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contents 12>> Do This ISSUE 57 MAR/APR19 Glory be! The spring has sprung and how happy that makes us feel at Luxe HQ. The commute gets brighter, the days lengthen and there’s an optimism in the air that’s as jolly as a bendy tulip. Setting our magazine stall out for spring, we’re as abundant as a flourshing farmers’ market with pages bursting with ideas for cool things to do, places to go and new challenges to try. Nothing too taxing of course, we always add in some prescribed downtime and a dose of mindfulness with every edition of Luxe. But let us lure you to the land of luxury in the form of new spas visited, luxe hotels to recommend and gorgeous getaway spots for the family to enjoy. Not to mention checking in with some truly fascinating folks from the North East doing good stuff in our favourite worlds of food and drink, arts and culture, homes and happy places. It’s definitely the time of year when we get excited about new things, so you’ll be more than nourished by our curated collection of luxe goodness. And if weddings are on your mind, prepare to be dazzled by our spot-on Essentials guide to a big day with flourish! Remember to check in with us online at luxe-magazine.co.uk or sign up for our weekly Luxe Loves The Weekend newsletter. See us on social at: Twitter: @TheLuxeMagazine Instagram: @theluxemagazine Facebook: @luxemag
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Spring’s culture fling
20>> Luxe List Cool stuff on our radar
22>> Studio tour Old Bath House Studios
30>> Bloom Gorgeous floral fashion
42>> Spa stay The Falls at Lodore
44>> Hepple heroes Meet the gin makers
48>> Yoga time Ellie Davison Archer is one of the artists at the Old Bath House Studios in Broomhill, Northumberland, which we feature in this edition. Ellie’s trademark is beautiful bee drawings. Her luxe things in life are the simple things: “sketchbooks, beach walks and gin!”
56>> Getaways Family time together
58>> Cook House Open for business
68>> Party palace Georgian glam in Norton
72>> David Olusoga Home with history on TV
78>> Luxe local Off to Corbridge
86>> Social Diary
Walter Riddell makes Hepple Gin. His luxe things: “Hepple, my family’s land in the middle of Northumberland - a wild place. My 1930s martini coupes - heavy, cut lead glass. And my family. I love how, as you grow older, the boundaries of what ‘family’ means broadens into a very wide array of people.”
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Jules Quinn is the entrepreneur behind TeaShed and an ambassador for charity, Children North East. Her luxe things include holidays in Asia, mooching round London’s street markets and a Margharita meet-up with her sister at Pleased To Meet You in Newcastle.
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Deneholme, Norton Village Originally built in 1810, this beautiful, centrally-located Georgian townhouse on Norton High Street is undergoing a sympathetic refurbishment by the Future ID team. On completion it will incorporate four large bedrooms, two bathrooms, larder, utility room and a charming walled garden with offstreet parking for two cars The entrance of this painstakingly-restored Georgian townhouse at 60 High Street, Norton immediately marks out an outstanding property. That’s because all the details and specification were hand-picked by Iain Crowder, head of design at Northern Pulp Design, who also oversaw the home’s full restoration and interior design. Future Investments & Developments have ensured that the property, built between 1805 and 1815, has been brought back to its original state, repairing staircase fittings, reinstating original coving, and finishing surfaces in historically accurate colours. The result is a large four-bedroom residence
that exudes historic charm without sacrificing contemporary comfort, creating a seamless blend of old and new and making the most of the property’s stunning architecture. The main living area occupies the ground floor and comprises; living room, utility room, downstairs cloakroom, and the stunning open-plan kitchen,
dining and family room - a place that makes up the “heart of the home,” according to Iain. The kitchen in traditional shaker style against soft white walls transforms this area into a comfortable yet practical living space. A larder hints to the history of homes of this period and acts as the perfect place to store kitchen non-essentials. Upstairs are three large bedrooms and a family bathroom, and on the top floor an impressive master suite, with wet room and walk-in closet. Rounding out the efficiently arranged 1,926 - square-foot property is a walled garden, private off-street parking and electrical car charging facilities. Located centrally on Norton High St in the conservation area, this outstanding Georgian Town House can be viewed by contacting: Karen Austin Future Estates Sales Consultant 07856 116 184
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JULES QUINN Entrepreneur, Jules Quinn, is well-known as the brains behind ‘pimp your drinks’ company Popaball, creating ‘bursting bubbles’ and ‘shimmer’ for G&Ts and prosecco. Jules is also MD of TeaShed, which she set up eight years ago after graduating from Northumbria Uni. She is an ambassador for the charity, Children North East, which has just celebrated ten years of support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. LUXE PEOPLE >> My family and our team at work. When I started out I was told I shouldn’t employ family and friends, but for my business, it works great. Everyone truly cares and loves it and we make a great team. Importantly, they all respect that, when needed, I have final say, but equally, I always listen to everyone’s ideas and thoughts. LUXE PLACES >> For a weekend > At home. I live in Heaton with my husband and dog. I like to freestyle recipes... with mixed results! A long holiday > Somewhere in Asia. It would involve a bit of travelling, shopping, eating and some lazy days by the beach. A treat > Seaham Hall Spa with an overnight stay. You can walk around wearing only a robe! LUXE RELAX >> Best food > Anything my mum has cooked! She makes the best soup in the world. Best wine > I’m more of a pint of lager kind of gal. Although I’m really loving the alcohol-free versions for school nights Favourite restaurant > Dobson and Parnell on Queen Street, Newcastle. Perfect weekend > Saturdays are for gym, shopping, Margaritas and nibbles with my sister at Pleased to Meet You. Sundays - a country walk and a family Sunday dinner. Downtime means > I’m an ambassador for Children North East, a fantastic charity which means a great deal to me. I would not be where I am today without the stability of my family. I know there are many who are not as fortunate as me, so independently and through Children North East, I like to help young people where I can. Best telly > Just finished ‘YOU’ on Netflix - that was pretty good. Best sounds > Craig Charles’ funk and soul show on BBC Radio 6 Music LUXE SHOP >> Best shopping city > London markets. Start at Brick Lane then walk up to the flower market at Columbia Road, Bethnal Green. I’d buy fresh eucalyptus stalks and lilies. Favourite shop > It’s got to be Fenwick. They were the first retailer to stock TeaShed and then four years later, Popaball. LUXE RETAIL TREAT >> Best buy > My first hand-operated sealing machine for Popaball. It cleared out the bank but it worked! LUXE PARTY >> A memorable night out > After a festival was rained off, my sister and I went home via Manchester and stumbled across a street party. Perfect party > Our wedding night at Baltic where we had an eight-piece band. I didn’t stop smiling and dancing the whole night - fuelled by love and drinking Margaritas out of a giant glass cocktail vase! Best dress > My wedding dress. Made with ostrich feathers on the base and beading on top. It was magical. Dinner date > My husband and I going to The Northumberland Hussar in Heaton, snuggled in a corner eating a burger, drinking a pint and talking about business for hours. YOUR LUXE THINGS IN LIFE >> My health. That is priceless.
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Stay in >> go out >> enjoy Time to brighten the days with some diary dates that take in the best of the North’s cultural offerings. Exciting times ahead 12 MARCH Adapted from the hit film ‘Ghost’ comes Ghost - The Musical! Featuring the classic song ‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers and other music co-written by Sunderland-born Dave Stewart. The movie Ghost has proven to be one of cinema’s biggest all-time hits. Starring the late Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg it was the highest grossing film of 1990 and won an Oscar for screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin who has adapted his screenplay for this musical. Agtickets.com
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Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras. Performed by stand-up poet Kate Fox and actor Joanna Holden, a comic and thoughtprovoking show about the real Northern Powerhouse, Northern Women – the sung and the unsung! arconline.co.uk northernstage.co.uk
15 MARCH Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club and combining world-class live jazz alongside rare archive photos and video footage, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take you on a guided musical tour of this music institution set amongst the dive bars and jazz joints of London’s Soho. Hosted and performed by the award-winning Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, led by the club’s musical director. darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk
The works of artists Francis Bacon and Ellen Gallagher find a home at Newcastle‘s Hatton Gallery, the first exhibition in a new strand examining the visual synergies between different artists’ bodies of work. Irish-born artist Francis Bacon is one of the most important and celebrated painters of the last century, best known for his idiosyncratic approach to the human figure. Ellen Gallagher, considered one of the most acclaimed contemporary artists to have emerged from North America since the mid-1990s, explores issues of race, identity and transformation. Bacon’s oil painting Study for Portrait No.6, 1956-7, is one of the most iconic works in the Hatton collection. Specifically, the exhibition will present a dialogue between seven carefully selected oil paintings by Bacon and a number of works by Gallagher. Hattongallery.org
Check in for an opera and dance double bill at Theatre Royal Newcastle. Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet, Rite of Spring performed by Phoenix Dance Theatre followed by Puccini’s comedy Gianni Schicchi with Opera North. Theatreroyal.co.uk
16 MARCH Well known for his paintings of olympic sport and jazz music, Dave Barden’s artwork takes its stimulus from frequent visits to Italy, where he and his wife, Ali, have a house. The rhythms and shapes of arcades, doorways and windows, combined with the rich colour and textures suggested by worn, eroded building fabric, create rich, evocative abstracted structures. Queenshall.co.uk
Singalong to the smash hit film musical that everyone can’t stop singing - The Greatest Showman! Sunderland Empire is the place to join Hugh, Zan and co with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as joyfully as you want – a live host will teach you a unique set of dance moves as you watch the movie. Agtickets.com
The international smash hit comedy Bouncers comes to Northern Stage. Written by the multi award-winning John Godber, this modern classic will see the boys catapulted into the 21st century. With contemporary music and an updated script to boot, this one’s worth getting dressed up for. northernstage.co.uk
Boro banter is on the menu at Princess Alexandra Auditorium in Yarm as former MFC player favourites Curtis Fleming, Bernie Slaven and Craig Hignett take part in an evening of footie chat and anecdotes. Some VIP meet and greet tickets also available. thepaaonline.ticketsolve.com
A real winner – Calendar Girls the Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth is the award-winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls - a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary. It’s a laugh-cry-cheer showstopper, starring Fern Britton, Anna-Jane Casey, Sara Crowe, Karen Dunbar, Ruth Madoc, Rebecca Storm and Denise Welch. Agtickets.com
Fortune favours the bold Major Family Law, the fastest growing niche family law and divorce firm in the North East, celebrated its 10th year in business this January. Founded in 2009 by Joanne Major, the firm has grown organically from a standing start. Starting off as a sole trader, the firm now boasts a team of 12 specialist lawyers and the appointment last month of well-regarded family law practitioner, Rona Samuel adds gravitas to the firm’s professional armoury. Rona has over 20 years’ experience as a family lawyer, specialising in divorce and financial work. Her broad clientele ranges from high net worth individuals and the professional classes to include a number of well-known media personalities. Having worked in the Tyne Valley for much of her career, Rona has developed a special interest and has gained a wealth of experience working with farming families and the nuances that can come with inherited wealth following the breakdown of a relationship. Rona’s clients comment that she is an intelligent, personable lawyer who is exceptional at building trusted relationships and her strong client care means she has
developed her own loyal client following over many years. Rona says: “I am thrilled to join Major Family Law. It’s a firm widely known to punch well above its weight on every level. It has an enviable super-regional profile among its competitors for the quality of work it attracts and its early embracement of social media with Joanne Major’s stand out innovative and creative approach to marketing.” Major Family Law is the first firm in the region to buck the trend of the archetypal partner model and instead focus their recruitment efforts on attracting experienced consultant lawyers such as Rona. Joanne Major says of her business model: “We offer our consultant lawyers autonomy, total flexibility with attractive fee sharing returns which provide benefits commensurate with their experience and reputation in the market. “I am delighted a lawyer of Rona’s calibre and reputation has joined us as we continue with our expansion plans and strive to be the very best at what we do.” With a reputation for expertise and high net worth financial cases, and matters involving complex business issues, Major Family Law deals with all aspects of family law and
complex private children’s work. During the past 12 months cases have embraced every level of the court process from the Magistrates Court, County Court, High Court as well as Appeal Court. The firm’s lawyers are widely known as being a strong, experienced team - many in excess of 20 years post qualification experience, which is unusual. Together, the team provide a depth of expertise many other practises lack. They combine their legal expertise and emotional intelligence with hard hitting commercial nous in their delivery of professional services.
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21 MARCH Let the jazz cats fly you to the moon as they sing for your supper at Life Science Centre in Newcastle to mark the Museum of the Moon touring artwork. The seven-metre-wide sphere, which will be suspended in the air, allows visitors to explore the Moon’s surface in incredible detail. The artwork fuses imagery captured by the NASA spacecraft Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter with a surround sound composition, created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones. Book a once-in-alifetime dining experience by Museum of the Moon on the night of the Supermoon. At the Supermoon Supper swing singer Paul Skerritt will add to the romantic atmosphere with Moon-inspired music for an evening to remember. life.org.uk/museum-moon
Give little ones a ballet buzz with an hour-long, interactive show, specially adapted for children aged three plus, featuring ballet excerpts performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s dancers and orchestra, interspersed with storytelling scenes. It’s a taster for the company’s performances of Beauty and the Beast at Sunderland Empire. The famous story brought to life with wild waltzes, soaring birds and that famous relationship between Belle and the Beast. Agtickets.com
Applauded across the globe for their stunning live performances, films and TV appearances, BalletBoyz are back with two brand new works, both set to original scores by world-class composers. northernstage.co.uk
Jazz pianist Bill Laurance, three times Grammy winning, world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, dubbed a “jazz maestro” by The Guardian, comes to Sage Gateshead. Laurance is also a member of Snarky Puppy. Sagegateshead.com
Indulge in painterly passions over a perfect pub lunch with artist Lucy Pittaway. Lucy, famed for her bright paintings of Yorkshire landscapes, will be at The Black Bull Moulton with her paintings as she talks about her career. The event features a delicious springtime lunch. Tickets £19.95 per person. theblackbullmoulton.com
11 APRIL Gillian Anderson (X-Files,) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live to Arc cinema from the West End in London. All About Eve, a tale of jealousy and ambition which asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old. Arconline.co.uk
4-8 APRIL The cricket frenzy starts now. ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour hit Durham ahead of the tournament opener at The Oval for England v South Africa. The trophy will visit Castle Cricket Club at Raby Castle, Durham University rowing, Durham Cathedral, Beamish and Durham County Cricket Club in Chester-le-Street – making its tour in an all-electric Nissan Leaf. Icc-cricket.com
Image credit: A section from the mural The Story of the Durham Miners’ Gala. Norman Cornish. © Norman Cornish Limited.
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Legendary bluesman Wilko Johnson is back in robust health and hits the stage at the Princess Alexandra Auditorium in Yarm with his blend of gutsy guitar and showmanship. He’s joined by everyone’s favourite singer songwriter, the everygreen Glenn Tilbrook. thepaaonline.ticketsolve.com
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is back for 2019, bringing two nights of extraordinary adventure to the Playhouse in Whitley Bay. Each night features a different collection of brand-new adrenaline-packed films, with the world’s top adventurers tackling extreme expeditions in the most stunning corners of the planet. Audiences will witness incredible wildernesses, life-changing journeys and spectacular cinematography – all via the big screen. Banff-uk.com
Celebrations to mark the centenary of painter Norman Cornish take place in County Durham. Norman Cornish – A Slice of Life, is on at Mining Art Gallery in Bishop Auckland Market Place. Works on display by Cornish have been chosen by groups from Spennymoor with others selected by Norman’s son, John, and daughter, Ann, to add a special insight into their father’s work. aucklandproject.org In Spennymoor, experience the Story of the Durham Miners’ Gala Mural at Bob Abley Art Gallery. This exhibition tells the fascinating story of a mural depicting the Durham Miners’ Gala, painted by Cornish in 1963. Featuring a range of preparatory paintings, drawings and sketches, the exhibition plots the artist’s journey, and highlights the challenges he faced, from commission of the mural painting by Durham County Council to its completion. Large compositional pieces, images and a range of correspondence, many of which have never before been on public view, also tell the story of the nine-metre mural which remains on display in Durham’s County Hall building at Aykley Heads.
