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elcome to the first issue of Indulgence – my new premier lifestyle magazine which showcases all the sophistication and opulence the county has to offer.
Having worked in the media for 27 years I noticed a huge gap in the market for a luxury publication that has female readers at its heart. Indulgence will delight you with upmarket features and covers a wide range of topics from fashion and beauty to lifestyle and business. It is edgy, opinionated and tailored to today’s women. Discover the very best in retail, dining venues, property news, top-of-the-range motors and great entertainment. You will find the magazine in major supermarkets across the county plus smaller outlets in surrounding premier villages such as Finedon and the Bramptons. Courtesy of Helen McArdle Photography
With 10,000 copies available every other month, there will be a huge readership of 30,000 – plenty of people to share your news with! There are lots of things to talk about in this first issue as we meet Lilly Shahravesh, who is a London-based textiles designer and dog lover. Lilly now leads the field in canine couture and we find out what inspires her on page 22.
In the county there is also plenty to look forward to. We will be licking our lips at the launch of the 2018 Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards and the fourth Althorp Food & Drink Festival in May. Delicious. . .
Our Inside Story this month comes from Bell Northampton where we discover its big plans for a developing business – serving our county and beyond. We are also celebrating Berties’ 25th anniversary, the revamp of The Wootton Village Boutique, take a look at the rebrand of popular hairdressers The Cutting Rooms St Leonards Road and I bring you lamb fricassee from the newly published Mazi cookbook on pages 42-43 where we go Greek – so YAMAS!
I hope you enjoy taking precious time out of your day to sit back, relax and enjoy the pages of Indulgence. If you’d like to advertise or feature in the next edition, please email Sharon@ indulgencemagazine.co.uk.
Sharon X See you in June.
Finally, we will all be glued to our TV screens for the royal wedding on May 19 – when Harry and Meghan tie the knot – congratulations to them and everyone else who is celebrating their big day in 2018.
SHARON HOBDAY, Publisher
I dedicate this first issue to my wonderful dad – Bob. He is still my inspiration x NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
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42 14 INDULGENT LIVING Fade to Grey
18 INSIDE STORY Bell Northampton
22 INDULGENCE’S FINEST Canine Couture
26 ‘10 THINGS WE
INDULGENTLY LOVE’ 30 LOOKBOOK FOR HER Boost your confidence in luxury lingerie
32 TEXTURE INTERIORS A gem in the heart of Northamptonshire
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34 ‘I DO’
The Royal Wedding
42 FOOD NEWS
Go Greek with Mazi
47 ARTS & CULTURE 52 COUNTY NEWS
Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards 2018
The Fabulous Fiat 500X
65 LONDON BOAT SHOW 2018 Sail away...
54 LOOKBOOK FOR HIM 58 PROPERTY NEWS
Michael Graham Lettings
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Celebrating 25 years in business Nestled in the heart of Northampton’s Cultural Quarter, Berties has been setting trends for 25 years. The boutique was launched in 1993 by owner Leonie Howe, who, having returned from working in London for ten years, was used to trawling the capital’s premier boutiques and department stores. At Berties, Leonie and her experienced
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team strive to bring the best international collections to the town, every season. If you’ve ever walked past the shop, you can’t help but to gaze at the beautifully dressed window displays, but the store shouldn’t just be admired from afar, as inside you are guaranteed a friendly welcome. Everywhere you look is packed with fabulous finds, suitable
for all ages, shapes and budgets. Berties believe that each client is unique and its aim is to make you feel fabulous, whether it is jeans and a t-shirt or an outfit for a special occasion you’re looking for. The ground floor is bustling with casual clothing, footwear and even a specialist denim section (great for those who either love jeans or can never
find the right fit). So, if shopping fills you with dread, take advantage of the free in-house styling service - all you need to do is try on some clothes and enjoy a nice cuppa! Whether you’re fashionphobic or just not sure what would suit you, Berties could be just the place.
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s forthcoming nuptials, this wedding season has a real buzz about it and although you may not have an invite to their wedding you might need an outfit for someone else’s.
There is something about this shop that makes you want to be braver with your clothing choices! Leonie explains: “We try to make our clients feel at ease and help to grow confidence and trust, which tends to lead to better choices and improved cost per wear. With a loyal customer base, some which return season on season from Ireland, Scotland and Spain - we must be getting it right!”
1) Be open-minded about what you try. The more restrictions you place on your selection the fewer options you will have
Stylish clothes to see you into the new season
Berties can be found at 28 Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1EW or online at bertiesclothing.co.uk
The advice from Berties is:
2) Don’t be afraid to be different 3) Don’t lose sight of your own personality Berties’ objective is that when you look back at those photos you’ll think ‘I rocked it!’
The shop is open Tuesday-Friday 10am5.30pm and Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm. Just pop in and browse or if you would like an appointment ring us on 01604 602101.
28 GUILDHALL ROAD • NORTHAMPTON •NN1 1EW TEL: 01604 602101
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INDULGENT LIVING / FADE TO GREY DOSHI LEVIEN MUDRA LOW BACK ARMCHAIR Oak Leg, Camira Mainline Flax Archway Grey £999 by John Lewis
HOME FELIZ OMBRE GREY RUG £89.99 by Argos
LENE BJERRE AMINA MIRROR SILVER £399.00 by Houseology
HOME WOVEN ZIG ZAG GREY CUSHION £14.00 by Sainsbury’s
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FADE TO GREY Stunning muted tones and subtle hues add a touch of elegance to any room.
PAPER ROSE SET OF 2 TEA TOWELS £13.00 by Cath Kidston
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MOSS STITCH GREY POM POM THROW £45.00 by National Trust
ABIGAIL AHERN ALCONBURY FOLDING METAL TABLE £115.00 by Amara
SILVER SILHOUETTE LOUNGE AREA by Laura Ashley
JAN CONSTANTINE HEART PLAQUE GREY £4.00 by Dunelm
IDEAL HOME KNITTED GREY POUFFE £59.99 by Very.co.uk
MOTTLED VASE £59.99 by Homesense
RIPPLE VASE £38.00 by Kelly Hoppen, London
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supporting our local communities…. Tollers Solicitors was founded in 1877 and has grown to become a leading regional ‘fullservice’ law firm, with a geographic footprint throughout the South and East Midlands covering Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Rutland. While Tollers may have a long history, our eight offices and over 160 staff take a very modern approach to providing high-quality legal services both ‘For You’ and ‘For Business’.
Commercial and Banking services, Commercial Contracts and Partnerships, Commercial Real Estate, Employment Law, Educational Law, Charity Law right through to Litigation, Dispute resolution, Insolvency and Corporate Recovery and much more…
We recognise that in such a fast-moving legal climate, clients will often want much more than just traditional legal advice. Commerciality in approach is what many clients now demand and at Tollers we deliver a seamless service with a commitment to providing solutions and ensuring that our clients make the most of their opportunities.
