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NOVEMBER 2013

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Castles in Kent Charming Chiddingstone

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This month we feature the outstanding and innovative chef Heston Blumenthal on our front cover because the latest Michelin Guide restaurant list of 1, 2 and 3 Star 2014 ratings for Great Britain and Ireland has just been released. Heston’s Knightsbridge restaurant Dinner is now the proud recipient of a 2nd Michelin Star and as you can imagine Heston is overjoyed and says ‘that it has been an incredible two and a half years for Dinner and this 2nd Michelin star is simply the highlight’. The list of top restaurants makes fascinating reading. Whilst we are on the eating theme this November issue has a variety of local restaurants for you to book and enjoy during the festive season. Once again our excellent Local Life team have been out and about visiting more Kent towns and places of interest. Maureen Cole has been to Lenham and Chiddingstone, John Ruler looks at the role of local bonfire societies and he joins our chief photographer Adam Swaine to visit the resting place of William Willett the man who invented daylight saving. Adam also focusses his lens on some wonderful Castles in Kent. Along with our Whats On guide there are lots of places for you and the family to visit even though the weather is a little chilly.

.....Heston’s Knightsbridge restaurant Dinner is now the proud recipient of a 2nd Michelin Star .......

As usual we feature all of your favourite interests. Our Recipe aims to ‘Spice up your Life’. We go cruising in our Travel section. You can get the A-Lister look in our Beauty article. We ask you to get all ‘touchy feely’ with our Fashion pages. John Bly looks at more Antiques and we see that the future is Orange in our Home and Garden feature As you can see there is so much for you all to read and enjoy. Until next month……………

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WHAT’S ON... ARTS, CRAFT & GIFT FAIR. We’ve brought together some of the most talented & inspirational Artists, Crafts people and gift sellers. Come along and find some truly lovely and unique gifts, to give, to keep or just admire. From Traditional to Contemporary Silver jewellery, Beadwork, Glass jewellery, Wood art, Glass fusion, Felting, Hand painted bookmarks, Original prints, Watercolours, Knitted winter warmers, Handmade soap, Bath gifts, Candles, Children’s clothes, Women’s accessories, Gift sets, Hand knits, African bags and pashmina scarves. You’ll be spoiled for choice and ideas! Refreshments, Cakes and Raffle. Admission £1.00 ~ Children free! 11.00 - 4.00 PM. Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley, Kent, BR1 2PX. Sun 1 Dec 2013 Tel 0208 464 0025 www. rainflower.co.uk/CraftFair. htm RAD CHRISTMAS REPERTOIRE WORKSHOPS. Magical Christmas workshops for children and adults based on the ballet The Nutcracker. Children discover the enchanting world of classical ballet and experience the magic of this classic through music, dance and mime. The workshop concludes with a fun presentation for parents and guardians. Adults are inspired with an insight into how a corps de ballet dancer studies and rehearses. Learn the steps and perform choreography from a scene, followed by a special screening of the full-length ballet. Application forms are on our website. Contact Katie Hart Training Officer Royal Academy of Dance T: 020 7326 8025 E: khart@rad.org.uk 7 - 8 years 10.00am - 12.00pm £22.60 9 - 11 years 12.45pm - 3.00pm £25.45 Adult Repertoire Workshop (includes screening) Students aged 18 and above with some ballet experience 3.15 - 5.45pm. £38.00. The Nutcracker Screening only! 6.00pm – 8.00pm £5.50. South East Dance Studios, Hextable Kent BR8 7LG. Sun 8 Dec 2013 www.rad. org.uk

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ALL THE ARTS THEATRE SCHOOL BEXLEY. Affordable and confidence building children’s classes in performing arts. All our sessions include a mixture of dancing, singing and acting with regular opportunities to perform on stage in local and professional productions including Danson Festival & The Albert Hall. Vocational exams in drama and dance are available and the school boosts a 100% pass rate for all exams. Current pupils have won major TV roles in Holby City, MI High, Scoot & Spy’s as well as the West end production of Oliver & Member of the Recognised Schools Scheme. All the Arts are one of the few local stage schools that have been awarded recognised school status by the Council of Dance Education and Training ensuring that all classes are of high professional quality and practice safe teaching. We also have a hugely successful casting agency for TV and Theatre. Many of our Bexley & Sidcup pupils have won major TV & Theatrical roles. All the Arts are delighted to now offer a full scholarship sponsored by the Jack Petchy Foundation. Contact head office for further information. Call 020 8850 2384. St Mary’s Church Hall- Bexley Village Kent DA5 3LX. Until Friday 29 Nov 2013Tel: 020 8850 2384 www.allthearts.co.uk SEVENOAKS AND TONBRIDGE CONCERT BAND PRESENT A TALE OF TWO CITIES. Paris and Venice provide the theme for this concert featuring the Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band and Training Band. The programme will include Gershwin’s An American in Paris, music from the score of La Cages aux Folles by Jerry Herman, Dance of the Hours from Ponchielli’s opera La Gioconda, and a work specifically for wind ensemble, Venetian Winds by Martin Ellerby. In aid of Rockdale. www.rockdale.org.uk/ Sun 24 Nov 7.30pm Tickets £9 (£7 concessions, £1 under 18s) boxoffice@ sevenoaksschool.org The Space, Sevenoaks School Kent TN13 1HU. Sun 24 Nov 2013 www.sevenoaks andtonbridgeconcertband. co.uk/

WHAT’S THAT NOISE? - a concert for children. Kidenza Christmas Concert. It’s Christmas Eve and Tom is excited. He’s trying hard to get to sleep but he keeps hearing noises – is it Father Christmas? Was that his sleigh? Or maybe his reindeer? What were all those noises…’ Start the build up of excitement for Christmas with our fantastic, festive classical music concert for children. Our concert will feature the world premiere of Ann Bryant’s ‘Father Christmas on his way to Tom’s House’. A fabulous interactive story which will involve all the children in the audience playing percussion instruments along with our wonderful, professional orchestra. Amongst other pieces, the programme will also include the sparkling Delius’ ‘Sleigh Ride’ and the exciting, galloping ‘William Tell Overture’ by Ros. 13.30 15.30 Tickets £8 available from www. seetickets.com Under 2’s free. Performance will last approximately 1 hour. Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church, Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2EP. Sat 7 Dec 2013 Tel: 01732 362820 www.kidenza.co.uk MIDCENTURY MODERN’S VINTAGE HOME FAIR. Whether you love Scandinavian and American Modernism, European Bauhaus or French and German Industrial, come and source collectable vintage furniture and home ephemera in a light and bright 60s location at the Midcentury Modern Show in South London this December. The celebrated show backed by Elle Decoration and wowed everyone from Orla Keily to Mary Queen of Shops has been lauded as a top shopping experience. Visitors and design lovers can find everything for the eclectic home from the latest furniture, wallpaper, ceramics, cushions and gifts to the most collectable iconic furniture displayed by our famous dealers in C20 design. 10am–4pm Entrance £8 on the day. Dulwich College London SE21 7LD. Sun 1 Dec 2013. www. modernshows.com

MUSIC RECITAL AT KENT COLLEGE, OLD PEMBURY. The Tunbridge Wells music charity, CODA, presents Nicholas McCarthy playing music on the piano for the left hand only by Bach, Liszt, Scriabin, Schubert, Gershwin, Chopin and others. Advance booking required. 7:15pm. Tickets £15 or less. Organ Room, Kent College, Old Church Road, Old Pembury, Kent TN2 4AX. Sat 23 Nov 2013 Tel: 01892 825577 www. codatw.co.uk MESSIAH CHRISTMAS MUSIC BY CANDLELIGHT. Penshurst Choral Society. A celebratory repeat performance of the Society’s first concert in December 1963, marking 50 years of making music. Conductor: Dan Gillingwater Organist: Simon Lloyd 6.30 pm. Tickets £5 on the door, to be followed by a celebration party in Penshurst Village Hall for Choir members and Church Penshurst audience St John the Baptist Kent TN11 8DB Sunday 8 Dec 2013 www.penshurstchoralsociety. co.uk CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP. Join Eve, our professional florist, for a hands-on one-day course on how to make an original traditional mossed wreath. Moon Down will provide a variety of natural materials and instruction that will enable you to construct your own original door wreath. Everyone is welcome on the course and no previous experience is necessary. The day will include instruction from our florist, 2-course lunch, mulled wine and mince pies and you get to take home your beautiful creation. We are running 2 one-day courses. The cost of the course is £65.00 and includes all the materials to make your own original Christmas door wreath, 2-course lunch, mulled wine and mince pies. The day starts at 10.30 am and concludes between 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm. Court Lodge Down, Hawkenbury Road, Bells Yew Green, Nr Tunbridge Wells Kent TN3 9AP. Tues 3 Dec and Wed 4 Dec 2013. Tel: 07812 155939 (Office hours only) www.moondown.co.uk


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VITA AT KNOLE. A second chance to see our popular exhibition on Vita Sackville-West’s early life at Knole, her childhood home, 100 years after her wedding to diplomat Harold Nicolson. Held in the Orangery.10:30am - 5pm. Free. Park entry fee for non-National Trust members applies. Knole, Sevenoaks Kent TN15 0RP. Until Sun 22 Dec 2013.Tel: 01732 462100 www. nationaltrust.org.uk/knole/ TWILIGHT TOURS. As winter arrives, come to Down House and join one of our exclusive twilight tours. See Charles Darwin’s family home as you have never seen it before. An English Heritage event. 6pm-8pm. Suitable for Everyone. Booking Essential. Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Luxted Road Downe Kent BR6 7JT.Thurs 28 Nov, Thu 5 Dec, Thu 12 Dec 2013. Tel 0870 333 1181 www. english-heritage.org.uk/ daysout/events/twilighttours-dh-28-nov/ BARN THEATRE. BLUEHOUSE LANE, OXTED.

Oxted Operatic Society – Oliver! The ever popular story of the boy who asked for more. Tues 19 – Sat 23 November (2.30 (Sat.) & 7.45). Tickets £12.00 - £15.00 available from www. barntheatreoxted.co.uk or 07530 528094)

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Glow Theatre Group – Dick Barton – The Excess of Evil.

Dick Barton – Special Agent solves crimes, escapes from dangerous situations and saves the nation from disaster. Thurs 5 – Fri 6 December. 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50 available from www.barntheatreoxted.co.uk or 01883 720167) Jive Talkin’. A tribute band who dedicate themselves to the vocal sound and compositions of The Bee Gees. Sat 7. 7.45pm December. Tickets £15.00 available

from www.barntheatreoxted. co.uk or 01959 561811). For more information call 15a High Street, Westerham. Kent. TN16 1RA. 01959 561811 FINCHCOCKS CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR 2013. A good variety of craft stands will be located throughout the house, where visitors will be treated to informal music on the period instruments, with a seasonal theme. Delicious homemade hot lunches, teas and refreshments available throughout the day to include a selection of homemade main course dishes priced at £8.50. 10.30am-4.30pm Adults: £5 Children: £2 Tel: 01580 211702. Goudhurst, Kent TN17 1HH. Sunday 24 Nov 2013 Tel: 01580 211702 www.finchcocks.co.uk BIRDWATCHING AT BEDGEBURY. Join us on an all day bird watching field trip for woodland birds with hopefully hawfinches and crossbills at this Forestry Commission site. Bring appropriate clothing for the weather, binoculars and a packed lunch. Beginners and experts welcome! Meet at: 10 am. Booking essential, phone 01732 365583 or email. Minimum donation £2 to the RSPB. plus parking. Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Bedgebury Rd, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SJ. Wed 11 Dec, Sat 14 Dec www.rspb.org. uk/groups/tonbridge/events SISSINGHURST CASTLE FESTIVE MARKET. Kickstart your Christmas shopping in the wonderful atmosphere of the Sissinghurst Castle Festive Market. Over 40 stalls will offer fabulous local food, drink, produce and crafts - a host of ideas for all those special gifts, plus treats for you and the family. Free entry and free parking. Free Estate walks. The Granary Restaurant (booking required) and Garden (charge for non- NT members) will be open. Sissinghurst Castle, Cranbrook Kent TN17 2AB. Sun 1 Dec 2013 10.30 - 3.30pm.Tel:01580 710700 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ sissinghurst-castle/things-tosee-and-do/events/

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Contents EDITORS LETTER

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LOCAL LIFE Chiddingstone – The Seventh Wonder of the Weald10 Lenham – Tiny Village Big Heart 14 Local Bonfire Societies 18 William Willett – The Local Inventor of Daylight Saving 22 Castles in Kent 26 Fellows Auctioneers 

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS STORY - The Danish Collection  Portico Art Gallery – Inspired Gifts Christmas Gift Guide  Feel the Rush this Christmas at Brands Hatch Annabels Luxury Christmas Gifts 

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COVER STORY Michelin Guide 2014 

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Northdowns Hospital - Snoring: Social nuisance or something more serious?

