The Walnut Tree Inn is in trouble ... there's no head chef, the customers have dwindled, and the owner has had to sell the family home to keep the business afloat. The Walnut Tree Inn in South Wales became a national institution under the ownership of Franco and Ann Taruschio, who successfully ran it for 37 years. But when fellow Italian Francesco bought the place 3 years ago he made the mistake of turning the warm and welcoming country inn into a cold and stark London-style restaurant. He achieved a Michelin star for the food but soon after that he lost his head chef. Donning his chefs whites and apron, Francesco tries to run the kitchen and be the host in the restaurant. Consequently he fails in both jobs. The customers aren't returning and the food's going downhill.
The Walnut Tree Inn is open. They closed in February 2007 and reopened in December under a new owner. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2010 and every year since.