Tollers’ clients have discovered that we focus on them and how we can help them deal with the legal challenges they face, no matter how complex. The Firm pride themselves on listening closely to what our clients have to say, in order to truly understand their circumstances and all of our teams take the time to explain points of law clearly and simply without waffle, jargon or legalese.
For more information on how Tollers can assist you with any of your legal requirements Talk to Tollers on 01604 258558.
At Tollers we understand that we will all require legal advice or support at some point in our lives. We work hard to ensure that our clients experience with the legal side of life is as straightforward and as simple as possible, no matter how complex their needs and circumstances. Our specialist teams in the ‘For You’ division support our client in all areas including; Wills, Tax and Estate planning; Elderly and Vulnerable Client Law; Personal Injury and Medical Negligence; Divorce and Family law; Immigration Law, Notary; Buying and Selling a Home; Personal Disputes and much more…
At Tollers we provide Exceptional people, Exceptional Service, Exceptional delivery.
‘For Business’ Tollers work with all types of businesses, from ambitious start-ups and established SMEs to large multinationals. Tollers’ corporate and commercial work spans a broad range of sectors and specialisms including Corporate/
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With a rebrand in full swing and big expansion plans, Graham Jackson MD of Bell Northampton explains that 120 year old Bell is going from strength to strength… This year is a special year for Bell, could you tell us a bit more about that?
currently situated in store, introduction of a large Christmas and gifting shop and 90 spaces added to the car park. A major outdoor and barbeque space, three times the size of the current outdoor department, will also be created and will hopefully include a deli selling fresh meats and dairy produce. We also plan to introduce concessions. These are yet to be finalised but could include intelligent homes – think heating and music systems you can control from your phone - and another selling internal and external windows and doors.
This year marks 120 years since Bell opened its doors in Northampton. It is also the year that we start trading on Sundays for the first time and expand the store on a massive scale, so we are very much seeing 2018 as a year of celebrating our heritage but also going through a bit of a re-birth and starting a new chapter. We are marking this by completely re-branding and launching a new website too – so watch this space!
We are all very excited by this and can now create a real destination store with something for the whole family. The store will combine our amazing award-winning fires, kitchens and bathrooms with a host of new brands and products that are often unique, quirky and fun but always high quality and aspirational. We feel we can create something special and are on our way to doing just this.
What are these expansion plans? We are building a £250,000 extension which will give the store a total space of more than 20,000 sq ft and see the creation of a 110-seat day restaurant, expansion of the Rose Gallery NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
What do you think it is that makes Bell different to other retailers?
are still not aware of the fabulous store we have become, thinking of us as ‘just a fires and stoves’ shop. This is changing though as more people recognise our newer offers such as lighting, interior design, art, living room furniture, Cookshop and café. This will change further in September with the opening of our large restaurant, Christmas and gifting shop, skincare and wellbeing and home accessories areas.
Bell is unique. It has 120 years of history but a thoroughly modern outlook as a retailer. We have created a home lifestyle business that caters for any aspect of a home project, whether you have a new home or are renovating, Bell can offer everything you need in one place. We can undertake everything from building and construction work to finishing touches such as curtains and blinds. We have talented design and installation teams who are extremely customer focused, creative, and able to interpret your ideas and thoughts into pragmatic but inspirational reality.
Where would you like to see Bell in another five years from now? Bell has a very clear vision - to be the best multi-channel home lifestyle store in the UK. We aim to achieve this and be seen as the place to go shopping in Northamptonshire. In five years, I hope we will have cemented our position as the destination shopping location in the area that is seen as a cool place to shop, visit and work. Our ecommerce business will also have grown into a wider home offer, reflecting the home lifestyle store we have become. Bell has so many possibilities…
How many people work at Bell across the Northampton and Thame sites? Bell employs 70 people across the two sites and its outside distribution centre.
What do you think is the biggest misconception of Bell?
Last month Bell Northampton, the home and lifestyle store based at Kingsthorpe in the town, announced massive expansion plans which will see the store extended by 7,000 sq ft.
Our customer research has highlighted that many customers NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
With a new name and new look, MAJOR changes have taken place at one of Northampton’s longest standing premier hair salons.
eorge Major founder of The Cutting Rooms established in 1992, felt the time had come to say goodbye to the past and look to the future by Re-Branding and Re-Vamping the three salons that have enjoyed a high profile and dressing the tresses of Northampton over the last 26 years. After a period of consultation and market research was carried out the new name MAJOR now has a contemporary modern feel which is reflected in the new décor, fittings and styling throughout the salons.
“We are all very excited about the changes, it was quite nerve racking presenting the new name and changes to the team, we have a strong established team here, and I am proud to say everyone has embraced the whole experience, its created a new air of excitement, a buzz both with the team and the clients alike. The team and the clients equally are the backbone of any business so I’m very excited to be part of ’Major’ in establishing itself for another 26 years and beyond. The aim of Major is to continue providing
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the quality service and skills it has been delivering to the clients who have supported us as The Cutting Room, but also to ignite the interest and curiosity of a new generation of clients who may want to try something new. Something we are new to but equally excited about is launching our own brand of styling products available from April 2018.” Please check out our new website and social media channels to keep up-todate with the exciting times ahead. Photography: Theoklis Charalambous
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“Ready to wear designs and bespoke outfits will undoubtedly make your posh pup ready for any red carpet event” NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
Posh Pups (LOVE MY DOG) BASED in the heart of London’s trendy East End and surrounded by quality, luxurious fabrics, you could be forgiven for mistaking this studio as a high end men’s or women’s contemporary fashion house.
With a background in fashion and textiles, it is an industry Lilly is very familiar with despite the customer base changing.
n closer inspection, although there is no questioning that it’s designer products being made here the target audience is very much of the four-legged variety – dogs to be precise.
Lilly explains: “I was looking for a change and wanted to do more creative things. I launched in 2002 and started by making stuff for my sister’s dog and then friends and family.
LoveMyDog was established in 2002 by Lilly Shahravesh after she started to make gifts for her sister’s puppy (a half Chihuahua-half miniature pincher). She couldn’t find good quality clothing that would fit Missy’s tiny frame so she created her own – a crocheted sweater, followed by a personalised dog blanket and then a fleece-lined coat.
“Pet ownership has changed and they are now a real part of the family. Dogs used to be called things like Patch and Scruff but now it’s Alfie.” At Lilly’s first trade show her entire collection was snapped up by Harrods, proving the appetite for the canine couture market.
People started to ask where Missy’s outfits were from and Lilly realised there was a gap in the market for well-made couture clothing for dogs which led to a career change and the launch of a brand new business.
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These days you can find Lilly’s designs in Selfridges, The Conran Shop and Liberty’s among others as well as through its
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website, lovemydog.co.uk. Lilly even designed Liberty’s first pet collection.
It is also on outings with Rabbit that Lilly gets most of her inspiration – whether it’s on walks in the countryside or on her bike with Rabbit in his basket around London. Colours used in graffiti on the walls of buildings have even been known to inspire Lilly.