There’s joy at the Bowes Museum which has a new addition to its costume collection, an Yves Saint Laurent suit once owned by Catherine Deneuve. The famous outfit, famously known as ‘Le Smoking’, is based on a man’s tuxedo, encapsulating Yves Saint Laurent’s philosophy about giving women confidence to wear masculine styles. The French actress, who had a life long association with the legendary couturier, has sold over 300 outfits at Christie’s Auction House in Paris. The suit, which had a guide price of 1,000 – 2,000 euros, was successfully bought for 5,625 euros. Joanna Hashagen, The Bowes Museum Curator of Fashion and Textiles, said: “We are truly thrilled to have won this four piece ensemble comprising of a jacket with satin lapels and jewelled button, waistcoat, skirt and trousers in black lace with satin trim. “It will genuinely complement our existing collection and become the final piece of a capsule French haute couture wardrobe that we believe our founder Joséphine Bowes would have worn if she was alive today. Like Catherine Deneuve, she was an actress with exquisite taste and timeless elegance.” thebowesmuseum.org.uk
20 APRIL Calling all fairies, sprites and elves! Flutter down to Sage Gateshead for a magical, musical gathering in the wild woodland of songs, dances and games, all about the mystical fairy world. Be sure to wear fairy-like robes, hats and shoes and join the fantastical musicians for an hour of musical fun for the whole family as part of the Modern Fairies Gatherings. Sagegateshead.com
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23 APRIL Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2019 with its Anniversary Tour. Channelling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac offers a unique opportunity for fans both old and new to rediscover the songs and performances of the most-loved groups of all time. darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk
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Is it hot in here? The question on the lips of Menopause the Musical which heads to Darlington Hippodrome with a cast of well-known female faces. Talk of night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics. Funny, uplifting and laugh-out-loud. darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk
Our highlight of the year actually. Matthew Bourne’s dazzling Swan Lake with its all-male, slightly sinister corps-de-ballet returns to Newcastle. Breathtakingly impressive. theatreroyal.co.uk
MAY 5 The North East Morris Minor Owners Club is hosting a “Classic Cars on the Terrace” event at Bowes Museum. See these firm family favourites as well as a number of other vintage vehicles up close and chat with vehicle owners. To attend this event in your own vehicle contact tracey. email@example.com,uk bowesmuseum.org.uk
27 APRIL With stunning show gardens, amazing plant displays and great shopping, Harrogate Spring Flower Show offers everything you need to get the gardening year off to a great start. New for 2019 is #kerbcouture exploring cutting-edge design ideas from ground-breaking graffiti to the ultimate in urban planting chic. flowershow.org.uk
28 APRIL Classic car fans will the enthralled by the fleet of vintage vehicles on show at the The Gardens, Wynyard wynyardhall.co.uk
Thrills all the way as Samantha Womack is The Girl on the Train in a theatre production of Paula Hawkins’ sizzling novel. Gripping to the max. theatreroyal.co.uk
8 MAY 5 MAY Direct from London’s West End and Broadway, The Barricade Boys showcase the UK’s finest male voices from the world’s longest running musical – Les Misérables. The Barricade Boys not only perform the world’s greatest show tunes, but they also celebrate music from some of the most iconic names in the music industry, from powerful ballads and beautiful operatic arias to some of the best pop, rock and swing numbers of all time, securing their place as the world’s leading musical theatre super group. darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk
From pitch to jungle and a career spanning more than six decades, Harry Redknapp has plenty of tales to tell about life on and off the pitch.The I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here winner and famous football manager will be telling stories from his football days and his time in the jungle and taking part in an audience Q&A sagegateshead.com
MAY Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman have twice won the coveted Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 and 2013), consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances whether live or recorded. Share the magic at Darlington Hippodrome. darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk
One of the most compelling and heartfelt voices in British music, as well as one of the greatest storyteller’s in pop, Marc Almond will bring his distinctive repertoire of hits to Sage, Gateshead. Touring with his full live band, Marc will perform songs from across his catalogue of hits. sagegateshead.com
New for 2019 at Harrogate Spring Flower Show is #kerbcouture exploring cutting-edge design ideas from groundbreaking graffiti to the ultimate in urban planting chic. Nearly every garden has a blank wall, bare fence or awkward corner. So, this year the show has challenged designers to come up with ideas for vertical spaces with The Blank Wall Project. Talented landscapers will also offer the ultimate in tight-space planting ideas with new Square Yard mini show gardens. Stroll along The Avenue to admire the stunning, large-scale show gardens. Each team will be showcasing the very best in design and build as they compete for one of five coveted medal awards. Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground, the spring flower show hosts Britain’s biggest and best exhibition of floral art. Marvel at over 150 individual works of art, plus breathtaking displays from flower clubs and floristry colleges. There’s a packed programme of talks and demonstrations in four live theatres each day, including the chance to make your own floral art and lots on the menu in the Feast! Cooking Theatre. Luxe has teamed up with Harrogate Flower Show to offer our readers the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets for the spring event, worth over £200. To take part in our prize draw email: luxe-magazine.co.uk/prizedraw Tickets: Thurs – Sat 21.50, Sun £19.50 on the gate; *£19.00 and *£17.00 when purchased before Tuesday 16 April 2019. Under 16s FREE, Parking FREE. *A single £1 admin fee applies per order. T&Cs Prizes include one pair of VIP tickets to be taken on Saturday 27 April or Sunday 28 April 2019 only. The prize does not include transport to/from the show. No cash alternatives are available. Prizes apply to the 2019 Harrogate Spring Flower Show only and are nontransferable.
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Building a strong culture of safeguarding is a priority for Galileo Multi Academy Trust. Woven through every strand of school life is the commitment to keep children safe. All staff have a good understanding of their role within the school community and how they can impact the safeguarding of children. Strong and accountable governance at Local Governing Committee level and Trustee level, is matched with experienced Designated Safeguarding Leads. The Head of Safeguarding co-ordinates a network of safeguarding leads across the trust to share good practice and reflect and review our work. Evidence-based safeguarding audits inform a programme of continual development and highlight areas of strength for sharing. Galileo are excited to have partnered with the Russ Devereux Headlight Project, an innovative emotional well-being programme for children in Teesside, supported by the Teesside Philanthropic Foundation. Children are accessing counselling as well as personal and social skills support through the project. The Galileo ambition for safeguarding goes above and beyond compliance. Our Head of Safeguarding was formerly the National Safeguarding Advisor for The Prince’s Trust and has the highest standards for our children. The main aim is to make our schools the safest and most supportive places to learn.
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I feel privileged to be a partner in Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s commercial law team. The firm has an impressive pedigree, having served the needs of clients across Teesside for over 175 years, but it is modern, well-resourced, and forward-thinking. We invest substantially in technology, facilities, and knowledge management, but in common with the very best professional services businesses, it is our people that make the difference. The commercial law team is based at Wynyard Business Park, an ideal situation from which to provide a seamless service to our business clients across the North of England and beyond. It’s a perfect location for clients, and the partners and staff love its calm, professional atmosphere as well as its easy accessibility. Being a daily commuter from my home in West Yorkshire, I can testify to this. It’s great to work with a talented team of commercial lawyers, many of whom, like me, come from a “big firm” background, but who prefer the more personal, clientfocussed attitude you find at Tilly Bailey & Irvine. Most law firms will tell you, quite rightly, that they are technically competent, and that they will do all they can to look after their clients’ interests. But at Tilly Bailey & Irvine we look deeper than that. We work very hard to build longstanding relationships with clients and professional contacts as “trusted advisors”. It’s no accident that many of those relationships go back decades. My specialism is in resolving commercial disputes, including all sorts of contract disputes, post-M&A claims, professional negligence claims, franchise issues, partnership disputes, employment-related disputes, and corporate governance issues (shareholder disputes and claims by and against directors). You might think that the market for repeat litigation business is relatively limited, and you’d be right. Most people tend to encounter businessthreatening disputes only occasionally, though they are a fact of business life and can be devastating if not handled with skill and, often, with tact. It has been my
experience that clients are best placed to deal with such situations if they have professional advisors who have taken the trouble to learn about the client’s business, to understand it and its owners and managers, their aspirations, limitations, fears, and so on. Indeed, a lawyer who invests time and energy in building such a relationship with their business client will play a part in reducing the likelihood of disputes arising in the first place. This is a philosophy which underpins my approach to my clients, and it is shared by my colleagues in Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s commercial law team. As well as dealing with a wide range of disputes between or relating to businesses, Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s commercial law team deals with all aspects of property work, banking and finance, securitisation, M&A, commercial contracts, franchises, employment law (both contentious and non-contentious), intellectual property, and insolvency/restructuring. Sometimes the owners and managers of businesses assume that they have to default to law firms in the big cities of Leeds, Newcastle and London, but, and many are the product of longstanding professional relationships. We act for business owners and managers across a broad range of industries and professions. If you would like to find out more about our dispute management services, or any of our other legal services for businesses and private clients, or if you would like to explore career opportunities in our commercial law team, then please contact me in complete confidence at email@example.com or 01740 646007
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Sweet charity Doing good things in the North East, our charity round-up L to R – Jane Dennison, Director of Fundraising at Dragonfly Cancer Trust, Rebecca Webster, Jacksons Law Firm, Marc McPake, Trustee, John Bewick, and Karen Robinson, Jacksons Law Firm, Neil Eswell, Trustee.
CHARITY PLEDGE >> Dragonfly Cancer Trust has been named as its charity of the year 2019 by law firm, Jacksons. The charity was founded in 2007, as Josie’s Dragonfly Trust, by the parents of Josie Madeline Grove, shortly after she passed away aged 16. Dragonfly Cancer Trust supports young cancer patients with very limited time organising Dragonfly Dreams for children and young people. Jacksons Law Firm has been supporting the charity’s annual Bollywood ball for the last two years. This year’s themed event is a masked ball on 9 November at the Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park, Newcastle. dragonflycancertrust.org
SHARING THE LOVE >> A Northumberland couple who won a one-off performance from Royal Northern Sinfonia musicians, invited residents from nearby villages along to enjoy the prize. Ken and Alison Carlisle, of Barrasford, won a personal performance from the RNS quartet after being entered into a prize draw following their donation to the orchestra’s 60th anniversary appeal. They decided to open up the prize to friends and family of the Tynedale community and hold the recital in their nearby Church of St Giles in Chollerton. As part of the orchestra’s 60th birthday, Sage Gateshead, which is home to Royal Northern Sinfonia, is appealing for contributions to help support the social and community work carried out by the orchestra, enabling them to take the very best in classical music to as wide an audience as possible. With a target of £60,000 to be met by June 2019, the appeal is for donations to either mark the year the orchestra was founded with a monthly direct debit of £19.58 or a donation of £60 or more to help celebrate the 60th anniversary. Sagegateshead.com
SMILE >> Queensway Orthodontics marked its ten-year anniversary by donating to ten charities that played a part in its development. They included Dementia Friends, Kidscape, Butterwick Hospice, Billingham Foodbank and Daisy Chain. In 2009, Dr Guy Deeming launched Queensway Orthodontics in Billingham followed by its Jesmond-based practice in 2016. Queensway Orthodontics works with charities, including Daisy Chain, to ensure that the team have training in caring for people who live with autism. Every three months Queensway Orthodontics visits Billingham Foodbank to deliver toothbrushes and toothpastes for crisis packs. “In todays’ world, being part of a community seems much less important than it used to be. For this reason, one of the most important things to me and the Queensway team is working with local charities to help support their essential work in the community for a variety of causes.” says Dr Guy Deeming, specialist orthodontist and partner at Queensway Orthodontics.
TEAM EFFORT >> Businesses from across the North East and beyond have been competing to be crowned CHUF Champions as part of the inaugural CHUF Champions Challenge. Seven teams joined together to raise money in support of the Children’s Heart Unit Fund. The challenge brings teams of aspiring entrepreneurs together to turn ideas and enthusiasm into funding for the Children’s Heart Unit. The teams raised over £80,000 in support of CHUF which will allow CHUF to provide holistic care, services and facilities.
An awards evening at The Biscuit Factory crowned these winners: The Most Successful Event > Robertson The Most Inventive/ Creative Initiative > Weber Star Team Member > Shirley Williamson, Brewin Dolphin Overall CHUF Champion > JT Dove
HOSPICE HEROES >> A Tynedale charity which offers vital end of life nursing care to people in their own homes has welcomed a generous donation from Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa. Over the past three years, staff, guests and health club members from the hotel in Northumberland have been raising money for Tynedale Hospice at Home. The charity was chosen by Matfen Hall staff in 2016 to benefit from its ongoing fundraising activities. Since then, around £20,000 has been raised through a variety of activities including fundraising cycle rides and charity bake-off sales by members of Matfen’s Aqua Vitae health club as well as a constant stream of guest donations. A cheque for £6,500 - representing the fundraising efforts of 2018 - was handed over to Tynedale Hospice’s fundraising manager, Charlotte Pearson by Matfen Hall’s managing director, Bernard Bloodworth and hotel manager, Peter Dawson. For more information about Tynedale Hospice at Home, visit www.tynedalehospice.com.
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Big skies, quiet minds >> It’s the time of year when holidays are on our mind. The Jan/Feb hump is passed and thoughts turn to getaways. Big edge-of-the-world, big-sky getaways. Take to the top of Scotland where you’ll discover Croft 103, a real fresh-air fabulous destination in the heart of Durness, the most northwesterly village on mainland Britain, 100 miles north of Inverness. Croft 103 is found nestled on the shores of Loch Eriboll. It’s a proper eco-friendly hideaway where you can watch the water, scramble the rocks and read books all day. Bliss. Croft103.com
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Private view >> Galleries are great for mooching and a great shop just adds to the pleasure. The lovely Laing gallery in Newcastle is the place to find some carefully sourced pieces in its shop such as Michele Daykin’s jewllery. Michele is a contemporary jeweller who combines silver and her own batik fabric to create beautiful textured pieces. Laingartgallery.org.uk
Tipi feasting >> We’re loving the idea of taking to the tipi for a Sunday lunch with a difference. The folks at Vallum Farm in Northumberland are adding a dose of atmosphere to the already delicious Sunday roast offering served at Vallum’s restaurant with their twinkly tipi experience. It follows on from popular tipi gourmet dining nights in the unique and so-cosy space - and the menu promises to excite with a twist on tradition. A feasting board will deliver choices of North Acomb Farm Shop beef or pork, chicken and then lashing of all the tasty extras like crackling, dripping roasties, Yorkshires and loads of local veg. Desserts include sticky toffee pudding – and there’s a veggie option too. Two courses, £18.50. Vallumfarm.co.uk
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Cheery fizz >> We love the look of floral fizz to celebrate the best things in life. Champagne Pommery’s new Brut Rosé Royal, looks picture-defect in its floral gift box. A nice treat for Mother’s Day. waitrose.com
Minimalist mastery >> Wylam Brewery’s Palace of Arts at Exhibition Park in Newcastle offers up some pretty cool surroundings for a concert as part of the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Minimalist Series on 4 April. Composer Steve Reich created a modern classic with a pair of clapping hands while John Adams conceived his Chamber Symphony while watching a Roadrunner cartoon. The music and performance, including pieces by the legendary minimalist Philip Glass bring crackle, energy and colour to unique concert packed with masterpieces created right here, right now. Wylambrewery.co.uk
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Scandi-lust >> We can’t get enough of the new Cos department in Fenwick, Newcastle. No longer do we have to trek to other big cities in search of all kinds of navy-ness - or those go-to Scandi-inspired separates in black, grey or white for that matter. The Cos collection is all about sharp separates with a quirky twist along the way – classics that last forever. The concession in Fenwick has a handy seating area and good mags for your shopping companion – so everyone’s happy! fenwick.co.uk/stores/newcastle
Yoga people, hear this... >> Bend it like….a yoga bunny this March when Teesside hosts its first ever feel-good yoga festival. The Urban Therapy Yoga Show takes place at Middlesbrough’s newest venue, Base Camp on Saturday and Sunday 30 & 31 March and will feature two days of classes, workshops, drop-in sessions, demonstrations, stalls and vegan and vegetarian food. Created by Victoria Sky of Treeliving Yoga, based in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, the festival will welcome yoga teachers from all over the country. There are classes for absolute beginners right through to the most experienced yogis – from dru to yin and from kundalini to rocket yoga – as well as dedicated classes for men, teens and children. For Mother’s Day on the Sunday, there’s also a special Goddess Yoga class taught by renowned mother and daughter duo Sandra and Sofia Barnes. “Globally now more than ever people are gravitating towards yoga, looking for some time for self-care and to tap out of the digital demands of our 24/7 lives,” explains Victoria, who has been teaching yoga for more than a decade. “I organise a lot of retreats where we head off to peaceful, beautiful places to practise yoga for the weekend, but it’s not affordable or possible for many people to join these so we wanted to offer something on our doorstep that would allow people to take time out of their everyday lives and experience a yoga immersion for a day or two. Carmel Ramsay of Base Camp is a devotee; “There isn’t a festival like this anywhere between Newcastle and Leeds so we’re hoping to attract people from across the Tees Valley and beyond.” Yoga classes will run from 9am – 6.30pm each day with a DJ chill out session to end the day on the Saturday. Tickets for the Urban Yoga Therapy Show cost £5 per day or £15 for two days which also allows attendance at four classes. urbanyogashow.co.uk
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An old miners’ bath house in Northumberland has been spruced up to become a cool space for a collection of artists. Kathryn Armstrong pays a visit In a different era, Broomhill Colliery’s bath house wasn’t a place in which people particularly wanted to linger. It was a communal washing space where, after a heavy and hard day down the pit, miners would scrub themselves clean and head off home for a few hours’ respite from their deep, dark working life. Built in the 1950s, the bath house served the village colliery in Broomhill, at the time taking the place of a tin bath in front of the fire as a place to wash away the grime of the pit. Broomhill Colliery closed in 1962, after which the austere-looking bath house, which looks across fields to towards the sea, had a short life as factory premises. But today, shiny and scrubbed, it is reborn as a lovely collective of artist studios known as The Old Bath House. It forms a unique and exciting gathering of studios, which are home to galleries where visitors can see artists at work, take part in workshops and view exhibitions. From the outside, the red brick building looks of its mid-century time with boxy architecture and a cubed tower. Inside it is flooded with light thanks to vast skylights and white walls. It shouldn’t really feel cosy, but it does. Particularly so in the Niche Gallery, thanks to an inviting and highly effective wood burner which faces a soft sink-in leather chesterfield sofa, making it something of
a hub for the artists to gather. Niche Gallery is home to artists Paul Henery, below, and his daughter Katie Henery, right. Paul is an award-winning wildlife painter and Katie creates wildlife pen drawings on vintage maps, frequently featuring iconic landscapes of Northumberland and the east coast. Paul and Katie were among the first artists to make the Old Bath House their base and for them it has its own sense of family history. Paul’s dad worked at the pit and his long service award is framed on the wall alongside those of other miners from Broomhill Colliery Paul hopes other families will donate their awards to add to the collection. Walls throughout the building are lined in part with the original soft cream enamel
bricks of the bath house which give a genuine sense of place. “The history of mining in South East Northumberland is disappearing but there was a 92-year-old still living in Colliery Row whose daughter brought him here and you could visualise how it had functioned.” The artists hope that, ultimately, The Old Bath House will become a unique arts destination, linking as it does the coastal go-to towns of Amble and Alnmouth. Many of the artists started out
exhibiting their work in the start-up ‘pods’ at Amble harbour. “We’d like to build up the workshops and retail here so that the venue becomes a workshop destination”, say Paul. “More open studios, a restaurant in the tower and making it part of an arts trail along this coast.”
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Meet the artists
Helen Grierson’s glass studio has to be a cavernous place to house the
huge kilns she uses for her glass artworks. She makes intricate coloured glass panels, framed pieces and most recently has see an increasing number of people commissioning glass splashbacks. Glass iris flowers made by feature in a set of iron gates at the Alnwick Garden. She holds regular glass and pottery workshops at the studio and has a small shop.
Libby Watkins specialises in pencil drawings of local landscapes which are given a twist with delicate shades of colour. Her subject matter is anything from Gateshead’s Millennium Bridge to Northumberland coastal landscape. Libby is also a yoga teacher and is currently working on a series of oil paintings of one of her pupils, a former ballet dancer. You can see her at work in her studio where her work is for sale.
