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Rutland Water Restaurant of the month


JAN 2013


Enjoy a frosty walk around

STAMFORD Weddings - What’s On Motoring - Homes & Gardens

Meet the Adventurer


Th e B e s t o f R u t N e w L o o k fo r R ula n d - a n d a t la n d P r id e .. .


We reveal the results of our Good Food Awards WINTER

Special Events

Local Fashion

Great Food

Events from across Rutland... {Page 14}

Designer brands in local shops... {Page 88}

Recommended restaurants {Page 24}

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RutlandPride January ThE NumbER oNE couNTy magazINE

Rutland Pride Magazine knows that sometimes you need to just relax; you need down time, you need to enjoy the simple things in life. We have redesigned your favourite magazine to be easy

on the eye. We want you to enjoy all that your county has to offer. Where to enjoy a meal with friends, where to take the kids for a walk, even how to make the best Sunday lunch. In this busy life we think it’s important to have more ‘me’ time!






This is the month for a frosty walk around Rutland Water. Take the family and get your New Year off to an educational start with the Ramblers’ Association...

What could be better than a delicious pudding at one of this month’s featured restaurants? Enjoy a warm winter treat - we’ll start the diet tomorrow!

Enjoy fashion from the county’s best independent retailers - this month we profile a designer brand which provides all-year-round style...

This month we tell the extraordinary story of Sarah Outen - the Rutland woman who is travelling around the world to raise money for charity...



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The Number One Team How do you spend your ‘ me’ time...?

Julian Wilkinson

Rob Davis

Ian Bagley

Managing Director

Executive Editor

General Manager

Our boss Julian is a brilliant guy! Here, we ask him about his ‘me’ time...

Your Editor loves photography, writing and creating great looking pages...

Our General Manager is a talented organiser and great fun to be around!

“After a busy week, I love spending time with my four kids, Joseph, Harvey, Tilly and Izzy, and of course my wife Zoie. A bacon sandwich and a cup of freshly ground coffee on a Saturday morning is my real treat! ”

“I absolutely love my job, so no matter whether I , m at work or home I , m happy! At work, a strong sweet cup of tea is a great way to take five. At home, I love spending time with my partner Anna and toddling tearaway George! ”

“I love spending time with my nine year old son Jim... we love tinkering with vintage computers and electronics in the study, we recently enjoyed a visit to Bletchley Park, to see their collection of old and rare machines! ”

Zoie Wilkinson

Mandy Bray

Emily Brown

Sales Manager

Customer Care Manager

Sales Representative

Zoie loves travelling round the county and looking after our customers!

Mandy is our brilliant customer care manager... she’s really lovely!

Emily is the office’s resident ‘bright young thing’ - she’s cheerful, bright and lively!

“ I love baking... especially in the winter, much to the delight of my two little boys! My workmates at Pride Magazines are delighted by that too, but enjoying a cosy night in with my family is my favourite way to spend me-time! ”

“M e-time is a rare luxury, but I love winter afternoons snuggled up on the sofa with an old film... something romantic... it , s a cliché to say they don , t make them like they used to, but in my opinion, it , s completely true! ”

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, “I m a real girly girl when it comes to being pampered... I love catching up with my girlfriends after work, going to have our nails done then maybe having a coffee in town... really good friends are important so they always feature in my me - time! ” Why not follow us on Facebook? You can keep up to date with any news we may have for our lovely magazine! Follow us on Twitter so you can read our tweets. We’ll let you know what’s going on and keep you well informed!


Enjoy Rutland Pride, read it cover to cover. Pick it up, put it down and when you have finished with it pass it onto your best friend. When everyone has had a good read, pop it in the recycle bin!

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SIMILAR PROPERTIES URGENTLY REQUIRED - 5 Chapel Close is tucked away in a private drive within an exclusive development of four other similar properties set in the heart of the sought after Rutland village of Empingham. This stone built family home is well presented throughout and offers good sized versatile accommodation which briefly comprises four reception rooms, kitchen breakfast room with solid oak kitchen, five bedrooms, two en-suites and a family bathroom, with established south-east facing gardens and a double garage.






SIMILAR PROPERTIES URGENTLY REQUIRED - Cob House was built four years ago using the lovely honey-coloured stone so distinctive to the area, it has been finished to a high standard with features such as double-glazed timber windows, solid oak doors throughout, under-floor heating on the ground floor and an alarm system. Internally the house is immaculately presented and filled with natural light; patio doors lead from all the main living areas out to the pretty garden at the back. With plenty of well-appointed bedrooms along with its mix of formal reception rooms and more relaxed living space, the house makes a practical and stylish home in an excellent location.

Fine & Country 2 St. Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2DE Telephone: (01780) 750200 Email:

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SIMILAR PROPERTIES URGENTLY REQUIRED - Ketton Grange is an attractive Grade II Listed stone built property forming the central part of a 17th Century manor house with extensive gardens and grounds. Constructed of squared stone with ashlar dressings, it has a Collyweston slate roof and lies within superb and imaginatively planted gardens and grounds extending to about 1.20 acres (0.48 Ha).






SIMILAR PROPERTIES URGENTLY REQUIRED - With its lovely 1920’s exterior, 74 Tinwell Road is an impressive and substantial family home standing in secluded private gardens and enjoying open views out over the countryside surrounding Stamford. Built originally in 1928, it has seen many additions and changes over the years and behind its attractive period façade is a contemporary, modern interior. The integrity of the 1920’s property has been preserved with elegant period details such as the stone mullioned leaded windows still a focal point.


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King West St Marys Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2DE Telephone: (01780) 484520 email:




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A beautifully presented stone property set on a plot of approximately six acres in the popular village of Thistleton.



A Traditional Brick Built House Situated in an Enviable Position in this Much Sought After Village.


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ÂŁ1,295.00 pcm

A substantial detached family home located in the sought after village of Empingham, close to the shores of Rutland Water and easy access to Stamford, Oakham and the A1. The accommodation comprises of:- Kitchen/breakfast room, utility, downstairs cloakroom, dining room, lounge and family room. The first floor offers:- four double bedrooms the master having en-suite facilities and family bathroom. Outside offers gardens to front and rear with open views across the countryside. Detached garage, carport and ample parking for several vehicles


ÂŁ1,500.00 pcm

An extremely deceptive detached chalet bungalow set in the popular village of Collyweston. Flexible accommodation comprising of 4 double ground floor rooms, stylish bathroom with large bath and walk in shower, attractive living room with patio doors to garden, Large kitchen diner with built in oven and hob, useful utility room. To the first floor in the master bedroom with built in wardrobes and attractive shower room, and an extremely large further bedroom. The property boasts attractive rear gardens with stunning views. Ample off road parking and garage.

Knight Partnership 3 Red Lion Street, Stamford Lincolnshire PE9 1PA Telephone: (01780) 765060

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Charming period cottage enjoying a ‘tucked away’ position within this sought after Rutland village, with good access to Rutland Water and Stamford. Two reception rooms, inglenook fire place, three bedrooms, garage with ample parking, established gardens with courtyard.



Established non estate family home within sought after residential area with open country views. Refurbished by the present owner the house boast a large live-in kitchen family room, three reception rooms and five bedrooms and large gardens.


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, Rakesh Abrol debuts at Thierry s... Canvases on the wall and works of art on the serving platters... wonderful abstract expressionist art courtesy of Rakesh Abrol complemented imaginative canapés and great company at Thierry Daugeron’s Riverside Café recently. The artist made his debut in Stamford having graduated with a degree in International Business at the University of Newcastle. Rakesh decided to concentrate on art as well as business and moved to the town six years ago, displaying his work at a solo exhibition in the newly opened patisserie. Over 50 people stopped by to appreciate Rakesh’s oil canvases which included subjects from elephants, and birds from his native Jammu to abstract pieces and landscapes including a spectacular interpretation of Rutland Water. Words and Photos: Rob Davis

Feature your event in our magazine. call 01529 469977 and speak to our Events Desk...

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THE EVENT: Thierry

Daugeron Presents Rakesh Abrol’ ’ s Art


View all the photographs from this event online. Visit

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e’re really not ones for new year’s resolutions in our household, but this year, we’re determined to enjoy the simple things in life... and this month, after Christmas over-indulgence and as the children’s excitement over their new video games wane, that means a bracing frosty walk in the country! >> >>


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This month the county’s avian population will include finches and wigeon as well as rarer species of waders around the county’s reservoir.