LoveMyDog has also featured in fashion shows alongside designers like Vivienne Westwood and Ben de Lisi, in glossy magazines and has been featured on TV including ITV’s This Morning.
LoveMyDog has everything from coats, sweaters, collars, leads and blankets. Its signature look is very much traditional British classic but with an urban twist.
It is a global brand with items being snapped up in countries including the USA and Japan.
You can opt for ready-to-wear collections or go for a made-tomeasure bespoke piece.
Lilly says: “What has kept the business going is that the quality has always been there. I wouldn’t design anything I wouldn’t want to put on my own dog. Over the years I have tried to do a volume turn around but you don’t end up with such a good product.”
And it all begins with luxurious fabrics, in a range of colours, designed by Lilly and each one is hand-cut and pinned, then individually stitched and hand-finished. Quality really does come first when it comes to dressing these modern pooches.
Since the business launched, Lilly has also got a dog of her own, an 11-year-old Jack Russell/Norfolk Terrier cross called Rabbit who has become the company’s muse. He’s very much part of the design process and helps Lilly figure out how her creations will look but also work on a dog which needs to be able to move and go outside.
Celebrity customers who have chosen LoveMyDog for their canine companion include Jonathan Ross, Chris O’Dowd, Rankin and Lisa Snowden. The only worry is that your dog actually dresses better than you do.
Rabbit is a real outdoor dog who has a penchant for rolling in unpleasant smelling things – typical when ‘mum’ has made you something gorgeous to keep you warm and looking your best. NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
Check out the collections and find out more at lovemydog.co.uk Words by Jodie Jarrett.
Classic British Shoe Collections Made In Our County… Northamptonshire is the home of traditional English shoemaking and where many footwear brands were established, including NPS Shoes.
TO SEE THE COLLECTIONS FOR YOURSELF VI SIT THE NPS FACTORY SHOP open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm & Su nday 11am4pm, at 2 Holyo ake Road, Wollaston, NN 29 7RZ
Situated in Wollaston, NPS Shoes have been manufacturing footwear since 1881. With a proud and distinguished heritage in footwear manufacturing, NPS specialise in manufacturing both men and women’s Goodyear welted footwear (can be repaired and re-soled for years of enjoyment) that are 100% made in England, under two established brands Solovair® and NPS Shoes®.
Oxford brogues in a variety of colours, all with a premium leather sole. The exquisite new range of footwear showcases the essence and style of today’s modern woman, whilst retaining the heritage that NPS Shoes is known for.
NPS Shoes has manufactured on behalf of many high-street brands such as John Lewis, Kurt Geiger, Jack Wills, Marks and Spencer, ASOS, Joules, and George Cox to name but a few, you may be unaware that you own a pair yourself.
TO CELEBRATE FATHERS DAY,
Due to popular demand, NPS recently launched a new Women’s Collection. Presently, this consists of quintessential suede and calf leather Chelsea boots and
NPS are inviting members of the public on Saturday 16th June to bring their fathers for a tour through the original NPS factory offering an exciting insight into all areas of shoe production, to register your interest visit the websites (www.solovair-shoes.com or www.nps-shoes. com).
Choosing the right colour eye shadow is a complex process – we commonly use this to make our eyes stand out and look attractive. But what shade do we choose? Indulgence brings you some of the top brand palettes that are currently available, so it doesn’t matter what your budget is there is a neat compact to suit every purse.
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BOBBI BROWN MAKEUP PALETTE The Matte Edition, Multi £69
CHARLOTTE TILBURY INSTANT LOOK IN A PALETTE Smokey Eye £49
MASTER 12 SHADE EYE PALETTE £6 Primark
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YSL EYE PALETTE £42.50
CLINIQUE ALL ABOUT SHADOW QUADS Smoke and Mirrors
CLARINS PERFECT EYES AND BROWS PALETTE
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With new owners and a fresh new look, The Wootton Village Boutique has undergone a bit of a revamp
pened in 2011 and based in Wootton village the shop, which sells women’s clothing and accessories, really has a spring in its step – perfect for the new season.
the past 14 years, really have created a warm atmosphere. Whether you want to have a sit and enjoy a coffee while you browse, or fancy a chat – you’ll be sure to be given a friendly welcome.
Since taking over the boutique at the beginning of the year the new owners, husband and wife team Bob and Linda Barfield have been keen to add their stamp on the place.
In terms of stock, the boutique will be keeping many of its loved brands although there are plans to bring back some labels.
With a new lick of paint, heaters and improvements already made to the changing rooms and window displays, the pair also plan to eventually upgrade the flooring and lighting as part of this new venture.
Bob and Linda also want to extend the range of gifts which includes jewellery, bags, scarves and the introduction of candles.
The shop’s website, thewoottonvillageboutique.com, will also be updated and improved as part of the ongoing transformation.
Linda adds: “We want to bring a bit of Knightsbridge glamour to Wootton for our customers to enjoy. “We want to give people a great customer experience. So they can visit the boutique, browse and enjoy a relaxing period of retail therapy with a WOW factor.”
While Linda is a familiar face to the shop’s loyal customer base and worked there prior to becoming its owner, for her husband, ex-Army man Bob, this is new territory. But he’s embracing this change of career and has plenty of ideas on how to improve things.
If you haven’t explored the boutique before, now really is the time to check it out and indulge in a bit of retail therapy.
He said: “We want to make it feel more homely. Our theme is nature, the environment. It’s all to help show our clothes off. We want people to want to spend time in here.
You can find The Wootton Village Boutique at 1B Sunnyside, Wootton, Northampton, NN4 6LG, online at thewoottonvillageboutique.com and on Facebook. The shop is open 10am-5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am-6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 11am-4pm on a Sunday.
“We’ve had a positive response so far.” With a strong emphasis on customer service and experience the pair, who have lived in Wootton village themselves for NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
Words by Jodie Jarrett
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There is a real boost to your confidence that comes in the form of luxury lingerie, so we are opting for matching sets and all in oneâ€™s for that feel good factor. Nothing says Indulgence better than sumptuous new lingerie. After all, great style begins with luxurious foundations.