Karen Whatmough is a seaglass artist who makes jewellery collected from coastal beaches. Her pieces include pretty silver charms bracelets adorned with glass beads as well as earing and pendants. The most sought-after and glass is picked up from Seaham beaches, remnants of the days when the coastal town was home to glass factories from 1850 to the
1920s. The ‘spoils’ would be thrown into the sea. Now, small nuggets of glass are picked up on beaches with the coloured glass most collectable. Further up the coast the colours are more muted, predominantly greys and blues.
Ashley Edlridge is a retired design lecturer who ran fine art courses at Newcastle College. He took up painting when he could no longer after having a brain haemorrhage and stroke. He paints bold, striking portraits and many of his works are donated to charity. Recent commissions include a painting of an RNLI lifeboat. Of the gallery he says, “It is a great way of spending your life.”
Nicola Stevenson is ‘beyond excited’ to be opening her first studio at The Old Bath House. She paints huge seascapes, usually working from miniatures and based on the light and colour of the North Sea and skies. “This is such a great sharing space”, she says.
Ellie Davison Archer is all about bees. Her studio is a good place to find lovely products with her signature bee motif – though she delves into lobsters and shells too, transferring drawing to her very cool collection of cushions, teatowels, coasters and lampshades. Ellie also organises screen-printing workshops.
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Grow some blooms >> If you hanker after a garden packed with cut flowers learn how to plant tubs of tulips, goblets of gladioli and buckets full of blooms. Starting from the basics of choosing a suitable site and setting out the patch, to the excitement of choosing suitable flowers to grow and their maintenance throughout the year. You’ll be guided by the ever-enthusiastic Karen Phillips and the day culminates in a demonstration by a local florist of practical ways to showcase your wonderful harvest. 10am – 3.30pm. Dates tbc. Including morning coffee/cakes and a two-course lunch, £95 linnelsfarm.com
Curate a candle >> Head to the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle for one of their candle-making sessions. The Crafthood will guide you through everything you need to know to make your own high-quality, clean and long-lasting soy wax container candles. You will make two candles during the workshop. The first will be The Crafthood’s best seller from their signature collection in their amber jars. For the second, choose from a specially curated selection of premium fragrance blends and containers. May 18, £60. thebiscuitfactory.com
Make a difference >> Smart Works charity in Newcastle supports longterm unemployed women by kitting them out in a new outfit and giving advice and support as they face a job interview. The two-hour sessions include one-hour styling advice and one-hour coaching. Volunteers are always welcome as stylists or mentors for the sessions. smartworks.org/Newcastle
Ride the coast >> Love cycling? Set yourself the challenge to ride the North East coastline from Berwick to Bridlington. The Sustrans guide includes rides you can do in a day, such as Alnmouth to Druridge Bay. sustrans.org.uk
Do something different Have you got time on your hands and a hankering to try something new? Sing up! >> Whether jazz, opera or rock is your thing, Sage Gateshead runs a series of weekly singing sessions to get the vocal chords flourishing. Absolute beginners to advanced singers are catered for with plenty of opportunity for performance along the way. sagegateshead.com
Make some gin >> Head for North Yorkshire, home to “Spirit of Masham” Gin, for a gin-making experience. With 100 botanicals available, experiment with flavour combinations and botanicals which complement one another. Learn distilling techniques then create your very own bottle of gin, trying a few cocktails along the way! £95 corksandcases.com
Feed the mind >> Learn about the relationship between superfoods and wellbeing at a workshop at the home of Neal’s Yard Remedies in Covent Garden. The Superfoods Workshop looks at how eating well can impact on stress and fatigue. Learn how to easily integrate superfoods into your daily life, taking home detailed information packs and inspiring recipes. Courses are two hours and cost, £50 or £80 when two people book together. nealsyardrememdies.com
Keep some bees >> Linnels Farm near Hexham is the destination for a day-long introduction in to the world of bee-keeping. Start with teas/coffees on arrival, followed by an informative morning learning the theoretical aspects required to step into the world of beekeeping with confidence. In the afternoon the course will migrate outside with all bee-suits and protective equipment provided. You’ll get up close to the bees, and learn the basics of beehandling, husbandry, swarm control and put the morning into practice. The day will close with a honey and mead tasting, where you will be able to sample the fruits of beekeeping! May 18, 2019 Morning coffee/cake and two-course lunch included. £175 linnelsfarm.com
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Geordie music legend Mark Knopfler plays the Utilita Arena in Newcastle on 19 May. See the acclaimed guitar man and on home turf as he performs old favourites and new material from his ninth solo studio album ‘Down The Road Wherever’. Hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Mark Knopfler has sold in excess of 120 million albums across his Dire Straits and solo career, and many of his songs have become standards, including ‘Money For Nothing’, ‘Sultans Of Swing’, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Walk Of Life’. Make a night of it with a stay at the Maldron Hotel in Newcastle city centre, an easy walk to the concert. Dinner at the hotel’s Grain & Grill restaurant and breakfast are also included in your prize.
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This spring, fashionâ€™s florals are bolder and brighter than ever. Think sharp tailoring, print-splattered frocks and colour-clashing at every opportunity
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>> Phase Eight Katrina Floral Dress, Â£130, intu Metrocentre
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Give it some sass! In a recent survey more than two thirds of women over the age of 50 considered themselves to be in the prime of their lives. An impressive 59% felt as vibrant and young as they ever had, partly due to a focus on a healthier lifestyle and a regular fitness regime. Impressively, some 84% of women don’t feel defined by their age. Everywhere we look, older women are rewriting the rulebook and are at the peak of their power with a new confidence and a brand new zest for life. Since the 1990s, fashion and personal style have become increasingly informal with a much more generic look across many different age groups. It’s fair to say that a pair of Converse pumps and a casual suit or blue jeans can look as cool on a women in her 50s as a woman in her 20s and we are loving that attitude. Hair can be just as timeless with so many styles working for women of all ages. Take the classic bob as an example. There are so many variations in both length and the way it’s worn that makes this iconic cut a modern classic. Whether you’re fun and flirty, or simple and sophisticated, this is a look that can work for most, giving you the flexibility to wear your hair in different ways. On our gorgeous model we blow-dried the hair with volume using Schwarzkopf BC Excellium mousse for silver and white hair before using tongs to create a soft wave to give shape and movement. The result is relaxed, soft and feminine which works for both day and night, simply gorgeous! Michael Young and Gary Hooker run Hooker & Young, with five salons regionwide. www.hookerandyoung.co.uk
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Spring 2019 goes bold in the realm of beauty. Time for bright shades, big lashes, body oils and good mood scents…
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Spring means a jump over to the bright side. Start with nails or lips, we say, and this season we’ll be reaching for one of Chanel’s new nail polishes from its spring/summer 2019 collection, Vision D’Asie: L’art Du Détail. Somewhere in between fuchsia and raspberry, it’s a pretty, eye-catching shade that makes us think of sunny days. We love the streak-free, quick-drying formula, too. www.chanel.com
Jo Malone London’s newest fragrance is a radiant, springy scent and a true celebration of the frangipani flower. Warm, sweet and airy, with notes of jasmine petals, exotic ylang ylang, creamy sandalwood and fresh twist of lemon. www.jomalone.co.uk
JIMMY CHOO BLOSSOM, £48 >> A spritz or two of Jimmy Choo’s new spring fragrance will have you feeling like a brighter, fresher version of yourself. Inspired by the season’s best-loved blooms, such as lilies, freesia and hibiscus, and crisp fruits like pear, mandarin and bergamot, it’s a sparkling, feminine scent that truly uplifts. www.theperfumeshop.com
OLVERUM THE BODY OIL, £40 (100ML) >> Olverum is a bathroom favourite for those seeking out a bit of sumptuous soaking. The iconic bath oil is loved by many celebrities and members of the royal family - and the brand is back in business with an all-new body oil. Packed with aromatherapeutic actives including: lavender flower oil, sandalwood and frankincense oils and bergamot and geranium flower oils, this deeply moisturising formula will have your skin feeling fabulous in no time. www.olverum.com
LAKE LOVELY for a definite sense of ‘relax’. In the spa area itself you can lose yourself in the airy Relaxation Room which bridges the gap between interior and exterior through its floor-to-ceiling windows filling the room with natural light and breath-taking panoramic views. Cossie on and you’re ready if not to take the plunge and jump beneath the powerful jets, then to just rest awhile and drift between the do-you-good sauna and salt and steam rooms. The treatment rooms complete the Scandinavian revival and Nordic retreat feel. Walls and floor have a modern, functional take on limewashed wooden planks and Faux Shagreen ceiling. The treatment rooms feature ambient lights designed by renowned designer Moooi, with adjustable settings to tailor the mood of the room to the treatment being offered. Artisan spa brand La Sultane de Saba brings a new and natural product range to spa lovers who love something different. We tried the 50-minute Akwaterra full body massage. If you’ve had hot stones treatments then it is a similar concept of heat penetrating the body. Rather than using hands to apply pressure, your therapist uses perfectly warm, ergonomic ceramic Akwaterra tools (which look like little pots with a cork in the top). Rich La Sultane de Saba oils give a continuous flow of deep, rhythmical massage motions as the ceramics pummel and massage the stressy bits. Your therapist will adjust the pressure of touch to suit, but having a firmer massage will definitely remove knots in the muscles
Borrowdale is the beautiful Lake District setting for a cool new must-stay spa with more than a hint of Scandi. Kathryn Armstrong took the plunge There are few things as life-affirming as a bubbling outdoor spa pool nestling amongst snow-topped mountains. Tumbling snowflakes add an alpine edge and blue skies reflected on a still-as-glass lake only add to the near-perfect scene. The Falls Spa in the Lake District’s Borrowdale overlooks Derwentwater and the scene-setting Catbells mountain range. It’s about as good as it gets when it
comes to your fresh air quotient, especially when there’s a smattering of snow gloriously combined with wintry bright skies. The Falls Spa is housed in a contemporary new building alongside the well-loved Lodore Falls Hotel, itself a longtime landmark hotel in Cumbria. The new spa and its suites are in a Cumbrian-slate building with cedar cladding and lots of glass. It certainly fits the alpine bill – and makes the most of the setting – with a little bridge over the (trickling tamely) Lodore Falls
themselves, connecting old and new. The spa reception has a real Scandi feel with blonde wood chairs and a huge window flooding the place with light. There are neat low, comfy chairs designed by Tom Dixon and Graham and Green, made from custom-made velvets, tweeds and dobby weaves, showcasing elegant British design. There’s an easy feel from the earthy hues of the spa bring the outside in with a khaki/aqua/chartreuse colour palette complementing the environment and giving a fresh and contemporary feel,
LAKE LOVELY caused by stress and tension. It’s a memorable treatment which reaps rewards in removing tension. Afterwards, lie back in the relaxation area as you come round and contemplate a reviving dip in the infinity-edge vitality pool. For obvious reasons we loved the concept of the champagne bar within the spa area. Often you have to leave the spa to go for a snack or a drink but the bar area is perfectly placed within the spa suite, making it a treat of a place to relax or rejoice. Spa days include dining at Mizu, the hotel’s pan-Asian restaurant which is already making a name for itself. This relaxing light-flooded contemporary space has an open kitchen where you see fresh sushi being prepared by true masters in the art – it tastes sensational, highly recommended. Dishes are healthy and packed with Asian flavours – as well as the set menus with delights such as fresh sushi, katsu curry and fiery Thai curry there are some impressive-looking sharing platters that would be ideal for a group
of spa-day pals. The new spa building is home to 18 impressive spa suites which boast spacious balconies and panoramic views of the lake or surrounding forests. A highlight of our trip was snuggling beneath fur throws on the lakeside balcony, glass of wine in hand watching the stars and forgetting about everything. It’s easy to rest in the spa suite rooms. Settle down in a big chair with a book before jumping in to crisp white sheets on luxurious Sealy beds. Without doubt The Falls Spa is a perfect player when it comes to the wellbeing game with its gorgeous setting, attention to detail and irresistible amenities. You’ll fall hard. Stays at Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa start from £190 on a bed & breakfast basis based on two people sharing a standard room. The new Spa Suites start from £460 a night on a bed & breakfast basis based on two people sharing. The 50-minute Akwaterra treatment is £85. lakedistrictspa.co.uk
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Jessica Laing heads to the hills to meet the makers of Hepple Gin, discovering the story and the secrets behind one of the region’s most exciting spirits…
n the depths of the Northumberland National Park, two men are attempting to make gin martinis over a babbling, ice-cold stream. A small, shaggy black dog pants excitedly around their feet. “Do you think they look all right?” one of them asks, fighting to burn lemon peel with numb fingers. “Quickly, let’s get the shot so we can start drinking, it’s already past 10am.” The other chortles, plodding about and smiling to camera. It’s drizzly and it’s freezing, but it seems the guys at Hepple Gin are in high spirits and more than happy to get their hands dirty (or wet) to achieve the perfect shot of their beloved gin. The chaps in question are Walter Riddell and Chris Garden (the dog is Minot). Two friends who united back in 2014 with a dream of creating the perfect gin.
Walter, I discover, grew up right here in sleepy Hepple, Northumberland, where their gin-making takes place. Not that you’d believe it, though, when he opens his mouth. “Yeah, my ridiculously-posh accent tends to confuse people,” he smirks. “What can I say, blame it on my school days down south. Rest-assured, though, the North East is home. I grew up on the Hepple estate. I lived and roamed free on this beautiful land as a kid, so to now be working and making a life here is bloody brilliant.” Chris, meanwhile, hails from Scotland. Well-versed in all things gin, he has a degree in brewing and distilling and enjoyed a six-year career at awardwinning London-based distillery, Sipsmith, before moving to his wife’s native
Newcastle for a new start. He’s now head distiller at Hepple. The chums came together, in a rather serendipitous way. Inspired by a stroll among Hepple’s gnarly juniper bushes with his childhood mate, the food writer, broadcaster and one of the great foraging chefs, Valentine Warner, he and Walter began discussing the possibility of creating a gin infused with the moorland herbs that surrounded them, transporting the natural, untouched flavour of the wild to the bottle. On a hunt to find a master gin-maker to help bring their vision to life, they soon crossed paths with Chris, an old pal of Valentine’s, and within weeks, Hepple Gin was born. “Val just so happened to be at a party at the Sipsmith distillery when he discovered I’d actually left the company and had moved up to Newcastle,” says Chris. “Within minutes, he removed himself from the fun to call me, trying to convince me to join his and Walter’s wild gin quest.” “At first I thought, ‘hmm, I’ve already made a really, really good gin. Why would I want to make another one?” “But then I agreed to meet Walter, who talked me through the concept, showed me the Northumbrian land and all of the botanicals it had to offer, and I was sold. The rest is history, really.” Under their appropriately-named brand, Moorland Spirit, the trio have spent the last few years working tirelessly to develop and perfect their Hepple Gin, a fresher-than-fresh artisan spirit, made with six individually-distilled wild botanicals - five of which are handharvested from the Northumberland National Park. A thoughtful mix of fragrant Douglas fir, blackcurrant leaf, lovage, bog myrtle and the star of the show - juniper - give the gin its distinctive taste. A touch of Amalfi lemon peel, the only ingredient that the team import, makes for the finishing touch. “Juniper should always be at the heart of any gin, but we wanted to take things to the next level,” says Walter, who, along with his wife, Lucy, now lives just a few footsteps from the Hepple distillery - an old coach-house-turned-rural-laboratory. “We head out into the moors and pick the berries when they’re unripe and green, we harvest them ourselves, and through our unique distilling process, we’re able to capture the true essence of them in every bottle. That’s what Hepple’s about - celebrating the purest, most authentic flavour of juniper possible.” During our visit, I’m given a tour of the windswept, juniper-rich land that surrounds Hepple HQ; 4,000 acres of
rugged moorland, ancient woodland and hilly farmland that stretches from the highest point of the Simonside range, four miles west of Rothbury. One of Britain’s last wild sanctuaries, untouched by modern farming and mass tourism, it’s a breathtaking, unspoilt spot that clears away the cobwebs and makes your cheeks pink. It’s the first time I’ve been out on the moors for quite some time and it takes all my strength not to be completely swept away by its beauty, pack up all my belongings and live a new, remote life here. The air is clean and crisp. There’s fresh spring water flowing and the sky is bright and clear. Things that are a normal part of everyday life here at Hepple Gin and yet, somehow, still manage to excite Chris and Walter as much as they excite me, a visitor. No wonder then that Moorland Spirit is one of the businesses showcasing Northumberland in the county council’s ambitious just-launched Discover our Land tourism campaign. “Isn’t it beautiful? How could you not fall in love with this place,” says Walter, eyes watering from the blustery cold. He’s carrying a heavy picnic basket of gin uphill to our location of choice, the cold winds biting at his chops, and yet he’s still grinning from ear to ear. “If you stop to really think about it,” he says, catching his breath. “It’s not a surprise that great quality should be emerging from a place like rural Northumberland. “It’s one of the most undisturbed ecosystems in the country. It has the darkest skies, the cleanest rivers, the freshest air. And it gives us unique access to natural, unharmed resources and ingredients that can’t be found anywhere else. It makes total sense that you’d have a distillery of our type working in this kind of environment. To be based here is a total privilege.” After an hour or so on the moors, muddling makeshift martinis (neat gin, in our case, made last week) and caressing juniper bushes, we head back to the distillery to get a taste of the live gin-making action. While Walter, a self-confessed ‘country hick’, comes to life on the land, it’s obvious this is Chris’ domain - a place in which he feels most at home. It’s smaller than I had imagined, but undeniably impressive. An experimental, Willy Wonka-like laboratory, if you will, where Chris’ scientific expertise flourishes. With the help of Cairby Hill, a good friend of the team, who has a background in biochemistry and microbiology, and a wealth of knowledge in distillation and >>
>> (L-R) Chris Garden and Walter Riddell
flavouring methods, Chris created a specialist distilling process, using three pieces of equipment, to separate Hepple from any other gin on the market. The team describe it as their ‘triple technique’. “We use a traditional copper pot to create our base gin - the bones that everything else hangs off,” explains Chris. “In there we muddle our Douglas fir, bog myrtle and juniper, to create a smooth, fresh heart. “Step two is our glass vacuum still, where we focus on our more delicate botanicals, like our Amalfi lemon, green juniper and lovage.” Chris points to the still; a giant glass ball, filled with greenery and berries, that spins and whirls. Quite mesmerising. “This part is really quite special because it allows us to distill at a lower temperature, meaning we can capture completely different flavours - fresher and fuller notes that would ordinarily be destroyed in the traditional copper pot still.” But it’s the third and final step, I learn, that is the most crucial of them all. “Our supercritical extraction machine is where the real magic happens,” says Chris, moving us over to a smallish piece of machinery in a corner of the lab. “It doesn’t look like a lot, but it’s a piece of equipment that nobody else in the gin-making game has. Originally intended for the perfume industry, it basically helps us extract every part of the juniper berry - the root, the needle, the bark and the berry itself - giving us a totally unique, well-rounded, three-dimensional flavour, in liquid form, that normal distillation wouldn’t. “You get the whole expression of juniper through this machine,” says Chris, patting it fondly. “Tied in with the unique mix of botanicals we have at our disposal, it allows us to go where we want to create, what we think, is a really cracking gin.” And it is a very good gin. So too is the sloe and hawthorn gin - their latest small batch offering, created by Valentine. A smooth, sweet and spicy take on conventional sloe that the team batch up in the winter. Delicious.