By happy coincidence, The Ramblers’ Association, which has of late ditched the ‘bobble hat’ image, has reinvented itself as a group that offers family friendly rambles as well as walks for the seasoned hiker. In our county, the group is launching its Festival of Winter Walks as part of a national campaign that includes hundreds of walks under five miles that are suitable for those with children so everyone can enjoy the county’s nature. Together with my sons Joseph, six, and Harvey, five, as a family we soon discovered getting out and about means getting fit, learning more about the county’s landscape and as a huge bonus, learning more about the nature that lives all around the county’s most well-regarded beauty spots. As a county we’re privileged enough to enjoy great diversity of birdlife with around 70 species in total and around 30 species of wildfowl alone around the county’s bodies of water. 18

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Frosty Wildlife Walk

“As we finished our walk and dusk fell, Harvey said - Dad, this is better than X-Factor isn’ t it?”


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The instantly recognisable curlew is the largest European wading bird and can be seen on Rutland Water.


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Frosty Wildlife Walk

Rutland Water’s nature reserve is divided into three main areas; Egleton, which has four main lagoons and a large reed bed; Lyndon with its mature woodland and open shoreline, and the Burley Fishponds, with their grazed grassland and marshland habitat. As many as 23,000 birds each year make their home on the reservoir and in addition to the spectacle of wild geese and flocks of wigeon, rare species such as grebes, scaup, smew and great northern divers can be seen in the winter months. The reservoir also creates a great habitat for birds of prey from barn owls, short-eared owls, sparrowhawks, kestrels and peregrine at this time of year. 21

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Just make sure if you take the kids it , s not too close to bedtime! As dusk set on our winter walk, both the boys were exhausted - fortunately we were able to retire to a nearby pub for hot chocolate and a bite to eat!


From March, the return of osprey as part of a project that has been operating for 18 years will see the birds return to the area from their Autumn migration to Africa. A team of specialists at the reserve has been tracking the birds via satellite and following their journey across continents. Rutland Water is not the only area to enjoy a frosty nature walk in the county, of course. Ketton Quarry’s scrubland is a valuable habitat for species like nightingales and turtle doves, and in the spring and summer months, Wymondham Rough

is an extraordinary site for observing butterflies like skippers and browns. Whilst the finer points of the county’s avian biodiversity were lost on the boys, and they were happier to just run about and get dirty, rather than contemplating the county’s unique habitats, the verdict was, nonetheless, as positive one. “This is better than X-Factor dad!” remarked Harvey as our walk ended and we returned to Barnsdale Lodge for a warming mug of hot chocolate and a bite to eat. Never has a truer word been spoken!

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Frosty Wildlife Walk

£ Festival of Winter Walks organised by the Ramblers’ association, the Festival of Winter Walks throughout January is a great opportunity to discover the pleasures and benefits of walking and the welcome of a Ramblers led walk, while making the best of the winter light and kickstarting those New year's resolutions! hundreds of walks take place around the country during the festival. all are free, fun and open to anyone and everyone from toddlers to grandparents. chosen and led by Ramblers volunteers, the walks will showcase our county at its wintry best. many of the walks are short and family-friendly, although there are always plenty of yomps for the seasoned hiker too.

£ bRAuNStoN wINtER wAlk Tuesday 1st January 9.30am; Distance five miles meet oakham at 9.30am or ring Walk Leader for exact meeting point/time.

£ MANtoN wINtER wAlk Saturday 5th January 9am; Distance five miles a short morning walk suitable for all. meet at Wilton Road car Park, melton mowbray.

Useful Contacts

£ RutlAND wAtER wAlk

Ramblers’ Association Telephone: 01572 747806

Saturday 5th January 9am; Distance eight miles Eight mile walk starting at Edith Weston car park.

RSPB, Rutland

£ bARNAck wINtER wAlk

Telephone: 01908 571315

Thursday 10th January 1.30pm; Distance five miles meet at the hills and holes car park at 1:30pm. Walk via Southorpe.

Rutland Wildlife Trust Telephone: 0116 272 0444

Rutland Water Nature Reserve Telephone: 01572 770651

£ EMPINGhAM wAlk Map courtesy of Rutland Retreats premium holiday homes and rural retreats;

Saturday 27th January 10.15am; Distance eight miles meet cTcP at 9:00am or at the White horse, main Street, Empingham at 10:15am. Walk to Rutland Water and Exton, returning via Fort henry.


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Celebrating its first birthday, The Cosy Club is Stamford , s newest bistro for casual dining...

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cELEbRaTINg ITS FIRST aNNIVERSaRy, ThE coSy cLub oFFERS RESPITE FRom ThE WINTER WITh a WaRm WELcomE, caSuaL DININg aND a SENSE oF RELaxED QuIRkINESS. PRIDE’S EDIToR Rob DaVIS mEETS ThE bISTRo’S bENEDIcT WRIghT Quirky decor and casual dining are hallmarks of one of Stamford’s newest bistros.


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The former sorting office’s architecture and eclectic, mismatched furniture creates an atmosphere of relaxed informality.

The Cosy Club provides freshly ground coffee and tapas as well as bistro dining options from brunch, sandwich and grill menus, plus 10 à la carte main courses and seven desserts.


ongratulations this month to the success story that is The Cosy Club. The 160 seater bistro restaurant is a good deal more casual than the restaurants we tend to feature, but it’s impossible not to fall in love with the place at first sight. A year old exactly during our visit, the bistro was celebrating its first anniversary with style whilst preparing for Christmas and has already gained a good deal of affection with Stamfordians and Rutlanders seeking respite from the winter in the form of casual dining in an equally relaxed, quirky atmosphere. Forget starched table linens and formality, The Cosy Club is all about sociable tapas, sharing plates, quality à la carte dishes and retro desserts. There’s a large cocktail menu and a brunch menu popular with those who enjoy a leisurely leaf through the Sunday papers over a late breakfast with no washing up afterwards. The bistro is actually part of a chain, with 22 Loungers restaurants established before the 27

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The company’s Hero Burger is served with chorizo, chimchurri and chipotle mayonnaise it was recently nominated for Burger of the Year in a national competition! The menu offers a monthly changing seasonal pie. Desserts are a real treat, with this retro Banana Split offered alongside home made Chocolate Brownie and Sticky Toffee Pudding.

company decided to provide a more upmarket bistro experience in the form of its Cosy Club brand. Stamford was the third one established, with another two following it in 2012 and 10 more planned for 2013. In terms of food, a brigade of seven chefs led by Anthony Curry offers eight sandwiches from the sublime - Rose Harrisa, Hummus, Wood Roasted Peppers with Tomato and Rocket - to the (affectionately) ridiculous; Fish Finger Sandwich... absolutely brilliant comfort food!



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Sample M enu £ bRuNch Cosy Club Breakfast £6.95 Sausage pattie, hash brown, heinz beans, black pudding, grilled tomato, button mushrooms, smoked back bacon, fried egg and toast.

£ ShARING PlAttERS Meat £12.75 Royal windsor Farm pork rillettes, duck liver and orange pâté, Milano Salami, Spiced Pear and Apple chutney, Marinated olives served with ciabatta. Fish £13.50 Severn & wye smoked salmon, prawn cocktail with chipotle mayonnaise, marinated herrings in sherry, goujons of fish with tartare sauce and ciabatta.

£ MAIN couRSES Pork Belly £10.95 Slow braised Royal windsor Farm belly of pork, with sweet potato mash, savoy cabbage and back with cider sauce. Pie (at time of visit; changes monthly) £9.95 Sussex turkey, cranberry and stuffing pie with roasted parsnip, potato and carrot mash, brussels sprouts, gravy and home made cranberry sauce. Sausage and Mash £7.95 wild boar and apple sausages with creamy mash and caramelised red onion gravy.

£ DESSERtS Banana Split £4.95 banana split served with vanilla ice cream, butterscotch sauce, chocolate sauce, roasted nuts and whipped cream, with glacé cherry and wafers. Chocolate Brownie warm, home-made chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.



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The restaurant’s Sharing Plates are three platters include a vegetarian/cheese option, plus meat and fish derivatives. With the latter offering smoked salmon, prawn cocktail, goujons and ciabatta, these sit aside a dedicated tapas menu with 13 choices, and together these options provide plenty of scope for sociable dining, for friends wanting a ‘catch up’ over wine and a light dining option. More substantial dining, meanwhile, is provided courtesy of 10 main course options including a seasonally changing pie (Sussex Turkey, Gammon and Cranberry during our pre-Christmas visit), Belly Pork with Sweet Potato Mash and Savoy Cabbage, Grilled Salmon with Pea & Herb Risotto or 8oz Steak with Peppercorn Sauce.