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3) Debenhams Nine by Savannah Miller £31 4) Accessorize Ginny Guipure Lace bra and Brazilian briefs £23 5) George at Asda blue lingerie set £13.50 6) Lipsy Katy Body £28 7) Marks and Spencer Autograph bra and knickers £32.50 8) Next balcony bra and briefs £27
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A gem in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside
ncreasingly, consumers are turning away from shopping in impersonal chain stores to seek out local alternatives that really focus on what the customer wants. Texture Interiors is a good example of this, a pretty, brick-walled shop in the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village off the A5 near Weedon in Northamptonshire. Its location – within easy reach of NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
Leicestershire, Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire – means that Texture’s customer base comes from within a huge radius. So why do they make the trip? The shop’s owner, Pamela Gearing says, “We pride ourselves on stocking major names in the world of fabrics (Designers Guild, Zoffany, Osborne &
Little etc), furniture and accessories. There’s an eclectic mix: we like to support British companies where we can, so our furniture suppliers include Tetrad, Parker Knoll and Duresta, with accessories from Voyage, Bronte and Libra. We sell a huge number of sofas but try to steer clear of those that are simply style statements. Instead, we only stock well-built, solid wood sofas,
made to the highest standards and built to last. “When it comes to soft furnishings and interior design, we stay abreast of trends and colours while at the same time offering a personalised, bespoke service: a home visit is followed by advice, mood boards, swatches and fabric books. We always aim to work with the client, without imposing our own tastes and budgets, whether the project is simply a new pair of curtains or a full interior design revamp. Many of our clients are repeat customers – they definitely value the high level of customer service they receive, as well as our expertise and experience: often, they come in with no idea of what they want, but leave with a plan or the beginnings of a project.” Pamela formerly worked in marketing but 11 years ago decided to follow her passion for fabrics and upholstery. After training, she worked from home but was soon inundated with clients and needed a bigger business set up in order to meet demand. For her, a huge amount of satisfaction comes from seeing a project through from start to finish and knowing that a client is delighted with the final outcome. She also has a workshop in the shopping
village – Barn Eleven – where curtains and blinds are made on site by her and her team: as well as curtains, blinds, cushions, tiebacks and headboards, they upholster or reupholster client’s antique or modern furniture pieces. Quality and workmanship are of the highest order: “Our bespoke curtains and blinds are hand-stitched to provide a perfect drape and we only use quality, 100% cotton linings and interlinings. Great attention is paid to pattern
positioning and finishing touches, resulting in beautiful soft furnishings to complement any room design.” Above all, though, Texture Interiors is a welcoming, friendly and stylish place to shop. Whether a customer simply buys a wooden barn owl from Archipelago made by Indonesian artisans, one of Libra’s distinctive people sculptures or places an order for a sumptuous topquality sofa, satisfaction is guaranteed.
The shop is open Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm www.textureinteriors.co.uk @TextureInteriors NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
“I do” HARRY AND MEGHAN | CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | ON TREND ACCESSORIES
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Meghan &Harry When Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19 the whole world will be watching.
n what is sure to be the wedding of the year, the country’s most eligible bachelor, 33, will tie the knot with his 36-year-old American actress fiancé at noon in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. With hundreds of guests set to attend the happy couple are also keen to share their big day with the public and are inviting 2,640 people to watch from inside the walls of the castle. They will see Harry, their guests and Meghan arrive before watching the couple leave the chapel as husband and wife. The lucky group will include local Windsor schoolchildren, young people, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
charity workers and members of the Royal households and Crown Estate. After the wedding, the newlyweds will also undertake a carriage procession from St George’s Chapel through Windsor Town. It’s another move, Kensington Palace has said, designed to allow people to share and celebrate the day. Wedding guests will then meet for a reception at St George’s Hall before Harry’s father, Prince Charles, holds a private reception elsewhere for close friends and family.
After meeting through mutual friends in London in summer 2016, Prince Harry proposed to Meghan in autumn 2017 as they cooked roast chicken at his Kensington Palace home. Harry and humanitarian Meghan announced their engagement in November last year when Ms Markle showed off her beautiful yellow gold diamond engagement ring, designed by Prince Harry, which she has described as ‘incredible’. The centre stone is from Botswana, a destination close to the couple’s hearts and where they have visited together. The two stones either side of the
‘I DO’ / MEGHAN & HARRY stunning diamond are from Princess Diana’s collection – a touching tribute to the Prince’s late mother. Harry said it was ‘to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together’. In a TV interview following the announcement of their engagement, Harry said: “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect. “This beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.” During the same BBC interview Meghan added: “I think that very early on when we realised we were going to commit to each other, we knew we had to invest the time and the energy and whatever it took to make that happen.” Kensington Palace has said May’s wedding will reflect the couple’s ‘characters and personalities’ and be a moment of ‘fun and joy’.
In the build up to the big day there has been much speculation about its details including who will design Meghan’s dress, will she include her favourite flowers (peonies) and whether Harry’s nephew and niece, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will act as page boy and flower girl.
Harry’s brother Prince William is expected to act as best man but the future king has publicly joked he’s yet to be asked. With William’s wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, also due to give birth to the couple’s third child in April we are also wondering whether the newborn will be in attendance alongside the other Royals. It would certainly make a very public first outing! It has also been announced that licensing laws are being relaxed over the weekend of the wedding so people can celebrate the nuptials. Pubs, bars and other licensed premises will be allowed to keep serving until 1am, instead of 11pm as normal, on the nights of Friday, May 18 and the following night – the day of the wedding. For sports fans May 19 might have other significance as the wedding will take place hours before the FA Cup final. With two such important dates in the calendar it looks like we’ll certainly be in the party spirit.
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Yes, your dress is the focal point, but having the right accessory will give the perfect finishing touch to your look. We always think you should get your dress before you start searching for accessories, but once you have it the choice can be bewildering so Indulgence brings you some of the most on trend pieces for 2018.
‘I DO’ / WEDDING ACCESSORIES
PLATINUM DIAMOND PEAR-SHAPED HALO RING £2,950 Beaverbrooks
JENNIFER - ROSE GOLD BRACELET £25 Dune
NO. 1 JENNY PACKHAM PINK SHOES £99 Debenhams
LIPSY BRIDAL BRA / OPHELIA £36
WHITE EMBELLISHED SHOES - MARRIED £250 Dune
PINK SLIDER SLIPPERS £60 Dune
LIPSY BRIDAL HIGH WAIST BRIEF / OPHELIA
LIPSY BRIDAL SUSPENDER / OPHELIA
WHITE DETAIL HEELS £34.99 New Look
WHITE FLOWER PATTERN CLUTCH BAG £19.99 New Look
LOVE SNOWGLOBE £4 Primark
EVERGREEN WEDDING PLANNER
EMBELLISHED BRIDAL DRESS
£225 Little Mistress
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Mother of the Bride / Groom specialist We realise how important it is to have the perfect outfit for such a special day therefore we offer you a stress free and enjoyable experience. All our suits and dresses come with matching hats, fascinators, shoes and bags to complement them.
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Capturing the right memories from your big day is something extremely personal and you need to follow your heart.
It is really important that you can engage with your photographer and that they have a sunny personality, after all you will be spending a lot of time with them on your big day.
Photographers have different styles and methods of taking imagery and it is so important that you document the day in story form â€“ from those getting ready pics to the last dance.
View their portfolio to fully understand their creative work, each wedding photographer will have a different approach so be mindful of what appeals to you and your partner the most.
The professional photography team Elizabeth and Isla have an experienced eye for a detail and capture the moments that matter on your wedding day. Their background in fashion photography has seen them working for major magazines, celebrity shoots and photoshoots abroad. Explore their breathtaking work at www.elizabethandisla.com
Always ask family and friends for recommendations â€“ was the photographer credible on the day? Were previous clients happy with them? Did they capture the best moments? These reviews will reveal a lot about a photographers work.
