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Official fuel economy figures for the new BMW X3 range: Urban 42.8-52.3mpg (6.6-5.4l/100km). Extra Urban 49.6-58.9mpg (5.7-4.8l/100km). Combined 47.1-56.5mpg (6-5l/100km). CO2 emissions: 158-132g/km. Figures are obtained in a standardised test cycle. They are intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not be representative of what a user achieves under usual driving conditions. Model shown is the new BMW X3 M40i which is expected to be available from December 2017. Fuel figures for this model are not yet available.




Our fourth issue, 2017…what a journey! Did we get your attention? The cover – right? Yeah, we thought you might notice that. We’re proud of our covers, and love getting creative to bring our ideas to reality. We wanted the opportunity to reverse the usual cover style and give you something different; inspired by the long, frosty and dark nights that winter brings, our cover model Charli Fletcher has the perfect look. This issue welcomes even more of the regions’ fantastic businesses to Gravitas. Look out for: accountancy firm Saffery Champness, Anna Couture Boutique, Stamford Stoves and Single Cask, and for the foodies, the delightful new destination pub The George & Dragon in Seaton.


Model: Charli Fletcher Model sponsored by: Virgin Trains Photography: adrian:dewey.com Make-up: Brittany Morton (Bookings via michaeljohnhairartwork.co.uk) Feather Shawl: Anna Couture Boutique, Stamford

So, what do we have in store? By popular demand we continue our new health and wellness columns from a variety of local experts. We find out more about the award-winning BMW i series, travel to Venice and showcase some of the world’s top ski resorts. We dined with Andrew Corrick, chef patron at The Cherry House in Werrington, and review Il Vicolo Ristorante. We

drank whisky at the Single Cask and indulged ourselves with the treatments and facilities at the Y-Spa at Wyboston Lakes. This issue features the remodelled networking group Connect Peterborough and we hear from our professionals in wealth management, tax, HR and various entrepreneurs with their regular columns. Our business interview is with the fascinating digital marketing guru and entrepreneur Simon Penson of Zazzle Media. Finally, our fashion shoot in collaboration with The Great Northern Hotel and Virgin Trains, features the amazing Anna Couture boutique, Seasalt, Chameleon lingerie and Gagliardi menswear. And, yet again, producing amazing results with his vision and direction behind the camera, Adrian Dewey. Thank you for your continued support and we would like to wish you all a happy and prosperous new year! See you all in 2018.

Enjoy! Heidi Semple - Publisher @heidisemple


heidi@scenepublishing.co.uk Leigh Taylor - Co-Founder & Commercial Director @leigh1_taylor



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The Gravitas Team

08-10 Entrées

Something to get you started.

12-17 & 36-38 Fashion


Adrian Dewey Creative Director

Jenny Garford Food Journalist

Winter style…Couture, lingerie and classic Italian men’s fashion.

22-25 Health & beauty

Enjoy our new health & wellness columnists, the trending fragrances and expert advice on skincare in through the harsh winter weather.

Dee Kennedy Account Manager

Heidi Semple | Publisher Leigh Taylor | Commercial Director

40-47 Escape

Kenneth Brown | Social Media Manager

From the romance of Venice to the slopes of Courcheval.


Creative contributors

48-49 Driven


We put the spotlight on the award-winning BMW i8.

54-58 Homestyle

We look at the interior trends for 2018 with Lydia Fahy of @homeideology.


Jo Saunders | Sub Editor mbcreativeuk.co.uk | Design & Artwork Editorial contributors Jenny Garford | Food Inspirational Travel | Travel Freya Pell | Beauty

62-74 Taste explosion


From warming hearty winter fare to the finest Italian cuisine and all the best culinary delights in our region.

76-93 Down to business

Business interviews and advice from our resident columnists and local business experts.


94-102 Out & about


Regional business awards, local entertainment and Peterborough Cathedral celebrates 900 years.


LET’S GET SOCIAL ... gravitasmagazine.co.uk

@gravitas_mag @gravitasmagazine @gravitasmagazine

With special thanks to Features Stamford Garden Centre Emma Lannigan Liz Clare Tim Britton Kim Coley Victoria Francis Georgie Walsh Lydia Fahy Photo shoot Adrian Dewey | Photography Revecca Georgiou | Model Georgie Walsh | Model Dan Tai | Model Brittany Morton | Make up Pkai Hair The Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough Virgin Trains Anna Couture Boutique Seasalt Cornwall Chameleon Boutique Gaglairdi, Stamford


Entrées Something to get you started


Global brand adds prestige to riverside development

addition to Stamford KNEAD Pubs is proud and excited to have launched its latest venue Paten & Co. Located in the centre of Stamford, Paten & Co. is housed in an 18th Century building, formerly a Wine Merchant and Stores. The pub has an urban and industrial feel coupled with open plan kitchen, craft beers from

Hilton Hotels has signed an agreement

leisure facilities. The development is being

around the country, specialist cocktails and

with Fletton Quays to open a nine-storey,

overseen by Peterborough Investment

handpicked wines from around the world.

