Anne Furbank Autumn News 2019

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Monday 9th to Saturday 14th September


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Editor’s letter


Letter from Annie


Autumn Fashion Week


Fashion show virgin or veteran?


What’s new


Brand Focus - Marc Cain


Caring for your jewellery


What to carry this autumn


My last marathon


Royal Garden Party


Shoe heaven


Autumn resolutions


Staff spotlight - 60 seconds with...


New recruit


New bag for life


Go explore


Perelada dinner


Ghostly appearances


Front cover by Joseph Ribkoff


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Editors Letter It’s a bumper edition of the magazine this autumn but with Killing Eve, Love Island and Poldark all over you will have plenty of time to thumb through and feel fully informed as to what is new to fashion this season. Whether the programmes have had you glued, or not, the influence they have had on the fashion industry has been quite remarkable. Don’t worry we will not be bringing you sheer trousers for the autumn, we will leave that for those young enough to still hit the beach clubs! You will, however, find a hint of romantic soft flowing shirts (aka Poldark) coming through this season. Probably the most striking TV fashion moments have been given to hit woman, Villanelle, in Killing Eve. The fashion has featured in Vogue, Grazia, Town and Country Magazine as well as the national newspapers. While some of her outfits have been outlandish the fashion industry has been pairing it down to a more wearable look. You will see sharp suiting, velvet jackets and trench coats, all favourites of Villanelle’s styling in the collections here at Anne Furbank. You can see what is new to us on page 10-11. Many of you travel some distance to visit the shop, making a day of it and enjoying lunch at The George but I 4

did wonder how many of you had explored further than the high street when you’ve been visiting Buckden. It is a surprisingly big village so the feature on page 28-29 may give you reason to stay just a little longer!

Anne Furbank Director

Richard Furbank Director

Most importantly of all don’t miss our Autumn Fashion Week, with fashion shows, complimentary gifts and the Marc Cain Roadshow. Be sure to book your place. While we try to bring you all our news we can’t possible put it all in the magazine so do keep up to date with all that is happening via our websites, facebook, twitter and Instagram.

Debbie Daniels Sales Director

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Becky Rebecca Furbank Managing Director

Jacky Maskell Assistant Manager

This Autumn I will be: • Enjoying meat free Mondays • Checked out in a blazer • Going to a ball in Olvi Lace

Editor: Rebecca Furbank Design & Print: Right Click Creative

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Letter from


It’s been quite a year for me so far with my British Empire Medal ceremony in April and then going to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party in May. I am still a little surprised but delighted at having been presented with such an honour. One of the reason for receiving the medal was because of the large amounts of money I have raised for charity and although the challenges may have been mine, your generous support has helped me along the way. I am still lucky enough to be able to run and I do feel that I have one more marathon left in me so I have been training hard to run the Yorkshire Marathon on October 20th. I am once again doing this for charity and you can read all about it on page 18. I have set myself a big target but I am hoping, with your support, I will get there. Please do give generously and I will continue to train hard over the coming weeks to make sure I complete the 26.2 miles. So if you see me hobbling down the catwalk you know why!

“I have set myself a big target but I am hoping, with your support, I will get there.”

Diary dates

Luisa Cerano Fashion Show Saturday 7th September, Show at 11am

Trouser Day Saturday 5th October, shows at 11am and 2pm

Marc Cain Roadshow Wednesday 11th September, shows at 11am and 2pm

Repeat Fashion Shows Saturday 12th October, shows at 11am and 2pm

Gerry Weber Fashion Shows Saturday 28th September, shows at 11am and 2pm

Occasion and Wedding Event Saturday 9th November, show at 11am


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Fashion Week Monday 9th to Saturday 14th September

Get set for autumn with Anne Furbank Fashion Week. A whole week (well nearly) of fashion shows, showcasing the breadth of choice here, at Anne Furbank. Whether it’s everyday pieces you are looking for, or something for a special occasion, each show will cover the spectrum. All you need to do is to sit back, relax and take it all in.