Experience and history adds value to your photographers work. Great experience will refine their imagery and turn the plainest of photos into something magical.
One of the major factors in organizing a wedding is your budget and this includes being mindful of your photographers costs and getting value for money.
FOOD NEWS / MAZI GREEK COOKBOOK MAZI Modern Greek Food Christina Mouratoglou & Adrien Carre
(adverb) Gathering, company, mass, combination, mixture
In MAZI, Christina and Adrien introduce authentic Greek flavours with their own innovative twist. Placing a strong emphasis on sharing a feast of small dishes, they introduce tapas style recipes exploding with flavour, yet relying only on the finest fresh ingredients and simple techniques to achieve the best results. Throughout MAZI, Christina and Adrien share the stories and traditions behind the recipes as well as giving tips and tricks on how to achieve the best results. MAZI will take you on a culinary journey around Greece indulging in the history, scenery and incredible flavours of this remarkable country. Yamas!
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Lamb Fricassée The term ‘fricassée’ is usually used to refer to the classic French method of cooking meat ‘halfway between a sauté and a stew’, as described by Julia Child. However, in Greek cuisine it is applied to this very traditional dish of tender braised lamb, lettuce, dill and spring onions in an avgolemono sauce.
SERVES 6 INGREDIENTS 4 Cos (Romaine) lettuces, each cut into 3 25g (1oz) butter 2kg (4lb 8oz) boneless lamb shoulder, cut into chunks
1 bunch of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped salt and pepper
6 bunches of spring onions, chopped
for the avgolemono sauce
2 bunches of dill, finely chopped
2 eggs juice of 2 lemons
METHOD Wash the lettuce thoroughly, then blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside. Melt the butter in a large flameproof casserole dish, add the lamb and sauté over a medium heat until browned. Add the spring onions, dill, parsley and the lettuce, season with salt and pepper and very briefly sauté. Add enough water to cover the meat, cover with the lid and cook over a low heat for 1½ hours until cooked through and falling apart. For the avgolemono sauce, beat the eggs and lemon juice together in a bowl with a little of the liquid from the casserole, then pour the egg mixture into the casserole and stir slowly so that it is evenly distributed. Serve immediately. Imagery credit: Nicolas Buisson Book credit: Mazi by Christina Mouratoglou and Adrien Carré is published by Mitchell Beazley, £25 (www.octopusbooks.co.uk)
The Great British Bake Off and MasterChef winners to demo at Althorp Food and Drink Festival Althorp will once again be playing host to the award-winning Althorp Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018. Over 100 exhibitors have now been confirmed for the exciting Festival line-up, packed full of the most mouth-watering food and drink from Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties. Festival guests can enjoy a generous programme of cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, and workshops from some of the finest local and award-winning chefs, including celebrity baker Mich Turner MBE, The Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, and MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo. For little ones, there are plenty of fun and games going on at Kid’s Corner, including cookery classes with Shires Cookery School, chocolate tasting with Seed and Bean, biscuit decorating with
Tiffany Francis, and a special meet-a-dinosaur experience with Jurassic Alive, and a real magic show. The fun doesn’t stop there – along with a pop-up restaurant, we’ll be showcasing Northampton’s finest musical talents with a program of live music and performances. Ticket prices to this family-friendly Festival start at £6.50 for adults, with children aged 12 and under admitted for free. Following the huge success of last year’s Festival, it is highly recommended to get your hands on early-bird tickets for fasttrack entry. NEW FOR 2018: All early-bird tickets include a free cup of award-winning small-batch coffee from The Roastery.
To buy tickets to the Althorp Food & Drink festival please visit http://spencerofalthorp.com/festival/ food-drink-festival.
SATURDAY 12 – SUNDAY 13 MAY 2018 10AM - 5PM A family-friendly two-day food and drink extravaganza held at the Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire. Experience over 100 hand-picked exhibitors, a pop-up restaurant, live music and entertainment, plus cookery demonstrations from The Great British Bake Off and MasterChef winners.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW Early-Bird Tickets just £6.50 to include a FREE cup of coffee from The Roastery* Plus children aged 12 and under go FREE www.althorpfoodanddrinkfestival.com 01604 770 107 @ALTHORPFOODFEST
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Cicchetti – from Venice to the Shire “We serve cicchetti.” That’s Italian small plates, ordered like tapas, so you experience a variety of flavours, textures and styles in one meal. Cicchetti, unique to Venice, are not really small plates at all. Actually, they are small bites ordered with a tipple of wine in one of Venice’s charming back street bacari bars, as I discovered whilst researching this relatively new dining genre before opening Nuovo. English style Cicchetti (stay with me), I discovered, was becoming a fashionable dining style in trendy restaurants in London and Manchester, after it was recommended to me by a comrade restaurateur. Now, although I’ve always been a “big plate” kinda restaurateur myself, I investigated and absolutely fell in love with this seemingly new way of eating Italian. Never mind the poetic licence with the Venetian style, Cicchetti, when served like the Spanish tapas or Greek mezze, proved to be a wonderful dining experience. Rather than feeling it betrayed the Venetian tradition, on reflection, this way of dining far
more accurately represented the delicate, flavoursome and portioned dishes I relish on my Italian travels. Not so much “meat and two veg”, as a meat, and a pasta, and vegetable, and bit of this and morsel of that, all consumed over a long, sociable and leisurely sitting. Without too much consideration for the work involved in offering such a range of high quality plates served to one table at one time, Nuovo Cicchetti was born. What a fantastic culinary joyride it’s been so far. Working with superb local chefs (who initially thought I was crazy) an innovative menu was created. A menu which, it transpires, seems to galvanise their creativity and culinary skills. So much so that we need to change the menu twice a year. We proudly offer our own ice creams, bake our own breads daily, smoke fish, make an enormous number of arancini and so, so much more. Without doubt, Cicchetti ignited our culinary enthusiasm. Stuigi
cicchetti - grill - vino cicchetti is a venetian term for small plates order like tapas - eat like an Italian
lunch dinner spritz alfresco cocktails private dining Open Monday to Saturday Reservations 01604 601100 www.nuovo-restaurant.co.uk 104a Abington Street, Northampton NN1 2BP
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST | THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
Classic Oscar Wilde comedy - The Importance of Being Earnest - comes to Northampton The Importance of Being Earnest, by the master of comedy Oscar Wilde, comes to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 May in a wonderfully witty, deliciously decadent and classic revival. The Importance of Being Earnest takes to the Royal stage from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 May at 7.45pm, with matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tickets – priced from £10 to £33* – can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk. * A charge of £3 applies for all transactions of £15 and over. Does not apply to Groups, Friends or Disabled Patrons, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.
Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin the beautiful Gwendolen but first he must convince her mother, the fearsome Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of his parents and his past. For Jack, however, this is not as easy as it sounds, having started life abandoned in a handbag at Victoria station. Wilde’s much-loved classic looks at the clash of town and country in a brilliant and wildly funny story of romance, identity, perambulators and capacious handbags. The production stars Gwen Taylor (Coronation Street, Duty Free and Barbara) as the formidable Lady NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
Bracknell, Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire and A Fine Romance) as the hapless Miss Prism, Downton Abbey favourite Thomas Howes as Algernon. Broadway and West End star Kerry Ellis plays Gwendolen, except on Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 May when the role will be taken by Hannah Louise Howell. Produced by The Original Theatre Company, The Importance of Being Earnest will be directed the company’s Artistic Director Alastair Whatley, with set and costume designs by Gabriella Slade, sound and music by Giles Thomas and lighting by Alan Valentine.
Causing Further Chaos Nationwide Olivier Award Winning West End Smash Hit Comedy Opens 2018 UK Tour The Play That Goes Wrong, the West End’s Olivier Award winning box office hit, sets off on its third major UK tour, visiting a whopping 37 venues nationwide. Back on the road, following the phenomenal success of its sell-out 2017 tour, the 2018 UK tour returns to Milton Keynes Theatre, Monday 23 – Saturday 28 April. Winning eleven international awards, including the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and a 2017 Tony Award for its Broadway transfer, The Play That Goes Wrong continues to play to sold out houses in the West End, whilst enjoying its new status as Broadway’s longest running play. It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play, which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at the first performance, and has since played to an audience of almost one and a half million worldwide. In 2017, The Play That Goes Wrong played simultaneously in twelve countries. Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finelytuned farce and Buster Keaton inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring. The play introduces The ‘Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s’ murder mystery, but as NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does, as the accident prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.
Dame Diana Rigg and watched by a TV audience of 4 million. The company is led by Artistic Director Henry Lewis and Company Director Jonathan Sayer.
“Why would all these regional theatres want a return visit of our little murder mystery show when last year’s tour went so badly wrong. I am at a loss to understand it.”
The touring cast presents: Jake Curran (Chris), Catherine Dryden (Annie), Bobby Hirston (Max), Benjamin McMahon (Dennis), Gabriel Paul (Trevor), Steven Rostance (Jonathan), Kazeem Tosin Amore (Robert), Elena Valentine (Sandra) with David Kristopher-Brown (Understudy), Laura White (Understudy), Liam Horrigan (Understudy) and Louisa Sexton (Understudy).
PRODUCER, KENNY WAX
Mischief Theatre was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group. Their other production The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is now booking into its third year in the West End at the Criterion Theatre and their new improv show Mischief Movie Night opens in the West End on 13 December at the Arts Theatre. In December 2016, Mischief made their TV debut on the BBC with Peter Pan Goes Wrong, starring David Suchet as the guest narrator. Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Olivier Award Nominee 2016) also enjoyed two sell-out West End seasons and a UK tour. Mischief returned to BBC One in December 2017 with a brand new Christmas Special, A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong, featuring guest appearances from Sir Derek Jacobi and
The Play That Goes Wrong is directed by Mark Bell, with set designs by Nigel Hook, lighting by Ric Mountjoy and costumes by Roberto Surace. The Play That Goes Wrong is produced in the West End and on tour by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd.
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Still Me by Jo Jo Moyes Jo Jo Moyes is the number one bestselling author of Me Before You and After You and has now sales of over 31 million copies. This new title see’s Louisa Clark arriving in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is hurled into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. As Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets – not all her own – that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances.
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The RHS Little Book of Small Space Gardening by Kay Maguire
RHS The Little Book of Small-space Gardening is packed with practical information and inspirational ideas for anyone who wants to grow plants in a variety of outside spaces, from balconies to stairways, windowsills to doorsteps. Look inside to discover a host of creative step-by-step projects, such as speedy salads, wildlife pots, fragrant baskets and green garden walls. Handy plant profiles tell you what’s best to grow in a variety of conditions, such as wind, shade and drought.
Plants are amazingly adaptable, and, wherever you live, there is something you can grow. For thousands of years, and all over the world, plants have been evolving and adapting to cope with all kinds of harsh conditions, which means that even the tiniest, dingiest, windiest balcony can support plants, and they will not only survive, but thrive. Whether you choose to start with a simple pot or tackle a more ambitious project, with this beautifully illustrated book you’ll soon see how even the smallest areas can be amazing growing spaces.
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Gardening is, put simply, the act of growing plants. The available space does not determine whether or not you are a gardener. You may yearn for an acre of land somewhere, and yet you live in a flat in a city. Perhaps you only have room for a narrow box on a windowsill, or maybe you are lucky enough to have a little outside space in the form of a balcony. These spaces, though small, have the potential to be filled with the colour and vibrancy of plants, bringing you, and those around you, constant joy.
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The Pen is Mightier than the Penis from the World’s Greatest Female Writers The penis has ruled over our lives for far too long. It’s time to celebrate the power of the (female) pen. 2018 marks the centenary of the women’s vote, yet sexism and gender inequality is still a real issue that many women face. We all know the statistics about female misrepresentation in ruling governments, boardrooms and Hollywood screens. For ‘nasty’ women everywhere, THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE PENIS is a feminist quote book celebrating female writers throughout the centuries, from Sappho to Margaret Atwood. Nail those Instagram captions with over 140 stirring, surprising and startlingly original quotes. Find the perfect comeback for those infuriating ‘you’re not a feminist, are you?’ dinner party moments, as well as wise words for any occasion: this is a must for any self-respecting feminist’s bookshelf.
By Hardie Grant at Quadrille Publishing
James Martin American Adventure James Martin’s American Adventure reveals 80 recipes - from Californian classics to southern comfort feasts - that will change the way you look at American cuisine. Try James’ take on Blueberry Cruffins from San Francisco, enjoy finger-licking Fort Worth-style Chicken Wings with Orange and Slaw from Texas and tuck into proper Creole Shrimp from New Orleans. James adds his own twists on Clam-Rolls and Boston Baked Beans and Garlic Risotto with Maple-Salted Steak as well as satisfies your sweet cravings with his Bourbon Pecan Tart and Apple Cake with sticky Cajeta Sauce.
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Showing the very best in world, independent, British and mainstream films, along with live screenings of theatre, ballet and opera events from around the world, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse’s two screens sit adjacent to Royal & Derngate.
Film highlights over the coming weeks include:
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
THE LEISURE SEEKER
Lily James (Downton Abbey) plays free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the film is directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral).
Funny Cow charts the tragi-comic rise to stardom of a female comedienne (Maxine Peake) through the ’70s and ’80s, set against the backdrop of working men’s clubs and the stand-up comedy circuit of the North of England. From her troubled childhood to her turbulent adult relationships, the Funny Cow uses the raw material of her life experiences to bring her unique style of comedy to the stage.
Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland star as a couple on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker. Travelling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West, they recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelations and surprises right up to the very end.