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Aldington Care – We Care about Care  46 Thomas Dunton – Protecting your Business 48 Bluebird Care - Home Care Hits Back  50

INTE RIOR DESIG N SERV IC E FA BR IC S CURTA I NS & BLI ND S WA L LC OV ER I NG S F UR NI T UR E L IG HT I NG M I RRORS BAT H RO OM SHOW RO OM

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FASHION AND BEAUTY Get the A-Lister Look Bio Sculpture – Start a new career in Beauty  Blackburn Boutique – Look Sensational at the Party  Getting all Touchy Feely 

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HOME AND GARDEN The Future’s Orange Just Interiors – Christmas Interiors  Antiques with John Bly  Bang & Olufsen – Ground Breaking Sound

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TRAVEL The Boat that Rocked 

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FOOD AND DRINK Recipe – Spice up your Life  Christmas at Eastwell Manor  Chapter One: From Field to Fork

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An auction of Antique & Modern Jewellery Thursday 5th December at 11am

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CHIDDINGSTONE

A Seventh Wonder of the Weald WORDS: MAUREEN COLE

PICTURES: ADAM SWAINE

The Seven Wonders of the Weald, which include Chiddingstone Castle, are all located in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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hiddingstone must surely be one of the prettiest, historic villages in Kent. Indeed it is regarded with such esteem that the entire village, including The Castle Inn (but not the Castle or church), was purchased by the National Trust, in order to ensure its preservation. The village, with its half-timbered houses and stone hung red tiled roofs, shares many of the characteristics of other Kent villages. This beautiful one street village however, has over 70% of its buildings over 200 years old. The name Chiddingstone originated from the sandstone outcrop in the village, known as “Chiding Stone”. Tradition claims that the stone (previously spelt Chidingstone) was used as a seat of judgement, mainly to expose publicly, any local wives considered to be overbearing. The word Chiddingstone means “the stone of Chidda’s tribe” and Chidda was presumably the name of a local Saxon leader.

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After the Norman Invasion in 1072 Chiddingstone was given to Bishop Odo as part of his Earldom of Kent. Odo was not a very nice person, being both greedy and tyrannical and as a result there has never been another Earl of Kent. In 1450 two local men, Roger Attwood and William Hunt, were accused of being rebels and were arrested. They were later pardoned by Thomas Bullen (the father of Anne Boleyn). Bullen brought property in the village during the 1500’s, before Anne fell from favour and was executed by Henry V111. In 1584 the Streatfeild family took their first steps to becoming major landowners in the village, when they purchased their first property in the High Street ,which was later to become Chiddingstone Castle. The family were heavily involved in the iron industry, from which they acquired their wealth, providing munitions for warships and forging building materials. The original timber framed building the Streatfeilds lived in was


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first replaced in the 1670’s and then transformed again in the early 1800’s, when the old Manor House in the High Street was demolished and the new house, (Chiddingstone Castle) was rebuilt to resemble a medieval castle. To improve his privacy Henry Streatfeild blocked the road at Castle Hill and directed it around the Castle Lake and garden. The architect working on the house-William Atkinson, was unable to complete the transformation due to a lack of funds. After the 1900’s the Streatfeild family no longer lived in the castle and they sold it to Lord Astor in 1938. During World War 11 it was used as a Military Base and then became home to Long Dene School, until 1954 when the school closed. Denys Bower bought Chiddingstone Castle in 1955 for the almost unbelievable sum of £6000, which he borrowed from the bank. He was an avid collector and wanted to open Chiddingstone to the public so that they could see his collections. Bower was born in 1905 in Crich in Derbyshire and for the first 34 years of his life he lived with his parents. However, despite this, he lived an eventful life. By 1950 he had two failed marriages behind him and later that same year he was sent to prison for attempted murder and suicide. A girlfriend had refused to marry him and in the ensuing conflict they both ended up in hospital with gunshot wounds. Denys spent four years in prison and it was only due to the efforts of his friend Ruth Eldridge, who was also his solicitor that this was not longer. During his time in prison Ruth looked after the castle and his collections. She also formed the Denys Eyre

Bower Bequest following his death in 1977, ensuring that his collections would be held in trust for future generations to enjoy. Today the castle is open to the public for much of the year and it is possible to view Bower’s collections, as well as the original Victorian rooms, which include the Kitchen, Scullery,and Housekeeper’s Rooms. It is also possible to view the recently opened Servants’ Hall and the Servant’s Attic Bedroom, which is reached by a secret spiral staircase. For further information please visit - www chiddingstonecastle.org.uk On 29th November the castle will be holding a Christmas Fair, where you can purchase your Christmas Gifts and enjoy mulled wine and Christmas pies. The Castle Lake covers some 3.5 acres and is naturally stocked with wild Carp, Bream and Perch. It is open to fishermen throughout the year, with daily permits costing £10 for two rods. (No night fishing). Further information can be obtained at - www. chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/content/fishing The village has appeared in several films. In 1985 it was used in a scene in, “A Room with a View” and it also appeared in “Elizabeth R”, which starred Glenda Jackson. The parish church of St Mary the Virgin is an attractive building, constructed mainly 0f local sandstone, lemon and brown in colour. The church dates back to the 13th century although it is possible that it may be the third of forth church on the site. The

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LOCAL LIFE which it is believed were made from Tudor cannon and support the shop roof. The 4 foot door, which leads into the bedroom, is believed to have been a security measure for the unpopular tithe men, who used the room for tax collection. The door was low so that it gave no space for a man to swing a sword. The earliest reference to Castle Inn dates back to 1666 when it was sold by John Ashdown of Hever to Thos Wakelyn. At this time it was known as Rock House. The house was bought by Tony Weller, a tailor and in 1730 he and his brother turned it into an Inn called The Five Bells. The Saloon Bar is heavily beamed and there is a small restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner. The inn is renowned for its Sunday lunches. Behind the inn there is a pretty courtyard hung with vine as well as a lovely garden area in which to sit and relax. The inn is tremendously popular with walkers and if you are interested in walks around Chiddingstone and the local area please visit www.myfavouritepubwalks.co.uk

church was substantially rebuilt in the 14th century and additions have taken place since. In the 15th century a west tower with its stair turret and four pinnacles was added. In 1642 most of the church was destroyed following a lightning strike, with only the tower left standing. The church was rebuilt and rededicated in 1629. The church font and pulpit survived and both date back to 1628. The beautiful font is made from local sandstone. This pretty village has a wealth of beautiful old buildings. The post office is first mentioned in a deed in 1453, when it was granted to Sir William Hunt by Ann Chaloner. Thomas Boleyn (Ann Boleyn’s father) bought the house in 1517 and it was later owned by the Seyliard family before passing to the Streatfeild family in 1900. The shop is part of the single row of half-timbered houses ,opposite the church, which end with the Castle Inn and the castle gates The store has served the village for over 500 years and has two iron columns,

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This captivating village, set in the beautiful Kent countryside, has much to offer the visitor and resident alike. It is hardly surprising that the National Trust were keen to purchase the village in its entirety, in an effort to preserve it for future generations; or that the wealthy Streatfeild family chose to live in the village for over 500 years. It truly is an outstanding village.

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LENHAM

A Tiny Village with a Big Heart WORDS: MAUREEN COLE

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Situated on the southern edge of the North Downs Lenham is surrounded by beautiful open countryside and woodland. The farmland is mainly arable and many of the fields are used for livestock grazing,

he tiny market village of Lenham lies midway between Ashford and Maidstone and dates back to medieval times when it was an important crossroad settlement. From its earliest times, certainly during Roman times and possibly even before, it has been a trading village. Lenham stands at the source of two rivers, the Great Stour River- on the south side of the North Downs and the River Len, which flows in a westerly direction to join the River Medway at Maidstone. The village is well served by transport links, lying 14 NOVEMBER 2013

just off the A20 and it is on the main rail link between Maidstone and London. The railway station opened in Lenham 1884. The high speed rail link is also accessible at Ashford International Station and there are good links to the M20. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book, where it is recorded as Lenham and Lertham, which was probably a corruption of Leanham . It takes its name from the river Len and “ham� which signifies a town or village. The market dates back to 1088 and is one of the leading country markets in Kent. It is held every


LOCAL LIFE 2nd Sunday of the month in the Village Square and has a large number of regular, local stall holders. Products include (among other things) - trees and shrubs, meat, cakes, cheese, gifts and decorative plant pots and urns. Many of the local shops also open on market day. Lenham is built around the original medieval square with the church standing to one side along with a variety of shops. Most of the buildings which surround the square are ancient, although it is not always evident, as many of the 14th and 15th century buildings have been given a Georgian façade and their original timbers are hidden. However, a few buildings in The Square and on the High Street, still display their original large timbers. The earliest records of the parish go back to 804 AD when King Canulf of Mercia granted the Manor of Lentham to the Abbot of St Augustine’s, Canterbury. The Domesday Book records that St Augustine retained ownership until the late 14th century The beautiful parish church is dedicated to St Mary. There has been a church in Lenham since Saxon and Norman times. The early building however, was destroyed by a fire in 1297, which was believed to have been a malicious act. In response to the fire, Archbishop Winchelsea visited Lenham in person, in 1298, when he excommunicated those responsible for the fire, in their absence. The actual perpetrators however, were never caught. The church was rebuilt in the 14th century, with only parts of the Norman building surviving- These are a piece of wall in the corner of the Chapel of St Edmund, on the north-east corner of the building and a column between the Chapel and the west end of the Chancel. The stone altar, which was rediscovered in the 20th century, stands on four small pillars. It is of particular interest as most stone altars were destroyed and replaced with wooden communion tables in the 16th century.The ring of eight bells housed in the tower, include a bell made by Joseph Hatch, a famous Kentish bell founder, in 1619. One of the churches most treasured possessions is the beautiful silver gilt communion chalice, dated 1562; a photograph of which hangs on a pillar near the font. The chalice was presented to the church in 1688 by Dean Castilion of Rochester and it is now used regularly in church services The more wealthy people of Lenham appear to have had a sense of responsibility toward the village and the less fortunate in their midst. Several historic charities were set up in Lenham. Honywood House in the High Street was built for the Governor of Honywood Charity in 1621 and the Honywood Almshouses stand next door. The almshouses of which there were originally six where built in 1622 from a bequest by Mary Honywood, who died in 1620 at the age of 93 and is buried in the church graveyard. She was the wife of Robert Honywood and was recognised for her bravery in visiting prisons. She died leaving 367 descendants-having 16 children of her own, 114 grandchildren, 118 great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. Brave though she may have been, I doubt she would have invited them all round for Christmas dinner! The Douglas Almshouses, in Faversham Road were founded in 1723 and they incorporated the remains of NOVEMBER 2013 15


LOCAL LIFE the local workhouse. They were named after James Stoddard Douglas of Chilstone Park and were funded by an endowment set up by him. There are now 21 almshouses in Lenham for the benefit of Lenham and Boughton residents. About a mile north of Lenham, on the North Downs Way, is the Lenham Cross, a 200 foot chalk cross carved into the scarp slope of the Downs. The cross commemorates the casualties of two world wars and was constructed in 1922 from funds donated by the village. During World War 11 the cross was covered with earth to prevent it being used as a navigational aid by the Luftwaffe. The cross was completely restored in 1994 and new chalk was added. The village memorial service was held at the site until 1960 when it was moved to the local church. Although a small village Lenham is not short on activities and entertainment. The Community Centre opened in 2004 and boasts state of the art facilities. The centre has a selection of rooms which can be hired for use along with a bar and catering area. Many local societies and clubs use the centre, including the garden society, archaeological society, and judo and badminton clubs. The Lenham Players also use the centre to present their seasonal revues. For more information please visit- www.lenhamcommunitycentre. org.uk If it’s a relaxing drink or a traditional, home-cooked meal you fancy, then try the Red Lion Inn. Situated in one corner of the square, this 14th century, timberframed house retains many of its original characteristics, such as the large open fireplace and heavily beamed ceilings. The pub was a coaching inn before the arrival of the railway and is an excellent place to unwind when exploring the beautiful Kent countryside. The pub also holds various theme nights and events throughout the year. More information can be obtained at www. redlionlenham.co.uk If considering staying in the village The Dog and Bear, which overlooks the square, has much to appeal. The

17th century hotel is said to have been visited by Queen Anne in 1704 and her coat of arms is displayed over the main door. The hotel has 24 bedrooms, including a four poster and it is noted for its great atmosphere and friendly staff. It is also reputed to provide an excellent breakfast for guests! Further information can be found at - www.shepherdneame.co.uk/pubs/lenham/dogbear-hotel If its country grandeur you seek an alternative resting place could be The Chilstone Park Country House Hotel, Sandway. This beautiful four star hotel, set in 22 acres, is Grade 1 listed and was once home to politicians and Lords. As well as a picturesque place to stay Chilstone Park offers a fabulous wedding venue. For further information please visit - www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/ hotels/chilstone-park/ Lenham has a variety of small shops and services around the square. These include (amongst others) -a butchers, bakers, bank, library, post office, trinket shops, collectables, several food and general stores and hairdressers. Shops in the High Street include a newsagents and a fine art shop. If you are shopping and fancy refreshment and a nice cup of tea, then it is worth visiting Pippa’s Tea Room, situated overlooking the square. There is plenty of seating, both inside and out and all food is freshly prepared, with a great selection of light snacks and meals. This truly outstanding Kent village has so much to offer, with its beautiful countryside, lovely walks, country houses, small village shops and numerous restaurants. However, with the possibility of a new supermarket appearing in its midst, one can only hope that Lenham does not lose its precious identity.