Show timetable with a glass of bubbles at the ready! Monday 9th September, shows at 11am and 2pm

Tuesday 10th September, shows at 11am and 2pm

Wednesday 11th September,

Marc Cain shows at 11am and 2pm

Thursday 12th September,

no shows but a shop full of wonderful autumn collections.

Friday 13th September,

shows at 11am and 2pm

Saturday 14th September, shows at 11am and 2pm

To reserve your place email or call the shop on 01480 811333. 6

There will be a gift on your seat at the shows.

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Our Gift to You We have been serving Cava Perelada at our fashion shows, and in the hotel, for a number of years and we know you enjoy it as much as we do. We are delighted to have partnered with Castillo Perelada Vineyard in Spain to bring you a fabulous celebratory gift for our Autumn Fashion Week. All you have to do is book your seat at one of our fashion shows during our Autumn Fashion Week and a bottle will be on your seat waiting for you to take and enjoy at home.

“A classic cava which is aged for about fifteen months�

Complimentary glass of fizz to welcome you and a bottle of your own to take away as our gift to you to enjoy at home.

Want to know more about the bottle you are taking home? You have every right to feel like royalty when you enjoy your complimentary bottle of Cava as it has been on the banqueting tables of royal coronations and weddings. It is made with wine of three typical cava varieties: Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada. It is a classic cava which is aged for about fifteen months after the second fermentation to create the most elegant richness with a wonderful fine aroma with fruit hints.


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Fashion show

virgin or veteran? Throughout the year at Anne Furbank we hold over 30 fashion shows in store, plus a number of charity shows in surrounding counties, as well as a few charity fashion shows and lunches at The George next door. They have grown in number due to feedback from you, our lovely customers, who tell us how much you enjoy them. If you have never been to one then don’t be shy and book yourself a seat. Although we merchandise the shop to give you inspiration, and our team of consultants are on hand to help you create a wardrobe that is perfect for you, sometimes it is just nice to sit back and see how outfits can look on a body.


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Some shows are dedicated to brands, others are event-led from casual to occasion but all of them are very relaxed. You can enjoy them on your own or with a group of friends.

If you have received this magazine you will get notification of our fashion shows but always look on our website: Facebook or Twitter to make sure you don’t miss out.


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Check it out. Checks are everywhere, jackets, skirts and trousers. Go all out or pick one item.

checks are back


Animal print will never leave the fashion pages but this season snake print is all the rage.

4. fabulously quirky and stylish



Nu is new – it’s black but fabulously quirky and stylish

Luxury velvet is back from jeans through to smooth, classy dresses.

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Bramley body products – British, made in the British countryside which was the source of inspiration behind the brand.


you have the lift but not the wobble


Ditch the trainers the cowboy boot is back. Don’t worry you won’t need a Stetson, these are classy and with a block heel. You have the lift but not the wobble!


You won’t be able to go through the autumn without a gold chain. If you are lucky enough to own the real thing wear it with pride. If you haven’t then costume jewellery is a great alternative or look out for the chain prints on clothing.

Our website has had a bit of update to make it even more user-friendly for tablets and phones – we hope you like it. New website coming soon


However cold it gets this winter Woolrich will keep you warm, dry and protected – they have been making coats since 1830. Once you get in one you will want to go into hibernation!

10. Failsworth hats (est 1903) – these are not just for special occasions but fabulous tweed and felt hats to take you through winter and make you feel part of the country set. 11

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brand Spotlight

Brand Focus We have been stocking Marc Cain for 15 years. The first buy was after seeing the collection in Germany in an incredible showroom that was loud, full of colour and quite different to any other showrooms we had been in. Becky and Annie were in Dusseldorf for five days as one of the world’s biggest fashion exhibitions used to take place there. Along a street near to the exhibition there were a number of fashion brands who took over showrooms. ‘I had heard about the brand and wanted to take a look,’ said Becky. ‘Both Annie and I went along and it was almost like walking into a vibrant art exhibition. The place was vast and quite disjointed but looking beyond the spectacle of it all, the product looked great, and it was a new look that we hadn’t had in the shop before.’ Fifteen years later we are one of the biggest stockist of Marc Cain in the UK. Debbie Daniels fell in love with the brand and became part of the brand buying team with Becky. ‘Debbie has nurtured the brand, understands the brand and as many of you know helped you build your own Marc Cain wardrobe!’ The key to its success is a combination of quality, unique design and the ability to update the looks with it each season.