And then there’s their latest addition, their Douglas fir vodka - the first launch in a new range of limited edition spirits. An experiment that turned out very well indeed. “It’s not a vodka that’s designed to be thrown together with a can of Diet Coke,” says Walter. “It’s more like a unique botanical spirit a sophisticated one, designed to stand strong and true over tonic and ice. “We’ve long-loved the flavour that the needles of our Douglas fir trees give like the cold breath from the forest - so one day we decided to put them through our three-step system to see what would happen,” says Chris. “Fortunately, we found that it’s not just a fresh, pine flavour you get, there are also tropical notes that brought to the forefront, too. Things like zesty grapefruit and juicy melon. Turns out, it’s a great summer drink. A flavour that we stumbled across, but couldn’t not share.” After some serious taste-testing behind distillery doors, talk turns to the future. Do they plan on making any more spirits? Are there any more awards they’d like to win? Do they plan on expanding? “Of course we want the business to thrive, but for us, it’s honestly not a capitalist thing - it’s not about making money. It’s about the quality of the products. That matters more to us than anything else,” says Chris. “As you’d expect with such a close-knit team, there’s a huge sense of emotion behind it,” says Walter. “Everyone carries their own hopes and fears for its future, but we’re absolutely unified in our mission to create products that are genuine, true and of the highest quality possible, all the while working responsibly and sustainably, with our heartbeat set to that of nature and the land around us.” To expand their understanding of their beloved juniper and to further care of their cherished land, Walter plans on continuing the work he does as part of his ambitious restoration and propagation programme - The Juniper Project. It sees the team re-plant around 200 juniper seedlings each year on some of
Northumberland National Park’s most highly-protected land. “It’s an on-going side project for me, but one that’s hugely close to my heart,” he says. “Not only does it allow us to give back to the land and secure the future of our juniper trees, it means we can carry on capturing ingredients fully and faithfully, so they taste as alive in the bottle as they are on the land.” “For us, it’s a way of honouring these gorgeous wild plants, but it’s also a
statement of intent. It says, we’re committed and we’re here for the long-term.” As for awards, winning them isn’t something the team really think about, but they’re incredibly grateful for the ones they’ve bagged over the last few years. “Winning double gold at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition was a real personal highlight for me - I had been dreaming of that for like nine years,” says Chris, with a smile. “We were also finalists at the 2018 BBC Food & Farming Awards and, of course, were very fortunate enough to welcome The Prince of Wales to our distillery, too, as part of his royal visit to Northumberland last year. What an
honour that was.” Thoughts of creating new products aren’t too far away from Walter and Chris’ minds, though they’re quite adamant that Moorland Spirit will not be churning out bottle after bottle for the sake of it. “We didn’t go out on the moors with the intent of bringing back every single ingredient we could grab; we were actually very selective, which means there are still a lot of ingredients and botanicals out there for us to discover, experiment with and perhaps make new drinks with in the future.” “But we want to be very deliberate with what we’re doing - we want our spirits to be as close to perfect as can be - so for now, we’re just excited about spreading the word on our current offering.” To give as many gin-lovers as possible a taste of Hepple, Walter, Chris and Valentine work closely with their mutual friend and cocktail artist, Nick Strangeway, and their suppliers - big names like Fortnum & Mason, Fenwick, 21 Newcastle, House of Tides, Cook House and The Patricia. It’s an area both guys are very passionate about. “Nick is recognised as having one of the most revered palates in the business - he’s at the very top of his game,” says Chris. “We work with him to bring our spirits to life through ambitious, delicious cocktails; exciting drinks that celebrate and showcase them - not overpower them. “There’s a real cocktail renaissance going on at the moment and people seem to be only falling deeper and deeper in love with gin, so it’s important that Hepple stands out and shouts in the bars and restaurants. “The North East’s food and drink scene has really leapfrogged in terms of quality over the last few years,” adds Chris. “Newcastle, for example, has become a real destination for astonishingly-good
bars and restaurants that champion local brands, produce and ingredients. To be recognised by and have our products showcased at these kind of venues is very humbling.” Before our time at Hepple HQ comes to an end we head back out on the moors one last time to get some shots of the guys’ beautiful bottles. “Hurry back when you’re done,” shouts Chris, poking his head out of the distillery doors. “We’ll have some gin and vodka waiting for you. It’s five o’clock somewhere, right?” I like these wild spirits a lot. I know you will too. www.moorlandspirit.co.uk
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HEYDAYS ARE HERE
Good days: Finding Space with Laura Beckingham The sweet smell of spring… You made it through the darkest days of winter! Of course, here in the North East, it’s fair to say that we’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to wintry weather. And though we can definitely expect some April showers and blustery gales, spring is definitely on its way. The nights are getting longer, the temperature is warming up and the ‘hibernation’ vibe of the last few months is long forgotten. At this time of year, nature invites us to look forward. ‘Yang’ energy is rising – full of warmth, dryness, light and activity – calling us out in to world and asking us to get-going. This makes it a perfect time to try new things and a great time to set up new practise for self-care and wellness. So, this spring, why not try something new that can help you feel more connected to your sense of self and that will enable you to live with more meaning, substance and calm. Here are some things you could try: Experience Yoga > Yoga is so much more than an exercise that improves flexibility. In its essence, yoga is a way of life – a way to connect with your own energy and power, a way to calm down through connection with your breath and a way to tune in more to your physical body. These days yoga is very accessible, there are studios offering everything from fiery ‘Power Flow’ classes, to gentle, soothing Yin. If visiting a studio is not your thing (I personally love it!) there’s heaps of great stuff online too - try Adriene Mishler or Travis Eliot’s classes on YouTube to get you started. Try Meditation > People have meditated for thousands of years, but in recent years the concept has gone more mainstream – how wonderful for all of us! Though you’ll often hear me say that the real zen is found in our day-to-day living, there can be huge power in establishing a gentle and regular rhythmic meditation practice. There are some great apps out there, like Headspace, or my favourite, Calm that will get you meditating for ten minutes a day in no time. The benefits are immense – with regular practise you’ll sleep better, be able to focus more easily, exercise for longer and better manage your emotions and mood. Once you’re ready to go deeper, explore Vedic Meditation, or a more modern interpretation of this practice, called Transcendental Meditation. Explore something new! > There are so many wonderful holistic centres and practices popping up all over the North-East. See if you can find a Soundbath class or Gong Bath, a Breathwork class or a floatation tank. Book out a couple of hours for yourself and pop along to experience something that will leave you feeling calm, connected and maybe even blissed-out! See you next time! Take care for now, Laura
Follow Laura on social media or get in touch for one-to-one coaching sessions and group retreats. @space_with_in
Generation ageless I used to do this…
We’re talking to people with a positive attitude to mid-life, doing things differently, changing their pace of life, their priorities, reflecting on what’s gone before and the new opportunities and challenges to come Dr Sally Coulthard, from Gosforth, is a wife, mum of two boys, retired research scientist, personal trainer, yoga and Pilates instructor. She teaches at Yoga Therapies Mala, Newcastle University Sports Centre and Sound Mind and Body.
Until the summer of 2018, I worked at Newcastle University in the Northern Institute for Cancer Research and the Institute of Cellular Medicine on pharmacogenetics; the way in which our bodies respond to drugs specialising in cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.
I was a post-doctoral research associate, or one of the white coat nerds! As always, I took a circuitous route to this position. I have a BSc in Botany and Zoology and during a gap-year travelling around the world I spent five months working as a cleaner in Brisbane, followed by several years in a clinical biochemistry lab before starting my research career. I interspersed cancer research with some time in developmental biology and non-cancerous disease research. I studied and obtained my PhD while having a toddler and giving birth to my second son. One might say that I am not one of those people who follows the norm or chooses the easiest path!
HEYDAYS ARE HERE
Now life is about…
My aim now is to help people of all ages from babies to the over 70’s to keep physically and mentally healthy through the benefits of exercise particularly yoga (including meditation) and Pilates.
I’m so fortunate to be working with Yoga Therapies as they embark on The Mala, a new venture in Gosforth and their third studio in Newcastle as one of their teachers and manager. Life, now, is about making every effort to timetable and run classes that will appeal to different age groups and abilities at The Mala, I want everyone to try yoga and see what they think, which is so exciting. We also support uS, a local charity, which helps young people from 12 to 25 with mental health issues get involved in exercise and sport to improve their quality of life. Yoga Therapies’ Corporate Social Responsibility programme has focused on fundraising and delivering 1:1 and small group yoga classes for uS participants.
Things are different because... I now don’t have to worry every few months about applying for funding for my salary, all I have to worry about now is making sure my sequences are well thought out so people are gently warmed up and able to achieve all they want from their practice and to maximise the benefit to their body.
Day in the life of me...
The people who are important...
Throughout my research career I was on short-term contracts, applying for my salary every couple of years and eventually decided that as much as I loved my job, it was time for a complete change. So, 18 months before leaving, I stopped applying for funding and started planning my exit strategy to do something totally different. I have always been very interested in fitness and firmly believe given the right support and choice of exercise everyone can learn to love being fitter and healthier. During this period, a very good friend of mine introduced me to Yoga and to say that I fell I love with yoga practice is a gross understatement. I then had to find a suitable teacher training in Newcastle that would fit around my academic career. Nearly three years down the line, I now have my 300h Yoga Therapeutics and 100 h Yin Yoga teaching qualification awarded by Yoga Therapies and Pilates qualifications awarded by Active IQ.
Obviously my family, but also my close friends. Without them I would not be where I am. There are a few of them, they know who they are, without whom I would have never tried yoga let alone trained to be a yoga teacher and would certainly not have had the opportunity to practice on them every Sunday.
Our favourite family entertainment is skiing. We introduced our boys to skiing when the youngest was only five so they now both leave us standing and only find us when they are hungry. But the first and last run of the day is a family affair. My mum lives locally, but my dad who, was a neurologist at the General Hospital for most of his working life, sadly died in 2013 on a cruise in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. We try to get the whole family together as often as possible, but it’s not easy. We all went to Hong Kong in December 2014, which was a fantastic experience, however we had to wait until last year to get everyone together again. That was for my mother’s 80th in Yorkshire at Swinton Park Hotel. So, for me, family is about trying to get together wherever and whenever possible.
I’m lucky I can…
Be active and fit. I am blessed with a healthy body and have never been seriously ill. I’ve always been an enthusiast, inherited from my dad, so if I go for something, I do it 100%, which has stood me in good stead throughout my life. I believe (within realistic parameters) if you want something enough and believe it is possible you will get there. I would never have believed I could go from a lab rat to a yoga teacher, but hey I wanted to do it so it was only a question of making it happen.
Springtime wardrobe staples...
Typically, I still set my alarm for 6am, but may not get up until 7am. Three times a week, I do my own training and on a Monday I go to an amazing gym, Storm Fitness where my personal trainer, Lomé Faatau, puts me through my paces. Then it’s the usual weekly shopping or reading, either yoga books or crime novels, before going home to have lunch with my husband Paul. I then head out to my classes to either take a personal training client or a class at The Mala or at the university. My evening classes usually finish at 7.30pm, so I’m usually home by 8pm when I have a bite to eat then relax on the sofa.
Why/how I made a change…
Family is all about...
Work/life balance... Work hard, play hard. That’s what my dad taught me and it’s certainly paid off. Good planning means you have time and energy to relax. From what I have observed, both at the university and since, it’s generally the bad planners who run out of playtime.
I thrive on...
I absolutely love the privilege of sharing the benefits of yoga practice with my friends, who were my first students, and now with people I have only just met. It is so rewarding to be part of their progress. Seeing someone who has gone from not even knowing what a downward facing dog was, to doing a few Sun salutations on their own on holiday because they were missing yoga, is so amazing.
Mid-life means to me...
Woman So-called ‘Modern Safari’ should have a place in your spring wardrobe. Khaki is always a clever colour addition to the wardrobe and we’re still not tiring of the instant-cool side-stripe trouser! Jumper: £295 Trousers: £199 from Luisa Cerano in Fenwick, Newcastle
Freedom! I am who I am and I realise not everyone will like me, but luckily I have some very dear friends and, of course, my family. I like to think I treat everyone how I would like to be treated and make a point of trying not to be negative. I think as a mid-lifer we need to celebrate and treasure every day, as we become more susceptible to disease as we get older. We need to really take care of ourselves, both mind and body, especially as more and more evidence shows that they are far more intertwined than we used to think. www.yogatherapies.co.uk
Man The navy peacoat – this one designed in France - is a delicious classic whether you team it with denims or some funky chinos. £170 Thenauticalcompany.com
Nina springs into a new season with a passion for pigs...
with Nina Robinson
It’s Chinese New Year as I write this and as it’s the year of the pig I thought I’d dedicate this issue of Little Luxe to our four-legged, curly-tailed friends. Children born in the year of the pig (2007 as well as any new little piglets) are said to be gentle, focused, optimistic and blessed with good fortune. So here’s to all the piggies in the world! In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are a sign of fortune as well. But it’s not all good news for the piggy. According to one myth, the pig is the
twelfth and final of all of the zodiac animals because he was the last to arrive the Jade Emperor’s party. Pig was late because he overslept. I know that feeling. I’ve been struggling to get out of bed (even more than usual) recently because I have a lovely, newly-decorated bedroom that is just too cosy to leave. There’s nothing better than retreating here after a hard day at school and snuggling up under my fluffy blankets. I’ve made a promise not to let this one become a pig sty… Love Nina x
Pig love >>
Put the oink in your day with these pig-tastic products... Flying pig cushion, £50, sianzeng.etsy.com
Gold pig coin bank, £27, hurnandhurn.com
Chinese New Year inspired t-shirt collection by Five Boys Clothing. Howling at the Moon and When Pigs Fly designs hand screen-printed in Bristol on organic cotton tees. £15, fiveboysclothing.com
Spring into new activities >> Check out the fascinating programme of outdoor activities that will be springing up in Bishop Auckland to teach kids all about land. Whether it’s getting green fingered to learn about sustainable horticulture, digging deeper into the region’s fascinating past or trying traditional crafts, The Auckland Project is giving everyone the chance to learn something new this spring. The town is latest to take part in the Incredible Edible movement, a national scheme that challenges people to think differently about food and how un-used land in a town can be transformed to create attractive, wildlife friendly spaces. There are a whole host of workshops and drop-in sessions over the spring. Why not go along and try something new? Find out more at aucklandproject.org
Sainsbury’s Home mini pig mug £3, sainsbury’s.co.uk
Sainsbury’s Home pig mug, £6, sainbsurys.co.uk
Happy birthday Peppa! >> Can you believe the nation’s favourite cheeky pig Peppa turns 15 this year? She might be growing up but Peppa and her family will never get old in our house! Little luxes are invited to join in with Peppa’s birthday celebrations by taking part in Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk fundraiser in the Easter holidays. Instead of sending her birthday gifts, Peppa is asking families to pull on their wellies to raise money for Save the children from 13 – 19 May. Sign up at muddypuddlewalk.org to receive a free fundraising pack. There’s also a chance to see Peppa on the big screen with the release of a new cinema adventure, Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun from 5 April. Little piggies can look forward to one whole hour of snorts and giggles with songs to sing along to and dances and movements to join in with.
This little piggy went wee wee wee.....all the way to bed! Check out the high tech Playbulb Zoocoro Piggy lamp – it’s not only a colour change night light, but also has a bluetooth speaker to soothe little ones at night with their favourite music or even a story. £69.95, glow.co.uk
LUXE LOVES Wonder walls Make a mural your statement bedroom centrepiece. Weâ€™re crushing on this one from the Grunge collection by Galerie Wallcoverings ÂŁ82.95 per panel www.galeriehome.co.uk
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ON THE HOOF with Deborah Smith With spring in sight and a whole host of events in the diary, I’ve been casting my eyes over some of this season’s most desirable clothing and accessories
Whether you’re after a bit of bling or a touch of comfort as a rider, a new season gets us excited about new horse and rider collctions. Equestrian Stockholm’s gorgeous new spring collection features three stunning new colours: Moroccan blue, grenadine and ice blue which feature across their range of saddle pads, fleece bandages and ear nets. And to be truly matchy-matchy, you’ll find a striking lightweight jacket in all the colours as well; sure to be one of this season’s must-haves, with a soft sheen fabric front and back combined with stretchy eco-fleece on sides and sleeves. As with all Equestrian Stockholm’s clothing, there is no fur or down used in this jacket. Instead of using down as insulation, they have chosen to use a top quality eco-friendly filling which is breathable, wind-resistant and water-resistant. Perfect for British spring weather! DonnaDiva Equestrian stock the whole range donnadivaequestrian.com - be quick as they’re bound to fly off the shelves! I was lucky enough to get a super smart new SCHARF hat for Christmas. It’s the
lightest hat I’ve ever ridden in and amazingly comfortable. With an easily adjustable strap, and sizing and a COOLMAX washable removable liner, this is a perfect competition hat for spring into summer. SCHARF is a Danish brand and the hats have a very distinctive and contemporary design with some traditional elements. They meet the highest current safety requirements. I first saw them at the National Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh and they come in a wide variety of colours and coatings, not least countless combinations of Swarovski crystals, granite and beads to choose from! I went for rutile red gloss (a sort of blackberry colour) with two rows of Swarovski crystals. The helmets are customised so you can be as adventurous as you like! Visit scharfuk.com to start designing your own bespoke hat. For accessories, makebeboutique.com has the whole range of Makebe bangles in leather and brass and a range of belts, spurs and stirrups including the stunning Wave Stirrup and Ergo-Spur Set in rose-gold. We’re definitely talking wow factor here. Almost too glamorous to ride in (but I’ll give it a go!).