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John Ruler reveals the role of the bonfire societies

Making sure fireworks night goes off with a bang !

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Who’s the ‘bad’ guy is the burning issue ast year it was disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong who joined the likes of Anne Robinson, Katie Price, Jonathon Ross and Wayne Rooney as the ‘celebrity’ guy torched by Edenbridge Bonfire Society since 1998.

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Oddly, with the Lingfield Road recreation ground unsuitable as a site, the society is uniquely known as the only without an actual bonfire, though it’s here the fireworks are left off. Not that this really matters. With Lance’s career in already in going up in smoke the burning of his steelframed effigy, stuffed with shredded paper bearing a sign saying ‘For sale, racing bike, no longer required’ attracted headlines, in papers as diverse as the Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph.


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All of which adds to the town’s reputation of staging one of the of finest fireworks displays in the South-east, the reason for which believes Jon Mitchell could be their closeness to the Sussex border, a county famed for a string of bonfire nights culminating big-time in Lewes where the origins of Bonfire Night remain a burning issue. (see next page). One thing is certain. Photographs and an old newsreel clip, in the town’s splendid museum shows the tradition dating back to the 1930s. It also provides a great night out for the thousands from Edenbridge, London and the South-east generally and as far as Bristol On one apocryphal occasion in the early days, said Jon, a large charabanc carrying visitors from Liverpool allegedly got stuck in the mud in a local field for three days – or was it simply they were enjoying themselves too much in the local hostelries! We shall never know… Planning for the big day, this year it was November 2, starts as early as June or July; Jon, like other society members became involved when his daughter began taking part in the famous torchlight procession through the town’s olde-world high street. A look at the society’s website (www.edenbridgebonfire.co.uk) reveals just what is involved, from raising £50,000 for local charities in recent years to trophies for the best dressed in the big parade. Finally: who’s going to be the fall guy, or gal, this year? A closely guarded secret at the time of writing, I can now reveal it’s Katie Hopkins chosen for ‘silly remarks’ on the BBC’s The Apprentice Show. NOVEMBER 2013 19


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Did Lewes martyrs spark the all Sussex celebrations ? In his book Slow Sussex, fellow Bradt travel writer Tim Locke describes Lewes as having a history of non– conformity, which is why in the week before November 5 you’ll see hoopy-jerseyed ‘bonfire boys’ at large in the town centre selling programmes. Quite what Lewes Bonfire is all about is, he admits, open to debate, though he goes along with Edenbridge and others in linking its general anti–Catholic origins to the burning of 17 Protestant martyrs outside Lewes Town Hall in the 1550s and the installation of William of Orange as a Protestant king. Others hold different views (see below)

Fireworks are now a familiar sight Picture: Nigel Haggerty/ ACS Photography

Though sporting seven different societies – with the Cliff Bonfire Society putting up a banner proclaiming ‘no Popery’ in Cliff High Street – there are Catholic members in

each. Basically it is a chance for a jolly good knees–up complete with members in elaborate costumes; Cliff celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2003 by replacing for once only their usual Viking costume by dressing up as ancient smugglers. Suffice to say to that with faming torches, marching bands, effigies, tableaux stuffed with fireworks ready to be exploded and bonfire boys dropping bird–scarers, Lewes has attracted a far wider audience than just the town folk themselves. This means it is not actively promoted, I got no response for details and photos, but people pour in anyway. You needed even go to Lewes: Edenbridge aside, numerous Sussex towns and villages start the bonfire season in September and carry on until late November. These will be far less crowded and will suit small children. See www.lewesbonfirecelebrations.com/events; the last this year is at Northiam, on the Sussex Kent border near Tenterden on November 23. One of the earliest is the Mayfield bonfire celebration which commemorate two of the Lewes Martyrs who came from the village and four more that were executed in the village on September 24, 1556. A stone monument to the Martyrs stands in the church’s grounds. The procession and carnival takes place on the Saturday nearest to 24 September. See www.bradtguides for details of Tim Locke’s book.

Remember, remember …. how it all began Okay, so Bonfire Night might have its origins in Lewes, or as others suggest, have begun as a Celtic or Pagan ceremony when communities lit a large fire at the beginning of winter... then carried embers into each of their homes. or even to commemorate over 300 Protestant martyrs burned to death at the orders of Catholic Queen Mary during the Marian persecutions in the 16th century. Others consider many of the Kent and Sussex Bonfire Societies were re-invigorated after the First World War as an annual event to mark the tragic loss of life. But for most of us November 5th is when we celebrate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot when Catholic activists planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Congratulations should go to my favourite piece of potted history on www.resources.woodlands-junior. kent.sch.uk/ customs/calendars/ which recalls my own childhood days of traipsing around the streets with a home-made guy in a wheelbarrow asking for ‘ a penny for the guy’ to help buy fireworks. Some even blacked their faces as Guy Fawkes might have done. Thanks, too, for a reminder that this was the time to cook potatoes wrapped in foil, cook sausages in the flames and toast marshmallows. I have also learnt that Parkin Cake, a sticky cake containing oatmeal, ginger, treacle and syrup is traditionally eaten on the big night. But back to the historic facts. It was in 1605 that on November 5th Guy Fawkes, pictured in the painting by West Wickham artist June Avis, and his group of plotters was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with several dozen barrels of gunpowder.

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Guy Fawkes was subsequently tried as a traitor along with his co-conspirators and sentenced to death, his form of the execution, being hanged, drawn and quartered, reflecting the serious nature of the crime of treason. In 1606, Lancelot Andrewes delivered the first of what became many Gunpowder Plot Sermons. These ensured that Fawkes’ crime would never be forgotten. So did the famous rhyme ‘Remember, remember the 5th of November” (sometimes referred to as ‘Please to remember the fifth of November’) a warning to each new generation that treason will never be forgotten. In the 19th century antiquary Mark Antony Lower is credited with starting the ‘cult of the Sussex Martyrs’ and the start of local bonfire societies. But whereas Guy Fawkes’ night in most parts of Great Britain is traditionally commemorated at large public fireworks displays or small family bonfires, it has been left to Kent and particularly Sussex to hold the huge gala events with fires, parades and festivals.


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LOCAL LIFE

As winter sets in JOHN RULER and ADAM SWAINE shed light on local hero William Willett

The man who clocked up a change in daylight saving !

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f you’ve an hour to lose in Chislehurst – and I use the term deliberately – why not follow in the hoofprints of horse–riding William Willett to whom we owe the creation of British Summertime? For it was he, while on his early morning summer canters through surrounding woodland, that dreamt up the notion that everyone could share the dawning of a new day, simply by adjusting time itself. So obsessed did he become with the idea that he set out his case in ‘Waste of Daylight’ which ran into 19 editions and was translated into several languages. Ask local shoppers who William Willett was and most, believes Joanna Friel of the thriving Chislehurst Society, will have a pretty shrewd idea. Certainly one lady we asked was spot on, proudly pronouncing him a local hero. Just why is illustrated in the numerous historical signs of the man who played with time – even if he didn’t live to see his beloved summertime dream become reality. 22 NOVEMBER 2013


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ho exactly was this man whose ‘crazy’ idea saw us only recently turn back the clocks for winter – and now affects the working and sleeping lives of an estimated two billion people in 70 different countries.

First, William Willett was born not locally, but in Farnham, Surrey, in 1856, joining his father, also named William, in a family business famed William Willett for building quality housing in fashionable areas such as London’s Mayfair and Sloane Square where their head office opened in 1897.

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Time to put the clock back… Gwen Drew makes a hasty adjustment at the William Willett Memorial sundial, Petts Wood, close to where she once lived.

In 1890 the Willetts bought the Camden Park Estate at Chislehurst, formerly home to Napoleon III of France and Empress Eugenie during their exile following the Franco Prussian War Though plans to develop the estate with 300 house fell through two roads were laid out. One was Camden Park Road, where Willett and his family lived at The Cedars (see picture on next page) complete these days with an official blue plaque. It was while living here that William, whose love of light and open space, was reflected in his building work, (see picture bottom right) pounced on the idea of daylight saving while spotting blinds still drawn during his early morning horse rides.

William Willett’s signature can be spotted on this hand-painted map of the Camden Park Estate, lovingly restored through a £6,900 Heritage Lottery Fund project led by the Chislehurst Society. This was the estate the Willets wanted for building (see main story) but thanks to an amicable agreement with local conservationists, with whom William shared a love of open space, what could have changed the face of rural Chislehurst fizzled out

Though Chislehurst born, William Willett is honoured in neighbouring Petts Wood through the 1930s’ mock-Tudor ‘Daylight Inn’ near Petts Wood station whose original signs incorporated one clock reading 12 noon and one set an hour later. Willett Way and Close likewise recall his work. So does Willett Recreation Ground once Petts Wood Sports Ground. The painting is by Petts Wood artist Frank Aldreive.

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LOCAL LIFE William Willett’s gravestone in St Nicholas’ churchyard lies alongside that of his wife Florence who lived on to 1957. His first wife died in 1905.

It was from these stables, now flats, that William left for his summertime rides. Ironically the clocktower clock no longer works.

Rare drain cover for the former stables showing the name of Willletts’ family business in Sloane Gardens

Just how keen he was on these is vividly illustrated in partially written memoirs by one F. White whose first call as a paperboy of around 16 in 1904 was to The Cedars. ‘When I arrived’, he wrote ‘ he (William) was usually on horseback waiting for me at 6.30 am. He took the paper looked at the headlines and went off for a canter on the common.’ Likewise in the book Edwardian Chislehurst the author Arthur Battle, the village baker, writes: ‘Each morning William Willett was out riding on the Common on a handsome horse.  He always shouted “Good morning, young Battle, all these lovely hours of sunshine wasted with folk still in bed”. Numerous letters to influential figures in national and local government, industry, agriculture and trade unions, proved fruitless. Much of the response was negative; farmers claimed it was against the law of nature to milk cows an hour earlier while astronomers feared that such a change would throw instrument readings into confusion. He was at least supported by King Edward VII who had the clocks at Sandringham put forward half an hour, while the South Western Railway estimated it could some save them £92,000 a year in artificial lighting. And in 1908 a Parliamentary Bill won the backing not just of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but the manager of Bryant May matches, even if longer daylight could damage sales of his matches! Sadly a proposal that the clock should be advanced one hour in a single stroke – watered down from Willett’s original idea of advancing it 20 minutes four times in April and putting it back four times in September – was affectively killed by the government’s refusal to allow time for the Bill’s progress. 24 NOVEMBER 2013

In 1909 a new one was introduced with more of the usual arguments, such as cricket matches ending too late for the evening newspapers to carry the close of play scores (no instant media in those days). The Times, too, thundered on about ‘the tampering of our standards.’ Inevitably the Bill was lost. But William continued to campaign and in 1911 held a large public meeting at which Winston Churchill – who, as President of the Board of Trade, had always sympathised with William’s views – was principal speaker. He even claimed that one day a grateful nation would erect a statue to William Willett, as indeed they did albeit in the form of a memorial (see picture top right on previous page). However, despite stubborn opposition, the outbreak of World War One and the need to save fuel and keep the railway and munitions factories open as long as light permitted saw a change in attitude. Even so, it took until Sunday, May 21, 1916, before daylight saving was finally introduced and clocks advanced by an hour as a wartime production-boosting device under the Defence of the Realm Act. Farmers still held protest meetings but on the whole everyone adjusted to the change, admittedly not always easily as clocks and watches could not have their hands turned backwards without breaking the mechanism. Instead, owners had to put the clock forward by 11 hours when Summer Time came to an end… But it was all too late for William. He died of influenza, aged 58, on March 4, 1916, He is buried at St Nicholas Church, Chislehurst, where a simple marble cross marks his grave (see picture top left); his wife is buried beside him.

