The Dovecote is a bistro in the heart of rural Devon run by a family at breaking point. The restaurant is on its last legs—they’ve run out of customers, money and hope. Enter Gordon, who on his first visit to the bistro is confronted with hideous wallpaper, vacuum packed lamb and a pig-headed head chef and owner who can’t face up to his mistakes. Gordon has a torrid time putting them on the road to recovery, but come the autumn, they are sticking to his rules and business is looking brighter.
With the advent of the credit crunch, soaring food prices, thrifty clientele and unrelenting competition from the high street chains, Gordon is determined to galvanize the owners, the staff and the local community to ensure their survival and keep customers coming back for more.