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Desserts are a treat too; a choice of seven includes hot puddings like Home Made Chocolate Brownie or Sticky Toffee Pudding, and retro treats like Knickerbocker Glory and Banana Split. Like the rest of the menu, these options change each month and whilst menus are uniform across each of the Cosy Clubs, everything is cooked freshly to order in house, with bread baked daily by Anthony and his team. That’s impressive, given that the restaurant has over 160 covers and can end up turning tables two or three times on a Saturday night. This may not be formal dining, but it’s definitely satisfying, and manager Benedict’s team has a sharp eye when it

comes to customer service and the quality of the dishes that leave the kitchen. “We’ve been really well-received and the atmosphere here is really buzzing on a Friday or Saturday night.” says Anthony. Being situated in the town’s stark, industrial former sorting office building suits the restaurant, with its eclectic range of mismatched furniture and quirky prints on the walls. Union flags and Nostalgic English ephemera all tip the hat to 2012’s sense of patriotism. Anybody proud of England and of Stamford will be equally product to have The Cosy Club in the town. It’s relaxed, confident, satisfying and a brilliant place to enjoy casual dining!


HORSESHOE LANE, STAMFORD The Old Delivery Office Horseshoe Lane Stamford PE9 2RB

How to get there? Located on Horseshoe Lane in the town. Our recommendation is to take advantage of parking on Bath Row adjacent to the Town Meadows.

To book a meal call

01780 767710

Find out more online at


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Good Food Awards

The Rutland Pride

Restaurant of the Year 2012 Our list of the county’s top restaurants, as voted for by our readers, includes everything from gastropubs to boutique hotels and Michelin recommended restaurants - there’s something here for every diner... Words & Photos: Rob Davis


ur top accolade for 2012’s Restaurant of the Year title in Rutland goes to Hambleton Hall. A spectacular location, beautiful grounds, comfortable luxurious surroundings and of course, exceptional cuisine courtesy of Aaron Patterson - have all helped to secure the Relais & Châteaux venue much-deserved recognition. A different approach to quality dining, Clipsham’s Olive Branch pioneered the ‘gastropub’ revolution before the term was coined and has, like Hambleton Hall, been recognised by Michelin as one of the county’s best dining rooms - thanks to the presence of chef patron Sean Hope.


Completing our culinary triumvirate is the beautiful, comfortable Barnsdale Lodge. Former Stapleford Park chef Stephen Conway provides great dining whilst Ed Burrows and Paul Freeman promise the kind of warm welcome that will ensure diners return time and time again - it’s little wonder our readers love the place as much as we do.


Hambleton Hall, Hambleton Olive Branch, Clipsham Barnsdale Lodge, Exton Stapleford Park, Melton Mowbray Lake Isle, Uppingham Marquess of Exeter, Lyddington Finch's Arms, Hambleton Barnsdale Hall, Exton Wheatsheaf Inn, Greetham Jackson Stops, Stretton

Our 2012 Restaurant of the Year Winner is Hambleton Hall - pictured below is Michelin starred chef Aaron Patterson and owner Tim Hart. The venue is beautifully appointed, with cuisine that is executed and presented with great skill. A new menu offers three courses for £65 per head sound value for such excellent dining. Hambleton Hall; 01572 756991,

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Shown left is Roast Loin of Venison on Butternut Squash Gratin with Curly Kale at Barnsdale Lodge. The team, pictured below, ensures the hotel provides one of the warmest welcomes in Rutland, providing high quality accommodation and dining. B’dale Lodge; 01572 724678,

Pictured in our main image and above are just two of the reasons Clipsham pub The Olive Branch enjoys its reputation for exceptional quality food. Dining at the Olive Branch is a treat that everyone will and can enjoy. The Olive Branch; 01780 410355,

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Good Food Awards

The Rutland Pride

Bistro of the Year 2012 The county boasts a wealth of coffee shops and bistros in which to enjoy daytime dining.... and with excellent ingredients and skilled chefs, these can offer any à la carte restaurant menu a run for its money! Words: Rob Davis


istros and coffee shops in Rutland offer home made cakes, lighter daytime dining and fully fledged main courses that would put many an à la carte restaurant’s offerings to shame. Not least among these is Baker’s Yard, Oakham’s excellent bistro which recently celebrated its first anniversary, and has now taken the top spot in our list of the county’s best establishments. Meanwhile Uppingham’s Don Paddy’s offers a comprehensive brasserie menu, Sunday carvery and an evening menu comprising nine starters and 19 main course options.


Finally, we celebrate the achievements of Kate Baines, the fifth generation of baker in her family and the custodian of the tea room adjacent to the bakery that has been in her family since 1867. Delicious cakes, cream teas and light lunches are served using vintage china, with diners surrounded by sepia images of the Baines family, plus antique furniture creating a lovely, traditional tearoom setting.


Baker's Yard, Oakham Don Paddy's, Uppingham Baines, Uppingham castle cottage café, Oakham The chocolate bar, Oakham beans, uppingham barnsdale gardens Restaurant, Exton Harbour café bar, Whitwell Wing Hall café, Wing The Potting Shed, Ashwell

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Pictured below is Don Paddy’s Grilled Goat’s Cheese on a Pear, Honeyed Walnut and Rocket Salad with Balsamic Glaze.

Heading up our list of the top ten Rutland coffee shops and bistros is Oakham’s Bakers Yard on the town’s Church Street. The business celebrated its first anniversary in September and has made a star of head Chef Adam Dowdy (left). It’s a vibrant, lively venue with a brunch

menu, Sunday lunch menu with five starters, main courses and desserts and its Six O’Clock Specials offer bistro dining with a glass of house wine for less than £10 per head great value for great food. Baker’s Yard; 01572 755484,

Above; Kate Baines is the fifth generation to work in the family’s Uppingham bakery. In 1965 a tearoom was opened adjacent to the bakehouse, which Kate took over in 2011. Her cream teas and scones, shown right, are delicious and traditional! Baine’s Bakery and Tearoom; 01572 823317 << Don Paddy’s is based in Uppingham’s Market Place. Don Paddy’s; 01572 822255,

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My hero; The Olive Branch’s Sean Hope has been voted Rutland Pride’s inaugural Food Hero by our readers.

Pictured below, Andrew and Jill Nelson’s Gaol Street shop in Oakham’s town centre.

Leo Sugden of Otters Smokehouse and Deli, pictured right, celebrates his award at his new, larger Mill Street premises in Oakham.

Introducing Rutland’s


Food Heroes Hambleton Farms (Nelsons) Sean Hope, Olive Branch Otters Smokehouse Hambleton bakery leesons butchers Northfield farm Rutland farm Shop & deli grainstore brewery Johanna's Patisserie Whissendine Windmill

from butchers to brewers, artisan food producers to groups keen to promote the county’s food culture, our final Rutland award recognises excellence from farm to fork across the county... It’s congratulations and well done to Hambleton Farms’s Andrew and Jill Nelson. The family’s butchers shop and deli on Gaol Street in Oakham is one of the county’s best delis and multi-species butchers. It has a great reputation in the town and is a welldeserved Rutland Pride Food Hero. Likewise, The Olive Branch’s Sean Hope, food ambassador to the county, has been congratulated by Pride readers for his contribution to local produce with cookery demonstrations and his work creating The Olive Branch, the county’s Michelin recommended gastropub,

before the term ‘gastropub’ was ever created, coined and overused! Another favourite in our list of Food Heroes is Leo Sugden, owner of Otters Smokehouse and Deli. Leo has expanded his business in 2012, moving into larger premises on Mill Street in Oakham last month. The shop provides smoked fish, over 50 different cheeses and a wealth of deli products, offering great bistro dining too - it’s a real labour of love for Leo, but his hard work has paid off, with Otters recently celebrating a great first anniversary.

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‘As good as it gets’ gets’ ‘As Harden’s Guide 2013


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Beautiful Freehouse Georgian Bar, and Restaurant in the picturesque village of Etton...

1 Main Road, Etton

Peterborough PE6 7DA

T: 01733 252 387


Come and enjoy our new seasonal menus! We offer hearty pub classics alongside our chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonderful specials using local ingredients and creative flair. You can also sample our real ales and great wines.

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Cuts of Beef

FORERIB Ideal for Roast with Big Flavours oN ThE boNE aND WITh a gooD maRbLINg oF FaT, FoRERIb, aT £9-£14/kg, makES a gREaT RoaST.

There’s no such thing as a ‘bad’ cut of beef - but some are more suited to one purpose rather than another. This month with the help of our master butcher we chew the fat to discover what to choose from the butcher’s block...



Ideal for Barbecues

Ideal for Steak Snobs

RELaTIVELy uNkNoWN buT VERy FLaVouRSomE cuT, aRouND £13/kg - IT’S gREaT oN baRbEcuES.

£18-£22/kg; REgaRDED aS ThE bEST... TENDER buT NoT aS FLaVouRSomE aS chEaPER cuTS.

SHIN OF BEEF Ideal for Casseroles and Stews Pay £6-£8/kg FoR ThIS cuT; NEEDS cookINg FoR SLIghTLy LoNgER buT haS a SuPERb FLaVouR.