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In some cases, the parties are able to agree contact arrangements for the children between themselves. Henry and Isabelle were not able to agree the arrangements and attempted mediation, but the session became very tense and unproductive. Henry thought that Isabelle was offering insufficient contact and told her that he would be seeking a defined contact order. After the mediation, Isabelle could not find either of the children’s passports in their usual places. She questioned Henry over the passports and he told her that he did not have them. Isabelle spoke to Claire Schneck, a Partner in the family team at CWJ, who advised her to inform the passport office and border control of her concerns so that the relevant authorities would be alerted should Henry attempt to remove the children from the UK. Two days after Isabelle contacted the passport office, she heard through a mutual friend that Henry was planning to take the children to the USA without informing her. Isabelle immediately contacted her solicitor who advised her to apply to the court for an emergency residence and prohibited steps order, which would prevent Henry from removing the children from the UK. A statement was prepared in support, a barrister instructed and Isabelle attended Court the next morning, not needing to give Henry notice of her application.

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The welfare of the children was the Judge’s paramount consideration and he looked at various factors within the Children Act 1989 when making his decision. In this case, the judge found that there were sufficient grounds for concern and so made the orders requested. It was later discovered that Henry had booked one way flights to the USA for himself and the children. The CWJ family team had prevented the abduction with the emergency application to the court.

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Snake charming with jewels

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The snake is, if you pardon the pun, a most flexible design for jewellery; it naturally forms into a hoop, a spiral or a lariat design. The head can be included or not depending whether a naturalistic or figurative approach is required. The texture of snakeskin allows opportunities for goldsmithing, engraving or stone setting as decorative techniques. In mythology the snake has had a number of different meanings. The image of a snake with its tail in its mouth creating an unbroken circle symbolises eternity while the process of a snake shedding its skin hints at rebirth and immortality. Snakes can represent lust, temptation, fertility, wisdom and both good and evil so there is rarely an occasion where the correctly presented snake jewellery would not be appropriate. So strong is this motif that it has become bound up in the identity of several famous jewellery manufacturers, particularly Boucheron in Paris and Bulgari in Rome. Bulgari has used the snake in both its naturalistic and figurative forms since the earliest days of the company. The development of the distinctively flexible ‘Tubogas’ link lent itself to serpentine forms for rings, necklaces and bracelets. One of Bulgari’s most characteristic and enduring watch designs features a dial set into the head of a snake with the Tubogas coils forming the bracelet. One of Bulgari’s latest collections ‘Serpenti’ revisits these themes in both jewellery and watches using both the Tubogas and more segmented links. A more stylised Bulgari serpent design is shown in their ‘Spiga’ collection. These ribbed and stone-set coils are unmistakably Bulgari but without heads and tails they merely evoke the spirit of the snake without focus on the details – possibly a more versatile option, especially for the more ophidiophobic jewellery buyer. Two stunning examples of Bulgari’s Spiga collection, illustrated in the pictures opposite, are offered in Fellows Antique & Modern Jewellery auction on 5th December. With both a ring and bracelet up for grabs, what better way is there to close the year of the snake and prepare for the Christmas party season, all in one go? Adrian Hailwood, Business Manager at Fellows. Right: a selection of items also featuring in the upcoming Antique & Modern Jewellery Auction on 5th December

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Inspired Art Christmas Gifts

Christmas once again hurtles towards us and with it, comes the age old dilemma of what different and special gift we can buy for our nearest and dearest that will demonstrate just how much they mean to us. Our editor, Faye Manning’s trip to Portico gallery in Riverhead near Sevenoaks uncovered a treasure trove of affordable, unusual and stylish gifts. So we thought we would find out some more from owner Malcolm Dent about what is happening at Portico this Christmas.

Q: What’s new at Portico this year? Inspired by the success last Christmas of the launch of Portico Art Gifts, this year we have worked really hard to bring a new and vastly expanded range of art inspired gifts to the gallery which are affordable for all. Our new collection includes beautifully turned wooden bowls, ceramics, pewter, glass ware and mixed media wall art as well as delicate paper cuts, stunning lino prints and some classic small oils. New artists include Jonathan Leech and Ben Davies whose pieces are pictured.

Visiting art and craft fairs across the UK has enabled us to form relationships with both local and national artists. We have also explored new mediums such as wood, glass and metalwork and there is a real breadth to our range this year. There should be something to suit everyone’s tastes.

Q: Are there any favourites from last year making an appearance? As well as the skilfully crafted lino cuts by Melvyn Evans, we have a wide collection of raku ceramic animals including the ever popular hares, pigs, dogs, frogs and cats! We also feature intricate paper cuts by Polly Finch in various colours and subjects. These are great original works at really affordable prices.

Q: When are you open? We are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 till 5.00 pm.

Q: How did you develop your range? Throughout this year, we have sought out the newest and best artistic talent. 32 NOVEMBER 2013

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MICHELIN GUIDE GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND 2014 Heston Blumenthal

Restaurant stars revealed HESTON BLUMENTHAL'S DINNER RECEIVES ITS SECOND MICHELIN STAR

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he UK's four three Michelin star restaurants retain their stars, including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

The Michelin Guide has announced the winners and losers in the 2014 star ratings. The Michelin guide is the Oscars of the foodie world, with stars being dished out to UK restaurants after extensive inspections. The Oscars of the UK and Ireland restaurant world have just been revealed. The Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2014 has the power to make or break a restaurant as the 'Michelin stars' accolade is gifted or taken away. Always the centre of controversy amid suggestions that the French-originating Michelin guide is out of step with British cuisine and the average diner, the star system used in the Michelin 'Red Guide' remains the key yardstick by which all UK restaurants are judged. The 2014 Michelin guide reveals that 15 restaurants

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have gained their first star, including Tom Seller's Story and Jason Atherton's Social Eating House. Heston Blumenthal has come up trumps again with his London restaurant Dinner landing its second Michelin star this year. Meanwhile there were no new three star restaurants. All four of the UK's existing three-star restaurants, including Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal's restaurant The Fat Duck, have retained their elite three-star status. This year marks another intriguing year for the UK restaurant scene, which has shown a surprising resilience to tough economic times. The latest awards suggest that, while many of us have reined in our spending, there are still enough high-rollers to keep the British dining scene in pretty rude health. Speaking from Australia, Heston Blumenthal said of winning his second star for Dinner, "Absolutely brilliant – I am overjoyed. It’s great news for Ashley [Palmer-


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Watts, head chef] and the whole team. It’s been an incredible two and a half years for Dinner and this is just simply the highlight. As a Brit, I am very proud that a restaurant inspired by and celebrating historic British cooking has been recognised today". The Michelin Guide 2014 also reflects our changing dining habits. “In the last year we’ve seen the rise of relaxed counter dining but also the opening of some big brasseries" said Michelin guide editor Rebecca Burr. "Dining is becoming a less structured, less formal affair and opening times and menus are more flexible to reflect the way we live our lives. The Michelin guide has always reflected what’s out there and London in particular has never offered so much choice – there really is something for everyone and for every occasion and there appears to be no end to the number of exciting new restaurant

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester

openings. With cuisines and culinary influences from all parts of the globe, it’s no surprise that the capital is one of the most exciting cities in the world for food.” There are 15 new one-stars, bringing the total to 138 UK-Wide. There are three new two-star restaurants, bringing the total to 20 UK-Wide.

THREE STARS - "Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey" Fat Duck, Bray Waterside Inn, Bray Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Mayfair

TWO STARS - "Excellent cooking, worth a detour"

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

NEW Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park & Knightsbridge NEW Greenhouse, Mayfair Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library), Mayfair L'Enclume, Grange-over-Sands/Cartmel Michael Wignall at The Latymer (at Pennyhill Park Hotel), Bagshot Midsummer House, Cambridge Gidleigh Park, Chagford Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham Whatley Manor (The Dining Room), Malmesbury The Hand and Flowers, Marlow Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxford/Great Milton Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Auchterarder Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin The Ledbury, North Kensington Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, Mayfair Le Gavroche, Mayfair Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair Hibiscus, Mayfair Square, Mayfair

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NEW Story, Bermondsey NEW Lima, Regent's Park and Marylebone NEW Social Eating House, Soho NEW HKK, Shoreditch NEW Brasserie Chavot NEW Outlaw's at the Capital NEW Angler, Islington NEW Ametsa with Arzak Instruction NEW Bo London Alyn Williams at the Westbury Dabbous, Fitzrovia Hedone, Chiswick Medlar, Chelsea Trishna, Marylebone St John, Soho Launceston Place, Kensington Tom Aikens, Chelsea Hakkasan Hanway Place, Bloomsbury Pied à Terre, Bloomsbury Club Gascon, City of London Harwood Arms, Fulham River Café, Hammersmith La Trompette, Chiswick St John, Clerkenwell Rasoi, Chelsea Kitchen W8, Kensington The Glasshouse, Kew Galvin La Chapelle, Spitalfields Chez Bruce, Wandsworth Amaya, Belgravia Apsleys (at Lanesborough Hotel), Belgravia

Pétrus, Belgravia Benares, Mayfair Galvin at Windows (at London Hilton Hotel), Mayfair Hakkasan Mayfair, Mayfair Kai, Mayfair Maze, Mayfair Murano, Mayfair Nobu (at The Metropolitan Hotel), Mayfair Nobu Berkeley St, Mayfair Pollen Street Social, Mayfair Tamarind, Mayfair Umu, Mayfair Wild Honey, Mayfair L'Autre Pied, Regent's Park & Marylebone Locanda Locatelli, Regent's Park & Marylebone Texture, Regent's Park & Marylebone Seven Park Place (at St James's Hotel and Club), St James's Arbutus, Soho Yauatcha, Soho Quilon, Victoria The paper version of the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2014 is now available in bookshops priced at £15.99. Also published is the Michelin Guide London 2014, priced at £11.99. This guide provides extended text on London’s restaurants, with additional photographs and information on all starred establishments, as well as a pull-out map. It also includes a selection of London’s best hotels, across all categories of comfort. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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that your relatives are confident you are being well supported. We have excellent accommodation, delicious freshly prepared meals and our experienced, vibrant activity co-ordinator personally gets to know each resident to ensure that there are activities to suit everybody’s personal interests. Aldington House also has beautiful grounds surrounding the home with a decking area and patio which is a peaceful place to sit and enjoy the sunshine or spend time with friends and family. Any time you wish to visit the home we will be delighted to welcome you, show you around and answer any questions you may have about care or the next best step for yourself or a loved one over tea or coffee. Aldington House Care Home 107a Blackheath Park, London, SE3 OEX Tel: 0208 463 0641 • www.newcenturycare.co.uk


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Social nuisance or something more serious? Snoring is the result of changes in the flow of air whilst breathing during sleep. It can occur if there is any narrowing of the airway in the nose, mouth or throat. Snoring affects up to a third of the population and although generally thought of as a problem that affects middle-aged men, it can occur in younger men and women. Obesity, alcohol consumption, smoking and body posture are all factors that can contribute to snoring. Snoring is often just considered a social nuisance but as it forms part of a spectrum of sleep disordered breathing problems, it could be an indicator of more serious health problems. People who snore and also suffer with excessive daytime tiredness may have a problem known as Upper Airways Resistance Syndrome (UARS) or Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). An overnight sleep study is a useful test to help confirm the diagnosis. This test measures periods during sleep where the oxygen levels in the blood can dip down below normal. In OSA, blood oxygen levels will dip down whereas with UARS they will not. People with significant OSA often require treatment with a form of therapy known as CPAP.

