FIRE has destroyed a Hampshire restaurant just weeks after it appeared on a TV show hosted by foul-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay.

Fire crews were called to The Granary in Whiteley Lane, Titchfield, shortly before 6.30am today as flames ripped through the Grade II listed building.

About 50 firefighters tackled the blaze, which caused extensive damage to the restaurant's interior.

Steve Pegler, group manager for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Crews commenced firefighting operations on the ground and first floor and worked their way up into the accommodation area, which was unoccupied.

"The fire was bottled up inside the building and conditions were quite severe, but we managed to stop it getting into the roof.

"Fire investigators are at the scene and will be working with the police to ascertain the cause of the blaze."

Just before Christmas The Granary appeared in the Bafta award-winning Channel 4 series Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

Bosses and staff were forced to eat humble pie as the Michelin-starred chef attempted to help them reverse catastrophic losses of £4,000 a week.