Photo: Rob Davis

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Ideal for Carving Novices

Ideal for a Tender Roast

uP-maRkET, boNELESS RoaST, haND-RoLLED, EaSy To caRVE, Pay £14-£18kg.

moRE TENDER ThaN FoRERIb, WITh ScaNT maRbLINg oF FaT ThRough ThE mEaT; £15-£20/kg.

The Butcher’s Tip: Try glazing your joint 10-15 minutes before the end of cooking time with a couple of tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce,black bean sauce, or honey and mustard mixed together.

RIB-EYE STEAK Ideal for Fans of Big Flavours uNhEaRD oF 10 yEaRS ago, buT VERy PoPuLaR NoW, WITh LoTS oF FLaVouR; £18-£22/kg.

FILLET STEAK Ideal for Rare Steak Fans DoESN’T NEED much cookINg TImE, VERy TENDER, ExPEcT To Pay £30-£44/kg.


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Pickles & Preserves Home grown, home made, created with care and attention. This month we ďŹ nd out why Sally Williams left behind the rigours of academic study to pursue her love of good food instead.... Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s range of pickles and preserves have a Phd in pleasure!

Sally Williams is bringing her good food manifesto to the county in the form of her pickles, chutneys, preserves and freshly baked bread.

Words and Photos: Rob Davis

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ost of us would agree that as a nation, we began to lose our way with food following the advent of ready meals, packet mixes and supermarkets. Thankfully, there’s a resurgence of ‘slow food’ advocates keen to remind us that growing, preparing and eating food can be as much about pleasure as nourishment. One such advocate is Sally Williams, whose most favoured way to spend a winter afternoon is in the kitchen, and whose most treasured heirloom is her grandmother’s recipe book. It’s tattered, dog-eared and falling apart now, but at least Sally’s grandmother would be happy to see that her book of handwritten recipes is still frequently referred to, and happier still that her canon of knowledge has been built on by her granddaughter. What’s more, Sally is bringing her slow food philosophy to many more people with her new business, The Edible Gift Company, which offers a range of pickles, chutneys and preserves along with sweet treats and savoury bakes, designed to remind us all how food should taste. “Above all, I try to create flavour combinations that you won’t necessarily find elsewhere” says Sally. “Of course, many

customers buy my range for their own table, but I called my business the Edible Gift Company because one of the nicest things you can do with food is to share it. From an individual jar to a mixed hamper it makes a great gift for all occasions.”

Sally left behind her studies and a career as a lecturer to focus on creating beautiful food, with a range of pickles, chutneys and preserves.

Having completed her 80,000 word PhD thesis in Cultural Studies, Sally left a career in teaching to set up her new venture and provide an outlet for her creativity.

Sally asked herself how she could both earn a living and find an outlet for her creativity. The result was the Edible Gift Company, a range of ‘slow’ foods... The result was making and selling a range of seasonal chutneys and preserves. Her love of cooking also inspired an assortment of themed herb & spice bags, including those for curry lovers, pepper lovers and Christmas spice lovers, as well as calico bags of culinary grade lavender for a delicious addition to traditional shortbreads and meringues. Along with her gluten-free breads, quiches and cakes, Sally’s entire product line offers a reflection of her food philosophy, with time and attention lavished upon every hand-made item. 43

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Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chilli Jam is one of her most popular lines, with a piquant flavour and a warmth that makes it especially enjoyable on long winter nights.


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turn it into jams, pickles and chutneys - one of the oldest methods of preserving food, and certainly the tastiest!”

Sally’s products include caramelised red onion marmalade, Spitfire honey mustard, apple sauce with cranberries & raspberries as well as a few quirky lines.

Above all we were keen to quiz her on the good food manifesto that underpins her products. “My grandparents had quite a large garden, and during the war my grandfather apparently ploughed up part of it to plant fruit and vegetables.” says Sally. “My grandmother would make use of anything they grew and later, as a child, I spent a good deal of time with her in the kitchen. She taught me so much and I inherited not just her recipe book, but her food philosophy too.” Sally believes that with supermarkets making most produce available all year round, we’ve lost our appreciation for seasonality. “I think it’s important to get into the habit of eating food when it’s in season because that’s when it’s at its most flavoursome. It also means you can use fruit and vegetables that have been grown at home, or at least locally, which cuts down on the air miles. The majority of The

Sally’s products are more vivacious than many; a consequence of her status as an artisan food producer able to produce her products in smaller quantities rather than in volume Edible Gift Company range is created only when the main ingredients are available – rhubarb in spring and early summer, for example, or shallots in the autumn. The range therefore changes with the seasons.”

“I also think it’s important to pass an appreciation for good food on to our children. Too many youngsters are detached from what good food is and where it comes from. Getting them involved as soon as they're big enough to wield a trowel enables them to make the connection between the seeds, the soil, the weather and the final product on their plate, which gives them so much more insight than a trip to the supermarket!” Sally’s status as an artisan food producer allows her to be imaginative with her recipes. Because she is able to produce her range in smaller quantities rather than in large volume, she is able to create unusual flavour combinations alongside the more traditional. One example is the addition of Amaretto to her plum and almond chutney as a special edition for the festive season. “Producing in artisanal quantities means I can experiment, provide something different and ultimately be true to what I believe in. I added lime zest to my blueberry jam in the summer which proved very popular, and my pear, fig and walnut chutney is a real winter favourite. Unlike manufacturers who produce on an industrial scale, I can tweak my recipes with each batch.” With her grandmother’s appreciation for home grown ingredients, good food and seasonality still alive and well, Sally is keen that we should rediscover our relationship with what we eat and savour those flavours all winter long.


“Also, by growing food at home I know exactly what has gone into it.” says Sally. “There’s nothing more rewarding, and the difference in flavour is incredible.” “If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of space to grow your own, you'll probably have a glut of various crops.” says Sally. “As well as storing excess produce in the freezer, why not

The company’s products are available from selected craft fairs including Peterborough’s Farmers’ Market, on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Web: Email:


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Burns Night Whisky

A blended whisky proving there’s interest beyond single malts a LIVELy LIghT aPERITIF WhISky WITh oak, FRuIT aND a LIghT PERFumE FoR £39.40.

Scotland is some 300 miles from Rutland. This month though, we bring the country’s most famous export a little closer for burn’s Night diners, just in time to celebrate the oeuvre of its most famous son this month. As burns himself would say; “Slàinte!”

GLEN SCOTIA Whisky from the Kintyre peninsula - distinctive and flavoursome FoR aN uNbEaTabLE WhISky FRom camPbELToWN WE’D PLumP FoR ThE £55.90 gLEN ScoTIa.

LEDAIG Whiskies from the Islands have a fresh, seaside character ouR REcommENDaTIoN FRom ThE ISLES IS LEDaIg, WITh PEaT, PEPPER aND VaNILLa; £40.85.

TOMATIN From the Highlands, with their characteristic sherry & honey notes ouR 18 yEaR maTuRED ExamPLE, TomaTIN, IS £56.90 aND haS a LoVELy SmooTh, VELVETy FEEL.

Photo: Rob Davis

AUCHENTOSHAN Lowland whisky from an area with characteristic fruitiness a FLoRaL FREShNESS WITh baRLEy aND FRuIT FINISh aND aLmoND NoSE FoR £66.20.

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BENROMACH Speyside whisky with the sweet delicate softness you’d expect WE SuggEST ThE 10 yEaR oLD bENRomach; £35.35 WITh ITS LoVELy FRuITy ScENT aND TaSTE.

Our recommendations come courtesy of Nick and Cathy Ridout who picked seven of their best favourite whiskies to toast Robbie Burns this month that’s one from each region plus a blended whisky too...

BRUICHLADDICH Islay whisky with sweet, smokey, peaty taste gENTLE aPRIcoT FLaVouRS mELLoW ThIS ISLay WhISky WITh uNDERLyINg SoFTNESS; £40.70.

GET THE RIGHT GLASS The Glencairn glass was designed especially for whisky lovers ITS ‘NoSINg’ ShaPE makES IT ESSENTIaL FoR ThoSE Who TakE ThEIR WhISky SERIouSLy! £5.50/Ea.


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Sarah in her kayak, Nelson, pictured at Di Kastri, Russia.

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International Adventurer Sarah Outen This month, meet Sarah Outen. The word adventurous just doesn’t do her justice. After a 4,000 mile rowing expedition across the Indian Ocean in 2009, the 27 year old local adventurer is now half-way through her london 2 london Via the World 25,000 mile expedition, after it was rudely interrupted by Tropical Storm Mawar earlier this year...


he numbers surrounding Sarah Outen’s epic London 2 London adventure are mind-blowing. 25,000 miles, two solo ocean rows, cycling across 14 countries, spending 850 days away and up to 11 months at sea on her own. Sarah will travel across three continents, and has worn out two pairs of shoes, suffered several bouts of food poisoning and has turned down three marriage proposals. The adventurer has already been described by Dame Ellen MacArthur as the girl with ‘fire in her belly,’ and was half way through her world record-breaking attempt to become the first woman to row solo across the treacherous North Pacific Ocean when she was battered by winds of 65 knots and was forced to call for rescue after no fewer than 20 capsizes. Sarah’s is an epic story, but it’s not over yet, and though it’s scant consolation for the adventurer - who after being forced to take a break hopes to set off again in March - her disadvantage does at least enable members of the public to meet her this month at Stamford Arts Centre as she gives a talk on her expedition so far. 49


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Above, Sarah with her Indian Ocean boat. Image: Jude Edginton.