People who do not have significant OSA may benefit from other treatments. A diagnostic technique performed by an ENT surgeon called sleep nasalendoscopy may be able to identify the anatomical cause of snoring. Once the cause is determined, a bespoke treatment can be offered which may be surgery or an alternative non-surgical treatment such as an oral splint to be worn while sleeping. When treatment is tailored to the individual’s anatomy, excellent results in reducing snoring and improving sleep quality can be achieved. If you are concerned that you or a family member may have a problem with snoring you may wish to seek advice from Mr Sam Khemani, an ENT specialist based at North Downs Hospital.

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Business Contracts Written contracts between your business and your suppliers help everyone to be certain what has been agreed and provide evidence of this if necessary. Through our experience, we can help you prepare for a range of situations that might sometimes unexpectedly occur.

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Contracts with Clients or Customers The Terms and Conditions under which you trade are vital to the protection of your business. They will include your liabilities for the goods and services you provide, how and when payment has to be made and rates of interest for late payment. Our experienced business team at Thomas Dunton can help to ensure that you trade on the terms you want to. 48 NOVEMBER 2013

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Sole trader, Partnership, LLP or a Limited Company? The legal form of your business provides an opportunity to influence how much financial and legal liability you take on and how much tax you pay. We can advise you on the differences between each form. We can then draw up the appropriate paperwork.

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If you employ staff you are legally required to have Employer’s Liability Insurance and if the public or suppliers visit your premises you will also need Public Liability Insurance. Talk to us about what other insurance cover you may require such as Product Liability Insurance.

Health and Safety All employers should have in place written policies and procedures and risk assessments to address health and safety issues. We can help you avoid breaches which could mean criminal prosecutions as well as civil proceedings. It is certainly advisable to take advice from your solicitor or the local authority.

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Home Care Hits Back The tabloid press has had a great time in recent months, hammering the beleaguered Care Sector for a series of failures in the provision of Care to a vulnerable older group who need support in order to live independently at home. But do these stories constitute a fair reflection of “what’s really happening” or is “the Home Care Horror Show agenda” just being peddled as the latest easy way to sell newspapers? Debbie Moulton, Care Manager of Bluebird Care in Sevenoaks, has certainly seen a change in the way would be customers approach the agency in the last few months. “Sometimes it feels like there’s an expectation that we’re going to be incompetent or dishonest or both when we receive that first contact” says Debbie. “There’s no doubt that the constant sensational, negative press has had an effect”. “But the reality is that the poor performers are a tiny minority who are letting the sector down. Once we at Bluebird Care engage with a family in need of support for a vulnerable parent or family member, we invariably succeed in putting minds at rest.” says Debbie. The agency provides a comprehensive Care Service to more than 60 individuals or families in the district of Sevenoaks, keeping vulnerable people safe and independent at home and preserving the option to remain at home against the alternative of residential care. “Our customers simply don’t understand why the Care Sector gets such a bad press” says Debbie. “More than 99.9% of our planned visits are carried out to the complete satisfaction of our customers. If they suggest that our carers stayed short, or that they failed to perform the care

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plan for a visit, then we investigate thoroughly and waive the charge without any quibble. We adopt a straightforward and transparent approach to dealing with our staff and customers and enjoy their trust and respect. Without both, it’s not possible for us to play our role” In the agency’s 2013 Customer Survey, 100% of those customers who responded confirmed that they would recommend the service to their friends. “It’s taken a huge amount of dedication and effort to achieve that result” says Debbie “We take great care with our recruitment, with a minority of applicants getting selected: we check criminal records and take extensive references and then we provide comprehensive Care training” Bluebird Care’s staff are not necessarily experienced in care when they start with the agency. “We value attitude over experience” says Debbie “we provide paid shadowing opportunities and less demanding assignments until we’re sure that a carer is competent and confident. The end result is that our Care team is not only highly capable but completely committed to providing a great care experience for our customers. There’s isn’t one of my team that I wouldn’t trust to care for my own parents.” The experience of Bluebird Care’s customers seems to contrast sharply with the picture of Care painted by the popular press. Perhaps Sevenoaks residents should heed the old adage - “Don’t believe everything you read in the papers!”

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My mother has home carepeople and theare carers Can you explain why some givenalways moneyseem to to be in a race against the clock. I think they’re help them with care costs and others have to payworking for it to the 15 minute calls that the papers are going on all themselves? it doesn’tI seem very fair this? - they are all about. Is there anything can do about oaP’s after all. Yours Yourssincerely, sincerely TessaChester Gooding Claire

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the is that social Care is considered to begetting different It allreason depends on whether or not your mother’s a care package bycovered Social Services, orand if she’s from Health Care,funded which is by the NHs is paying privately. universally available without charge. “Fairness” is a If it’s the former – because your mother’s savings are difficult concept in social-and Care!her at income present,isif low, you have less than the threshold then more than £23,250 in savings capital, have to pay unfortunately, there’s not a lotorthat can you be done. Social Care is in thesocial queue withifother areas ofare need waiting for your own Care. your savings below that for moreyou funds toqualify flow from publicassistance coffers – which sadly isn’t level, may for some from your local going to happen any time soon. authority - which will provide guidance. It it’s the latter, then your mother could commission care evenof if you have to pay for your own social Care, you visits whatever length she chooses – providing she may qualify for attendance allowance, which is not means is able and willing to pay more for longer visits. Some agencies (Bluebird is onebeof65 them) reduce the price tested. to be eligible,Care you must or over and have for longer visits, so double the visit length will not be either a physical or mental disability that is severe enough double the price. for you to need help caring for yourself or someone to Don’t forget that if your mother’s savings are below the supervise own family or someone else’scan safety. the threshold,you, but for sheyour (and/or members) afford payment is presently either: private care, then she can commission a Care Plan to meet an agency of her and still l £53 her per needs week iffrom you need frequent helpchoice, or constant get part funding from the local authority by means supervision during the day, or supervision at night, orof a Direct Payment. Ask Social Services, and they will tell l £79 per week if you need help or supervision you all about it! throughout both day and night, or you are terminally ill. Best wishes You can claim by filling in Form aa1a, available from the Debbie Moulton Post office, or by going online at www.dwp.gov.uk/eservice/ Care Manager Bluebird Care (Sevenoaks) Best wishes, Debbie Moulton Care Manager Bluebird Care (Sevenoaks)

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ehind the scenes at any magazine photo shoot you’ll find an army of spritzers, groomers and preeners to make sure the cover star looks picture perfect.

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Q: What’s your daily beauty routine? A: Every morning I wash my face with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, followed by eye cream and moisturiser. The SK-II eye cream is one of my favourite beauty products it’s just so good. Q: What’s your make-up musthave? A: All I need is some eyeliner and lip gloss.

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Q: What’s in your makeup bag?

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A: Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick, Diorshow Black Out Waterproof Mascara, Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder, Herbal

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Q: Do you like to experiment with your beauty? A: I love to experiment with different looks. The other day I wore turquoise blue eyeliner underneath my eyes. At the moment I’m also really into bright coral lips. Q: How do you

look after your long hair?

A: I use the Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo and Conditioner on a daily basis, and Herbal Essences Bee Strong Strengthening Intensive Mask as a weekly treat if my hair is in need of some TLC.

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time, but it’s not a look that necessarily suits me. I love a simple red lip teamed with an otherwise barelooking face.

Q: Do you wear make-up every day? A: No, I don’t wear make-up every day, especially if I’m just working from home or picking up the kids. However, if I have a meeting I’ll definitely put on some concealer, mascara and creamy blush. Q: What’s your best beauty tip? A: I try to look after my skin as much as possible by keeping it fresh-looking through exfoliating and moisturising. I exfoliate my skin about four times a week. Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest Max Factor ‘The Actress’ campaign celebrates the launch of the new Creme Puff in gold packaging, £5.99, available now (Boots/ Superdrug)

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A: I always apply blush in the morning, because I have dark hair and I really need it.

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Q: How does your look differ for evening?

Q: What’s your make-up must-have? A: A good mascara and a little blush really goes a long way. Q: How would you describe your signature look? A: I love that really cool kind of beachy look - a little bit undone, with a darker, smudgy eye. I like sexy and understated.

A: When I’m going out, I apply eye liner on the inside of both the top and bottom lid. Q: What’s your hero beauty product? A: I love the new Bobbi & Katie palette. It complements different skin tones and the colours go from morning to evening, so it’s everything you need in a day. Q: What’s in your make-up bag?

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A: I used to carry huge tote bags with dry shampoo, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, and a blush brush but realised I had to cut back. Now I carry a smaller bag with just a make-up palette.

you like to experiment with your beauty?

A: I feel very inspired by women who can wear both strong eye and lip make-up at the same

Katie Holmes for Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate campaign

Q: What’s your best beauty tip?

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A: Bobbi has taught me the importance of blending techniques. You don’t look like you have a lot of make-up on, no matter how many products you use - it never looks cakey. Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Bobbi & Katie Palette, £50, available now (0870 034 2566) NOVEMBER 2013 53


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Tried & tested Stephanie Cockroft discovers out her bespoke skincare needs in a session with a high-tech analyser Hands up. I confess I can be a bit slack on the skincare front. So when the chance came to have an in-depth ‘facial assessment’ to show exactly what my skin needs and why, I jumped at it. Mobile Visia is a scan brought to the UK by American company MyChelle, which detects everything the naked eye can’t. The results give ‘scores’ on each person’s skin: spot level, wrinkles, pores, sun damage, texture and redness. MyChelle then recommend products which could improve the results and offers free samples to try. There are two quick flashes, then I’m presented with my report, showing my skin in terrifying detail. Among the results, I’ve got 64 ‘spots’ (including freckles) which I’m told could be reduced with Clear Skin Spot Treatment (£13.50). Despite not being a sun worshipper, I’ve got high sun damage and I’m urged to use Apple Brightening Peel (£23), as well as a moisturiser containing minimum SPF30 to help. For my high level of redness, I’m advised to use Deep Repair Cream (£24) and Apple Brightening Mist (£14). And for my blemish-prone skin, the Fruit Enzyme Scrub (£15.90), followed by a Fruit Enzyme Cleanser (£15.90), should work wonders. My saving grace is that I only have 14 slight wrinkles on my face (I’m still young). The team is so convinced the products will sort out my woes that I’m invited back for a comparative free follow-up scan. The MyChelle advisers explain my results in layman’s terms and also dish out useful tips about general skincare. The cardinal sins include sleeping with make-up, not using an SPF-based moisturiser and using products that don’t match your skin type - which is where

Mobile Visia comes in. Granted, I can’t promise I’ll use all these products forever, but at least I’ve got picture-led evidence to show why I should, even though £80 feels quite steep for the analysis. I’ve only been using the products for a couple of weeks and my skin already feels rejuvenated. Mychelle Skin Analyser, £80, available at Nutri Centre stores nationwide (0208 752 8450/ www.nutricentre.com) MyChelle Dermaceuticals range is available from selected Nutri Centre stores and online at www.nutricentre.com

Beauty bulletin Famous follicles When it comes to hair inspiration, Nicole Scherzinger hits the high notes and Miley Cyrus hits a bum note, according to a recent poll. Cyrus was voted the star with the worst haircut, while Scherzinger beat other celeb barnets to the title of best hair, according to the www.Xtras.co.uk survey. Kim Sears, Kate Middleton and Kelly Brook also made the top five for enviable locks. Almost half of UK women (43%) revealed that they had based their own hairstyle on a celebrity.

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Buy it now - Forget the trench coats. Burberry’s latest must-have is the designer brand’s debut collection of nail polish. Inspired by the autumn/winter 13 colour palette, the Trench Kisses collection includes oxblood, black and, of course, a trademark trench-inspired shade. Available now, priced £15 each (uk.burberry.com). 54 NOVEMBER 2013


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Wheatsheaf sweater, £110; quilted leather skirt, £179; both NW3 at Hobbs (0845 313 3130/www.hobbs.co.uk)

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SOME TRENDS FOCUS ON PRINTS, OTHERS CONCENTRATE ON COLOUR, BUT THIS SEASON THERE’S A LOOK THAT’S BASED ENTIRELY ON TOUCH.

he fashion premise is simple: pick two pieces in completely opposing fabrics. Think slick patent skirt with fuzzy angora jumper. Or feathers and leather, or sequins and denim - anything goes, but dramatic contrasts emphasise the two-tone texture. If the concept of clashing gives you a headache, look for garments with spliced fabrics where the texture matches are ready-made for you. With multi-textured layers this cool and cosy, why bother with central heating?