>> Above and below, from the Makebe range, bangles €78, stirrups, €170, spurs, €85, saddle bag, €290, belt, €150.
Spurs and stirrups in rose-gold. We’re definitely talking wow factor here. Almost too glamorous to ride in (but I’ll give it a go!)
>> Equestrian Stockholm Next Generation jacket, €117, saddle pads, €82.
BOOK IT NOW >> THE EQUERRY BOLESWORTH INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW 12-16 June Where else would you want to be this summer than in the stunning setting of Bolesworth Castle, watching world class competition at the must-visit Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show. With a stellar line-up featuring many leading riders from home and abroad, the show offers a whole week of equestrian sport at the very highest level including: CDI 3* dressage and CSI 4* showjumping competitions. Bolesworth Castle provides a stunning backdrop and the event continues into the evenings with live entertainment in Club Boles overlooking the Main Arena. Get 40% off gate prices if you pre-book your tickets online www.bolesworthinternational.com
POSH POOCHES with Alfie, helped by Elysia Agnew
Travel trends for 2019 >>
Spring has sprung and in pooch world this means one thing - lighter nights and longer walks. It’s time to get the gang out in the garden as we hop, skip and jump into the new season. The season welcomes new life and new beginnings, so we’re giving Alfie’s winter wardrobe a spring clean - bringing in poochy prints and pamper hampers. Our well-travelled hound has sniffed out some top travel trends for 2019, taking us from the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, to the Cornish coast and the high life in London. As the night get lighter and the walks get longer, Alfie has been hanging out in the village with some of his new chums. Let us introduce you to Teddy - the oh-so cute and cuddly cockapoo from Hutton Rudby. Let the pooch-fuelled adventures continue. Here’s to sunny days and spring blooms! Alfie, your luxe pooch x
Step into spring in style with canine cologne, poochy prints and hampers for pampered hounds
Our poochy pals at PetsPyjamas give us their five dog-friendly travel trends for 2019… DOGS OF INSTAGRAM ADVENTURES >> Top spots for getting your pooch on the ‘gram’ include the Lake District’s Another Place, set on the stunning shores of Ullswater, Karma St Martin’s on the Isle of Scilly - a unique spot with scenery that takes you worlds away from the UK, Ellenborough Park for stately garden posing and The Lugger, with amazing views of the Cornish coast.
<< MUNGO & MAUD Little Sunshine Hamper, £229; mungoandmaud.com
HOWND >> Butch Leather Natural Cologne (250ml) £14; dogslovehownd.com
LUCKY LOBSTER ART >> Dog + Beach = Happy Print £45; luckylobsterart.co.uk
TAIL-OR-MADE >> Grouse Moor Dog Coat Beige Herringbone, £132.50; store.styletails.com
CHARLEY CHAU >> Deeply Dishy Luxury Dog Bed - Velour Contrast, £135; charleychau.com
Luxe Pooch Q&A LUXE WALKS >> I love nothing more than a run around the field at home. Luckily for me, it’s right by the tennis courts, so searching for lost balls is a daily adventure for me! POOCH’S PERFECT DAY OUT >> I love to pack up my poochy suitcase and spend a couple of days in the Big Smoke visiting my three human brothers, Oliver, Lewis and Jack. Teddy is an intelligent, playful and very cheeky cockapoo approaching his terrible twos. He’s been hanging out with Alfie at The Rusty Bike Cafe in Swainby - a perfect base for wags and walks!
PUPPY PAMPER >> I get a six-week scissor cut and grooming session at Pawfection Dog Grooming in Yarm - with weekly baths at home between pamper sessions. ‘Gotta keep my curls in check!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DOG >> Make your dog the star of the show with a city break stay at London’s Egerton House Hotel, offering afternoon tea and a bed menu for canine customers, and The Lanesborough, offering Hyde park walks and an impressive haul of goodies when you land in your five-star room. DOG-FRIENDLY MINI MOONS >> PetsPyjamas have seen a rise in post-wedding, pooch-friendly getaways. Properties offering romance for you and a welcome for your dog include The Fish in the Cotswolds, the Beach Hut Suites at the Cary Arms on the Devon coast and No. 15 Great Pulteney, a boutique townhouse in Bath. SNIFFER TRIPS >> Time to hit the road! Jump in the car and set off on a dog-friendly adventure along the South West coastal path through Cornwall, Devon and Dorset; cosy up in a country Cotswolds cottage, explore the Lake District or head up to Scotland coming back down through North Yorkshire and the Dales. www.petspyjamas.com
REST & ROVER >> The inability to switch off is just one of the daily worries of modern life. Time spent with your dog is a proven and great distraction, be it for a long mind-clearing walk or a cosy afternoon cuddling on the sofa. So, as life’s pressure cooker continues to bubble, PetsPyjamas predicts that we’ll look more to our dogs for R&R and digital detox. Perfect retreats to escape the hustle and bustle include Hex Cottage in Suffolk, Congrove Barns Bath in the Cotswolds and Auchrannie Resort on the Isle of Arran.
HOUND HABBITS >> You can try hiding my toys if you don’t want to play, but I will find them, and I will take them to the top of the stairs and push them down one by one until I get your full attention! DOGGY DOWNTIME >> I’ve just joined a dog agility class - I’m working on my ‘good boy’ skills. I’m rewarded with treats and lots of fuss at The Rusty Bike Cafe. DOGS BEST FRIEND >> It’s got to be Rosie the golden retriever
(one of Alfie’s clan) - as well as all of my agility pals. FONDEST DOGGY MEMORY >> One of my first days out with the humans at Tynemouth Market - a great place for sociable puppies. I got lots of attention that day! Apparently puppy eyes and ginger curls melt hearts. PUPPY A-LISTER >> A very clever redhead with a cheeky charm and music in the family - some people call me Ed Sheeran!
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REST & RELAX
Hip hotels with Debrah Dhugga
A highland fling at a flamboyant and slightly bonkers boutique hotel in Scotland
THE HOTEL >> The Fife Arms is the hot new kid on the block when it comes to boutique hotels in Scotland. It’s packed with character, every room telling its own story with its own sense of place. In the bar you meet a flying stag – before you’ve even touched a wee dram. Really. Lovers of dramatic interiors will be captivated by The Fife Arms. It’s packed with Instagram appeal, full of quirks and crazy corners – and a taxidermy overload. Interior design by Russell Sage Studio has stamped a statement on this former Victorian coaching inn to create something really stunning, warm and elegant. Lovers of art, both old and new, will be in their element. The hotel’s owners, Iwan and Manuela Wirth, of Hauser + With fame bought some 14,00 ‘objets’ to fill the place. So you will discover a wonderful collection of Scottish art, as well as standout pieces – a Picasso, a Lucian Freud, and Richard Jackson chandelier with a contemporary twist on the highlands’ antler chandelier. The restoration sings with love and pride thanks to the collections of artists and craftspeople who have been part of the project; this is all about curation of an idea, perfectly executed. The Fife Arms is close to Braemar in the heart of Scotland so interiors play heavily on the country’s heritage, layering of specially designed tweed, tartan and hand-printed wall coverings. These are mixed with whimsical curios, new contemporary and antique artworks which blend seamlessly together. It’s a thoroughly relaxing place to spend time – something of a covert cocoon. BEDROOMS >> Proper hideaways. Each bedroom and suite is gorgeous with one-of-a-kind furnishings and décor, all reflecting a place, person, event or activity that plays a part in the life and legacy of Braemar. HISTORY >> I have my own connection with the hotel – how exciting! Stories have been meticulously researched with the help of consulting historians from Aberdeen University. Celebrated guests included Robert Louis Stevenson, who began to write Treasure Island whilst on holiday in Braemar. The poet Lord Byron, as a child, lived for a while at a farm just east of Ballater with his Scottish mother, Catherine Gordon of Gight. So fascinating for me as he also had a connection to Seaham Hall, where I was CEO for five years. Byron’s stay had a profound effect and local landmarks feature in his works, such as ‘Dark Lochnagar’ written in 1807. Other rooms celebrate local characters such as The Highlander, The Stalker, The Farmer and The Mountaineer. EXPLORE >> This is a place to really escape the daily grind and immerse yourself in the
wild beauty of the Highlands where your companions will be eagles, deer, walkers, photographers, stalkers - and sometimes skiers! The area is a favourite escape for the royals – and HRH The Duke of Rothesay (aka Prince of Wales) and the Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the hotel in mid-January, the commemorative plaque is in the entrance hall as you arrive. HIGHLIGHTS >> Highland Games, or The Gathering, as it’s known locally takes place on the first Saturday of September annually in the scenic village of Braemar, famed for its annual Highland Games. Braemar sits in The Cairngorms National Park, an incredibly diverse landscape, from the wild high mountains to the heather moorlands and peatlands, to the magnificent forests, farms and crofts and the wetlands and rivers. Castles are a must-see, of which the best known is Balmoral and also fascinating is Braemar Castle, just a 15-minute walk from The Fife Arms. For outdoor activities your go-tos are hiking, riding, mountain-biking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, surfing… All the above and more can be arranged by The excellent concierge team at The Fife Arms. FOOD >> The rhythm of the Highland seasons will be reflected in the menus offered in the restaurant, The Clunie Dining Room, as well as The Flying Stag, the restored village pub, an integral part of the hotel, and the Drawing Room is perfect for a coffee break with the papers. There’s drama in The Clunie Dining Room thanks to cooking that takes place over the open flames of a fire pit. I enjoyed a starter of hay-flamed sea trout, lemon cream, breadcrumbs, dill, ember oak leaves. A main course of Wark Farm lamb shoulder, winter vegetables, lamb jus, pointed cabbage and flower sprouts. I don’t do dessert, but enjoyed and amazing cheese plate with a lovely glass of my favourite New Zealand pinot noir!
Factbox Getting there: Aberdeen and Dundee train stations are both a 1.5-hour drive away. Aberdeen airport is the nearest, 1.5 hours. Or LNER travel direct to Aberdeen on the East Coast line Opening rates from: £250 for guestrooms and £795 for suites. The Fife Arms, Mar Road, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Telephone +44 (0)1339 720200 Email: email@example.com www.thefifearms.com
Getting to know: York Where to stroll, shop, sip and stay for a wonderful weekend in York
Eat >> Once you’ve shopped, ticked off some sightseeing and strolled through The Shambles, rest your legs for a luxe lunch at The Ivy St. Helen’s Square. Sitting in all its sophisticated glory in the centre of York, the iconic restaurant chain has made its way up north and brings its modern British classics to the table. Go here for stylish sipping, ritzy restaurant interiors and a relaxed all-day dining experience. Visitors with a sweet tooth should go to The Grand Hotel for a tasty tower of a savoury and sweet treats. Whether you’re well into your teas or you wish to
treat yourselves to optional upgrades of prosecco, champagne or gin and tonic, there’s something to suit everyone. If a tasting menu is a treat for you, a visit to Le Cochon Aveugle on Walmgate is an absolute must. Serving small plates of contemporary European cuisine, the menu finds its feet from classical French techniques, and showcases some of the best produce available in the area. In the hands of chef Josh Overington, foodies are served a blind tasting menu that exceeds expectations every time. www.oxorestaurantyork.com www.theivyyork.com
Stay >> The Mount Royale Hotel is our home for the weekend. This timeless hotel is a real treat and a brilliant base to help us get to know the city. The building oozes traditional charm inside and out, with splashes of colour and contemporary design bringing it bang up to date. Each luxurious bedroom brings with it something completely unique. A stunning four-poster bed forms the heart of our sumptuous suite, furnished with cosy throws and cushions. Pops of colour are pumped into the suite with quirky interiors and accessories. As a whole, the hotel feels honest and homely - and this is down to the very welcoming staff, who ensure great service right from check in, through to dinner and breakfast. Foodies are in for a treat here as the hotel is home to Oxo’s Restaurant On The Mount. Russell Johnson is the chef at the helm, serving up an innovative and imaginative menu combining some of the best British ingredients in the business. Passion, pride and perfect service is what sets this restaurant apart. www.mountroyale.co.uk
Explore >> Not only is Low Petergate home to some of the city’s finest foodie hotspots including Andrew Pern’s Mr P’s Curious Tavern and Italian favourite La Vecchia Scoula, it’s also the place to be for big brands and designer beauty buys in Browns department store, L.K. Bennett and Reiss to name but a few. Of course, a trip to York wouldn’t be complete without a rummage at Shambles Market. If you’re visiting as a family and shopping isn’t a quick fix for the whole gang, visit York Dungeons. Take some time to journey back into the horrible history of York as the Dungeon’s team take you on an educational and exciting walkthrough experience full of specialeffects, immersive sets and horrible characters. You can see, hear, feel and
smell legendary characters from the Vikings through to Guy Fawkes. Stop by York’s Chocolate Story and unwrap the mouthwatering history of our favourite sweet stuff. Take a trip down memory lane and try some incredible vintage edibles from years gone by and find out how three entrepreneurial families made York the UK’s home of chocolate. Sunny afternoons can be spent strolling along the river or soaking up the sun in the medieval ruins at York’s Museum Gardens. Bask on the grass beside beautiful blooms or stretch those legs as you pass through the pathways that wind through the trees. If you fancy hitching a ride and venturing out of town, afternoons can be spent in the stunning grounds of Castle Howard - as grand as it gets!
Sip >> Located next to York train station, it’s almost impossible to not pop in to Chapter House and have a drink while waiting for the train you’re about to miss now you’ve stumbled upon this gem. A personal favourite is the Yorkshire Negroni, which replaces the classic London dry gin with Slingsby Rhubarb Gin, making the drink a softer, floral infusion and a lot more approachable compared to its bitter big brother. Evil Eye went viral after being in the Guinness Book of Records for ‘Most Varieties of Gin Commercially Available’, with over 1,000 different types of gins on offer. Upstairs, it’s a shop, but head through a secret door and you’ll find yourself in a little speakeasy, serving the coolest cocktails in the city.
All-age getaways Family gatherings on neutral territory work for everyone, especially when you bag a glorious countryside rental
For big getaways, tick-boxes should include acres of spaces, plenty of playthings (from boardgames to tennis courts), spot-on wi-fi and an abundance of sink-in sofas. Let the generations mingle, don’t be too strict on itineraries and make sure there’s loads of ‘downtime’ for real relax. Some people might relish being let loose on a wow-factor, gadget-laden kitchen while others organise a mini sports tournament to get the competitive juices flowing. Allow for lazy family-time, such as watching movies slouched on a sofa in PJs with sweets. And make sure there’s a ‘cocktail hour’ when everyone gathers back together for a meal, chat – and even dancing into the night. WISE IDEAS >> Huge breakfasts: tray bake loads of bacon, sausages etc, lay out buffet style and keep them warm for latecomers. Make sure there’s bread for butties and fruit, muesli and cereals. Linger over the
breakfasting and you’ll be fuelled for big walks and adventures. Don’t over-plan: it’s meant to be a break. There will be those who like to rise with the lark and go for a run. That’s fine, but go easy on to-do list or it’ll end in tears. Order in: arrange a supermarket delivery to the property. Think about easy-prep one-pot dishes, order a takeaway or head to the pub for food. Or, you can usually arrange for a chef. Homemade cakes or a cheeseboard will never go unloved for snacking. Naps: arguably the best thing about a remote retreat! Have loads. GAME FOR FUN >> We love The Polo Farm a stunning honey-coloured property in the Cotswolds with lashings of lovely potential for an all-age getaway, be that for a big birthday, grand reunion or just a celebratory get-together away from busy lives. Kids and teens will love: • A cabin-like den with bean bags, big TV and lots of hang-out space. • Room to roam in the 30 acres of grounds that was once a smallholding.