Screenings from Friday 20 April to Thursday 3 May
Screenings from Friday 4 May to Thursday 10 May
Screenings from Friday 4 May to Thursday 10 May
Tickets for standard films are priced at £8.50 (concessions £7.50) with peak screenings (Fri and Sat evenings from 6pm) costing £9.50 (concessions £8.50).
To book, call 01604 624811 or visit www.errolflynnfilmhouse.com ERROL FLYNN FILMHOUSE, DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON NN1 1UK NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
The Deco Theatre – There’s something for everyone
From acclaimed annual Panto to top class drama; from live music to star names; from comedy dining experiences to ‘old time’ Music Hall entertainment’. At Northampton’s Deco Theatre there is quality entertainment to suit all tastes; facilities to accommodate all needs. Star names? Yes, the Deco is hosting sporting legends Glenn Hoddle, ex England and Tottenham, and the 2003 England rugby union World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson this year. The Deco also celebrates star names from the world of music: providing great nights out for many with some of the country’s top tribute shows - among them ‘J’Adele’, acclaimed by Adele herself, ‘Rule the World’, a Take That tribute act endorsed by Gary Barlow, ‘The Little Mix Show’, which is regarded as one of the best tribute shows in Europe, and Elvis in Vegas, with the acclaimed Fisher Stevens. The Deco is also hosting top quality drama in 2018, starting in June with the award-winning play, Sacramouche Jones. And if you’re looking for a terrific fun night out with great food and entertainment, come and try a comedy dining experience: among the iconic TV shows featured so far include Fawlty Towers, Absolutely Fabulous, Only Fools and Horses, and ‘Allo, ‘Allo. Panto at The Deco has established itself in local legend: not only attracting top quality entertainers, but audience feedback is consistently outstanding. This year’s Panto is ‘Cinderella’ (December 7 to 29), with familiar faces including singer Lydia Lucy already booked to star in the show. All that, and more. Available for hire: private parties, functions, events, and more. It is a great venue for the business community, too: fantastic facilities for hosting conferences or office ‘away days’. Top class entertainment; first class facilities all year around at The Deco. There really is something for everyone at this magnificent venue! NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
County News & further afield A decade of probably the finest culinary competition in the world! The team behind the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards is delighted to announce that the competition has been launched for 2018/19 for its tenth year! The Awards, which are run by the sector for the sector, are aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector. Visit the awards website www.northamptonshirefoodandddrink.co.uk
MOOCH on St Giles Street is a Greats Gift Retailer Finalist 2018! It’s official! MOOCH on St Giles Street in Northampton is one of the best gift retailers in the UK, and has been selected as a finalist in The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2018. The Greats Awards, now in their 16th year, were launched by Progressive Gifts & Home magazine to recognise and reward the UK’s very best gift retailers across the retail spectrum. The Awards recognise and celebrate not only the top independent and multiple gift retailers regionally and nationally, but also outstanding retail employees. Further details can be found at www.thegreatsawards.co.uk NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
Pub in the Park 2018! Stellar music and chef lineup is announced for Tom Kerridge’s food festival! Michelin-starred chef and TV personality Tom Kerridge’s food festival, Pub in the Park 2018, has released its amazing line-up of the best culinary and music talent that the UK has to offer – including Jamie Cullum, Mel C, Razorlight, Billy Ocean, Tom Odell and Sophie Ellis-Bextor taking to the stage, and superstar chefs Josh Eggleton, Paul Ainsworth and Tom himself cooking up a storm. Pub in the Park is delighted to confirm that Hospitality Action is its charity partner. Hospitality Action is Tom Kerridge’s chosen charity, and offers vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK and who find themselves in crisis. The festival will be supporting their work with a number of fundraising initiatives. Tickets cost £25 for the afternoon and £40 for the evening. Children’s tickets, VIP tickets and all weekend tickets also available – visit www.pubintheparkuk.com for full info.
2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Champions the Immense Power of Plants! The importance of gardening and growing plants to help tackle some of the biggest issues facing us today will be showcased at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22-26 May), sponsored by M&G Investments. Garden designs at the world’s most famous flower show demonstrate how plants and green spaces can improve lives and help mitigate against major environmental challenges as well as reminding us of the simple beauty of gardens and the positive effects gardening and green spaces have on our health and wellbeing. Tickets are now available to buy now at www.rhs. org.uk/flowershows - Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL To book tickets 0844 995 9664 / rhs.org.uk/shows NORTHAMPTONSHIRE | APR / MAY 2018
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Talking Wines... By Annabelle Tilley Easter for me is a relaxed family celebration and the centrepiece is always lamb. My approach to wine pairing is to pick a wine which is approachable and has immediate appeal. For wine-matching you should consider the cut of the meat and how you plan to cook the lamb. A tangy take on the traditional lamb dish, is the Greek inspired recipe found on page 43.. Lemon is always a wine challenge but it can easily take on the fruity grape, Grenache. This is medium bodied varietal boasting red fruit flavours and is not overly tannic so will not clash with the stronger Greek ingredients. The spotlight for premium Grenache is McLaren Vale, Australia which is heralded as the Pinot d’ Fleurieu (it gets its accolade for having similarities with cool-climate Pinot Noir). The most iconic winegrower of Grenache in McLaren Vale is Sue Trott. Sue is lucky to have 90 year old Grenache vines growing at the bottom of her garden. Sue sells most of her grapes to prestigious wineries including Penfolds for their Grange wine (one of the most collectible Australian wines in the world) and the rest of the grapes she holds back for her own boutique label, Five Geese which I import direct through Tilley’s Wines.
Sue’s Five Geese, Indian File Grenache 2014 displays ripe berry fruit (think raspberry fruit pastilles) with some added depth and savouriness due to the grapes being left in whole benches during fermentation. Available online at www. tilleys-wines.com (£18.95) Available instore at The Wine Connection, 11 Derngate, NN1 1TY
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X HITS THE SPOT These days, every mainstream brand needs a small, trendy Crossover. Here’s Fiat’s take on the Juke-genre, the fashionable 500X. Jonathan Crouch reports on the revised model.
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and the more sophisticated 140hp 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir2 powerplant, offered with a manual or DCT auto transmission and also available with 170hp if you want it mated to AWD. Go diesel and you’re looking at either a 120hp 1.6-litre MultiJet II engine for volume variants, or a 140hp version of this unit at the top of the range, which can be mated to AWD or DCT auto transmission (but not both).
Fiat offers SUV buyers an improved version of its characterful 500X small Crossover model. It’s bigger than it looks and there’s lots of choice when it comes to engines, drive systems, transmissions and a whole stack of personalisation options. If you’re looking for a surefire conversation starter, you can’t do a lot better.
In 2015 though, the company decided to get really serious about the SUV ‘B’-segment and launch this 500X, here usefully improved. It’s based on the same running gear as Jeep’s cute but capable Renegade and is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive guises.