Leather love It’s official, leather is the hottest fabric in fashion. With a 52% increase in leather pieces available online compared to last year, according to fashion database EDITD, it’s 58 NOVEMBER 2013

moved from a luxury item to an everyday staple. The shift is evident on the high street, with rails of leather skirts, dresses, trousers and tops giving the ubiquitous biker jacket a run for its money. Leather’s popularity is little wonder when you consider its longevity, hard-working qualities and ability to go with just about everything in your wardrobe. Black is the obvious choice, but you can mix things up with chic navy, berry or forest green tones for a stylish twist. If funds are running low, look to pleather - PVC made to resemble matte leather - with a lived-in, grainy texture. Perfect pairing: Team your tough leather staple (skirt or leggings) with a girly fluffy jumper.


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High shine Banish visions of Pretty Woman-style knee-high boots. Patent, PVC and vinyl are of-the-moment fabrics the fashion pack can’t get enough of. Look to super-feminine silhouettes like full circle skirts or pretty pleats to offset the dominatrix vibe and swap the bin bag black for candy floss pink or rich burgundy. Be careful - these slick synthetics can add bulk to your frame, so if you’re pear-shaped, avoid wearing on your lower half. If you still want to engage in some gloss, patent accessories will give your outfit an instant lift. Try shoes and bags so shiny that you can almost see your reflection. Perfect pairing: Work your patent next to a woolly cable knit for the ultimate contrast.

Patchwork quilt You no longer need to save up for a Chanel bag for some luxurious quilting. Quilted fabrics are adorning jumpers, skirts, dresses and boots, as well as slightly more affordable bags! Designer Victoria Beckham made quilting a big feature of her collection for spring 2014, so the look is set to stick around.

Sequin sleeve jacket, £25; dress, £15; boots, £18; tights, £3; all Primark (www.primark.co.uk)

The quilt effect can be as dramatic as you dare on

Primark eyelash jumper, £10 (www.primark.co.uk)

Savida feather trim dress, £102 (www.dunnesstores.com).

Emma Lawrie Folk for The Campaign for Wool jumper, £295 (www.folkclothing.com).

George at ASDA leopard eyelash jumper, £12 (0800 952 0101)

Marks & Spencer Autograph leather abstract skirt, £299 (0845 302 1234/www. marksandspencer.com)

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FA S H I O N clothing. Opt for subtle embossed grooves if you’re feeling cautious, or bold diamonds to really make an impact. Accessories are the most accessible way to work quilted couture - try a leather bag or riding boots. Perfect pairing: Wear your padded quilts with supersmooth textures like leather or patent.

Razzle dazzle Think showgirl - by day. Feathers, sequins and heavy beading are no longer just for party season. Contrasted with casual pieces, like woolly jumpers and black leather, these eye-catching fabrics are instantly pared down. You’ll also find glistening embellishment on casualwear like sweatshirts and jumpers this season, making them instantly daytime appropriate. Black feathers are best reserved for after dark, so try opulent jewel tones that will transfer easily from day to night. Brocade and jacquard are other textured fabrics that will glide effortlessly from office to dance floor. If full-on sequins or feathers feel a little too West End stage, look to more subtle trims on hems and necklines. Perfect pairing: Bring glitzy textures back down to earth teamed with an everyday slouchy knit.

Furry monster With temperatures plummeting, furry materials are back in a big way, but think outside the big coat box. Separates have been given the fuzzy treatment for a modern take on faux fur - jumpers with fur panels or bags as cuddly as kittens. For a more accessible take on the trend, try faux pony skin panels on tops, skirts and dresses - it has a denser, flatter appearance than ‘fluffy’ fur, making it more flattering on the body.

Fashion flash LBD lift

Little Black Dress season is upon us and Chantelle is on hand to get the foundations sussed. The lingerie brand has teamed up with the personal shopping team at House of Fraser stores to discover the perfect underpinnings for your favourite LBD. Chantelle Lingerie fit experts will explain the best bras to suit certain necklines. ‘La Lingerie Noire’ takes place in selected House of Frasers on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9. To book a place, call 01483 300 880. Participating House of Fraser stores: Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Westfield, Guildford and Oxford Street.

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Knits haven’t escaped the teddy bear texture makeover. Check out jumpers and dresses with a fuzzy eyelash finish for a twist on traditional mohair. Perfect pairing: Faux fur and leather are perfect texture teammates - wear in the same tone for a puttogether look.

Get the look She may be from The Saturdays, but you can shop Mollie King’s exclusive Oasis edit any day of the week. To mark the ‘Loved by Mollie’ launch, Oasis’s new celebrity ambassador modelled a dark red leather pencil skirt, £85, and leopard sweatshirt, £42, available now (www.oasis-stores.com).

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e all need a little spice in our lives to bring excitement, blow away the dark clouds and conjure that feel-good factor.

At home, the easiest way to do that is with an injection of colour but not just any colour. Orange, with its palette featuring shades associated with exotic sunsets and sultry settings, is the way to go. After all, the colour is credited with encouraging creativity and producing a reassuring sense of comfort - ideal at a time of year when we all need cosseting, For a colour guide, simply look outside at nature’s hues, the russet and burnt orange of falling leaves, which blend beautifully with the fading greens and browns of an autumn landscape.

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While those shades are ideal for an overall decor theme, be inspired by orange’s more punchy tones. Think about using accents of orange - the colour of Halloween pumpkins - in accessories. “Orange is such a versatile colour, yet many people are afraid of it because they think only of its more bold hues,” says Judy Smith, colour consultant for Crown Paints. “But orange accents can bring warmth to a home, especially as the nights start to draw in and natural light fades. “Also, all colours have a loud and soft side, and the in-between shades can work well in living areas.” For a warm autumnal feel, she suggests combining orange with leaf green and yellow to create a strong palette which harmonises with light or dark woods, and natural materials.

So ignore the gloomy, dull skies outside and lift your spirits with a shot of undiluted orange in eyecatching accessories or a full dose of the shade for a room scheme.

Orange soother Muted, more sober tones of orange bring richness and a feeling of opulence to any setting, and won’t overwhelm a space. “Burnished orange and copper shades are on-trend this year, and are particularly appropriate for this season,” says Liz Cann, design director of Sanderson and Zoffany. “Orange conjures a cosy atmosphere and teams wonderfully well with grey. Use the latter for walls and then choose orange and copper shades for upholstery fabrics, cushions and lamps. “Ensure though that you choose a warm grey shade, with undertones


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Orange shell ornament £14.99, HomeSense

Conran Linnell Ceramic Table Lamp, £69, Marks & Spencer

Orange is often overlooked for bedrooms but Yves Delorme’s Kacho-Ga Eastern inspired range in a burnt orange, Coral, is simply stunning. Duvet cover, £275; Pillow case, £59.95. Let orange work its magic in the kitchen - the shade is thought to stimulate the appetite. Chrysalis Marrakech Mosaic tiles, £852 per square metre, Ann Sacks.

Orange punch The boldest, brightest shades are full of verve and the colour gives an instant injection of optimism. “If you prefer a sleek finish and a modern style, pair orange with soft grey and white finishes like aluminium and lacquer. These will act as a cooling influence and give a fresh, crisp look,” says Judy Smith at Crown Paints. “Orange gives rooms a lift and demonstrates that you’re confident in your taste. Have fun with the colour, experiment and you’ll be surprised at the pleasing impact it has.” Top tip: Orange is made by the mixing of yellow and red. If red hues dominate your orange shade, it will have a hotter, more intense effect. A predominance of yellow in the shade promises a more mellow aura.

Chrysallis Marrakech Mosaic tiles, £852 per square metre, Ann Sacks

Suku Ottoman Bed, inTangerine Orange, £159, Made.com.

Ambleside Small Sofa in Cowparsley Scarlet Fabric, £1,799, MultiYork

Love orange: Wallpaper Direct’s ‘By Lindholm’ paper, £35 a roll, shrieks “look at me” with its pink peony design on an orange background. Equally eye-catching is Crown’s Cuban Heat paint, matt emulsion, £13.99 for 1.25 litres, from Homebase, which would be a great candidate for a feature wall. NOVEMBER 2013 63


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Fans of retro would find it hard to resist a swirly orange pattern mural; Joplin, from £19.80, at DigetexHome. Equally in keeping with the Fifties/Sixties theme is Magpie’s Backgammon china. Espresso set, £6.75; Backgammon board mug, £2.55. A Conran Linnell ceramic table lamp, £69, from Marks & Spencer, also gives a nod to retro in its shape and, together with an orange shell ornament, £14.99, HomeSense, could be a perfect turn-back-theclock finishing touch.

Operation orange Individual items in, you guessed it, zingy orange, can be an antidote to ‘room blues’ which affect rooms that haven’t had a shake-up since the summer, or are overdue a revamp. Make a room rock with a velvet tub chair in glowing orange Zinnia fabric, £445, Oliver Bonas, or get smart with a chair that doubles as a bed for guests. A Suku ottoman bed, in tangerine orange, £159, Made.com Accessorise a bathroom with

luscious orange quick-drying Geo towels, £18 each, Best Bed Linen In The World, and enhance a ‘spa’ atmosphere with orange patterned tealight holders, £9.95 each, Telling Tales. Pay a nod to the spookiness of Halloween with a stylish Hendrix large skull pattern scatter cushion, £40, Made.com, and some riskfree LED candles: Gisela Graham Halloween wax LED candle, £6 each, The Contemporary Home. Match an orange setting with a juicy home fragrance, such as Emma Bridgewater’s Tea & Oranges room diffuser, 200ml, £18, Marks & Spencer.

Magpie: 020 7095 9399/www. magpieline.com

Orange sources

MultiYork: 0845 303 7134/www. multiyork.co.uk

Ann Sacks: www.annsacks.com The Best Bed Linen In The World: 01442 842 885/www. thebestbedlinenintheworld.com The Contemporary Home: 0845 130 8229/www.tch.net Crown: www.crownpaints.co.uk DigetexHome: www.digetexhome. com HomeSense: www.homesense.com

Kacho-ga Coral printed sateen duvet cover, £275; Pillow case, £59.95, Yves Delorme

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Gisela Graham Halloween Wax LED Candle £6 each The Contemporary Home

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ANTIQUES

John Bly Antiques THE BEAUTY OF WOOD

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recently had the great pleasure of taking part in a presentation to The Inchbald School of Design with John Makepeace. The subject was the hidden Beauties of Wood in relation to furniture which gave us both more than enough material to have spoken for two days let alone the two half-hours we were allotted. John Makepeace is of course the undisputed master craftsman in the world of furniture design and manufacture and has been recognised internationally as such for the last half century. With countless awards, two one-man exhibitions in the Victorian & Albert Museum, a touring exhibition and several prestigious posts in the Arts Council and The Furniture Makers’ Company and an OBE John is a delight to share a platform with. John spoke of contemporary design, methods of manufacture and decoration and my job was fit in the social and economic background to the development of furniture through the ages. The illustrations are John’s creations, the following words are mine. One of the hidden beauties of wood is revealed when you cut into the trunk or branch of the tree. Then you can see its medullar rays or ‘fan’. When in the 17th century furniture makers began to decorate chests and cupboards with thin slices of timber cut in this way it was known as ‘faneer’ cutting and the application of it was called ‘faneering’. But we were lazy with our language then as we are today and the word soon became corrupted to the easier-to-say ‘veneer’ cutting and ‘veneering’. If you cut where the branch joins the trunk you get a ‘flame’ cut, and a slice of a growth on the trunk will give you a ‘burr’ veneer. There is no aspect of life that is not affected by and

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Millennium : Chair in holly and leather

reflected in furniture. The easiest way to learn any part of history is to study the furniture of any given period for it is our direct and tangible link with our past. Manners and morals, etiquette, dress, economics, politics, exploration, military and naval campaigns, victories and defeats are all shown in the style, function, decoration and means of manufacture of our furniture. Studying it can be as basic or as complex as you wish. Take for example the kitchen dresser. Its name is derived from medieval times when a simple board on trestles was used to dress food before going to bed in case anyone should suffer from “night starvation”. After a time a similar board was used to display the family wealth in the form of silver cups and platters. For security two boxes with locks were made to stand on the board to contain these objects when not on view. So the combination of board and boxes became known as the ‘cup board’. To get in a little deeper we look at a piece of furniture in a number of ways; What sort of timber is it made of? What was – or is – it’s function? How is it decorated? How was it made? Most of the household furniture made in England during the last 300 years was made of local woods, from elm and ash, yew and pine, birch and beech to any of the fruitwoods such as pear and apple but the best quality pieces were made of four main timbers which including oak were all imported and they fall into four main periods. In chronological order they are:- The Age of Oak, up to and including much of the 17th century, The Age of Walnut, from the mid-17th century to the early 18th century, The Age of Mahogany from the early 18th century to the 19th century and The Age of Satinwood from the late 18th century to the mid-19th century. Each one was a primary timber to become secondary when for example walnut was found to be