>> Sarah’s father enjoyed a long career in the RAF and the family would move around, finally settling in the area when Sarah was 11. Attending Stamford High School, Sarah says she was always active and would enjoy kayaking and sailing a natural consequence, she says, of living near Rutland Water. Following her gap year, Sarah began reading biology at Oxford University, and whilst there, became heavily involved in the University’s rowing team. After graduating, she anticipated a career in the army, having won a scholarship, or a teaching career. When a hockey injury scuppered the first option, it looked as though Sarah’s career path would involve teaching. “I was procrastinating... something I was really good at back then.” says Sarah, reflecting on the day that she was trying to write an essay and failing to do so with any degree of expedience.


“I kept checking my email, as one does, and a message popped up from the rowing club about ocean rowing, which really appealed. A spark of inspiration was all that was needed to make the idea explode in my head.” Sarah’s idea, initially, was to try to create a team. Instead though, she decided to go solo and complete an epic journey in memory of her father who died of a pulmonary embolism in 2006, a complication resulting from his rheumatoid arthritis. She would end up completing the epic 4,000 mile trip entirely on her own and raised over £35,000 for her chosen beneficiaries, Arthritis Research Campaign and Arthritis Care. In addition, Sarah was recognised with an MBE for services to rowing, charity and conservation in 2011 and wrote a book about her experiences too. More importantly though, it would set her up for an even greater challenge three years in the planning.

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Hercules is Sarah’s custom-designed cycle upon which she’ll cycle 4,000 miles across Canada and the US later in 2013. Image:

Adventurer Sarah will row, cycle and kayak over 25,000 miles, returning to the UK around September 2014... 51

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Sarah is half-way through an epic 25,000 mile journey around the world which saw her leave Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tower Bridge in April 2011. Image: Alex Hibbert


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“It was much more about the mental challenge, and about the correct frame of mind than physical fitness and endurance.” says Sarah, who broke a number of records during her endeavour.


“I was the youngest woman to row across any ocean, the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean and the first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean.” says Sarah. Her feat would involve rowing for 124 days, trying to maintain a ‘normal’ routine of resting at night and rowing during the day. With no support boat and no other people for literally thousands of miles around, Sarah would make the most of windows of good weather and row for up to 12 hours a day, with continuous strokes for an hour or two and a few minutes rest in-between for a drink. “Strangely, loneliness wasn’t a challenge.” she says. “And anything that could compromise your sense of self-belief has to be beaten. I had audio books, my iPod and would keep busy by doing things like my laundry and updating my blog.” There were, of course, low parts to the trip, not least the first of five occasions when she capsized. “It was a massive wake-up call the first time it happened.” she says.

“I knew I wanted to take a year out before deciding what to do next.” says Sarah. I anticipated a year of speaking engagements or teaching, but the question everyone kept asking was ‘what happens next?’” It was a question I was asking myself, but when I was giving a talk at Windsor Castle, and Prince Edward asked me the question I replied, almost on impulse ‘I don’t know, 2011, 2012?’ That set the wheels in motion for London 2 London Via the World.” Sarah’s current challenge is to complete a lap of the planet using only human power - that means rowing oceans, cycling continents and kayaking the remaining blue bits in between. The epic journey will support four of Sarah’s favourite charities, raising £100,000, or £1 for each charity for every mile of the journey.

Sarah’s current challenge is to complete a lap of the planet using only human power - that means rowing oceans, cycling continents and kayaking the remaining blue bits in between...

“With nobody around you, you realise just how lucky you are to be alive after the boat rights itself and it’s over. Life is very short and very previous, and with nobody around to talk to about it, you have plenty of time to dwell on the fact.” “Still you have to rationalise your fear. You can’t ignore it, but it’s like talking to a child. We all shy away from doing things that scare us, but you have to acknowledge fear and rationalise it.” Sarah describes the moment she returned from her 2009 voyage in remarkably restrained terms. It was, she says, a sense of achievement, tinged with a feeling that she’ll miss the boat, which she described as more of a team member than an object, and worry about being around people again, having spend so long in her own company.

CoppaFeel! was set up by Sarah’s friend Kristin Hallenga and aims to raise awareness of breast cancer in young women, whilst following a diagnosis of breast cancer aged just 23. Sarah is also supporting WaterAid, the charity that aims to bring fresh water and sanitation to third world countries.

“Fresh water is everything.” says Sarah. “I quickly realised that whilst I was at sea. “It’s inconceivable that people in this world take for granted a resource that is, in other countries, so rare and that means the difference between life and death, so the work that Water Aid does is crucial.” Sarah’s other charities include the MND Association which funds and promotes research into Motor Neurone Disorder. “One of my friends is dying from the disease - he’s optimistic that, one day, there will be a cure, but funding continued research is really important.” she says. Sarah is also supporting the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which provides adventure sailing holidays for both able-bodied and disabled people; Sarah is the charity’s Vice-Patron. Sarah set off in April 2011, and but for the interruption by Tropical Storm Mawar, she would still be completing the

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Sarah’s 25,000 mile journey will raise £100,000... or £1 a mile for each of the four charities she is supporting. Opposite, picture by Sam Coghlan.

>> 25,000 mile trip in an uninterrupted loop. However, the intervention of the Japanese tsunami in March 2011 compelled Sarah to want to spend her pre-planned break in Japan over winter helping with clean-up efforts in the country. Landing in Chosi in November 2011, Sarah spent the winter in Japan completing volunteer work and set off again in May 2012, returning on June 10th 2012 after her journey was interrupted 500 miles away from the Japanese Coast.


When she resumes her trip in Spring, Sarah will travel from Japan over 4,500 nautical miles, rowing due East across the Pacific to Canada. There, she will take a break for around a month before cycling through Canada and into the US, west-to-east, before completing the trip with a trans-Atlantic row of 2,500 miles back to the UK.

Hudson, Dr Caroline Knox and Dr Briony Nicholls as well as Project Manager Mel Johnson, sponsorship co-ordinator Rebecca Rees, and PR/Events team Lizzie Ford & Jenny Ellery.

The loss of her previous boat Gulliver though, was a real blow to Sarah, who picked up Gulliver’s sister craft from its Cornwall manufacturer just a day before our interview. The coastguard removed her GPS equipment, so the boat “We’re not sure where we’ll land yet, that’s still undecided.” couldn’t be positioned and recovered. The cost of replacing says Sarah. “But I’ll probably complete the journey with a the boat is significant, as Gulliver was fully equipped, cycle ride back to London to reach Tower Bridge around featuring an on-board desaliniSeptember or October of 2014. sation unit which provided People think I just train and fresh water, enough rations to Currently though, Sarah is taking a feed Sarah during her trip, well-deserved if unexpected break to row, but in fact it’s just like satellite communication equipenjoy Christmas with her family and running a business - there ment and VHF radio, solar friends as Pride goes to press before panels as well as a sleeping resuming preparations. are plenty of meetings with cabin with harness for rough “People think I train and row, but in sponsors, and it takes a good seas. fact it’s just like running a business.” Constructed of kevlar and deal of coordination to put says Sarah, casting, it must be said, fibreglass with spare oars, the somewhat of a more sobering image the team together... boat is just under seven metres of life as an international adventurer. long and is self-righting, which is just as well, as Sarah has “The financial implications both of the trip itself and the capsized more than 20 times; a reminder of just how much donations to the charities, which must be kept separate, are of a challenge Sarah’s expedition is. really important. I spend a good deal of time in meetings, Despite the risks though, Sarah remains more than fundraising and giving talks.” enthusiastic, albeit modest, about her achievements. “It’s a bit of a chicken and egg situation; you have to “As soon as I get into the boat I know that’s it.” says Sarah. raise the money to obtain the boat and kit in order to be able “I have to give it absolutely everything, stay the course and to embark on the fundraising itself. I’ve been very lucky with never give into fear.” sponsors who have donated both kit and kind.” You can catch up with Sarah’s journey at In addition, Sarah is supported by a great team based in the UK including support kayaker and camera operator Justine Curgenven, number cruncher George Outen and a team of doctors and sports psychotherapists including Dr Sean 54

This month Sarah is presenting a talk about her adventure, A Night with Sarah Outen, at Stamford’s Arts Centre on Thursday 31st January from 7.30pm. For tickets call the Box Office on 01780 763203. In addition, her book, A Dip in the Ocean was published in 2011 and describes her 2009 expedition.

