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Keith Floyd, who lost £1m on pub dream near Plymouth, left just £7,500 when he died

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

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TV chef Keith Floyd, who once lost £1million on a pub near Plymouth, left just £7,500 when he died - newly released documents have revealed.

Floyd was a hugely famous TV chef whose shows are still aired, and his BBC series – including Floyd On Food and Floyd On France – attracted millions of fans.

He sold his first three restaurants, launched in Bristol during the 1970s, to escape debts, while a fourth, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in Provence, also ran into trouble.

Later he lost £1 million on his South Hams pub The Maltsters Arms and was declared bankrupt for the second time in 1996.

Along the way, he settled four divorces – to Jesmond, Julie, Shaunagh and Tess.

Floyd, who lived in Montfrin in Provence, drew up his will just ten months before his death in 2009.

High Court documents reveal his entire £7,500 UK estate was left to his children from his first two marriages, Patrick, 44, and Poppy, 29.

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  • lkpflk  |  December 15 2013, 7:00PM

    he left a lot of people out of pocket when he did a runner

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  • guardian1128  |  December 15 2013, 3:38PM

    I always quite liked watching some of his TV shows, always found it amusing that he always had a glass of wine with him, one for the pan, one for me, one for the pan, another slug for me, heh. He always looked cheerful , :)

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  • mmacz  |  December 15 2013, 2:25PM

    I read comments like that and think like us all he was a victim of lifestyle. I presume people who paid eight pounds were paying because of where they were not for what they ate otherwise i would charge half price of the entrance fee to the top level of the eiffel tower to bring the people round my house and let them ascend my stairs as many times as they wished. i.e not paying to climb stairs but more to climb those certain stairs. Better for people to understand why he had "i did it my way" played at his wake than "i wish i did it my way". Oh yeah...I got a tin of beans and some bread on the turn (wont need toasting) for you for free and i got a clean jam jar to put your teeth and maliciousness into. Chill out its sunday.

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  • lkpflk  |  December 15 2013, 10:49AM

    Never understood why other celeb chefs treated this drunk as a God. Whatever recipe he was cooking used the same method. Literally slinging a bunch of ingredients in a pan, slugging a bottle of wine and that`s it. If ever there was a way of warning of the perils of what booze can do, they could do no better than showing his last interview with Keith Allen a day before he died. He looked about 95, lost all his teeth and came across as a bitter old man. When he had the Maltsters, he was charging £8 for beans on toast. Best of it is there were idiots who would pay it. Total rip off merchant.

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