This was the day that we had been waiting for, hair and make up was ready for camera… Countryfile was coming to Watersmeet! The kitchen had been scrubbed from floor to ceiling and was ready to host our guest. When the team arrived, there was the camera man, director, sound co-ordinator and of course, John Craven, all of whom were very welcoming to the staff and customers. Watersmeet’s Supervisor, Fiona, had a first hand experience of what it is like to be in the limelight when she became the star of the show. The film crew, John and Fiona were filming in the kitchen for over an hour, where they made scones and chatted about the local lifetsyle. Watching from behind the scenes, it was very obvious how nervous Fiona was, her hands did not stop shaking but she did extremely well and made everyone at Watersmeet very proud. We cannot wait to watch her on televison! Watersmeet’s manager, Julie was also filmed out in the garden with John while they interacted with the customers, so that is something else to look out for! Once the team left the kitchen, service resumed as normal but I was still determined to get a photograph of John Craven and all the staff. When they returned from filming some of the beautiful scenery around Watersmeet, I smiled sweetly and they agreed to having a photograph with us. As you can see by our big smiles that we were all happy and very much enjoyed John’s company because he was so down to earth and friendly. It was a lovely day had by all the staff and even some of the customers can now say that they had a chat with John Craven!
To watch John and Fiona in action, tune into BBC1 on Sunday 25 August.
By Xenia Coole Catering Assistant at Watersmeet