I am out to lunch with Fr Blake at the Criterion at Piccadilly Circus.
UPDATE: 24 Sept 8:50 London time:
Here are a few more photos of the meeting with Fr. Blake.
We met at the famous Eros statue in Piccadilly.
The restaurant, the Criterion, is right there, as is the homonymous theater.
The interior is very elegant, with its gold mosaic ceilings.
I looks rather like it could be converted into a fine chapel.
Lunch was comprised of a little Ribeye with escargot and bearnaise sauce. The bearnaise was very good. Fresh tarragon does everything for it. I don’t what they put on the tomato, but I have to figure our how to make it. It was some sort of homemade ketchup, involving thyme and more tarragon. We also ordered up some chips and green beans.
Fr. Blake was scheduled to meet someone at The Ritz, so I went along for a few minutes to see the place and have an after lunch coffee.
On the way I spotted some curious stockings. I recalled that recently it was National Talk Like A Pirate Day, and it occurred to me that these would have ben very appropriate.
In the same shop there was robe of fabric with lots of skulls and bones.
We reflected on how this might be used for some festive Mass vestments.
Definitely not a way of putting on the Ritz, I think.
Speaking of the Ritz … and Fr. Blake…
My coat was swooped away with my camera in the pocket, so I haven’t any photos of the interior to post, alas. But I think it is safe to describe it as a nice place.
On the way in, I noticed a sign placed by the management for work they were doing on the door. It is not often that I see "whilst" written out in public.
It was a very pleasant meeting and lunch, and I am very grateful to Fr. Blake for his time!