The 1.6-litre diesel that will attract most footfall here in the UK is respectably brisk, getting to 62mph in 10.5 seconds, while delivering a 320Nm slug of torque. The all-wheel drive models aren’t designed to handle quite the same terrain as the Fiat Group’s alternative Jeep Renegade model (which is identical to a 500X under the skin but gets additional underbody strengthening). But this Fiat does feature quite tight approach and departure angles and a reasonable 179mm of ground clearance on AWD variants. That compares to 162mm you get on front-wheel drive models. The AWD 500X models are also equipped with specific bumpers and protective skid plates to protect the bodywork and mechanicals from the rigours of offroad use.
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The front-wheel drive models will doubtless prove more popular with British buyers who are about as likely to take the 500X off-roading as they are to send it round the Nurburgring. Only the top ‘Cross Plus’ models offer an AWD option. The petrol engines comprise a 110hp 1.6-litre E-torQ unit
There aren’t too many small Crossovers with styling that gets an almost universal vote of confidence, but we really haven’t chanced upon anyone who doesn’t like the 500X. Designed in-house by Fiat’s Centro Stile studio, this model not only has clear links to its siblings in the current 500 family but also to
Background It’s easy to forget that Fiat actually has a history of small 4x4 cars. The Panda 4x4 first appeared over thirty years ago and has spawned many imitators. A few years ago, Fiat also fleshed their all-wheel drive selection out with the Sedici, essentially a rebodied Suzuki SX4, that made modest but useful sales.
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the iconic 1957 original, most notably when it comes to the large circular headlamps, the brightwork on the nose and the distinctive clamshell bonnet. ‘Cross Plus’ models get the full ‘urban SUV’ look, with extra plastic cladding, roof rails and chunkier bumpers with skidplates front and rear. In short, all the calling cards you’d expect to find from a vehicle of the Juke genre. Inside, you get a spacious 350-litre luggage compartment which can be extended using the Fold&Tumble rear seats and the fold-flat front passenger seat. The cabin features wraparound bolstering and arm rests placed in the centre console and on the door trims to aid relaxed cruising. There’s a choice of seven fabric, leather and colour configurations and the option of a full-length “Sky Dome” glass sunroof to flood the cabin in natural light.
Standard equipment levels can be boosted with the addition of a number of packs, such as the Cold Weather pack, which comes with a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and heated wiper area. Or the City pack, which adds electrically folding and heated door mirrors and a rear parking camera.
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Market and Model
The market for boutique small Crossovers such as the 500X isn’t anything like as price sensitive as those of other small cars and cost of ownership figures consequently come a bit further down the priorities scale. Nevertheless, the 500X utilises engines from other Fiat models where buyers are putting the budget under a bit more scrutiny. The unit most UK buyers will choose, the 1.6-litre diesel, returns some excellent efficiency figures; netting 68.9mpg on the combined cycle with emissions of 109g/km. Choose a petrol powerplant instead and you’ll clearly have to spend a bit more at the pumps, the 1.4-litre MultiAir II Turbo recording 41.7mpg and 139g/km. In real life, that consumption will probably fall to the low thirties.
Prices aren’t anything to fret about, with Fiat pitching the 500X from around £15,500 for the entry-level 1.6-litre petrol engine. Trim levels open with the familiar ‘Pop’ and then step up through ‘Pop Star’ to ‘Cross Plus’. The diesel range kicks off with a 1.6-litre Popstar for just over £20,000, but the cheapest AWD model is around £24,000. Avoid entry-level trim and you get to experience the major change made to this revised model, the addition of the Fiat Group’s latest Uconnect infotainment system, wth its 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen. This offers the ‘Apple CarPlay’ and ‘Android Auto’ smartphone-mirroring systems. ‘Android Auto’ offers access to Google Maps, with voice-guided navigation, real time traffic information and lane guidance, and Google Play Music, among other music services. Furthermore, customers can stay in touch with Uconnect LIVE services. Users who download the free Uconnect LIVE app from the App Store or Google Play Store to their smartphone can fully exploit the benefits of Uconnect LIVE, including music streaming with Deezer and TuneIn, news from Reuters, plus connected navigation with TomTom LIVE. In addition, they can stay in touch with friends via Facebook check-in and Twitter.
Every model in the range is covered by a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty and there’s 36 months of breakdown cover included as well. Should you have a problem on a journey, you can use the ‘Uconnect’ infotainment system to contact roadside assistance and the same set-up can also be used to book routine services.
Summary There will always be resistance to any manufacturer that extends the scope of a retro reissue beyond that of the original car. People lambasted MINI for doing just this with cars like the Countryman and Paceman, but if the job is done well, the buying public eventually comes round. Fiat look to have learned some lessons from the launch of the 500L - a car that should have probably worn ‘600’ badges - and applied them to the 500X. It looks the part and continues a long tradition of small all-wheel drive Fiats, so it’s not just a bit of a wheeze dreamed up by some kid in the marketing department with the ink still wet on his MBA certificate. The styling is neat and assured, it fills a genuinely useful gap in the range and the engineering that underpins it is all reassuringly right and exact. Fiat has priced it aggressively, equipped it generously and it’s got enough room inside to fulfil that crossover remit. It’s a compelling package.
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For the super rich there is luxurious living on board a superyacht... The 2018 London Boat Show saw huge visitor numbers and the fantastic launch of the all new Boating & Watersports Holiday Show. The changes made to the 2018 Show were a success amongst exhibitors and visitors alike, highlighting a renewed confidence in the future of the London Boat Show, with many companies instantly requesting space for 2019. Over the course of the five-day event, more than 52,000 visitors enjoyed a range of boats and products on offer from 347 exhibitors; this represents a significant average daily increase on attendance from 2017. Attracting attention from visitors and media around the globe, the Show offered a fantastic platform to launch 94 brand new products. Eleven World debuts included the magnificent Princess V50, Hanse 348 and Rodman’s Spirit 42 Coupe, with the Sunseeker 76 offering visitors the chance to see the biggest boat at the Show. With brand new attractions for 2018, the Show provided more opportunities for visitors to get on the water for free – or learn and practise new skills
on dry land. Powered by Rockley Watersports, ‘Chalk and talk’ sessions on the Show’s new Beach Club gave visitors an insight into some of the latest watersports activities, before trying them out on the Activity Pool. Close to 500 people also enjoyed the wakeboarding experience located in the new Adventure Park. The Lock and Waterside Pub, overlooking the new inland boating attraction, provided a welcome pitstop for a well-deserved pint and gave a feeling of life next to the waterways. Keen boaters and novices flocked to the Practical Boat Owner Theatre where they crowded around to listen intently to their expert heroes such as Tom Cunliffe, Dave Selby, Duncan Wells and Stokey Woodall. Whether offering advice on how to kit up for the next cruise, what to take, or boating on a budget, the specialist speakers had all the answers. The 2019 London Boat Show will take place from Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 January 2019. For tickets visit: www.londonboatshow.com/tickets
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