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Their head office in Bodelhausen is like a gleaming white laboratory. Even the crockery, in the different break out areas for staff, is colour coded to ensure it is returned to its proper home. That attention to detail is mirrored in the design and quality of the clothing. Those added extras that make a basic piece just that bit special. We now have direct access to their stockroom so if we run out of sizes we can order it in for you.

The facts The brand was founded in 1973 by Helmut Schlotterer. It employs over 1000 members of staff in Germany alone. There are 216 Marc Cain Stores, 306 shop-in-stores and 956 upmarket retail stores in 58 countries worldwide.

To see the new season Marc Cain Collection in all its glory join us when the Marc Cain Roadshow comes to town. The team from Germany will bring their gorgeous models, a wonderful guest compere, and put on two fabulous shows.

Wednesday 11th September is the date, with shows at 11am and 2pm. These shows are popular so make sure you reserve your seat.

Reserve your seat by emailing or call the shop on 01480 811333.


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your jewellery

Caring for

Costume jewellery is fun, unique and a great way to update your wardrobe. It will not last forever but you can help it live longer by taking care of it. If you follow these guidelines you will have a long and joyful time together. Fashion jewellery does not like to shower or be sprayed with perfume. It does not like to be slathered in body cream so put your cream on first, wash your hands and make your jewellery the last item you put on. Sport is not its thing so leave it at home because it definitely doesn’t like to get sweaty. Silver, brass or gold polish is too harsh for costume jewellery, in fact it’s not fond of anything abrasive so if it needs a clean, soap and water is good and dry with a soft cloth. Don’t do the washing up or laundry wearing it – again those harsh chemicals will damage it. Love your jewellery and it will love you back.


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What to carry

this Autumn Handbags are a great way to update your wardrobe instantly and over the years bag designers have become braver and more creative, not only with styles, but also with the fabrics used. The Bulaggi collection this season covers it all. Fashion colours of mustard and oxblood. Animal prints from giraffe to snake. Textures making bags super tactile like faux fur and soft suedette. With prices from £58 you can’t go wrong.


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My Last Marathon by Anne Furbank

On Sunday 20th October this year, I will be running the York Marathon. There are two main reasons for deciding to run 26.2 miles at the age of 71 years and 5 months! Firstly, I feel very lucky to still be able to do so and, secondly, the charity for which I shall be running is very close to my heart. Motor Neurone Disease is the cruellest of diseases and I have watched, close at hand, how it debilitates and affects the individual. I have a dear friend who is suffering with MND at the moment and I am in awe of his stoicism. He can no longer walk unaided or talk and has great difficulty swallowing but is able to communicate with the use of a computerised voice producer, which he controls with eye movements. It speaks with his own voice, which was prerecorded when MND was diagnosed, and he has certainly not lost his sense of humour! Sadly, however, everything else is closing down.

‘They need all the help they can get to find a cure.’ The other person who has inspired me to run for MND is Doddie Weir, a Scottish farmer and former professional rugby player. To be struck down with such a dreadful condition as MND is nothing less than a tragedy. Despite his disability, Doddie still retains an incredible zest for life – and, because of his disability, he has started a foundation to do more research into controlling and eradicating MND. I have been very lucky but I do not take good health for granted, so I want to raise as much as I can for MND Research. They need all the help they can get to find a cure. Running 26.2 miles and a few hours of pain is nothing compared to the suffering of the victims of Motor Neurone Disease.

If you wish to support me and help me reach my goal of £10,000 you can donate online at Or send a cheque made payable to MNDA and send it c/o Anne Furbank Fashions Ltd, 41 High Street, Buckden, St Neots PE19 5WZ.