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When she resumes her journey this Spring, Sarah will row around 4,500 nautical miles from Japan to Canada...

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Osbourne & Littleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kinloch range takes its inspiration from the Highlands, but with a contemporary colour palette of raspberry, red, green and warm grey.


Keep it Country Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green and pleasant land is a country of beautiful natural fabrics and prints, from tweed to tartan, hard-wearing linen to luxurious silk... Words: Hannah Turcan, furleys ltd.

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Robert Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewel and Damasque fabrics are a personal favourite of interior designer Alison Hutchinson. 57

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The mix of natural marled wool yarns used in ZoďŹ&#x20AC;anyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garrick sofa in subtle, glowing colours and natural linen yarns give contrast and texture to the designs. These are recommended by Uppingham based Sarah Harding Interiors. 59

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Comora and Murano from Parkertex - bold, lively colour palettes and cool, contemporary neutrals have been designed to harmonise bright colours and traditional designs; recommended by Alison Hutchinson.

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Montrose from Zoffany’s Tinto Wools collection.

Manuel Canovas’s new Aurore in Rose (walling) and Gaspard in taupe/rose (chair).

arm, luxurious and tactile natural fabrics are the best way to create a warm, happy room this winter. With our favourite designers’ suggestions for bright and beautiful colour schemes, you’ll find it easy to combine a traditional fabric or design with a bright and brilliant colour that will continue to look great into the warmer months.


both share the same vision. Ask to see samples of their work and be sure to convey your tastes and style in the first meeting, this will help you both to formulate a brief together and allow you to understand what will be involved during the design process and gain an idea of the costs for your project.

Our recommendation is to always use a local soft furnishings specialist who can create bespoke sofa and chair coverings, cushions and curtains to create a truly beautiful bespoke room, and one who can combine fabrics from different collections with real skill to create an individual look.

Whether that will be a love for furniture, period properties or the feeling of being lost in the tactile delights of reams of fabric.

Finding the right designer for your property requires some searching, most importantly you need to be sure that you

Designers can be led by a love for all things creative and you will often find that their passion will be for a particular area of the design process.

Find a designer who can inspire you with their own particular love and be passionate about your home no matter how big or small your project is. As with fashion, you will find that interior trends will change with the seasons. 65

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Montrose from Zoffany’s Tinto Wools collection.

J&L Ball’s recommendation is Sacha by Alhambra.

Natural colours look great in period properties, whilst heritage patterns with modern, eclectic hues can help to reconcile the two in an energetic scheme for a contemporary look in a traditional home... One look that has held tight for the past few seasons is checks, stripes and tweeds. Gone are the days of only having the option for traditional green and red tartans to make way for the use of a multitude of colours, designs and textures. These patterns can be found in a number of new fabric collections from top designers and can transform a room, keeping it classic and timeless but still on-trend. In particular, it’s a great way of making a traditional property look ‘younger’ - reconciling traditional fabrics with bright colours for a really contemporary look. Always opt for a consultation with an interior designer or soft furnishing specialist and mix and match fabrics, either within one collection or across brands, to ensure a range of fabric whilst still achieving a consistant look. A sofa with plain fabrics or subtle design can take advantage of more elaborate scatter cushions or a variety of cushions that 68

employ different fabrics; this creates a great sense of contrast and enables you to bring in more textures for a richer look and feel to your room. In a formal drawing room, employ furnishings and patterns commensurate with the size of your room, and don’t be afraid to be bold in your use of colour, especially in period properties. All too often, individuals decorating their own home are too cautious for fear of creating a garish look, shying away from bold colours and strong patterns. That’s why a professional designer, free from this timid approach to interior design, will produce a bolder, more dramatic but more effective room scheme. Combined with their breadth of knowledge of different fabrics and collections and with their technical knowledge, a professional can utilise designer fabrics for a really bespoke look that will look ‘properly’ designed instead of just decorated.

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Remember that bespoke furnishings also go beyond just fabrics. Companies around the county can create bespoke dining sets, bespoke sofas that are designed and made to your specification from frame to filler, and beds that are as hand-crafted as your bespoke kitchen. The overall aim should generally be the creation of a home that reflects your personality and style, and remains completely unique, free from the sameiness and lack of individuality that plagues high street companies and multinational furniture chains. Few people who employ a professional interior designer say they will return to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;going it alone;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; achieving a better look and a having a helping hand throughout your home improvements means the investment in time and expertise from a professional with a good eye for design is definitely worth your while! 72


Albany from Jane Churchill is a tweed fabric shown here in soft green, lilac and orange.

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, What s On in January

£ NEw yEAR’S EVE celebrate New year’s Eve in style at Stapleford Park’s gala Dinner. The evening’s celebrations kick off with a champagne reception at 7.00pm with the piper announcing dinner at 8.15pm. after a sumptuous six course gala dinner music and dancing will begin with live band, Flipside. a piper will usher in the New year with complimentary champagne for each guest and auld Lang Syne before a late night buffet is served. Tickets are £150 per person, dress code is black Tie and carriages are from 1.30am. Tel: 01572 787019 Elsewhere, barnsdale Lodge waves goodbye to 2012 and welcomes in 2013 in style, with a gala New year’s Eve Dinner Dance. 76

Dinner is served in the boutique hotel’s comfortable restaurant, with canapés and champagne on arrival. This is followed by a sumptuous five-course meal followed by fireworks and dancing into 2013 with The houndogs and the hotel’s inhouse disco. Tickets are £90 per person; call for more details. Tel: 01572 724678 Finally, barnsdale hall is rolling out the red carpet with a New year hollywood ball. champagne and canapés, from 7pm, are followed by a themed six-course dinner at 8pm prompt, complete with table magician, music, the chimes of big ben and a disco into the small hours. Tickets are £79.50 per person with accommodation available as an optional extra. Tel: 01572 757901

£ lEARN to PAINt If you’d love to take up a new hobby in 2013 but your strokes don’t match your hopes, this month’s one day course of water colour painting tuition with local artist Sandra Peck may be of interest. Join Sandra to recreate an enchanting view of Normanton church from nearby Rutland Water with its partly submerged old stone church and beautiful reflections. a course for complete novices, Sandra’s step-by-step demonstrations are perfect for seasoned artists and novices alike and, together with a lovely lunch in the barnsdale gardens Tea Room, make for a wonderfully relaxing day. 10.30am-4pm. Price £69, including lunch. Tel: 01572 813200

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£ AlADDIN This year’s Pantomime fun comes courtesy of Polka Dot - NB: file photo.

£ lEt’S hANG oN A popular tribute act this month celebrating Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, appearing at the Corn Exchange this month.

£ ENjoy lIVE MuSIc

£ joIN thE RAMblERS


back at Stamford’s corn Exchange by popular demand and enjoying an outstanding run on the crest of West End musical, The Jersey boys. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute act Let's hang on is proving a smash hit!

Enjoy british wildlife on a Ramblers’ group walk. Takes place at braunston, meet at 10 or call the Walk Leader for exact meeting point/time. Non-members of the Ramblers’ association are welcome; see our feature in this edition.

Live @ The museum this month is oakham’s m&m Theatrical Productions company hosting its christmas production Peter Pan throughout January.

The group is an amazing live band which performs, with great accuracy ‘an outstanding tribute’ to the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons...

Tel: 01572 755718

The music of Frankie Valli is recognised around the world for its legendary falsetto lead vocal & incredible doo-wop harmonies. Featuring the group’s favourite hits; Sherry, big girls Don't cry, Rag Doll, Walk Like a man, Dec '63 (oh What a Night) and can't Take my Eyes off you. Tel: 01780 766455

Tel: 01780 763203 Following the great success of aladdin, Polka Dot returns to Stamford’s arts centre with family favourite Sleeping beauty; full of magic, laughter, audience participation and spectacular surprises! Packed full of fun, magic and adventure, this enchanting fairytale of laughter and joy will captivate all ages. Stunning special effects, spectacular scenery, a good helping of fairy dust and a fire breathing dragon! Tickets £10-£12. Tel: 01780 763203 77

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The Harborough Singers were absolutely wonderful !

THE EVENT NSPCC Christmas Carol Concert It’s the must-visit event of the festive season and we were delighted to be invited! Oakham’s All Saints’ Church was the venue for the NSPCC’s annual Christmas Carol Concert. Singers and those on the committee of the sixth such event were hoping to smash last year’s incredible £17,000 figure, with 400 attendees digging deep to enable the NSPCC to help children from disadvantaged or abusive backgrounds. The event featured carols from The Harborough Singers and music from the Foresters Brass group. A little additional help was granted from the audience, not least with a rousing chorus of The Twelve Days of Christmas which was delivered with lots of exuberance, before a champagne and canapé reception at Oakham Castle. To support the charity, see or call 0808 800 5000. Words and Photos: Rob Davis

Over 400 guests attended the sell-out event at Oakham’s All Saints’ Church.

