Chapter 90: Wheeler’s Restaurant

8008690464_c6e30bc296_zIn the office, we had a visit from some people representing Thomas French and Sons of Wythenshawe in Lancashire.  They were Ken Potts and Brian Padgett. They were manufacturers of “Rufflette” which was a curtain tape.

We discussed the production of a film for them.  Afterwards, we took the pair from Thomas French to lunch at the Wheeler’s in Charlotte Street.

Their speciality was Sole Meuniere, washed down with Chablis.  A note about Chablis in that Wheeler’s was that you only paid for what you drank.  If you needed more wine after finishing a bottle, or two, you would be given another bottle and if you did not finish that bottle, the waiter would calculate the cost of what you had consumed before adding it to the bill.

We were well known in the restaurant. Ken Potts said that he could not finish his meal.  He had left a complete sole.  I called over the waiter and asked him if he could wrap it up to go.  He agreed.

A week later, I phoned Ken Potts with the budget figure (which he accepted) and he told me that after leaving us and returning to Withenshawe, he was immediately called out for an emergency in Scotland.  Several days later, he returned home to be welcomed
by the aroma of a piece of Sole Meuniere going rotten in his suitcase.

Next chapter: Chapter 91: The Eating Club

Main picture of Sole Meuniere by Merle ja Joonas

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