Mark Hix restaurant serves "Keith Floyd's last lunch"

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Keith FloydTributes to the late Keith Floyd, who died this week of a heart attack, have been making waves across the media.

The great and good of the hospitality industry have been singing their praises of the legendary TV chef, who was adored by food lovers across the world.

Floyd, who had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in June, died at his partner's home in Dorset on Monday night aged 65.

It has emerged that on his last day, Floyd, cigarette in one hand and glass of wine in the other, spent a leisurely lunch with long-time friend Celia Martin to celebrate her 65th birthday.

The pair went to celebrity chef Mark Hix's restaurant in Lyme Regis, Dorset, where they feasted al fresco on Champagne, oysters and partridge on the terrace.

"At the Hix Oyster and Fish House they began with two champagne cocktails on the sun terrace," reports the Daily Mail

"The lunch of oysters with potted shrimp followed by partridge - Floyd had actually ordered the grouse but was given the other dish by mistake - and perry jelly was washed down with a glass of white Burgundy and a couple of glasses of Cotes du Rhône."

After the lunch, Floyd settled at home in front of the TV where he later suffered the fatal heart attack.

As a "humorous tribute" to Floyd the Hix Oyster and Fish House yesterday offered a special on its menu, serving his main course as Keith Floyd's Last Lunch priced £21.50.

But the joke didn't go down all that well with Martin, who said: "I can't believe they would do anything that sick."

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That is a brillian idea and one that Keith Floyd would have approved of whole heartedly.

It speaks of Floyd's own panache and sense of humour.

It may appear to Celia Martin that this was an intrusion into her privete grief, and I feel that Mr Hix should have consulted her first and respected her wishes, however- KF was a creature of the media as far as most of the public are concerned, and I can't help feeling that he would have liked it that way- but I do think that a decent period of mourning should have been observed before releasing that as a menu item.


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