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A Christmas blessing was delivered by Reverend Dominic Coad, right.

Guest speakers performing humorous seasonal readings included David Farrer, Tim Hart and Nigel Colborn.

VIPs included Rosemary Conley and Anne Davis. Caroline Aston was the event’s NSPCC’s compere.

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£ Burton hathow

£ copthill

Focus on - Education for Everyone... this month we’ve asked some oF the countY’s Best independent schools to tell us whY theY provide the Best academic start For their pupils, and exceptional pastoral care too...

£ Burton hathow

£ copthill school

£ kesteven

An exciting era of independent education has just arrived in lincolnshire. Burton hathow preparatory school, a new preparatory school located off the a57 close to Burton waters, is the creation of a team of specialist educationalists whose aim is simple - to provide the very finest in education to the children of lincolnshire. Burton hathow preparatory, set in acres of beautiful woodland, will educate children aged 2-11 to the very highest standard.

Copthill School is a flourishing hub of education and we are delighted that our reputation is such that there are now waiting lists for places in most year groups.

and grantham girls’ school

language, music, drama and art all compliment the core subjects of maths, english and science. pupils will be taught by subject specialists from Year 3 upwards, and even the youngest children of the school receive language tuition from the head of modern Foreign languages! the Burton hathow nursery is also open all year round, and will provide care for its children from 7:45am-6:00pm. 84

a new creative/technology suite will be opening at easter 2013, and will provide pupils with specific teaching rooms for science, art & design and drama. copthill continues to excel academically, featuring 42nd in the sunday times top independent schools based on recent sats results. we have seen a rise in the number of pupils taking the 11+ over recent years with 100% success for grammar school entry this academic year. pupils will also be taking a wide range of entry tests for local independent schools early this year and we look forward to celebrating their continued success.

“KGGS is an outstanding school... it produces successful, mature and confident young women who are well equipped to succeed in the next stages of their education and lives.” said ofsted in 2011. recently celebrating its centenary, the school offers a broad range of academic subjects and has high expectations for all its students. it achieves excellent examination results at both gcse and at ‘a’ level, ranking it among the best performing schools in the country. the sixth Form is a very popular, attracting large numbers of kggs and external students each year who wish to pursue as and a level courses. however, places are often available throughout the year and across all of the school’s key stages.

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Focus on -

£ kggs school


Education for Everyone... £ the priorY lsst

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Boarding at The Priory Academy LSST in lincoln is exclusively for sixth Formers, and has been designed specifically to ensure a smooth transition from school to university and beyond. Boarders and their families enjoy education at one of the country’s top performing schools alongside first-class facilities and pastoral support. the boarding house itself is located on campus, alongside a newly built and fullyequipped sports centre and state-of-theart science centre, with accommodation for up to 60 sixth Form students, all allocated their own bedroom with internet connection and en-suite facilities. the overwhelming majority of the priory’s students progress to their chosen university, and many gain places at the top rated institutions, including oxford and cambridge universities.

Situated in beautiful grounds on the nottinghamshire and derbyshire border, our vibrant community can offer your child an excellent education and a thorough preparation for life. the trent college sixth Form is a vibrant hub within our school where enthusiastic and talented 16 to 18 year olds enjoy a full educational package where extra curricular activities supplement the central core of a robust academic education. our sixth Form provides an excellent opportunity for personal development and is an ideal bridge from school life to the wider world of university and employment. we recognise that competition for top university places are increasingly competitive, therefore we aim to give our students the knowledge and tools to help them succeed in securing these places.

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From a selection of outfits by Sandwich, available from £ OLDRIDS & DOWNTOWN of Boston and  Grantham Above, tan jeans, and charcoal cowl neck jumper. Main, cobalt long cardigan and olive top, olive cardigan and blue jeans.

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Winter Style Tips... Combine clashing hues to use colour in a brash, quirky way...

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>> From a selection of outfits by Sandwich. Outfits from the brand are available from £ SALLY’S of Swaton Orange print long sleeved top and slate grey jacket with cowl neck chunky knit scarf.

Winter Style Tips... Exploit different textures by layering fabrics like chunky wool knits and leather look leggings... 92

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>> From a selection of outfits by Sandwich, available from £ OLDRIDS & DOWNTOWN of Boston and  Grantham Printed chiffon top with olive jeans.


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THE FASHION PAGES >> Charcoal wool jacket, with printed red and black top, red jeans.


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Winter Style Tips... Red is a colour that will feature strongly in Spring collections. Add crimson to your 2013 colour palette...

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} Weddings }


Vicki Lewis & Drew Semple There could be no bride more organised than Vicki Lewis who maintained no fewer than three to-do lists in the run up to her wedding, but planning makes perfect, and the couple were at least able to relax and enjoy their wedding day in the county... Photos: Do It Momma Photography - Tel: 07951 030114 Website:

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We were both quite nervous as the day grew nearer. I took too long getting ready and was 20 minutes late for the ceremony, which didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help Drewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nerves!

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We had five bridesmaids, three best men and seven ushers which was quite a crowd but it was lovely having such a big group involved in our big day!

I knew my dress was the one for me!


here are so many little things you don’t think of when planning a wedding! I was very lucky I had a lot of support from family and friends, I had a huge folder with everything organised in sections I had at least three ‘to do’ lists going at any one time! Drew and I met in 2005 when he was staying with mutual friends.

whilst this was not it, it was perfect nonetheless. It was ivory, with a sweetheart neckline, corseted top and subtly embellished bodice, it was beautiful but understated. The wedding grew and grew, with five bridesmaids, three best men and seven ushers, but it was lovely having a huge group involved in our big day.

We held the reception at my uncle and aunt’s golf club, We’d been together for 18 months when Drew went down which made organising the day much easier and with canapés on one knee over supper at a local restaurant. He had even and champagne on arrival, our photographs were able to be seen my parents the day before the meal to ask permission The day was really relaxed, just the way we wanted  which I think is so romantic! We decided the theme had to be ivory, gold and coral, and that we’d marry on the seventh of the month, this being our lucky number and the number of our house.

it to be, from champagne and canapés at the  reception to a wonderful honeymoon in St Lucia

It’s impossible not to sound clichéd, but its true; once I had tried the dress on I knew it was the right one for me. In my mind I always had an idea of what I thought I wanted and

taken in beautiful surroundings. The day was really relaxed, just the way we wanted it to be, and everyone we chose to be part of our day really took the role on with enthusiasm and helped in so many different areas.

Photographer -  Do It Momma  Photography  Tel: 07951 030114 www.shootit.doit  Wedding Venue -  Rutland Water  Golf Club Tel: 01572 737525 Marquee Hire -  Luxury Marquees Tel: 01780 729201 Wedding Catering -  Nick and Amanda Healey Tel: 01572 723199

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Kate & Bryan Were married recently at Hitchin Priory. A reception afterwards was also held there with a brilliant magician to entertain the guests. They spent their honeymoon in Vegas and Mexico! Dean’s Street  Photography Studio – Tel: 01572 757643

H an na h & A da m Recently married and als o held their reception at Branston Ha ll Hotel. Jake Marshall was the Bes t Man. The day was so beautiful, not a cloud in the sky! Ali Lovegrove Photograp hy - Tel: 07735 974799 www.alilovegrovephotog

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Photographic M emories You’ll rememBer Your Big daY For the rest oF Your liFe, But don’t relY on memories alone; wedding photographer ed godden this month reveals the top ten shots that all Brides should Be aBle to treasure long aFter the wedding cake has Been cut and the conFetti has Fallen...

Words and images: Ed Godden

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ong after your wedding cake has been eaten and the flowers have wilted, your photographs will prove a lasting legacy for the happiest day of your life. Remember that photography and videography are not interchangeable, and each serves a very different purpose. Whilst a wedding DVD will provide a literal record of your day, with the moments, funny outbursts and expressions you may have missed, wedding photographs, when kept on your mantelpiece or on your desk at the office, have the potential to be moments frozen in time. It’s important, then, to freeze them perfectly, and to do so with a high level of both technical and creative mastery. Fortunately, the advent of digital cameras plus Photoshop and a new generation of technology-savvy digital photographers has provided brides with the greatest ever scope for creative, clever and artistically shot images. In general, most photographers will shoot a combination of formal (i.e: staged) and reportage photography (i.e: unposed, unobtrusive, on-the-fly). Look for a photographer who values natural light, as well as being competent with flash, one that can provide an album as well as digital images.

