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Mail on Sunday logo Mail on Sunday 19/09/2020 alistair.foster.mos

GORDON’S NEW NIGHTMARE AS   RESTAURANT PLUNGES £15M INTO THE RED

DINERS have been scathing in their criticism about the small portions served up at Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany restaurant – but the venue has been eating a giant hole in the fiery chef’s bank balance.

For I can reveal that the ailing restaurant in trendy Camden, North London, has sunk even further into the red and has racked up losses totalling a staggering £15 million since opening in 2008.

The figure appears in the ‘accumulated losses’ column of the latest financial statement. The records also reveal that the establishment made losses of more than £550,000 in just one year, to the end of August 2019.

And things could be about to get even worse for the Kitchen Nightmare star, pictured right. The disastrous number was for a period months before lockdown in the UK, which had a devastating impact on the high street. All of Ramsay’s restaurants closed in March and have only recently started to reopen.

In the new accounting figures filed to Companies House last week, the star’s team warn that the full impact of Covid-19 ‘is not yet known’.

The books show that he has personally given guarantees of £5 million to shore up the businesses.

York & Albany has proved a huge headache for Ramsay. Years ago it was revealed that he had signed a deal guaranteeing to pay a staggering £640,000-a-year rent on the premises for 25 years, meaning he will fork out £16 million over the course of the lease.

And the restaurant has had its troubles on TripAdvisor. Last week, a scathing review appeared on the site, criticising what it claimed was a small steak and ‘over-salted’ chips for £23. The one-star review was titled, ‘Gordon is not Heston’, referring to rival Heston Blumenthal.

A spokesman for Ramsay declined to comment.

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YOU can stick on big  sunglasses, a favourite summer dress and your slouchiest trainers – but when you’re a Royal you can’t just go out for a sunny stroll and not get noticed.

Here’s Princess Eugenie, 30, looking like one of the crowd as she pops out for a stroll in Notting Hill, West London. She slung a Louis Vuitton handbag casually across her shoulder but there was a giveway on her ring finger – the 1.5-carat pear-shaped sparkler she was given by husband Jack Brooksbank at their wedding in 2018.

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HE has played countless aristocrats on screen but velvet-voiced Charles Dance insists he is as common as muck. The actor, 73, says: ‘My mother was born in  London’s East End. She was one of three or four kids and did not have two half pennies to rub together. She went into service when she was 13.’

Charles, who has an OBE, added: ‘Because of the way my face is put together, I am often cast aristocratically. There is nothing aristocratic about me whatsoever. I am as common as muck, you know.’

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JUST weeks after his Range Rover was stolen, I’m saddened to report that Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper has fallen foul of car thieves once again. The actor, 42, posted an online appeal for witnesses after claiming a man pilfered something from his £54,000 open-top Jaguar F-Type coupe in Primrose Hill, North London – the star is pictured in the vehicle, below. Dominic captured images of the alleged offender on CCTV and wrote on the website Nextdoor: ‘This bloke just broke into my car. Keep your eye out.’

Mamma Mia! Dom is hit again

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KATE’S STYLISH EXIT

BAD news for fans of mirror-covered four-poster beds – Kate Moss’s foray into interior design has come to a premature end.

I can reveal she is winding up Kate Moss Interiors, the home decor company she set up just five years ago. As my picture of a bedroom she did in the Cotswolds shows, below, she had some bold ideas.

The 46-year-old catwalk queen, left, is to focus on her modelling agency, which has a stylish £1.7 million in the bank.

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WHO needs social media trolls when your own mother sends you nasty comments? Chart-topper Lewis Capaldi says: ‘She reads negative comments on Twitter and sends them to me. People saying I look like Meat Loaf. I’m like, “Mum, stop doing it – you built up my self-esteem over years, and now you’re systematically destroying it!” ’

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SHE will star as Princess Diana in the next series of TV series The Crown and Emma Corrin is embracing the charitable spirit of the late princess – at least in the hair and fashion sense. The actress, 24, paired an Oxfam  T-shirt with a pair of trendy high-waisted trousers, left, while  out at a London farmer’s market.  

Emma – pictured below in the show with co-star Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles – also clipped her hair off her face, which has been freshly styled for her new role by Sam McKnight – who was the Princess of Wales’s hairdresser for seven years before her death.

Speaking to Vogue magazine, Sam admitted ‘it felt weird’ cutting Emma’s hair to emulate his late client. ‘But then it was one of my first jobs after lockdown so I thought, “You know what? You’re thinking about this too much”,’ he added.

Slick Emma captures the spirit  of Diana

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BILLIE’S TIP FOR REACHING THE TOP? BE BORING!

BILLIE Piper may have earned a ladette reputation during her younger days, and looks like she’s up for a scrap in this picture from her new TV drama, I Hate Suzie, but she reckons the only way to get ahead in showbiz is to be boring. Billie, 37, who stars as an actress whose career is thrown into turmoil after compromising pictures of her are leaked online, says: ‘It’s nonsense that you can write a beautiful piece of work and be completely hammered.’  Try telling Keith Richards that!

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