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Garden Party As you read in our last magazine Anne was the worthy recipient of the British Empire Medal. Anne was presented with her medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Julie Spence OBE, QPM at the Guildhall in Cambridge in April. This was followed by an invitation to one of the Queen’s Garden Party’s at Buckingham Palace in May.

Anne chose Paule Ka outfits for both occasions and topped them off with Darcie Mae hats. 19

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Shoe Heaven Put your best foot forward this autumn with some fabulous new boot shapes and fabrics that will bring out the animal in you.

Add sparkle and glitz to your court shoes or run around in comfort in our loafers. You can even splash about on rainy days with our Gortex trainers, ankle boots or pull on long boots.



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Resolutions Make a statement with an accessory

Smarten up suiting is coming back so get smart

Reduce plastic use we’ve ditched our plastic carrier bags, try and ditch yours

Try meat-free Monday you won’t miss the meat with our Vegan recipe


staff spotlight

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60 Seconds with...


GILL HEPWORTH • What is your go-to item of clothing? Skinny white jeans.

• What is your go-to item of clothing? A Marc Cain cobalt gilet.

• Which song do you always sing along to? Where is the love? by Black Eyed Peas.

• Which song do you always sing along to? Bring Me Sunshine by Eric & Ernie.

• Dressing up or casual? I have more fun putting casual pieces together. I like to play about with them.

• Dressing up or casual? Comfy and casual. • Where is your favourite place to be? At home.

• Where is your favourite place to be? My walled private garden – peace & quiet.

• Is there one thing you cannot resist? Tea & cake!

• Is there one thing you cannot resist? My lovely Grandson.

• Are you a thrower or a hoarder? Hoarder – for sentimental reasons.

• Are you a thrower or a hoarder? Hoarder!

JACKY MASKELL • What is your go-to item of clothing? My ‘Black Coffee’ leather jacket. • Which song do you always sing along to? Brow Eyed Girl by Van Morrison. • Dressing up or casual? Casual. I find it easier to put casual pieces from my wardrobe together. 24

• Where is your favourite place to be? The North Norfolk coastline with my husband. Love the walks and the restaurants. • Is there one thing you cannot resist? Chocolate turkish delight. • Are you a thrower or a hoarder? Thrower – I don’t do clutter!

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JANE HARRIS • What is your go-to item of clothing? • Where is your favourite place to be? The Lake District, with my walking My Marc Cain charcoal jacket boots, up a mountain, on a clear day. (I’m sure you’ve all noticed plenty of us have it!) • Is there one thing you cannot resist? • Which song do you always sing My mum’s coffee cake. along to? There are so many! Anything cheesy • Are you a thrower or a from the 70’s. hoarder? Thrower. I’m a bit of a neat • Dressing up or casual? freak and I like an excuse to Casual – I don’t like feeling too ‘done’. buy new things haha!

JACQUI MOORE • What is your go-to item of clothing? Anything orange! • Which song do you always sing along to? Lady in Red. • Dressing up or casual? I love the smartness of dressing up. There is nothing better than a dinner dance. • Where is your favourite place to be? My conservatory – watching the birds with a glass of fizz. • Is there one thing you cannot resist? Has to be chocolate, any chocolate. • Are you a thrower or a hoarder? A bit of both actually, I’m quite balanced .

KAREN HUTCHCRAFT • What is your go-to item of clothing? Outside of work it would have to be my gym kit. But my work ‘go-to’ has to be my Oui white jeans and Luisa Cerano printed top. • Which song do you always sing along to? Bright side of the road by Van Morrison. If I ever feel down, I put Van Morrison on and instantly feel better. • Dressing up or casual? Dressing up. I love wearing dresses and going to parties. • Where is your favourite place to be? In my garden on the decking with candles and bubbles. • Is there one thing you cannot resist? Sunshine. If I don’t get any, I get grumpy! • Are you a thrower or a hoarder? Hoarder but love a good clear out. 25

new recruit

Helen Currie joined the Anne Furbank team at the end of February this year. She came from an engineering background in buying and sales but spent the last nineteen years working with her husband, a PGA Professional in the golf Industry. Those of you who play golf may recognise her as she ran the golf pro shop at Brampton as well as training young budding golf professionals. She came to Anne Furbank to further her career in fashion and with two teenage daughters has a keen eye for current fashion trends. Outside of her working day she enjoys military style fitness training, walking the family dog in the countryside and playing golf.