Main image, reportage photograph is ad-hoc, rather than posed. It’s a great technique for capturing natural expressions and suits shots of a bride getting ready in the morning.

Expect to pay between £1,000-£2,500 for a good photographer who includes post-production work; there are some who provide an ‘images on the same day’ service which is certainly convenient, but images reach their customers untouched and this service usually doesn’t include professional prints and albums. Here, we’ve asked one of the area’s most experienced wedding photographers to provide his recommendations for the top ten must-capture shots of the day, and for advice when you’re looking for your wedding photographer. 111

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1. I’m Getting Married in the Morning: Many brides opt out of having their photos taken in the morning. We always encourage brides to allow photographers to shoot them preparing for the big day. “It’s amazing how many interesting and beautiful images you can capture in such a small amount of time, and in just the surroundings of your bedroom’s four walls!” says Ed. The first drop of champagne for breakfast, the finishing touches to your hair and make-up, the proud father looking on as his daughter walks down the stairs in her wedding dress... these images all need to be captured forever! 2. The Small Details: A growing trend over the past few years has been the importance of shooting the fine details. Whether it’s the rings placed on an interesting texture, or the bride and groom’s place names at the top table, these incidental images help to break up any wedding album from just being a book of ‘people pictures.’ 3. I do! If you’re lucky enough to have an easy-going vicar or registrar, that doesn’t mind photos being taken during the ceremony, you can get really memorable images of the two of you exchanging your vows and saying those all important words; ‘I do!’ (or even better, a ‘you may kiss the bride’ shot).

The first drop of champagne for breakfast, the finishing  touches to your hair and make-up, the proud father looking  on as his daughter walks down the stairs in her wedding dress... All of these images need to be captured and preserved forever!

Far left, digital technology has made the creation of contrasty, artistically posed formal images easy. As well as reportage, left, detail shots of shoes, the cake, flowers etc, shown above, are really fashionable.

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Formal shots still feature in many photographers’ remit, but they can still look formal and fun.

Below left; our photography expert Ed Godden.

A professional photographer can still get capture images on dark or overcast days, above, in dark rooms, below, or in difficult conditions like your first dance, right. Don’t leave the responsibility of photographing your wedding to a well-meaning family friend!

4. Capture the Kids: Whether they’re screaming in the church, or looking as cute as a button, running around the grounds of your venue, there’s no getting away from the fact that kids can make very picturesque subjects for photographs. 5. Just the Two of Us: Both brides and grooms can be camera shy. If you or your husband-to-be aren’t particularly fond of having your photos taken, the opportunity of having a pre-wedding shoot with your photographer is always a good idea. “I always offer a pre-wedding shoot as standard on my packages as it means I not only have the chance to get to know my couple, but they also have a free photoshoot and benefit from seeing how I work, and also which poses work for them.” says Ed. “Experience of a shoot with me beforehand helps them to relax on the big day which results in better images.” 6. All Together Now: Some modern photographers are not huge fans of boring group shots where the whole family are lined up, resembling a football team defending a free kick. So, how do you make these must-haves a more fun shot? “Personally, I just get the group to hold hands, spread out, walk towards me and look happy.” says Ed. “If I’m really lucky and happen to be shooting at a stunning venue, I make sure that this is in the background of the image.” 115

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7. Speeches: One the most emotional parts of any wedding is the speeches, from the father of the bride, to the groom and the best man. Whether it’s a tear coming from the bride, groom, or a family member sat at one of the tables, make sure your photographer is keeping an eye out for people showing their emotions. It’s images like this that add drama and atmosphere to your final wedding album. 8. Cutting the Cake: One of the most traditional photographs to be taken at any wedding is the cake-cutting shot. “I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding and not seen the happy couple scream out for a shot of them cutting the cake.” says Ed. It may not be the most imaginative image of the day, but you’ve paid a lot of money for the cake... at least get a shot of you with it before all your friends and family eat the lot! 9. First Dance: It’s been a heck of a long day, and no doubt it fels like it has gone too quickly. Everyone has enjoyed a drink or two and it’s time for you and your other half to take to the dance floor for the first dance. All eyes are on you, including the lens of the official photographer and in a dark room with a moving subject, this is one of the trickiest shots to capture... it really highlights the difference between a poor photographer and a good one. The first dance is quite intimate, with the couple really close together, holding one another tenderly. So, make sure that your snapper concentrates on shooting an image that really captures the moment. The lights, the crowd of friends and family in the background, this is a picture-perfect situation if ever there was one. 10. Relax and Enjoy the Day: You may want to get great shots of you both looking stunning, but you also have to make sure you enjoy the most important day of you life. Try to imagine that the official photographer isn’t there; that they’re just one of the guests. This way the photographer will not only get more natural photos of you, but you’ll also make the most of your wedding day.

ED GODDEN PHOTOGRAPHY Ed Godden is a wedding and family portrait photographer based in the county. With over 16 years experience, Ed has shot everything from celeb A-listers to members of the royal family, to Premiership football games and the war in Bosnia. Tel: 07977 559853 Web: Email: 119

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Shooting Brake historically a ‘shooting brake’ was the term given to a posh estate car, one more adroit for heavy trips to harvey nicks than lugging a load of landed-up labradors... and there’s no smarter model than mercedes Benz’s sleek new cls model...


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The interior is tastefully finished and well-appointed with a lovely leather dash. The cherry wood boot is nice too, but as it’s a £4,000 extra and given that it’s less practical than carpet, it’s one optional extra we’ll live without!


ercedes Benz cars are beautiful. It’s true that BMW rivals generally have the edge on ride and handling. It’s also true that Audis have build quality nothing short of bullet proof with exceptional ergonomics and lots of kit. Still, there’s something about a three-pointed star that gives a car a touch of class, and nothing but nothing has more class than the firm’s Shooting Brake CLS. The term is now somewhat dated, but Shooting Brake traditionally referred to a pre-war car made to carry rich shooting parties - space and luxury were crucial. Over the years, less costly estate cars, Land Rovers and pick-ups rendered the shooting brake redundant, save for a few motoring oddities like the Ferrari FF.

The firm’s E-Class may offer a larger boot and  wider tailgate, but look at the CLS... it’s beautiful  from any angle with a gracefully curved rear

Mercedes Benz CLS250CDi Price: £49,360. Engine: 2.1V4 16v diesel. Performance: 0-60mph 7.8secs, top speed 146mph. Fuel economy: 53.3 combined. Equipment: Leather, electric seats, windows, mirrors. climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth.

Still, Mercedes has resurrected the term and remained faithful to the remit of creating a posh estate. They’ve grafted it onto their CLS model which itself is somewhat of a motoring anomaly; an executive saloon that pretends to be a coupé, and visa versa. It’s true that the company offers a comparably sized estate in the form of its E-Class model, which is also considerably cheaper and has a more practical boot. What you can’t deny, though, is that the CLS Shooting Brake is drop-dead gorgeous from any angle and has a beautifully appointed interior.

Prices start from a snip under £50,000 for a CLS250CDi and rise, both through AMG Sport trim and larger engines, to the dizzy heights of £83,000 for the 6.3V8 AMG model. There’s really no need to opt for anything more than the base model which, with a 2.1 four cylinder diesel engine, will still sprint to 60mph in 7.8 seconds, reach 146mph at full tilt and still return 53.3mpg combined, or 60mpg on the motorway. In short, there’s plenty of power without going further up the range. As an executive car, even our base CLS came well appointed with 18” alloys, seven speed automatic gearbox, air suspension, power tailgate, windows & front seats, climate control, cruise control, wood and leather, sat nav, Bluetooth, and DAB radio with iPod integration. A £3,000 Luxury package provides higher quality leather upholstery and leather covered dash plus a choice of more contemporary colourways. Dig a little deeper and you’ll enjoy heated seats, adaptive cruise, air conditioned seats with massagers and a TV tuner. One option we’re happy to live without is the wood-lined boot. It looks lovely, but it should, given that it’s a £4,000 extra. We’d avoid the bling AMG models too, with their aggressive body kits and firm ride, opting instead for a few optional extras such as the firm’s adaptive cruise control and a wider colour palette for the car’s interior. The Shooting Brake’s ride is pliable in base trim, if a little firm on AMG models, with larger wheels and sport-tuned suspension. Ride quality is acceptable, but quieter on well-maintained motorways rather than the county’s bumpy back-roads. For load-carrying ability, the svelte lines of the CLS is not as conducive as the more conservative E-Class, and a BMW 5-Series with V6 diesel in MSport trim will provide a sharper drive for the same money. Nonetheless, for driver appeal, class and beautiful looks, the CLS is stylish and luxurious as well as being brilliantly built. The car’s only achilles heel is the cost of all the special extras that transform the CLS from a less-practical estate into a true Shooting Brake from days gone by.

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