• Sky Q and a Sonos sound system • Wellies for all. Time to get muddy. • Space and kit for cricket, badminton, croquet and table tennis. Grown-ups will love: • Sipping a glass of something in the nicely-lit outside space with an antique firepit to take the chills away. • Well-chosen artworks throughout the property and an extensive library to luxuriate in. • Gardens full of rambling rose, abundant herbs and a springtime bluebell meadow. • Farmers’ markets nearby and an outdoor Big Green Egg barbecue and pizza oven for al fresco cooking! • Scented candles and Elemis products. OUT & ABOUT >> The Cotswolds offer up a very glossy
vision of Britain. Explore chocolate-box-charming villages abundant with cakes and cafes. Explore a landscape of rolling hills within this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Watch some polo at Cirencester Park or live some history at the Roman Amphitheatre in Cirencester. The Wychwood Way is a historic 37-mile route from Woodstock to nearby Wychwood which runs through an ancient royal forest. Try and take a trip to Daylesford, the outstandingly stylish sustainable organic farm which is home to a cool café, dreamy food hall, gardens, spa and shops full of lust-after clothing and interior goods. The Polo Farm sleeps ten Prices from £3,650 for a week’s stay www.uniquehomestays.com
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New look Cook
From shipping container success to restaurant heaven, Anna Hedworth’s Cook House is enjoying a new, tasty lease of life. Jessica Laing stops by…
When she’s not stuffing pickled cucumber into Kilner jars, organising Jesmond Food Market or writing up recipes for crumbly almond cake, lemon posset and scrumptious suchlikes, Anna Hedworth can be found heading up the kitchen in her brand new restaurant. For the last three and a half years, her culinary baby, Cook House, has been going strong; winning awards (Good Food Guide? tick), enjoying national recognition (The Times? The Guardian? Channel 4? Radio 4? Big fat ticks) and feeding its legion of local fans from two small, but perfectlyformed, shipping containers in the heart of Ouseburn Valley. Now, though, things have moved on. Though not far - a whole five minutes down the road, in fact. Yep, venture even further into the depths of the Valley (Foundry Lane to be exact) and you’ll discover the new-andimproved Cook House; bigger and better-looking (who knew that was even possible?) with mouthwatering menus that now stretch from brekkie and brunch to lunch and dinner. The change of address, Anna tells me, was prompted by the news that Cook House’s original spot in trendy Ouseburn was to be redeveloped. Taking it as a sign from above to move on to bigger and better things, she set her sights on a new place - and reached out to her customers and the
region’s foodies for help. Soon, a Kickstarter page was set up in a bid to raise enough cash to bring Anna’s dream restaurant to life, offering people special rewards in return for donations everything from cookery classes and supper clubs, to gift vouchers and tables for lunch and dinner. Within a month or so, thanks to the public’s generosity and unwavering support, Anna and her team had smashed their target. The building work began and in December last year, they opened the doors of their brand new pad. Today, the results speak for themselves. What a great job they did. It’s apparent that this isn’t just a place for foodies to fill their boots; it’s also a little slice of heaven for interiors-addicts. Think two floors of simple, stripped-back gorgeousness; white brick walls (aside from one, which is now a beautiful hand-painted mural, depicting flowers, fruit, veg and seafood), industrial-style hanging lamps, a cream staircase, wooden beamed ceilings and lots of flowers. Oh so very Instagrammable. Oh and FYI: a seat on the top floor guarantees you views of the open kitchen, but if you fancy making dinner a more intimate affair, ask if you can be seated downstairs. It’s darker and cosier. But let’s talk food. I wouldn’t usually order a ‘snack’ before my starter, but when faced with options like charcuterie and warm
sourdough, tempura cauliflower and Anna’s sent-from-heaven bread and butter pickles, frankly, who could say no? My pal and I settled on the cauliflower in the end - a total triumph. For a fiver, we got a good handful of florets in the lightest, bubbliest, golden brown batter that delivered audible crunch. A scattering of onion seeds ramped up the flavour, as did the punchy homemade aioli that accompanied them. Glorious finger food. Get dipping and enjoy. Starters were the Korean BBQ chicken skewers with a slightly spicy gochujang aioli - something in between the garlicky Mediterranean stuff and an Asian red chilli
paste. It ticked the boxes, the meat was wonderfully juicy, but it was the roast brussels sprouts that brought big smiles to our faces. You get a good amount, cooked ’til tender (but not mushy), drizzled in a zippy curried aioli with pickled shallots for tang, toasted walnuts and fragrant, feathery springs of dill. For mains, I took a risk and ordered celeriac instead of meat or fish. Partly because I’m always intrigued to see how places tackle their veggie options (far too often they’re neglected), but also because I don’t think I’ve ever ordered celeriac in a restaurant and actually enjoyed it. It’s a bit of a strange, bemusing vegetable, if you ask
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It’s apparent that this isn’t just a place for foodies to fill their boots; it’s also a little slice of heaven for interiors-addicts
me, and executed poorly it can taste god-awful. Done properly, though, and it’s the stuff of dreams. Fortunately, Anna nailed it. Slow-roasted ’til slightly charred on the outside, but soft and creamy on the inside. Well-seasoned, too, served with a very pleasing amount of puy lentils, clusters of goats cheese and a dribble of fresh salsa verde. It seems all you veggies out there can breathe a sigh of relief here. Not only are you guaranteed hearty helpings of goodness (I was stuffed), you’re also promised unfussy, earthy flavours with real depth. My dining buddy, meanwhile, ever the carnivore, opted for the bavette (flank) steak, with sticky charred spring onions and mini roasties, crushed and golden. Our verdict? We couldn’t fault the cooking of the meat, we just wish we’d have been given a lot more of it. If only to mop up the divine romesco sauce with which it came. Anna’s version of this vibrant Catalonian condiment is absolutely swell; smoky, sweet and nutty. And not overly puréed either - a really nice texture. We rounded things off with a small slice of dark chocolate and almond cake (if you don’t like overly-sweet stuff, then there’s a very good chance you’ll like this); and a cheese plate for one, showcasing blue, goat’s and cheddar from local names like Doddington Dairy and Northumberland Cheese Company. Cheese here is paired with spiced apple chutney (unfortunately
the kitchen was all out when we arrived, so we were given celery - not necessarily a bad thing) and sourdough. Drinks were beer - there are some great craft bottles on offer - and a zesty, tequila-infused cocktail or two, served in a martini glass. I forget the name of it, but it was a pale pink colour and had orange peel floating in it and chilli salt on the rim. I drank about three of them (somewhat responsibly of course) and even a month or so later, I’m still thinking about them. I’ll certainly be back for more. And the shop. Oh, the shop. I couldn’t not mention it. A mouthwatering makeshift pantry, if you will, showcasing glistening jars of Anna’s homemade chutneys, pickles and preserves (take my word on the bread and butter pickles - they’re the best I’ve tasted). You’ll also find just-risen sourdough loaves from pals at nearby bakery, Northern Rye, bags of freshly-ground beans from local roasters, Pink Lane Coffee, marmalade oranges, free-range eggs and bottles of speciality wine and beer. A little treasure trove of goodness, in other words. Don’t leave without a brown paper bag of treats. Cook House, Foundry Lane, Newcastle, NE6 1LH. The restaurant is open for breakfast/brunch, lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. For opening hours, visit www.cookhouse.org. For reservations, email cookhouse firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 276 1093.
Sweet like chocolate Easter time calls for indulgence - with chocolate at the forefront. From cocktails and cookery classes, to face masks and fancy puds, Jessica Laing reveals the best ways and places to get your cocoa fix…
DO THIS Dessert Heaven 10 March Malton Cookery School, North Yorkshire £99 per person Get stuck in to sweet pastry and meringue-making, tart and pie craft and more at Malton Cookery School’s version of a dessert party! A chance to learn how to nail the trickiest dinner party-worthy puds. www.talbotmalton.co.uk
Chocolate Works Cooking Class 23 March Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle £110 per person Make your own batch of artisan, soft-centered chocolates at Blackfriars’ oh-so-sweet workshop. You’ll learn how to temper chocolate, decorate like a pro and enjoy a communal lunch with wine. www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk
Easter Egg Workshop 11 April Davenport’s Chocolates, Gateshead £38 per person Ever dreamed of making your very own Easter egg? Then roll your sleeves up and get involved at Davenport’s Chocolates’ studio. You’ll create your very own seasonal showstopper, filled with yet more chocolate. www.davensportschocolate.co.uk
DRINK THIS There’s a reason why The Hudson’s Pistachio Espresso Martini (£7.50) is so popular. Alongside vanilla vodka and coffee liqueur, their version of the classic cocktail is ramped up with a good glug of chocolate liqueur for a rich, indulgent finish. Topped off with a pistachio crumb for nuttiness, it’s like a posh dessert in a glass. Delish. www.hudsonnewcastle.co.uk
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Chocolate-lovers will be in their element at Let There Be Crumbs in Sunderland. Stop by the cakery and tearoom for gooey homemade brownies, chocolatey sundaes and Ferrero Rocher gelato. www.lettherebecrumbs.co.uk
For coffee-and-cake moments, why not stop by Songbird Bakery in Middlesbrough. Somewhere for fluffy, freshly-made goodness and imaginative flavours. Their chocolate peanut cupcakes are heaven-sent. www.songbirdbakery.com
Vallum Farm The ice cream at Vallum Farm, Northumberland, is something else. You can even have a go at making a pint or two yourselves and churn up your own flavours. Sweet combos like white chocolate and coconut, and milk chocolate and coffee are popular! www.vallumfarm.co.uk
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Hotel Chocolat Triple Chocolate Grand Slab, £16 A chocolate extravaganza with swirls of milk, mellow caramel and creamy high-cocoa white chocolate. For those who love a little bit of everything. www.hotelchocolat.com
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Marinated Herrings with Potato Salad & Horseradish WITH TERRY LAYBOURNE
SERVES 4 Ingredients
Let’s give a nod to our Scandinavian friends who have long made a friend of the humble herring. The herring used to be a staple fish in the British Isles but fell out of favour, perhaps because of its distinctive fishiness, which seems madness. Herring is a beautiful, flavoursome and plentiful fish. It is good value and packed with health-giving nutrients and also lends itself to myriad ways of cooking – fried, chargrilled, baked or raw. Herring is a great base for flavours so marinades like the one in this recipe make for delicious dishes – the addition of a creamy potato salad just adds to the pleasure.
Marinated herring 6 herring, filleted 500ml water 200g sugar 100ml white wine vinegar 20 black peppercorns 8 bay leaves 2 red onions, finely sliced 200g leeks, sliced Potato salad 450g waxy new potatoes, peeled and diced 100g fresh peas, shelled 1/2 Cox’s apple 1 lemon, juiced 1/2 red onion, finely sliced 1 handful of lamb’s lettuce 1 handful of mint Dressing 1 lemon, juiced and zested
1 tsp sugar 1 tsp garlic, minced - from about two cloves 1 tbsp fresh horseradish, finely grated 125g Greek yoghurt 70g olive oil Salt Milled black pepper
Method To make the marinade; bring the water, sugar and vinegar to the boil in a small saucepan, allow to cool. Arrange the herring snugly into a serving dish, scatter the peppercorns, bay leaves, red onions and leeks over before pouring over the marinade. Place into the fridge and allow to marinade for 48 hours. To make the potato salad; Cook the potatoes in salted boiling water
until tender. Drain and allow to cool completely. Blanch the peas in salted boiling water until tender - refresh in iced water. Drain and set aside. Slice the apple and sprinkle over the lemon juice to prevent discolouration. To make the dressing; mix all of the ingredients together in a blender until well-incorporated. Reserve in the fridge. Mix the potatoes with half of the yoghurt dressing. Scatter the lamb’s lettuce on a serving dish and place the potatoes on top. Add the rest of the ingredients to the plate and drizzle over the rest of the dressing. Sprinkle over the lemon zest and serve immediately alongside the marinated herring.
Duck divine Duck is always a dining favourite and a fine match for the best of smooth, rich red wines. Chadwick’s head chef Steve Lawford offers a tasty kitchen challenge and sommelier Lee Tolley pairs the wines.
<< Indulgent reds that love duck Rich reds >> Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon (Domaine des Tourelles), Bekaa, Lebanon 2014 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 5% Carignan 14% ABV
Gressingham Duck – Pan Roast Breast, Braised Leg Dumpling, Port & Redcurrant Sauce >>
Lebanon is understood to be one of the oldest wine production countries in the world, so good wine from here should be of no surprise. This wine is from the Bekaa Valley, where most of the Lebanese winemaking big hitters are based. The wine itself is deep in colour and offers up flavours of cherry, blackberry and cloves, with a smoky wood note. A great wine for those looking to try something away from the usual.
Serves 4 Ingredients
Dumplings 2 duck legs 2 Gressingham duck breasts 500g duck fat 200g self-raising flour 100g beef suet 120ml water Pinch of salt Butternut squash purée 1 large butternut squash 2 x shallots 1 x clove garlic 1/2 pint of water 100g butter 50g double cream Sauce 500ml beef sauce (reduced beef stock) 100ml tawny port 1 tbsp redcurrant Jelly Duck 4 duck breasts
Dumplings Confit the duck legs in duck fat until the meat falls off the bone. Chop meat and mix with a little port sauce and chill. Make suet by mixing dry ingredients together then add water, working as little as possible. Make duck mix into balls, wrap suet around and roll into dumplings. Bake until crisp and warmed through. Butternut squash purée Peel and dice squash. Add sliced shallots, garlic and squash to a pan, add the water and butter and cook until all the water has gone. Add cream and blitz in a food processor. Sauce Add all ingredients to a pan and slowly reduce until reaching a required consistency and flavour. Duck Cook duck breasts in a pan, skin side down, then oven cook for 4-6minutes. Rest for 5 minutes. Plate up Assemble dish as neatly as possible, pour sauce over meat and dumpling. Enjoy!
The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon (Yalumba), Coonawarra, South Australia 2015 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% ABV
Coonawarra is famous for its fantastic Cabernets and has been growing the grape for 120 years. The Cigar takes its name from the cigar-shaped strip of terra rossa soil on which the vineyards are planted. This is a big Cabernet, deep red in colour with flavours of black cherry, blueberry and liquorice. A lovely big Australian Cabernet.
Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (Château Guinot), Bordeaux, France 2011 Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon (Bordeaux blend) 13.5% ABV
Saint-Émilion is steeped in wine history and famous for its top quality wines, of which this is no exception. Filled with ripe plum and bramble with an earthiness that shows its development with age. Smooth, mouth-filling with long lasting flavours. A real lesson in top wine making.
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CHEF’S TABLE with James Close, two Michelin star chef at Raby Hunt A jaunt to the best of the UK’s two Michelin-star restaurants >> Moor Hall The start of the year has been a bit stay-at-home in terms of eating adventures. Then again, great to be able to explore the best of fine dining in this country. Our mission was to check out the latest Michelin two-star restaurants – and a dependable old favourite. First off was Moor Hall. Moor Hall is easy to get to – just a quick drive over to Lancashire. It’s in a great spot made for a relaxing fresh air hit. We stayed over and dined on really exceptional food from the kitchen of chef patron, Mark Birchall. He’s a local guy who really knows his stuff and has an excellent kitchen pedigree having worked at El Celler de Can Roca, Girona and as executive chef of L’Enclume in Cumbria. His lovely menus showcase his own style of modern British cuisine, wherever possible using produce grown on the five-acre Moor Hall site on his doorstep – or from local suppliers. Big ticks for a standout dish of turbot on the bone, artichoke, mussel cream and sea vegetables – and a shout out to the sommelier for exceptional service. Next up it was L’Enclume – Mark’s old cooking ground. Everyone knows of this place in the little village of Cartmel, famed for its sticky toffee pudding. L’Enclume never gets it wrong. Attention to detail is everything in Simon Rogan’s two-star restaurant, and the whole experience was fantastic. The wine service in particular is worthy of a mention.
Everything on the menu is about ingenuity and you discover the best seasonal and local ingredients, handled with passion and creativity Sommelier brings the trolley over and wines are decanted, even for one glass. There’s also a huge selection of Coravin wines – it was really impressive. Everything on the menu is about ingenuity and you discover the best seasonal and local ingredients, handled with passion and creativity. Organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers grown on the team’s own farm take centre stage, along with the finest produce from the surrounding Cumbrian countryside. Our standout dish involved a mesmerisingly good scallop! Third up and the destination was London for the visit to Core by Clare Smyth. In the heart of Notting Hill, the restaurant received its second Michelin star last year, and chef Clare Smyth also received the World’s Best Female Chef Award from the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
>> Left, Clare Smyth at Core
Clare trained in some of the most celebrated kitchens in the world. In her time as chef patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Hospital Road, her many awards included 10/10 in the Good Food Guide, five AA rosettes and an MBE for services to the hospitality industry. Notably she was also chosen to cater for Harry and Meghan’s wedding banquet. We loved the place, it has great style and ambience. It’s cool. Standout dish was ‘potato and roe’: dulse beurre blanc, herring and trout roe. This is something of a signature dish. A single skin-on Charlotte potato served with up herring and trout roe and teeny potato
crisps. Potato-caviar pairing is something of a classic with the dulse (seaweed) beurre blanc adding richness. We were also wowed by a vacherin dessert – the classic French meringue dish was memorable. HIDDEN GEM >> Our Sunday go-to for the past few weeks has been Fernaville’s in Whorlton near Barnard Castle. It’s a really good village pub which services a great Sunday lunch until 8pm, so you still get the weekend lie-in. Better still, it’s really dog-friendly and our hound Heston loves it!
PIZZETTA & PUDS
Savouring the seasons WITH KAREN PHILLIPS scrapers work well or use a large flat spatula) and quickly crack an egg in the centre of each pizzetta. Bake for eight minutes, or until the egg is just set, and serve alongside a cold beer.
HAZELNUT PAVLOVA WITH PASSIONFRUIT CURD >> Homemade passionfruit curd is a labour of love, but passionfruit occupy a warm spot in my heart. In my youth, (many moons ago), I travelled around South America with my sister, and one abiding memory was arriving in Cartagena, Colombia and hearing street stallholders shout ‘Maracuya con leche, maracuya con leche!’ – I had no idea until years later what those golfball-sized, wrinkly purple fruits that they used were named in English. I simply remembered the most heavenly cold milkshakes, made with tins of Milo milk (the equivalent of evaporated milk here) so, a combination super, super sweet and acidic. If you can’t get hold of passionfruit curd then fear not, lemon curd will taste just as good. Ingredients (makes six individual pavlovas) 40g chopped, roasted hazelnuts 3 large egg whites Pinch of salt 175g caster sugar 1tsp cornflour 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar 150g double cream, lightly whipped 3 passionfruit – pulp scooped out 1/2 jar of passionfruit/lemon curd
The advent of March heralds longer days and a spring to our steps. Bird song starts earlier but can be drowned out by the shenanigans within the flock of geese at the farm with excessive feather-ruffling and wing-spreading to attract one of the gaggle of girls. The benefit of these, often raucous, exchanges is a steady supply of chicken, duck and geese eggs with their bright yellow yolks in time for Easter SPINACH PIZZETTA TOPPED WITH SOFT EGG >> I often make a double batch of sourdough starter to use in breads and any leftover dough sits happily covered in the fridge for a week or so, making these mini pizzas from the fabulous Italian cookbook, ‘Polpo’, quick and easy to prepare. The perfect lunch when served with a glass of Tyneside Blonde! Ingredients 4 golf ball-sized pieces of sourdough/or any pizza dough 200g of baby spinach 1tbsp. olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 3 tbsp. crème fraiche Grated parmesan, sea salt and black pepper to taste.