ANTIQUES superior for due to its fine close grain and its attractive rich colour. A storm in Europe decimated the walnut trees and so supply was cut off in the 1720’s. Mahogany was a plentiful and adequate replacement, the finest coming from Ports of Spain including Cuba, hence Spanish or Cuban mahogany being rated as the best. During the 1770’s these brown woods were replaced by the highly colourful exotic timbers such as Rosewood, Zebra : A pair of matched marquetry Coramandel, Zebra and the cabinets. Holly and aptly named Satinwood which bog oak.  Interiors of looked like a rich cloth when scarlet lacquer. cut and polished. During the Victorian period Mahogany, Walnut and Rosewood were all popular, the latter being the most expensive and today indicates a piece of furniture of good quality. And now to function. You could no more have an Elizabethan satinwood cofee table than you could have Shakespeare’s typewriter. The Elizabethan’s didn’t have satinwood and they didn’t drink coffee. The first coffee house in England was in 1650 in Oxford. In the 1780’s we had a spell of global warming and fortunately the latest fashion for women was the diaphanous and simple Empire line which enabled young women to recline on a sofa – you couldn’t recline in a huge hooped skirt – and a table which would pull up to the sofa was designed and for the first time we had a Sofa Table. There was no such thing in 1750. Next is decoration. Carving, painting, gilding, veneering, inlaying with marquetry and fanciful turning were all popular at specific times, only to go out of fashion and then to be revived. Carving was the earliest followed by Elizabethan inlay, then came veneering and marquetry, then turning. Carving returned during the Age of Mahogany but went out in the Age of Satinwood when painting and marquetry returned to favour. Finally we come to manufacture. Before the middle of the 17th century furniture was joined with frames and panels or just plain boards, being made by joiners. Hence ‘joined’ or ‘joint’ stools. Although some were sufficiently adept to make cabinets there was no such nominated craft until later in the 17th century.

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Developments in glass production combined with more people collecting fine porcelain from China and, as they became more literate, collecting books, cases with windows were required. Walnut with its close grain enabled the most accurate cutting in the hands of a skilled craftsman to frame the panels of glass and so the distinction between cabinet maker and joiner was born. The development of both long case and bracket clocks were also a subject for such work. The furniture industry grew during the 18th century and by the last quarter of the century the cabinet makers in large cities were men of enormous wealth and high social standing, employing hundreds of manual workers in vast premises. The great change came after 1847 when T.B. Jordan patented his wood-carving machine which enabled multiple production by one operative. We then had machine made furniture with hitherto unsurpassed degrees of accuracy and by the middle of the 19th century there were 50,000 people employed in the furniture industry. Naturally there were those detractors of the modern methods like William Morris but their handmade products were too expensive for the very people they wanted to attract and so their ‘modern’ style was soon adopted by the massproduction market. Today we have new technology, and so when as I often tell, people say conspiratorially “ They don’t make furniture like they used to” and I answer “No they don’t….they make it better than ever”. Which brings me back to John Makepeace and his masterpieces of the 20th and 21st centuries. They must be seen to be believed for their sheer stunning originality and unrivalled quality. Just go to www. johnmakepeacefurniture.com Our joint presentation was to 80 students from The Inchbald School which is an independent school of Interior Design, Interior Decoration and Garden Design, offering courses ranging from MA Degree and Postgraduate Diploma courses to short introductory courses, which are really good. It was established in 1960, the first interior design school in Europe, and I’m delighted to say I have known the founders since it began. I am grateful to John Makepeace for the use of his illustrations. John Bly Antiques 1891. Tel: 01442823030 Mobile: 07831 888826 Website: www.johnbly.com Email: john@johnbly.com

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The pool deck on Azamara Quest cruise ship.

The Boat that Rocked

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t was about six months ago, at a friend’s dinner party, when I exposed myself as a wine ignoramus. Conversation was flowing far more easily than the cheap bottle of plonk I’d picked up from the local supermarket, when I made the embarrassing admission that Lambrini was my favourite choice of tipple and I couldn’t name a French wine for the life of me! A tumbleweed moment followed, and I wished the ground would swallow me up. I then vowed I’d take a crash course in wine tasting or risk being ostracised by my friends for years to come. So when the opportunity join a wine-themed cruise around Europe, I jumped at the chance to soak up some knowledge, along with a few fine vintages along the way.

arose to Jennifer Peger with her husban d Mike posing in front of the Az amara Quest in central Bordeaux, Fran ce.

As first-time cruisers, my husband and I weren’t quite sure what to expect from a holiday at sea. We boarded the Azamara Quest, part of the well-established Royal Caribbean group, in Southampton. It was so easy to take the train and taxi to the port, rather than wasting time at the airport. As soon as we set foot on the 694-person boat, we were struck by her luxury and opulence. The carpet felt new and thick under foot, and the ship was immaculately clean and gleaming. By the time she pulled out of a grey Southampton, we had already found the Windows bar, a place that became our favourite hangout for the holiday. The attentive Indonesian bar manager Metz mixed us some cocktails from the complimentary menu to toast our journey. As is standard on most cruises, food was included in our package, but unusually, so was a large selection of alcohol. No sooner were our drinks finished than Metz was asking if we wanted more - and already knew our names, even though we hadn’t told him. In fact, throughout our stay nearly every member of staff greeted us with ‘hello Mr and Mrs Pegler’ as they passed. It was indicative of the faultless service we would

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experience throughout our 12-night journey through St Peter Port in Guernsey, Bordeaux, St Jean de Luz, in the south of France, Bilbao, Lisbon and ending in Seville. Smaller than the average liner, the Quest can dock much closer to the heart of destinations, stopping at less-visited ports. There are no giant shopping centres, cinemas or bowling alleys on board, and few families with young children - the cruises are aimed at mature members of society seeking considerable luxury. Another plus point of the cruise was overnight stays at many of the stops, giving you time to experience a place. I was also relieved to discover the boat operates a relaxed dress code - ‘resort casual’ - so I felt I could really relax on holiday. After a calm night’s sailing we woke up in Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port. The bustling, shop-lined cobbled streets, decked with bunting, have an unmistakably Gallic feel. That evening, we had the choice of eating in the formal Discoveries restaurant, with its fine dining fivecourse offering; or the Windows Cafe, a buffet-style, more casual place, which had a themed menu from around the world. There are also two speciality restaurants: Prime C, specialising in steak, and seafood eatery Aqualina. You pay a supplement for the speciality dining, but in return, you get grub rivalling top restaurants and first class service from extra-attentive waiters.


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Bordeaux - modern and old city, in France.

Our next stop was Bordeaux, and excitement was building among the guests for the ‘Azamazing Evening’, a French-themed cocktail party to be held at an 18th century former stock exchange, Palais de la Bourse. We all had our photo taken with the captain as we entered the venue for the show-stopping soiree. French waiters welcomed us with a selection of the region’s finest wines, and chefs prepared

crepes and waffles in homage to the region’s gastronomy. A French singer paid tribute to the likes of Edith Piaf and cancan girls took to the stage, as we sipped our wine and let the bon viveur wash over us. It was just the start of our exploration of Bordeaux’s culture. The following day we were booked on a tour of the famous wine estate Chateau Margaux, one of the many ‘Land Discoveries’ tours Azamara offer to give a taste of the highlights of each stop. The coach meandered through rolling vineyards to Chateau Giscours, one of the Margaux estate’s premier cru producers. Charismatic guide Helen greeted us at the grand estate home. She enthusiastically took us The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

Azamara guests at a wine tasting at Chateau Giscours in Bordeaux, France.

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through the history of the vineyard, which dates back to the 14th century, and the unique growing conditions of the region. After a tour of the cellars and a look at the distillation vats, we finally got down to business; the tasting. She coached us to swill the 2002 red, smelling for scents we might recognise - berries, coriander and a grass and finally I rolled it across my tongue, and yes, it was beautiful. The memories of the cheap claret that scarred me during my student days were replaced with something in its own league. Never again would I ignorantly say I don’t like French wine. While the Azamazing Evening and vineyard experience of Bordeaux were highlights of the cruise, they didn’t overshadow the rest of our journey. We travelled along the French coast to St Jean de Luz, situated in the shadow of the Pyrenees and lined with golden sandy beaches. Here we took the opportunity to swim and sunbathe as it was the only stop on the journey that would allow that holiday beach action. A short stop in Bilbao allowed us just enough time to experience the show-stopping Guggenheim Museum, then after a day at sea we eventually pulled into Lisbon. We passed restaurants selling sardines, and tourist shops filled with locally-made tiles, as we climbed steps to reach a viewing platform in the Alfama district. As we stood high above the terracotta roofs of houses, we could see the Azamara Quest in all her glory. Tourists posed to have their photos taken against the backdrop; we felt so privileged to be staying on such an impressive vessel. Our journey into Seville, down the relatively narrow Guadalquivir River, also demonstrated the advantage of travelling on a smaller, stream-lined vessel. There would have been no way a large cruise ship could have managed it, and locals looked on from the banks in amazement. Strolling along streets framed by orange trees, we drooled over various tapas bars, each spraying mist from their awnings to cool down their roasting patrons. We couldn’t resist stopping for a glass of Rioja and some Iberian cured ham. We finished our journey by visiting Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede, where Christopher Columbus is buried (or parts of him are, at least).

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Portuguese dancers entertaining guests at ‘white night’ aboard the Azamara Quest in Lisbon.

He discovered the New World, while we had been visiting the Old, and we couldn’t have chosen a more luxurious and relaxing way to do it than on the Azamara Quest.

Travel facts - Wine Cruise Jennifer Pegler was a guest of Azamara Club Cruises (www.azamaraclubcruises.co.uk; 0844 493 4016) who offer the Azamara Journey on a 14-night Food And Wine Fly/Cruise from £3,018 per person (based on two people sharing an interior stateroom). Price includes return flight from London Heathrow, transfers and a 14-night cruise departing from Southampton and calling at St. Peter Port (Channel Islands), Nantes (Loire Valley, France), Bordeaux (France), St. Jean de Luz (France), Bilbao (Spain) and Porto (Portugal), before arriving into Lisbon (Portugal) for the flight home. The cruise also includes selected drinks and meals. Price is based on August 20, 2014 departure. A vineyard in Bordeaux, France.


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Spice Up Your Life who had recently relocated from Mumbai. Todiwala’s mission was to cook Indian classics using the finest British ingredients, and he quickly became known as one of the most exciting chefs in London. Fast forward almost a decade and a half and the duo are releasing a book, The Incredible Spice Men, and have a five-part BBC Two series of the same title.

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“We’ve thought about doing something like this series and book, independently, for so long,” says Todiwala. yrus Todiwala and Tony Singh love food.

They both believe traditional British fare is among the finest in the world, while our home-grown produce is the very best money can buy. Their passion for British grub is also the reason the pair, who call themselves The Incredible Spice Men, first met back in 1999. Singh, a fourth-generation Scottish Sikh, had won a local cooking competition in Edinburgh and headed to London soon afterwards. His food philosophy - cooking British classics with an Indian twist - led him to seek out Todiwala,

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The TV series showed them delivering a batch of recipes which are a blend of their cooking styles, while travelling the length and breadth of the UK, in search of the finest produce. When they find an item they return to their kitchen where they offer up a spicy new recipe as an alternative to tried-and-tested methods. Todiwala and Singh say it’s important to let people know what they mean by ‘spice’. “What do you think when someone says that word?” asks Singh. “Everyone just thinks it means chilli, but there’s so much more than that.

“People already eat spices - things like vanilla ice cream, cinnamon doughnuts, nutmeg on hot chocolate, or pepper, the most common of all. “Wars were fought for the stuff, explorers went all over the world looking for it,” he adds. “Spice is about all sorts of things, all sorts of flavours and interesting combinations that serve to enhance the taste of the main ingredient. “We’ve used spices since the Romans were in Britain, but we’ve drifted away from that.” The two chefs’ recipes include a goats’ cheese tart flavoured with caraway seeds, and an orange and fennel Victoria sponge which they tried out on the notoriously hard-toplease ladies of the WI. Then there’s strawberries dusted with black pepper and cinnamon; turmeric and cinnamon honey-roast chicken, and traditional fish and chips with spiced batter, which they bravely served to a gang of bikers. “I was scared when they turned up, I tell you,” says Todiwala. “But they were fabulous people and they took to it brilliantly. The main thing is they all said they’d order it again.” Their spicy delights went down well with almost everybody, the exception being an ice cream-maker


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Todiwala adds: “Pick things up in the supermarket and try them. Experiment with an ingredient you haven’t used before. Let your palate be your guide, and try a bit of something different.”