Please pop in to the shop to introduce yourselves as she is keen to meet you all.

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Bag for Life Many of you will remember a number of years ago the Anne Furbank ‘bag for life’ that we gave out at one of our fashion weeks. They are still spotted as beach bags, gym bags and some of you ladies are conscientiously returning to the shop, with them, to carry your purchases home. This was a few years ago and we felt the need to introduce, those of you relatively new to Anne Furbank, and those in need of a replacement, to the new Anne Furbank Bag for Life. Made of natural cotton canvas, these bags are meant to last. Available to purchase (£4 each) in the shop – make sure you pick up yours when you are next in the shop and bring it with you each time you shop.

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We can all do our own little bit to reduce plastic and unnecessary waste.


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Go Explore There’s more to Buckden than meets the eye. Those of you who are local will be aware that the village stretches far beyond the high street where our shop and hotel sits. But there are many of you that travel a distance to visit us and it really is worth spending a little more time in this wonderful village.

Stay at The George Rooms available from £95 (based on two people sharing) inclusive of breakfast.

On the High Street itself there are two hotels, a public house, a lingerie shop, small clothing shop, small convenience store and a wonderful butchers which is definitely worth a visit – try their Buckden special sausages!


Venture a little further north up the High Street and behind the redbrick wall you will find Buckden Towers (or Buckden Palace), an old manor that was held by the Bishop of Lincoln. It is now a conference centre but you can wander through the gates into the grounds and even book hour long guided tours of the gardens and buildings.

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Opposite the shop you can head down Church Street (there are three churches in Buckden serving Catholic, Christian and Methodist beliefs) towards the river, you will pass a specialist vinyl record shop, a hairdressers and beauticians before reaching the village green where there is a very welcoming village store, pharmacy, hairdressers and barbers as well as a Chinese take away!

Buckden Marina is less than a mile from the village, 92 acres of countryside on the banks of the River Ouse, and Grafham Water (the eighth largest reservoir in the country) just a couple of miles away, you can envelope yourself in nature in a matter of minutes.

For a little village in Cambridgeshire there is plenty to explore. Make the most of your next visit and do a little exploring. Or stay a couple of days and stay overnight at The George, rooms available from ÂŁ95 (based on two people sharing) inclusive of breakfast.

FACTS Population Males Females Age distribution 0-9 years 10-19 years 20-29 years 30-39 years 40-49 years 50-59 years 60-69 years 70-79 years 80+ years

2,707 1,312 1,395

296 306 215 207 357 376 382 370 198


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Our Gift To You We are delighted to have partnered up with Castillo Perelada to bring you a fabulous celebratory gift for our Autumn Fashion Week. Whether you have enjoyed a glass at one of our fashion events or had one as an aperitif before dining it will have brought some sparkle to your palate. But there is a great deal of history behind the estate in Spain which shows the true passion and love that goes into producing this delicious Cava.


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‘Over the decades the wines of Castillo Perelada have been served on the tables of many historical figures.’