Semolina to dust the work surface so the dough pizzetta do not stick. Method Preheat your oven to its highest setting (240-250 °C) and place two heavy baking trays/baking stones in to heat up. Prepare the spinach topping by heating the oil in a small saucepan and adding the garlic for 30 seconds, then add the spinach and stir until wilted and no liquid remains. Remove from the heat and stir in the crème fraiche and add parmesan seasoning to taste. Stretch each dough ball into a 15cm round, shaping the sides a little higher than the middle so the egg can’t escape. Spread 1/4 of the spinach paste over the dough – repeat with the other three dough balls. When you are ready to cook them transfer the individual pizzetta on to the hot baking sheets (dough
Method Preheat the oven to 140 deg C. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment. Whisk the eggs whites, with a pinch of salt, into stiff peaks. Gradually whisk in the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until a shiny meringue appears. Finally, whisk in the cornflour and vinegar and then fold in the hazelnuts. Place six large spoonfuls of the mixture on the baking sheet and shape them into 10cm rounds, making a slight dip in the centre and a higher rim around the edges. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a pale coffee colour. Turn off the oven and leave the meringues to cool inside. To serve, spoon whipped cream on to each meringue, top with the passion fruit curd/ lemon curd and then drizzle with passionfruit pulp. Serve immediately.
UPCOMING COURSES @LINNELS FARM NATURAL PERFUMERY WITH MICHELE >> FRI 15 MAR Under the careful guidance of an International Perfumer, you will learn about the magic of working with natural extracts and how to create your own signature fragrance using natural perfumery ingredients.
GLORIOUS GLUTEN-FREE! >> THURS 21 MAR Trying to avoid gluten and looking for some inspiration? On this hands-on course, we’ll master the gluten-free loaf, discover cakes and biscuits inspired by countries that don’t have a history of wheat growing and revel in a day of naturally gluten-free food. You’ll join chef Andy Snell and Karen in the morning to prepare a gluten-free feast for a convivial lunch, then it’s back to your workstation in the afternoon for some gluten-free bakes to take away at the end of the day.
EGG-CELLENT! >> WED 27 MARCH The humble egg is the true chameleon of the kitchen - transforming desserts, fluffing up soufflés or simply providing the speediest suppers in minutes. Join us on this workshop and you’ll meet the feathered flock at Linnels Farm, have the chance to cook with a whole variety of eggs, and depart with recipes for egg-cellent meals!
BREAD PART 3 - MIDDLE EASTERN BREADS >> THURS 28 MAR Tantalise your taste buds with a celebration of Middle Eastern Breads, such as fatayar, Afghan Boulangee, lavash and naan. Fear not, you don’t have to have completed Bread Part 1 or 2 to join us for this bread-making day.
VERSATILE VEGAN – EVENING CLASS >> TUES 9 APRIL Whether you are cooking vegan for environmental, ethical or health reasons, or simply catering for vegan friends and family, this non-preachy evening class is for you. You’ll learn to create delicious vegan dishes and you’ll prepare a little something to take home and show off your new skills. Time: 6.30pm-9.30pm.
LATE SPRING TULIP FESTIVAL >> 27 & 28 APRIL Relish the riot of spring colour at Linnels Farm. Bring wellies/walking boots and wander down across the meadows to ‘Devil’s Water’ and back, spotting wildlife and wildflowers along the way. Time: 1-4pm. Talk on spring bulbs @2 and 3pm. Tickets :£5 per person; all profits will go to St Oswald’s Hospice. Coffee and cakes for sale. >> For further details visit linnelsfarm.com
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Helen Heward, from Wynyard, is an associate at Durham-based planning consultancy, Planning House. The company has adopted a flexible approach to the working week to meet client need while accommodating family life. She launched the Women in Planning network for the North East in February to provide a network which champions gender equality across the planning industry. LUXE PEOPLE >> I have a fantastic, very supportive family. My two gorgeous little boys brighten every day. Regardless of how stressful the day has been, a bit of time spent reading stories or playing cars on the floor puts things into perspective. LUXE PLACES >> For a weekend > Pas de la Casa in Andorra. I love skiing, but haven’t been for a few years since we had the boys. We definitely plan to go back once they are a bit older. It’s an ideal place with nice accommodation, right on the slopes and plenty of places to eat and drink too! For a long holiday > Disney World. It’s the most magical place on earth where everyone is a child, plus the weather is fantastic and there is just so much to do. I love driving over to Clearwater Beach when we are there, too.
For a treat > A day in the spa at Rockliffe Hall and a night in the hotel is a perfect way to recharge my batteries. A couple of drinks in the cocktail bar is always on the cards, too. LUXE RELAX >> Best food > I love risotto. There was a little restaurant I went to at university that did sundried tomato and chorizo risotto. I have tried making it myself but have never been able to make it as nice. Best wine > I enjoy red wine, ideally with a cheeseboard, but my preference would always be a cocktail, or gin and tonic! Favourite restaurant > We have been to the Stables in Wynyard many times. I think I have had everything on the menu and I have never had a bad meal. Perfect weekend > Weekends are pretty busy with swimming, gymnastics classes, football and usually a children’s birthday party or two, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I enjoy a lazy Sunday morning with a pot of coffee and then maybe a walk to the pub for lunch. Downtime means > A family day out. I love being outside, so a trip to the coast or somewhere like Stockeld Park is fantastic as there is so much to do. It’s all in the fresh air. Best telly > I don’t watch much telly; I prefer boxsets that I can watch as and
when. Although I do like a drama; I recently watched Luther which kept me on the edge of my seat! Best theatre > I do enjoy a musical and Jersey Boys is my favourite. I got last minute tickets a few years ago to see The Producers at Sunderland Empire which was really good. Best book > One Day by David Nicholls is the only book that I have read more than once - although I did have to put it down when I was on holiday once as I couldn’t stop crying. Best sounds > I love John Legend’s voice. I went to see him the last time he was in Newcastle and he was even better live. LUXE SHOP >> Best shopping city > I honestly don’t think you can beat Newcastle. It has everything from little boutiques to department stores and quite compact with plenty of places to stop rest your feet and get a cocktail! Favourite shop > Attitudes in Yarm usually has some really nice things in. I always come out with more than I intended to buy. Luxe retail treat > For Christmas, Santa brought me some Demalogica Sleep Cocoon and I am obsessed with it. It smells and feels amazing! Best buy > I would have to say my Masters
Degree. I was really lucky as my parents funded me through university and I honestly think it’s the best money ever spent as it has given me a job that I love. LUXE PARTY >> A memorable night out > My hen party in Dublin. We had a brilliant day/night out. There was fantastic atmosphere and people were so friendly! You can’t beat dancing to an Irish band drinking Guinness. Perfect party > Since my husband and I bought our first house, we have always had a ‘Christmas jumper party’ the last weekend before Christmas with all of our friends. Everyone is in a festive mood and the perfect way to start the Christmas break. Best dress > It completely depends on my mood, but I always like to wear super high heels when I am going out. Dinner date > My husband and I went to London for the weekend and had dinner at Balthazar in Covent Garden. The food was great and I loved the atmosphere and art-deco setting. YOUR LUXE THING IN LIFE >> Days out with my family. I feel really lucky living where we do as we have a fantastic coastline, lots of countryside to explore and bustling cities right on our doorstep.
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NOT GOING OUT A home with history on the outside hides a party palace inside as Kathryn Armstrong discovers in Norton village
Barry Faulkner’s life has been big on parties. The bar and nightclub owner is no stranger to the high life and without doubt his home is a reflection of a lavish lifestyle. From the outside the home he bought a year ago on Norton High Street looks a picture of elegance and restraint. It’s a gracious brick-fronted, listed property, built around 1700. Before Barry bought the property it was owned by ICI, as was neighbouring Norton Hall. The properties were used to house ICI executives who worked in nearby Billingham. Barry’s purchase of the house marked the first time it had ever been on the open market. “When built it was for the staff of the Bishop of Durham,” says Barry. So what would these clergy forefathers make of it today you have to wonder? Barry has always had an interest in ecclesiastical memorabilia and antiques – but his idea of preaching from a pulpit means giving a lecturn to a DJ in one of his nightclubs. “I’ve always had a collector’s eye for pieces reclaimed from churches,” he says. “Things with lots of history – pews, lecturns, that kind of thing.” Inside, Barry’s magpie-like attraction to collectables is impossible to ignore. The Georgian house has gorgeous proportions and immaculate features such as cornicing, arches and an elegant hall and curved staircase. On the outside it is built from purple header bricks – this was a sign of wealth with the bricks’ shortest side to the front rather than lengthways, using more building materials.
The outside of the house mixes history and contemporary with on-trend deep grey paintwork and wooden window shutters. Where period ends and fun begins is in a games rooms opposite the newly-built kitchen extension. By his own admission, he’s not much of a chef, so Barry just makes a call to one of the two restaurants in Norton run by his son – Barry Jr, namely Canteen and Cocktails or gourmet pizza joint, Scrann, to get fresh food
delivered to the door. “Back to mine”, means heading for the games room. A party hub and lad pad if ever there was one. Neon lights, a full larder fridge and one serious snooker table. In the adjoining room, clock the (as yet unused) £15k ‘foosball’ table which Barry bought in Harrods on a recent shopping spree. It sits by a zebra-skin sofa accessorised with a Vivienne Westwood throw.
Every room reflects a time in Barry’s eventful life. These days, having hit 70 and survived surgery for prostate cancer (“that put an end to all my partying really”), Barry adopts a quieter life, but he’s ever restless – getting itchy feet to join Barry Jr in a new business venture in the village. He is constantly surrounded by his past – his whole house a homage to the pleasure palaces of his nightclub past. In the hallway there’s an opulent >>
Barry has always had an interest in ecclesiastical memorabilia and antiques â€“ but his idea of preaching from a pulpit means giving a lecturn to a DJ in one of his nightclubs
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light-fitting that once had a home at the famous ‘Kirk’ nightclub. Elsewhere there are relics from the heady days of Teesside nightclubs with names and memories all their own – Mandy’s, Blaises, Dempseys and Faulkners among them. Moroccan glass lightshades in the conservatory lived a life at his restaurant, La Pharmacie in Middlesbrough while the hallway is lined with original posters for the Empire in Middlesbrough from 1896 – the Victorian music hall he turned into a renowned nightclub. For Barry, the Empire was legendary. “Every DJ in the world played there.” Iconic posters span the decades, from Paul Oakenfold to framed Destroy label T.shirts from the 80s. An area of a gracious well-proportioned sitting room which overlooks vast gardens is devoted to The Beatles and John Lennon memorabilia, including many limited edition prints and a framed copy of Lennon’s birth certificate. In this room Barry installed a £7k marble fireplace which he got from one of his favourite haunts, Andy Thornton Showroom near Halifax. This vast business supplies furniture, reclaimed and antique pieces to the restaurant and hospitality trade, specialising in quirky one-offs and heritage pieces. It’s where Barry and Barry Jr find their interior inspiration for bar refits and hospitality projects – some of which obviously spill over into home life. The piece he’d save from a fire is from Andy Thornton’s place – a floating bronze sculpture of a saxophonist. He’s also very fond of some huge mirror frames that are crafted from recycled paper torn from copies of Yellow Pages. Closer to home, Barry is a fan of Barker and Stonehouse for some of his less eclectic pieces – such as gorgeous velvet sink-in sofas which find a home in a neat and cosy book-lined sitting room – about as far away from a nightclub as you’d get. “We’ve done this place from top to bottom. I always put lots of pictures and pieces from pubs and clubs – there are stories in everything in here. “All my houses have been party houses – now I go to bed early!”
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Home journey... Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga was brought up in Gateshead, so returning to Tyneside to film the BBC’s A House Through Home, was a thrilling project. Jessica Laing talks to him about tracing the life of a home in Summerhill, Newcastle for the series, which screens at the end of March
YOU’VE PRESENTED A HOUSE THROUGH HOME FROM THE START - WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE PROJECT? >> People have written books on individual houses, but many of those books had focused on the architecture, the physical fabric. I am a historian interested in people. I care about this series because it is fundamentally people-focused and that, to me, is what history is really about. WHY SET YOUR SIGHTS ON NEWCASTLE FOR THIS SERIES? I was brought up in Gateshead, so coming to the North East was like coming home. I went to school with Paul Gascoigne and everyone I knew growing up supported NUFC. I regard myself as a Nigerian Geordie, as proud of my North East roots as my African heritage. In the last series, the whole country got to see a glimpse of Liverpool’s history, the glory days of the 19th century, as well as the difficult years of the 1970s and 1980s. I wanted to do the same for Newcastle. The series, as far as I am concerned, is a love letter to the North East. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE HOME YOU EXPLORED? When we began to look for a house, my view was that Summerhill was by far the best place to look - a quiet, secluded community area behind Westgate Road. I love Summerhill because it’s a survivor of a Newcastle that was largely lost, and because it was home to the city’s most radical and dynamic residents.
WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH DID YOU DO? The first step is to look at census returns online, to establish who lived in the house and when. Then it’s a case of putting together the residents’ stories, piece by piece, from newspaper reports, archive documents, old photos, anecdotes from their descendants, and more. Usually there’s one piece of evidence that really cracks open the story. It might be a photograph, it might be a letter, it just depends. It’s a detective hunt. Luckily we had very welcoming hosts. The neighbours, past and present, helped us build a picture of the street in recent decades, and when it came to the deeper history, we got lots of help from local librarians, historians and archivists. CAN YOU GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO ITS HISTORY? Through the years, it has experienced huge changes in status. It was built in the 1820s for the middle classes and the occupants reflected that. We find a solicitor, a doctor and a scientist in the early days. But by the 20th century, the neighbourhood had become more industrial and the house became lodgings. So you had colliery labourers and shipyard workers living there. ANY SURPRISES? I can tell you that there’s a lot of drama in this house’s history – everything from burglary to bigamy. We discovered that one resident, who we thought was quite ordinary, turned out to be involved in an explosives conspiracy – that was a shock. We also discovered a grandmother living at the house with her 13- year-old grandson, we wondered what had brought her there. Where were the boy’s parents? When we started digging, what we discovered was unbelievably dramatic, like a Victorian novel. But I’m not allowed to say more - you’ll have to watch! FAVOURITE MOMENTS? Discovering that, actually, the house has remained fundamentally the same. The layout hasn’t changed much, although there were some unsympathetic alterations done in the ‘60s, which subsequent owners have remedied to some extent. My favourite feature is the main living room on the first floor, with its huge windows and views over Summerhill Square. WHAT DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE TAKE AWAY FROM WATCHING THE SHOW? That Newcastle was and is a world city; a place that sent its people and its products out into the world. A city that was always home to people, ideas and products from all over the world. We have always had the Tyne - a river that, since Roman times, linked the North East to the wider world. Newcastle and the other towns of the Tyne are not isolated or ‘provincial’, they have global footprints and global histories. I hope that viewers are reminded of all we have been in the past, what the generations before us achieved and all they went through to build the region we have today. HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP THE SECOND SERIES? Wonderful. I had to leave the North East in the late 1980s to study elsewhere and then find work. I left with sadness in my heart, but my love for my home region never dimmed. Coming back to make this series has been an incredibly emotional journey.
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Corbridge Take to the Tyne Valley for a spring fling in the pretty-as-a-picture Northumbrian village of Corbridge A dreamy day out destination in the Northumberland countryside. Surrounded by rolling countryside and stunning stone-built properties, with the River Tyne flowing through, it’s both traditional and trendy, and a great day out for strolling, shopping and snacking. Just 20 miles outside of Newcastle, Corbridge is a cute country-chic village at the southern tip of Northumberland. There’s a charming and chirpy feel about the place. Friendly faces pass you on the street, beautiful boutiques pop up with unique goods and local produce is packed into cafes, delis and restaurants. Stroll by the river bank with your camera, wind your way through the streets or take a seat in the central square and watch the world go by. It’s quaint and it’s quiet, but there’s certainly nothing sleepy about the place. It’s luxe and it’s laid-back; but at the same time, there’s plenty to see and do. It’s a switched on village to say the least, and one we’re very excited to explore. Beat the rush of the city and get to know this buzzy village. Browse the shops and kick back in the bistros, or hop over the river and get lost in the hills.
PROPERTIES >> What was once a base for Roman soldiers, is now a base for those living the luxe life in Northumberland. If historical architecture is your thing, you’ll be pleased to hear that homes here are built with stone hewn from the Roman town of Corstopitum, where today’s Corbridge grew from. Stunning stone-built homes boasting original features and beautifully aged bricks form the basis of the village. Some are spruced up with stylish new good looks, and some maintain their quaint, country feel. All with posh price tags to reflect the refined luxury of living in this affluent village. You’ll also find family homes with chic courtyards, ivy-covered cottages and elegant Edwardian terraces as you venture away from the centre. CONNECTED >> The Tyne Valley railway line makes for easy access in and out of Corbridge - stopping by the likes of Haltwhistle and Brampton on its western route to Carlisle, and
Hexham, Stockfield and Wylam on its journey east to Newcastle. If you are jump in the car day-trippers, road access to the village is as straight-forward as it gets. The A69 links up with the A1 and A68, leading to major routes up and down the country. There’s plenty of parking in the village. Top tip: take your tyres on a trip over the Tyne for free all-day parking at Corbridge Village Car Park. A five minute stroll over the bridge will bring you straight into the village - and there are beautiful views too. Corbridge is surrounded by rolling countryside, but is just a 20 mile trip from the Toon, ten minutes from Hexham and has the stunning scenery of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders on its doorstep. SHOP >> Corbridge is a crafty spot for arty types, fashionistas, beauty buyers and those looking to fill their bags with foodie treats. The sprightly shopping scene in this small, rural village never fails to amaze us. Its loop of good-looking buildings offers up much more than just exterior elegance. You’ll find indulgent independents on almost every doorstep; from big brand boutiques and
beauty parlours, to delightful delis and inspiring interiors, you’re sure to leave with your bags full and your bucket lists ticked. A favourite of ours in RE - a world of all things wonderful in Bishop’s Yard. Go here for dazzling home decor, patterned pleasures, cool cookbooks, funky fabrics and dreamy stuff you didn’t know you needed! It’s a den of must-have desirables - and it’s like something straight out of a Brooklyn flea market. If you’ve got a passion for fashion, Norma James is the place to be for dressed-up ladies and Shorts is worth stopping by for distinctive menswear. Norma James stocks designers such as Joseph Ribkoff and Saint James, and Shorts invites shoppers to suit and boot up with Barker shoes, Marc Darcy jackets and Claudio Lugli shirts. Luxe labels for little ones can be found at the beautiful Baby at the Bank - including Tobias & The Bear, Fred & Noah and Mori. Complete the look with forward-thinking footwear from Finale Shoes & Accessories. Other fashion favourites include Katie Kerr at 16 and 22 Hill Street, stocking a carefully curated mix of European fashion brands; and Vintage at the Tower, the place to be for those unique and fascinating finds.
my local John Wilkinson is the owner of high-end menswear retailer, Shorts of Corbridge. His business ethos is: “we sell clothes to those who want them, not need them” - people who appreciate the finer things in life people looking for quality with a bit of attitude thrown in.” Three good things about working here >> • It’s a vibrant, friendly village with a real community spirit. • The village is packed with quality independent businesses, which really sets it apart as a unique place to live and/or work. • The natural beauty of the village - it’s history, buildings and the beautiful area around the river. Three places to take visitors >> • The Roman visitor centre - you’re sure to learn something new here. • Enjoy the great outdoors and take your visitors on a stroll along the river. • The Valley Indian Restaurant - great food in a totally unique location in The Old Station House. An ‘in-the-know’ secret >> For sociable food in a stylish environment, settle in at Il Piccolo for a Saturday evening antipasti and a good bottle of wine. www.facebook.com/shortsmenswear.corbridge
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Our go-to jewellers can also be found on Hill Street. Saunders & Pughe showcases special occasion pieces, perfect presents and expert advice on all of your dazzling desirables. Lovers of all things art, design and interiors can see their Pinterest boards come to life at Jasmine & Lilah; and those looking for gorgeous gifting options should visit Acanthus, Alex Clark and The Pond. 1884 is a lovely lifestyle boutique - simplistic and stylish from the outside, bursting with beautiful bits and bobs inside. No visit to Corbridge is complete without a break at Forum Books. There’s nothing quite like a proper book shop. This is a must-visit for a bit of switch-off time. Foodies should get their fix from Skrumshus, selling traditional sweets and gifting treats.
