Ruby Tates Kitchen Nightmares Update (Love’s Fish Restaurant) – Still Open in 2023?

Is Love's Fish Restaurant still open?

Current Status: >> CLOSED <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: UK | View All Season UK Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: October 30, 2007
Love's Fish Restaurant Address: 40 St James Street Brighton BN2 1RG, United Kingdom
Ruby Tates Kitchen Nightmares Update (Love's Fish Restaurant)

Episode Recap

Ruby Tates, later renamed Love’s Fish Restaurant, was a Brighton, England restaurant featured on Season 5 of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares in the UK.

Though the Ruby Tates Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in October 2007, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place much earlier in 2007.

It was Episode 1 of Season 5 on the UK version.

In this episode, Gordon Ramsay visits Ruby Tates in Brighton, England.

Ruby Tates opened one year before the Ruby Tates Kitchen Nightmares visit occurred, so it’s a relatively young restaurant by the show’s standards.

Allan Love, a former actor, owns the restaurant.

Allan Love on Kitchen Nightmares

Allan believes people come into Ruby Tates for the great food and dining experience.

Allan trusts his chefs to cook a great meal but does agree that they are lazy.

Jamie, a cook, is only there for the money, and Alex, a French cook, has a terrible temper.

Jamie even admits if he were Allan, he would have already fired everyone. 

Two people go undercover to do recon at the restaurant.

Gordon wants to eat what is served daily and doesn’t want any special treatment.

Fruit de mar is ordered, and Gordon comes to eat.

The dish is served warm instead of cold and on ice.

The oysters that Gordon ordered smell as if they had gone bad. 

Gordon Ramsay eating at Ruby Tates

The seabass is served frozen and shipped in from Greece.

Gordon tells Allan if the fish is not locally sourced, it should be taken off the menu.

He says the whole meal was disgusting.

Gordon meets with Allan and tells him the restaurant is failing because people don’t want to eat expensive and bad food.

I’d say Gordon is pretty accurate there – there’s nothing worse than paying a lot of money for food that sucks.

Allan breaks down in tears, saying the restaurant won’t make it to summer without Gordon’s help. 

Gordon meets with cook Jamie and tells him he has a bad attitude.

Jamie tells Gordon he is only working at Ruby Tates for a paycheck.

He wants to travel instead of running the kitchen at the restaurant.

Gordon says he needs to find some passion.

Ruby Tates chefs

Gordon asks why they use frozen fish, and Alex informs him that it is hard to find fresh fish in Brighton. 

Most locals think the restaurant is a curry house.

They are confused about the concept of the restaurant.

Customers tell Gordon during the dinner service that the lobster is tasteless and cold.

Gordon finds out the lobsters have been pre-cooked.

The master chef then finds mussels that were supposed to be used that night that had gone bad.

Gordon throws them in the trash. 

Gordon talks to Allan and tells him he is in denial.

Allan tells Gordon he is not in denial; he just didn’t know the situation in the kitchen was that bad.

Allan takes Gordon to his home, and Gordon sees how bad things are for Allan.

He will lose everything if he can’t save the business. 

Gordon takes Allan to a local fish restaurant.

He tells Allan he must choose a head chef to ensure the kitchen will run smoothly.

Allan agrees to let Gordon change the décor.

In addition to changing the look, Gordon also reveals a name change – from Ruby Tates to Love’s Fish Restaurant. 

Gordon changes Ruby Tates to Love's Fish Restaurant

Local celebrity guests come into the restaurant for the relaunch, while Jamie struggles in the kitchen.

Eventually, Jamie gets it together and everything goes fairly well.

Everyone enjoyed the relaunch.

So – was the Love’s Fish Restaurant Kitchen Nightmares episode a long-term success?

Keep reading to learn what happened next and if this Brighton, UK restaurant is still open in 2024.

Love's Fish Restaurant Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the Ruby Tates Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left Brighton, UK.

Things started off very well, as Love’s Fish Restaurant went from losing money to making over £10,000 per week.

Gordon Ramsay revisited the restaurant two months later and ordered a covert takeaway using the name “Jimmy” so that he could get the real experience.

Gordon also put on a fake Scottish accent to complete the disguise.

Ramsay discovers that the restaurant is still a success.

Additionally, he learned that Alex was fired two days after Gordon’s initial visit after he was late for work and disrespected Allan.

Gordon Ramsay and Allan eat fish and chips on the beach and then Allan ends by singing My Way.

Unfortunately, it would not last forever.

Is Love’s Fish Restaurant from Kitchen Nightmares still open?

While Love’s Fish Restaurant started strong, it eventually closed in 2009, about two years after the visit from Gordon Ramsay.

During its two year run, the bar had generally positive reviews and seemed to be doing well.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Allan said that Love’s Fish Restaurant closed because of the poor economy during the global financial crisis of 2009.

As of 2023, the old Love’s Fish Restaurant Brighton location is occupied by an Indian restaurant named Pavel.

Reviews for Pavel seem good, as it has a 4 star rating on TripAdvisor and a 4.5 star rating on Yelp.

You can learn more at the official Pavel website.

Here’s what the old Loves Fish Restaurant Brighton location looks like in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view:

Where is Allan Love now after Kitchen Nightmares?

A lot of people are wondering what happened to Allan Love after the Loves Fish Restaurant Brighton location closed.

According to Allan’s LinkedIn page, he’s working as a director, writer, and producer for West One Media.

Allan has been a writer on a number of short films, TV shows, and musicals.

He’s also written musical scores for some movies.

Allan Love after Kitchen Nightmares

According to the Allan Love IMDB page, Allan has not done any more acting since his original credits.

I wish Allan the best!

Final thoughts on Love’s Fish Restaurant

Overall, Love’s Fish Restaurant did have a solid two-year run after the Gordon Ramsay Ruby Tates visit.

However, it would not be enough to save the restaurant long term.

As of 2023, the old Ruby Tates Brighton location is occupied by an Indian restaurant.

After the restaurant closed, Allan has been working in the entertainment industry again since 2013 as part of West One Media.

If you want to see some other nearby Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares UK episodes, you can also check out my updates for The Priory in Haywards Heath, The Granary in Fareham, and Moore Place in Esher.

And if you want to share your thoughts on the Ruby Tates Kitchen Nightmares episode, you can do so using the comments section below.

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Last updated: 2023-08-05 04:40

7 thoughts on “Ruby Tates Kitchen Nightmares Update (Love’s Fish Restaurant) – Still Open in 2023?”

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  1. I don’t like to put anyone down, but I remember this episode having watched it years ago, and my goodness Allan Love was pathetic. Sorry, I hope he was able to get some money when he closed down.

  2. I watched this episode when it aired and again today. I never liked Love or his scummy chefs. They all deserved to crash and burn, IMHO. Where is Love now,? Is he in a nursing home or the cemetery?

    • I know you keyboard warrior types love to rage at everything, but you’re acting like the owner/chefs slighted you in some sort of personal way.
      It’s a TV SHOW – get a GRIP!

  3. By reference to “Allan has been working in the entertainment industry again since 2013 as part of West One Media.” Companies House shows that West One Media Ltd was incorporated on 28 July 2014, wholly owned by Allan Love, with dissolution action commenced around 24 November 2015, some 16 months later!

    Unless I’m misunderstanding something, the 9/10 years Director/Writer/Producer employment claims made on LinkedIn are dubious, calling his integrity into question.

    That said, I wish him no ill will.


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