More about the winery Wine has been made at Castillo Perelada since the Middle Ages but in recent times it was the purchase of the castle in 1923, by Miguel Mateu, that brought wine production back to life. Miguel Mateu was born in 1898, son of Damian Mateu, the founder of an automobile company. Miguel was active in business, cultural and political life, being at different times Mayor of Barcelona, and Spanish Ambassador of Spain in Paris. When Miguel bought the castle site his dream was to revitalise the traditions of the area. His passion for the arts and collecting over the years turned the castle site into a private cultural haven. His son in law took over the business and was determined to continue the legacy and to place Perelada on the map of being one of the best wine producers in Spain. He succeeded, along with opening up the cultural centre which now makes up a museum which can be visited. Now joined by a third generation, Javier Suqué Mateu, who has committed to producing quality wines, planting and purchasing new vineyards and creating a great technical team. Over the decades the wines of Castillo Perelada have been served on the tables of many historical figures, having had the honour of being selected for banquets of great importance such as the coronation of King Juan Carlos I, the weddings of King Balduino and Queen Fabiola of Belgium and the Prince and Princess of Asturias, and for official visits from United States presidents.

Perelada wine dinner Perelada is not all about Cava. Slate slopes and sandy valleys allow the vineyard to grow grapes that in turn produce wines which are complex and full of character. To try more than the Cava join us and Philip Amps at our Perelada dinner, Friday 20th September. Wines from the Castillo Perelada will be matched with a four course dinner for £45pp.

For table reservations call the hotel on 01480 812300 or visit the website


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Tales of

ghostly appearances It is not suprising, given the age of the building, that there have been reports of ghostly activity in The George. Being situated on what was the Old Great North Road it was a popular stopping point for many travellers and it has been well reported that among those was the brutal villain, Dick Turpin. There is a wooden hatch on the corridor outside the bedrooms that he is said to have used when he needed to make a quick exit. In the past staff and guests have reported ghostly goings on with the apparition of a man wearing a tricorn hat and black coat – witnesses claiming he was gliding along the first floor corridor. There have also been reports of a women suddenly appearing on the main staircase. 32

‘There have also been reports of a women suddenly appearing on the main staircase.’

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‘Since we bought The George in 2003 I haven’t seen or heard anything, although there is one room in the shop, which used to be part of the hotel, that definitely has a different atmosphere.’ said Rebecca Furbank.

In 1986 a guest claimed he’d been kept awake by banging on his door and someone repeating the name Bella, when he opened the door to his room there was nobody around. When he returned to his bed the banging and shouting resumed. This was reported in the local press.

‘Myths, tall tales or true ghostly goings on – we will leave that for you to decide but rest assured it’s a friendly bunch at The George.’


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Meat Free

Any Day of the Week You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian all of the time but it won’t do you any harm to give meat a miss on some of the days of the week.

Try out our simple vegan recipe at home for one of your meat free days.

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Tagine Ingredients

1 red onion

1 tsp ground coriander 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp grated ginger 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp cinnamon Pinch of chilli


500g of butternut squash cubed 2 carrots cubed

1 courgette cubed 400g chopped tomatoes 400g chickpea drained Tenderstem broccoli cooked couscous


Heat the oil in a heavy based pan, then slowly cook the onion for around 10 min until starting to caramelise. Stir in the garlic ginger and spices and cook for a further 2 mins. Add the vegetables and tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Put the lid on and simmer for around 15 mins or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in chickpeas, heat through and serve with couscous.

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Muddy Stilettos Best Boutique Stay

Now in its seventh year, the Muddy Stilettos Awards champion the very best lifestyle businesses across 21 counties. The winners are chosen by visitors to the website, a lifestyle site that supports, promotes and celebrates the best independents and high streets we love around the UK. Over 15,000 local businesses entered the Awards and more than 600,000 votes from our loyal users of the site were cast. The George was thrilled to be voted top Boutique Hotel Stay in Cambridgeshire.

Diary dates


Spanish Night Thursday 26th September

November Red wine and game dinner Friday 22nd November

2-courses and a glass of wine £21

Macmillan Coffee Morning & Market Day Friday 27th September, 9am – 12pm

October Market Day 9am -12pm Friday 25th October Indian Night

2-courses and a glass of wine £21

Thursday 31st October

French Night 2-courses and a glass of wine £21

Thursday 28th November Market Day Friday 29th November, 9am – 12pm

To download our Christmas Brochure with all our Christmas menus go to or contact the hotel on 01480 812300 and we will put one in the post for you.


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