FOOD >> The Corbridge Larder is a foodie’s paradise for all things lovely and local. Shop here for fresh counter favourites, chocolates, quirky condiments and preserves. Take a seat upstairs for deli delights and the opportunity to create your own foodie hamper. If resting your feet for a pub lunch and a pint is your thing, The Angel is a a popular gastropub haunt or pull up at The Black Bull, The Blue Bell or The Wheatsheaf. Don’t forget to check out the village’s very own micro pub, The Pele Tower, for history, heritage and bespoke barrels of beer. Corbridge is a haven of cultured cafes and coffee spots. Get your coffee fix at The Watling Coffee House, visit Massey’s Tea Rooms for high tea treats and go to Grants for pick-me-up patisserie perfection. Tea & Tipple is a great place to lap up a leisurely lunch and Spokes Kitchen is a bright and airy spot to leave your bike and grab a bite to eat. Pick up your fruit and veg favourites at J.A. Stobo Greengrocer, sit down for spicy supper at Corbridge Tandoori and book a table for cocktails and dinner under the twinkling fairy lights at The Duck House. STROLL >> Whether it’s a river bank ramble, a hike in the hills or a stroll along Corbridge’s picture-perfect pavements, there’s plenty to do to keep those legs moving. Pop on your wellies and lap the river with your pooch or dig out those walking boots and take to the very hills that hug the village. If you’re serious about strolling, a riverside route will take you to Hexham. One of the town’s many pooch-friendly pubs and cafes might just come in handy for a post-hike refreshment or two.
This beautiful bungalow just a short walk from Corbridge village centre offers stylish and spacious living with upstairs accommodation, raised garden and ample parking. Complete with contemporary fixtures and fittings, this is the ideal, three-bedroom home for a family or couple looking to live the good life in Corbridge. £745,000 www.antonestates.co.uk
Prime property This stunning, stone-built, six-bedroom property on Stagshaw Road oozes charm and character in everything from its exterior and gardens, to its far-reaching views, its interiors and original features. With plenty of living space, as well as impressive gardens and an additional annex building, this is the ideal home for a growing family looking to live the good life in Corbridge village. £750,000 www.youngsrps.com
Home with heart Stonecroft is an attractive four-bedroom property in a central position in Corbridge village. It has been tastefully re-designed with all the latest interiors and mod-cons, yet maintains its country charm and cosy feel throughout. The family home benefits from private rear gardens with patio area, easy access to village amenities and beautiful original features including beams, doors and fireplaces. £750,000 www.redhotproperty.co.uk
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West Chevington Farm is a new development of sustainably and environmentally-friendly built, luxury homes on a National Heritage listed Georgian farm site in Northumberland. The first phase of the estate currently comprises nine stunning, country-style homes on generously sized plots, accompanied by landscaped community spaces and easy car access. West Chevington Farm is inspired by the listed Georgian buildings of the site. Designed with the modern family in mind, generous open-plan living areas range from 1,500 to 2,700 square foot, complete with skylights, sun-rooms, bi-fold doors, balconies, contemporary courtyards, water features and beautifully landscaped walkways. The properties are now available for sale and are being marketed by leading North East chartered surveyors and estate agents, Bradley Hall, from the Morpeth branch on 4 Newgate Street. The site includes one converted Georgian barn boasting its original structure, as well as eight new build barns replicating the original style, using only the best locally sourced materials. A further 12 new build homes are also to be developed on the site, subject to planning permission. The development encompasses work from the best local talent - from BW Architecture and
The Chivits – a four bedroom home
interior design firm Greatlook, to awardwinning landscapers, Glenn Kemp. Greatlook have created a range of bespoke furniture and interior looks for West Chevington Farm. Fantastic open-plan living areas, stylish yet functional kitchens, luxurious bathrooms and beautiful bedrooms blend timeless aesthetics with contemporary twists and conveniences. Driven by their passion for well-proportioned spaces and innovative design, the unique character of the development reflects Greatlook’s creative vision. The local Greatlook team is available to consult buyers making finishing touches to homes. Additionally, Platinum Homes is committed to sustainable living and zero wastage, meaning every stage of planning and building is undertaken with the local environment in mind. This includes local oak wood, re-purposing broken rubble from West Chevington’s original site to use in roads and floors, and filtering age-old farm soil for plot gardens. Largely untouched throughout the years, West Chevington is a small and friendly community, and one of Northumberland’s best kept secrets. The site is situated eight
miles from the conveniences of Morpeth, and three miles from the spectacular Druridge Bay. West Chevington sits in the ancient kingdom of Northumberland and is one of England’s best-loved areas of outstanding natural beauty. Home to more castles than any other region, the county boasts over 64 miles of coastline with unspoilt beaches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and protected National Parks. Northumberland is the least densely populated county in England, with only 62 people per square kilometre. Its history couldn’t be richer and more fascinating: scholar monks, Viking warriors, Roman conquerors and warring border politics over the gateway to Scotland. Complete with charming hamlets and towns, powerhouse cities like Newcastle, excellent transport routes, and stunning countryside, Northumberland has it all. West Chevington is a farming hamlet with history that can be traced back to the medieval times and beyond. Bordering West Chevington Farm is the West Chevington Farmhouse, a Grade II listed Georgian building - the only registered building of its
The Gavel – a three bedroom home
kind in the North East. Grade II listed buildings are subject to regulations which protect their historical and architectural significance. These buildings are of special interest, meaning alterations and building work can’t be carried out without written consent from the relevant authorities. Platinum Homes has worked closely with Historic England from planning through to build to ensure the integrity of the structures are in line and in accordance with safeguarding legislation. The Platinum Homes team has taken great lengths to minimise disruption to the local
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wildlife and environment during the construction of West Chevington Farm. Working with a local ecologist, the firm has protected and homed a family of barn owls within the estate, alongside measures to minimise the impact on their living environment. The site has had several studies undertaken before and during the development process, in conjunction with the local council and environmental experts, so homeowners can enjoy the wonders of living amongst spectacular wildlife in Northumberland.
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PAC E M A K E R As I’m writing this review the winter’s sprinkling of snow has arrived and caused its usual havoc. My Golf is usually great in the snow, and as it’s been so cold recently, the roads and side streets have literally been like ice rinks. So even the heroic and usually incredibly dependable Golf has struggled. Given the chance to drive the X5, I was quick to jump. Having owned a few X5s in the past, I couldn’t wait to discover the latest revamped model. I still had to blink when I realised that the car was actually launched in 1999. They’ve sold over 2.2 million cars, so they’ve obviously been doing something right. It’s still recognisable as being an X5, the front of the car is dominated by a massive pair of BMW’s famous kidney grills, and, I for one, love the new look. New laser lights also add a touch of style. I especially loved the blue bits in the middle of the lights these are super cool. They’ve done a great job with the rear of the car too, which looks great and it’s much better than the new Discovery. It’s still a split rear tailgate, which is great for sitting on or to perch stuff when loading. The boot is larger than the outgoing model, and the rear seats can be dropped via two levers, which gives you an enormous amount of space for luggage etc. The designers have done their usual job of making the M-Sport version look not only sporty, but also drive incredibly well. From the massive alloy wheels to the body kit, side skirts and with its massive alloys, the car just screams performance. It’s packed to the rafters with kit. My favourite bit had to be the heated and cooling cup holders, they actually work and aren’t a gimmick. The car has plenty of driver aids, from blind spot detectors to a self-driving mode. Stick the cruise control on, and this car actually steers for you. If you keep your hands off the wheel, warning lights flash at you until you put your hands back on the wheel. If you don’t put your hands
on the wheel, then the car brakes and brings you to a halt. If you go over white lines, which in real life you sometimes have to do, the car literally yanks the steering wheel back as it assumes you are going to crash. I drove the 5.0lt M Sport diesel, this 3LT engine has 4-turbos - to put this into perspective it has the same torque as a Ferrari 488! When you plant your foot on the throttle, the car takes off and it just keeps accelerating with absolutely no lag whatsoever. The car’s top speed is limited to 155 mph and it gets to 60mph in an astonishing 5.2 seconds, which is amazing considering the car weighs over two tonnes and its engine is a diesel. The car’s interior is much more luxurious than any previous X5, from the Bentley-style stitching on the seats to the buttons and switchgear. A big screen dominates the dash, and controls everything from the heating to the satellite navigation. The picture quality is like some super HD screen and the reversing cameras are the best I’ve ever seen. The buttons on the iDrive are now flush, instead of the usual individual ones. The reason for this was due to drivers spilling drinks on them which ended up being expensive to replace. The new buttons should stop that happening now. This latest iDrive is by a mile the best so far; it actually puts other systems to shame with its simplicity. The car also features gesture control to adjust the volume and to change the radio station. It didn’t seem to like me, for some reason, but it worked for everyone else who tried it. It’s very refined to drive, especially in comfort mode and I personally loved driving the car in sport, as the car not only drove better, but the exhaust and engine sounded great. This is thanks to the engine sound being piped through the speakers. The dash is now all digital and there aren’t any analogue dials available. I liked the design, but I thought the satellite navigation in the middle of the dials wasn’t the best I’ve seen, to be honest.
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Another feature which was great is the reverse assist. The car actually memorises your route up to 60 yards, so if for example you’re blocked in a car park, pressing the button reverses the car back the way you came in. Reading this back, it sounds rubbish, but it’s worth test driving the car for this alone - it’s such an amazing feature. The panoramic sunroof has loads of little led lights that look like stars, not quite as good as the roof in a Rolls Royce, but it is a fraction of the price. Passengers in the rear have plenty of legroom and headroom, the rear seats have USB ports and hangers for jackets or shirts.
The car I drove was priced at a fraction over £75K. I know that’s not at all cheap, but it’s worth it for the engine alone. The car will be launched in with another smaller diesel or a petrol engine. If you’re looking for a car to tackle our once yearly sprinkling of snow, I’d put this firmly at the top of your list. I showed the car my friend Dave Coulson and his team at Peace & Loaf and they were all blown away with the brilliant technology. My team at Sachins loved the key but they weren’t interested in all the technology! Car kindly supplied by Lloyd BMW.
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C FOR SURPRISE Working with young staff in the restaurant is handy when it comes to doing my reviews. Apparently, I was informed the car I was driving this month is peng! This means the car is really nice indeed. Well I never, you learn something new every day! I think in its striking bronze shade, the car really made a statement and quite a few customers asked what it was like to drive. I haven’t driven a Citroen for absolutely ages, so when I was asked to review the car I jumped at the chance. One of my first cars was an AX GT, which I absolutely loved. I remember working near the Tyne Tunnel but I’d purposely take the long way home as I loved driving the car so much. I’m sure it only had a 1.4lt engine, but bearing in mind just how light the car was, it was a pocket rocket. The doors didn’t
close with a Germanic clunk and, in hindsight, I think the bodywork was made from recycled pens, it was so flimsy! Saying that, I’d part-exchanged my Mini Metro and so the AX drove like a Ferrari, in comparison. Citroen launched the original DS back in the 50’s and this car was well and truly ahead of its time. The styling was revolutionary at the time and the car’s air suspension was definitely one step ahead. The other car that people associate with Citroen is the 2CV which, again, was very basic car, but it was truly loved by everyone who owned or drove one. The DS brand was launched in 2014 and this upmarket brand firmly has its German rivals in its sights. The range consists of the entry DS3, DS4, DS5 and obviously the DS7 I drove. The DS7 is larger than the BMW X1 and, at the moment, most SUV’s are selling
Citroen’s DS7 is a surprisingly slick drive, packed with personality and sassy extras
like hot cakes and I’m sure Citroen will sell these cars by the boatload. I’ve recently seen quite a few lease deals and the car is a steal. The car I drove was priced at £44k which isn’t cheap, by any means, but the car is fully loaded with extras, all of which would cost a fortune in its German rivals. The DS7 really is a good-looking car, from the imposing grill to the sporty alloys. This car really means business. There are four
The designers have done a great job with the interior, it just oozes quality
trim levels and my car was the rangetopping Opera. My car had massaging seats, a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, keyless entry, blind spot detectors and active cruise control. The list goes on. In fact, the only thing missing, was the kitchen sink. The designers have done a great job with the interior - it just oozes quality. From the leather, which is really soft to touch, to the buttons and switches, all had a quality feel. The dash is dominated by a big screen which controls pretty much everything. Buttons underneath the screen helped shortcut Sat Nav, heating controls etc. As you may expect, the car has a digital dial instead of analogue dials, they can be changed to show a small speedo and then the rest of the screen can be changed to show the satellite navigation screen or the usual speedo, rev counter and water temperature.
My favourite bit of the dash had to be the clock, which hides out of view until you start the car. This bit of bling wouldn’t look out of place on a footballer’s wrist! There are plenty of cubby holes all over the car for storage, the all-important charging points for phones are all strategically placed and the glove box was a decent size too. The rear had plenty of room for three passengers and another good thing was the flat rear floor - so the person sitting in the middle can sit in total comfort, instead of straddling one foot either side. The boot is a decent size and the seats can easily be folded by pushing the two levers. Opening the boot can be done either via a button on the dash or by waving your foot underneath the bumper. Due to the stylish design of the car, the rear window is very narrow and the parking sensors and cameras came in very handy indeed. A camera analyses the road constantly for pot holes and it adjusts the suspension accordingly. I thought it would be a gimmick to be honest, but it did a fantastic job and I found myself looking for pot holes to keep testing the suspension. At motorway speeds, the ride wasn’t as composed, but putting the car into sport mode firmed up the suspension along with the steering. The car I drove was fitted with a 2lt diesel engine which was a bit noisy when it was cold; It did quieten down once it was warm though and the fuel economy was brilliant. I managed to get over 40mpg, which is a miracle, with my lead right foot. I really enjoyed driving this car, and, if you want something a little bit different to the usual BMW’s and Audis, I would seriously give it a drive. I think you may well come away with a renewed love for the DS brand. After all, let’s not forget, the car’s well peng! Car supplied by Wingrove Citroen, Silverlink.
HIGH GEAR SERVICE Outstanding customer service is just as important as the vehicles that are sold at Vertu Specialist Cars Dealership general manager Jeff Aynsley prides himself on offering the very best service to all customers. Jeff’s experience of overseeing record-breaking and award-winning sites has ensured that Vertu Specialist Cars continues to go from strength to strength. The dealership, based on the developing Silverlink Business Park, which is home to a number of high-profile car dealerships and the subject of significant ongoing investment, is a real North East success story. 2018 saw the dealership more than double used cars sold year on year and four new recruits welcomed to the site. In addition to bolstering its customer offering, the dealership has given two young apprentices the chance to take the first steps towards a career in the motor trade. Merchandiser, Shannon Hebron, who will focus on the dealership’s digital presence, and newly-promoted sales manager Lee Cummings, who has eight years’ industry experience. A new business manager Adam Smith,
dedicated service advisor Sherree Ross and parts department colleague Shannon Blenkinsop, together with the apprentice roles, reflect the success of the move into the premium used car market. Vertu Specialist Cars offers discerning car buyers the very best vehicles available in the premium used car market. It specialises in providing exceptional vehicles that offer more than the ordinary. Matching technological innovation with style, class, and everyday practicality, Vertu Specialist Cars caters to those looking for a premium vehicle that can face whatever life throws at it. It offers high-end cars alongside exemplary customer service. The team will do everything necessary to ensure that customers get the experience they are looking for. Whether searching for a specific car, booking a service or MOT, or just visiting the showroom for inspiration, the team is happy to help. The dealership offers nearly new and used Infiniti models, with the team providing Infiniti owners with a full MOT,
servicing and repair service, with parts supplied by the manufacturer. For those customers looking for a luxury vehicle there are more than 70 used cars on site that include, Audi, Mercedes, Land Rover,
Jaguar, Lexus and Porsche. Vertu Specialist Cars, part of the wider Vertu Motors plc, also has access to 4,000 of the Group’s premium used stock. It truly is a special dealer for specialist cars.
Vertu Specialist Cars offers discerning car buyers the very best vehicles available in the premium used car market. It specialises in providing exceptional vehicles that offer more than the ordinary
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ON THE ROAD CASH PRICE
TOTAL AMOUNT OF CREDIT
DURATION OF AGREEMENT
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TOTAL AMOUNT PAYABLE
RATE OF INTEREST P.A. (FIXED)
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£249 OPTIONAL FINAL PAYMENT
ON THE ROAD CASH PRICE
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DURATION OF AGREEMENT
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RATE OF INTEREST P.A. (FIXED)
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