poultry and fish but will eat dairy products in their diet. Lacto-ovo- vegetarians: Doesn't eat any food of animal origin, including meat, poultry and fish but also eat dairy products and eggs Vegan: Doesn't eat any food of animal origin, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, and eggs. Fruitarian: Doesn't eat any food of animal origin, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, and eggs. Or, anythign that requires a plant to be killed. So they only eat things which are harvested e.g. fruit, certain nuts etc

  • Fawny

    almost 3 years ago


    Strange comments on here which imply that Fernando and the gastropub guy (both operating very successfully) know nothing compared to the people who were losing 2 grand a week.

  • jackstan

    almost 3 years ago


    I though that was a Vegan who didn't eat meat or fish

  • stoppit

    almost 3 years ago


    @sam G The difference is that the Ivy is packed everyday. Even the best restaurant in the world is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. But if it's successful and making money, then it doesn't matter. If you only have a few tables a day and you're losing huge amounts of money every week, then you have to look to those bad reviews to see what people want from you.

  • Giacamo

    almost 3 years ago


    The restaurant inspector shouldn't be so dismisive of Greek food. It shouldn't be the focus of a country pub but there is always a demand for a quality restaurant in a city centre regardless of the cusine on offer.

  • louise chrysostomou

    almost 3 years ago

    louise chrysostomou

    my husband and i had a fantastic meal at the olive mill last night and the staff were fantastic. they are having a greek night on the 29th july so we will hopefully be goin. thankyou guys.

  • Jen

    almost 3 years ago


    Thought this episode was slightly racist ..he talked about Greek as though it was a disease! disgusting! ..the main salad sold everywhere is probably Greek salad lol and I always order Moussaka ..I think he was totally inconsiderate towards their culture ..and yes, the Ivy does have very poor reviews also if you can't sort out your own restaurant maybe you shouldn't be helping others! The decor is also how you got the previous restaurant with the overweight Chef so it's funny how now it's not nice ..

  • mr faulty

    almost 3 years ago

    mr faulty

    cracks me up that people go out looking for faults ,, you sad sad people

  • Brens

    almost 3 years ago


    What's with all the pauses - sort it out 5!!

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  • Raf

    almost 3 years ago


    Indian restaurants are very successful in places where there are hardly Indians, people hardly eat food they can cook at home, what's the point?

  • Bill

    almost 3 years ago


    according to Fernando there would be no point in opening a French or Italian or Chinese or Indian or Thai restaurant anywhere that didn't have ethnic people living in the immediate vicinity. Is he serious? I started and ran a successful French restaurant in Scotland for 12 years. According to him I was wasting my time.

  • Carrie

    almost 3 years ago


    Lol, Fernando didn't do his research did he? He said there was no demand for Greek food and it was implied there was no Greek locals around within a 30 mile radius. Ummm, there is a huge Greek community in Somerset and there is another Greek restaurant in the North Somerset Area which has thrived for decades. Completely daft and misinformed! No matter what the Olive Mill did, they were always going to be made to look imcompetent purely for entertainment purposes.

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  • adele

    almost 3 years ago


    how the hell is a salmon fish cake vegetarian!! LOL

  • Paul W

    almost 3 years ago

    Paul W

    There will be bad reviews for every resturant.

  • sam G

    almost 3 years ago

    sam G

    Oh PS maybe people should read some of the reviews about the ivy . Some are very poor .

  • sam G

    almost 3 years ago

    sam G

    Jean Nash i was sam the boy who was working there at the time i remember you coming in and saying how you loved the old menu and i felt that they didnt show that you were upset that they got rid of the old menu .I also think that it shows that med food is wanted in somerset. Also i think i should mention that fenado hardly spent any time working with us . i was very hurt when he was saying talking to the customers and leaning on the tables and pointing. There are members at the mill who really put there heart into what they do and i feel this program on some occisasion made them feel small.

  • Jean Nash

    almost 3 years ago

    Jean Nash

    JP I was the last person interviewed (lady in pink) on the film. We had gone on spec to have a nice lunch but when we saw the pub menu we left as it was not what we wanted. Mark came and brought us back from the car park and cooked us a Mediteranian lunch so when I spoke of the food it was about the old menu. Have been back since and had a very good non pub lunch.

  • Hairy Biker

    almost 3 years ago

    Hairy Biker

    Veggies, don't be so fussy.

  • S Lawson

    almost 3 years ago

    S Lawson

    I went school with Mark, he was a cheeky one back then very head strong and always in trouble I'm glad he's done something with his life as I know many who thought he'd never go anywhere. He came from a very wealthy family and the majority of people believed he didn't bother at school because he had money to fall back on....Glad you've proved them all wrong :o)

  • limi

    almost 3 years ago


    Just watched the programme and then looked on the web site. Where have the table cloths gone? The photos are now showing just brown tables again and also the menu on line still has spelling errors in it. I wonder what its like inside. Would be interesting to know.

  • Mari Booker

    almost 3 years ago

    Mari Booker

    The gastro pub that they visited had a dish on the menu with a V sign and it had salmon in it. Fish is not vegetarian. Vegetarians do not eat meat or fish.

  • Bob

    almost 3 years ago


    Head cheff hey :D:D