Wiltons restaurant in Jermyn Street, London, has announced that its long-serving oyster man has died.
Patrick Flaherty died last week aged 69 as he was about to start his 50th year at Wiltons. The restaurant had planned a party to celebrate the landmark, which will now be held in his memory.
Wilton's general manager James Grant said Flaherty was an integral part of the heritage at Wiltons.
"Patrick was a much loved and cherished figure, with many fascinating stories to tell," he added. "He was a great character with an amazing ability to remember all those who had visited him at the oyster bar and gave them the most memorable, British dining experience.
"I am sure you will agree that today it is uncommon for any person to work in the same place for as long as Pat did - this would have been his 50th year. He will be sadly missed. He was indeed the most fondly regarded oyster man in London."
By James Stagg
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