He sums up their philosophy thus: “All we want is for people to get over the hurdle of spice equalling hot, and to think about easy ways to liven up their food.”

To get you started, here are three recipes from The Incredible Spice Men.

Smoked salmon with spiced beetroot salad (Serves 4-6 as a starter)

For the beetroot salad, first make the dressing - whisk together the lime juice and honey in a small bowl, then mix in the smoked paprika, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the beetroot, raisins and mint leaves and pour over the dressing. Chill for an hour. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary. To make the horseradish cream, whisk together the lime juice, honey and horseradish sauce in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the double cream until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed from the bowl. Stir the horseradish and lime mixture into the whisked cream. Add the chilli powder and salt to taste, and sprinkle on the parsley. Set the salmon slices onto individual plates, and serve with the beetroot salad and a dollop of the horseradish cream.

Pulled pork with cinnamon and clove (Serves 6-8)

masala. Cover the meat and set aside in the fridge for a few hours, if possible. Pour the oil into a roasting tin and heat on the hob over a medium heat. Scrape any excess masala from the marinated pork, place the pork in the roasting tin and brown well on all sides. Transfer to the oven and cook for 30 minutes. After that time has passed, reduce the oven heat to minimum. You can now pour a few tablespoons of marinade over the pork for extra flavour, and any leftover can be set aside to use for another dish. Cover the pork tightly with aluminium foil, well tucked in so that it steams in the tin and the meat literally falls off the bone when cooked. Cook for a further three to three-and-ahalf hours if using a rolled joint; if using smaller pieces or individual chops, adjust your cooking time accordingly. Remove the pork from the oven and shred using two forks. To serve, put some pork on top of a lettuce leaf. Top with some coleslaw or some coriander.

200g sliced smoked salmon For the beetroot salad: Juice of 1 lime 3tsp clear honey ½tsp smoked paprika ½tsp ground cinnamon 1 fresh beetroot, very finely sliced 3tbsp raisins, preferably golden 3tbsp (heaped) torn mint leaves Salt For the horseradish cream: Juice of 2 limes ½tsp clear honey 4tbsp horseradish sauce 150ml double cream Pinch of chilli powder, or more to taste A small handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley Salt

2kg rolled pork loin, shoulder or collar 50ml vegetable or rapeseed oil Baby gem lettuce leaves, cleaned and well drained 3tbsp fresh coriander or coleslaw, to garnish For the masala marinade: 1tbsp broken pieces cassia bark or cinnamon 15 cloves 2 large dried red chillies 5cm (2in) piece fresh root ginger, roughly chopped 4 garlic cloves 2 small red onions, coarsely cut 1 longish fresh green chilli 1tsp turmeric 2½tbsp tamarind paste 100ml palm vinegar (you can also use cider vinegar) ½tbsp brown sugar 25ml sunflower or rapeseed oil ½tbsp salt Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. For the masala marinade, coarsely crush together the cassia bark or cinnamon and cloves with a pestle and mortar. Gently toast this mixture in a dry frying pan over a low heat, until a spicy fragrance emanates from the pan. Tear the red chillies into pieces and add to the pan. Continue to dry-fry the mixture for a short while but do not burn. Set aside to cool. Later, put the cooled spice mix in a blender. Add all of the remaining masala ingredients and blend the mixture to a relatively fine paste - this is your masala paste. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Rub the masala all over the pork, and place the meat in a dish in which it fits snugly. Set aside any remaining

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Apple crumble with star anise (Serves 6)

For the crumble topping: 300g plain flour 200g brown sugar 200g unsalted butter, cubed and softened to room temperature, plus extra for greasing Pinch of salt For the filling: 75g unsalted butter 1kg eating apples (such as russet or cox), peeled, cored and chopped into large chunks 150g caster sugar 5 star anise 1 cinnamon stick To serve (optional): Creme fraiche Pomegranate seeds Pomegranate syrup Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6. To make the crumble topping, put the flour, salt and brown sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Taking a few cubes of butter at a time, rub them into the flour mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the mixture onto a baking sheet in a thin layer, using two sheets if necessary. Bake in the preheated oven for five minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and break with a fork, then return to the oven and repeat the process a couple of times, until you have a lovely crunchy biscuit topping. Set aside; if continuing to cook the apple crumble immediately, do not turn the oven off. To make the filling, heat a wide, shallow, heavybottomed pan and melt the butter until it foams. Add the star anise and fry for a minute, then add the apples, sugar and cinnamon, and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved and the apple is soft at the edges. Remove the cinnamon and the star anise, and add a little bit more sugar if you like. To assemble, grease a medium-sized ovenproof dish with butter. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom,

then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top. Ensure the oven is preheated to 200C/gas mark 6, and bake for 20 minutes until the crumble is browned and the fruit mixture bubbling. Leave to cool slightly. To serve, put some creme fraiche into a small bowl and mix in some pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with a little pomegranate syrup and serve alongside the crumble.

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Christmas at Eastwell Manor

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very Christmas and New Year at Eastwell Manor is celebrated in very traditional style with blazing log fires crackling in the hearth and, from the beginning of December, traditional Christmas decorations and real trees including a 20 foot, fully decorated tree by the magnificent grand staircase. Guests staying on the Christmas Packages are treated to a veritable house party atmosphere with a local choir singing around the tree on Christmas Eve followed by dinner. Father Christmas visits on Christmas Day, then there’s a Falconry Display which is followed by the famous Christmas Day Lunch. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent in quiet relaxation, strolling around the grounds or using the spa facilities. New Year is also welcomed in traditional style. In the Manor a gala black tie dinner is served in the restaurant followed by dancing to the resident live band with a piper welcoming in the New Year. At the Pavilion there is a more relaxed and family friendly gala buffet with music from the resident DJ. During December both the Manor and Pavilion restaurants will be offering festive specials on their menus. The very popular Party Nights at the Pavilion are available for large and small groups but if you prefer a more sophisticated style of celebration then the private dining option would be the perfect choice. There are several delightful entertaining rooms located in the Manor and in the Pavilion that can accommodate from 2 to 120 conference delegates or private gatherings. Romantic weekend breaks or spa and golf breaks are available

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throughout the year. Traditional Christmas packages, fabulous weddings and private dining are a speciality as are conferences and team building events. Eastwell Manor sits in its own park within a 3,000 acre estate in the heart of the Kent countryside. The independent, family owned, luxury hotel has manicured lawns and beautiful gardens. Your stay can either be in an elegant bedroom in the Manor (some rooms have four poster beds) or in a luxury 1, 2 or 3 bedroom Mews Cottage (close to the Pavilion and spa facilities and ideal for families and groups). All the bedrooms have been individually designed and contain all the modernday facilities, including wifi, that you would expect from a first class country house hotel. The Pavilion Spa is one of the finest luxury leisure and spa experiences in the country. The spa area has a 20 metre swimming pool with steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and hydrotherapy pool plus the Technogym gymnasium. “Dreams”, the extensive beauty salon, is also situated in the Pavilion and offers a full range of treatments from Clarins, Guinot, St Tropez, Aromatheraphy Associates and Jessica. The 2,132 yard USPGA standard golf course offers a challenging game to visiting golfers. Eastwell Manor is within easy reach of London and the Channel Ports and has excellent motorway links. It is a short journey from Ashford International Station which is under 40 minutes by train from London St Pancras. To request a brochure please call 01233 213000/020, email reservations@ eastwellmanor.co.uk or visit www.eastwellmanor.co.uk.


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Chapter One: from field to fork

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s publisher of magazines in Mayfair, Chelsea, Belgravia and Marylebone for nearly 25 years, food writer Erik Brown knows his way around Michelin-starred restaurants. But there’s one that’s a favourite – and it’s not in the West End, it’s in Kent.

Karina, our waitress, moves through the Michelinstarred restaurant Chapter One with an intensity of concentration that is really familiar. I realise that I’ve seen it before somewhere. She’s good, really good. My chum Fred Sirieix, general manager of Galvin at Windows on Park Lane, Mayfair, has a phrase that sums Karina up: “A gazelle on Red Bull”. Hyper-alert, watching every movement on every table, ready for anything but never intrusive, always relaxed. When I call her over, I ask where she worked before. “Galvin’s Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street,” she replies with a slight east European accent and a beautiful smile. The quality of service at Chapter One at Farnborough in Kent is better than in many Mayfair restaurants, not because Chapter One is less busy – it does 1,500 covers a week, which is seriously hard work with a kitchen brigade of only 16 – but because the training is exemplary. In fact, for a while, the quality of service made this piece difficult to write. Where to begin? I had the best starter in this restaurant I’ve had all year: I could have begun there.. The chef grows his own cob nuts, damsons and apples in the garden of his Kent home, making apple chutney and plum jam for his mum and dad every Christmas: I could have started there. Chapter One has a startling autumn lunch offer of two courses for just £15.95 and three for £19.95 (until 23rd November) – I pay more than that in my local pub, and this is a Michelin-starred restaurant: I could have started there. But, for once, I decided to give it to the waiting staff – not just Karina, but all of them. They really are that good. And so to that starter of … jugged hare (£5 at lunchtime ). Yes, you heard me: jugged hare, usually a heavyweight main meal, gamey and strong, often matched by a good claret, although this time I had a Malbec. I last had jugged hare at Rules in Covent Garden, so long ago that I smoked a cigar afterwards – at the table, in the restaurant. At Chapter One, the jugged hare was presented in a glass with an espuma of mashed potato on top,

and with three sticks of hare satay alongside. It looked like an Irish coffee, and it tasted divine. Jugged hare is a quintessentially British dish. Its earthy flavour is up there with the Alba white truffle as a gastronomic experience. I simply adored it as a starter. The jugged hare was preceded by an off-menu sweet and foamy parsnip soup as an amuse bouche and followed by a thin terrine of foie gras with duck, macadamia nuts, fig purée, celeriac purée and tiny shimeji mushrooms and toasted fruit bread (£7.95). And that was before the roast Yorkshire grouse and pithivier of leg with creamed curly kale, Jerusalem artichokes and sloe gin and grouse jus (£17). Now, just let me stop you here for a minute. It’s really hard to run a Michelin-starred restaurant. The quality of the food has to be consistent; the quality of the napkins, cutlery and crockery have to be top-end; the front of house staff have to be exquisitely well trained, and there have to be a lot of them; and the kitchen brigade has to consist of trained chefs – not one trained chef and some guys on an hourly rate – but all trained chefs. If you’re trying to do that in Mayfair, with Mayfair rents, it’s actually quite difficult to make money at all, which is why so many chefs become celebrities. They have to make money out of their brand with books first, then with TV programmes and, eventually, a few of them open restaurant chains emblazoned with their names. These places are often good, and they’re getting better. But they’re not Michelin-starred restaurants, they’re chain restaurants. A few days before visiting Chapter One, I’d eaten in a chain restaurant bearing the name of a famous chef, and I’d had a fine meal, knowing that most of it hadn’t been cooked on the premises and had probably been “assembled” from pre-packaged ingredients in the kitchen. Nothing wrong with that at all. Now click back to that pithivier of grouse leg and the sloe gin and grouse jus. You’d have to be a pretty serious chef to put that together, that’s not an assembly job. It takes skill, care and talent. And it was wonderful, with the pastry crust on the pithivier as thin as a credit card and as crisp as a biscuit and the grouse leg inside savoury and light. The jugged hare was the standout course, but it nearly lost its crown to a peanut butter panna cotta with golden lime sorbet and morello cherry foam (£5). At the beginning, the panna cotta was very light and sweet with just a hint of the salty peanut butter that strolled slowly in like a bouncer until it hit the taste buds with surprising force. I’ve never had anything quite like it in my life. I ate at lunchtime and the same menu is available in the evenings; slightly more expensive but still remarkable value at £38.50 for 3 courses. Chapter One, Farnborough Common, Locksbottom, Kent, BR6 8NF. Tel: 01689 854848 • www.chaptersrestaurants.com

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