160-bedroom hotel, which will be crowned

Partnership (PIP).

by a rooftop bar with views over the River Nene and Peterborough Cathedral.

Councillor John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council and chair of the

The Hilton Garden Inn Peterborough will

PIP board, said: “The inclusion of a global

include meeting rooms, fitness centre and

hotel brand like Hilton will add to the

a riverside restaurant, and is due to open in

prestige of Fletton Quays. This will be a real


asset for the city and is sure to bring visitors

The hotel will be part of the wider £120m Fletton Quays development, which will include flats, offices, shops, restaurants and

from far afield.”


This is a unique and exciting addition to both KNEAD Pubs and to Stamford itself!

7 All Saints’ Place, Stamford, PE9 2AG kneadpubs.co.uk


Second Helpings Keeping it clean Inspired by Adam Smith’s Junk Food Cafe in Leeds, and frustrated at the amount of good food wasted while people go hungry, Second Helpings Stamford opened in October 2015.

Peters’ Cleaners Ltd Peterborough and Stamford’s premier Dry Cleaners will be celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2018. The Grist

It takes perfectly edible raw materials from many supporters in and

family, who built the company’s impeccable reputation for high-quality

around Stamford and creates delicious and wholesome meals.

cleaning, started the business on 27 February 1963. It remained in the

Open every Saturday from 12-3 behind Barn Hill Methodist Church, this pay-as-you-feel social cafe has a great volunteer network, but it

family until it was sold to local businesswoman Vicky Whiter in June 2016.

could always do with more.

Since Vicky took over the business her focus has been on ensuring

@stamfordsecondhelpings second-helpings.org.uk

each item is cleaned to the highest standard, and that each customer

Fundraiser for Second Helpings Local band Poor Boy is raising money for Second Helpings. Come and support this worthwhile cause at The King’s Head, Maiden Lane on Monday 18 December from 7pm. It’s FREE to enter, and there will be a mixture of live music and poetry throughout the evening. Poor Boy’s music focuses much on two-part harmony vocals and strong melodies.

poorboymusical.co.uk @poorboymusical

Pieces of silver

has a first-class customer services experience. This has resulted in 19% growth year on year and the word is spreading. The business offers a full range of dry cleaning and laundry services for all items of clothing, furniture covers, curtains, duvets, wedding dresses and more. More unusual items are cleaned and in the last year Manolo Blahnik shoes, a padded bedhead, upholstered chairs and a vintage Humpty Dumpty soft toy have been successfully cleaned.

peterscleaners.co.uk enquiries@peterscleaners.co.uk Peterborough 01733 562997 Stamford 01780 755432

St Mary’s Street, Stamford, is

as well as introducing new

a fantastic spot to shop if you

collections that you are sure

love independent retailers,

to love.

especially now Murano Silver has opened its second shop at number 32. The company opened in Market Deeping four years ago offering a stunning selection of unusual jewellery from unique brands and hand makers that is changed regularly so there is always something new to see. Both shops will continue to offer all your current favourites

It’s definitely a place to visit for gifts and to enjoy the relaxed and stylish interior.

32 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DS 5 Market Place, Market Deeping PE6 8EA @muranosilver


Verdant Yard launch The Fitted Furniture Company is excited to announce the launch of its sister company, Verdant Yard.

Money Talks

To complement the elegance of its bespoke furniture it has now set up an online shop selling inspirational designs and accessories for the home. Born from a love of craftsmanship and design it offers highquality goods at affordable prices, providing a wide range of home accessories to match your lifestyle. Its products are perfect for giving as quaint gifts or the ideal way to add the final touches to your home. With a wide range of products available it caters for all styles and decor.

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for businesses using a recruitment agency

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Photography – adriandewey.com | Hair – P-kai | Make-up – Brittany Morton

Anna Couture Boutique This Unique Boutique in the heart of Stamford offers the latest stylish and glamorous special occasion, evening, prom and day wear, with on-trend accessories ranging from hats, fascinators, handmade lingerie, shoes, bags and jewellery. In this glamorous and relaxing little boutique, you can have your gown designed and made especially for you, in your chosen fabrics, by Anna, an established costume and bridal designer. Or simply pop in for alterations to your already purchased gown. Choose from the ready-to-wear collections; hand picked from London fashion houses, including luxury labels Forever Unique, Hybrid and Goddiva. From Sequins and sparkles to elegant chic silhouettes perfect for parties, balls and proms.

Visit the bridal salon where vintage and theatrical meets classic British designer gowns including Chanticleer Bridal. Or with your own design ideas, Anna will create a bespoke bridal gown for you in beautiful fabrics, original embroidery and bead work. Specializing in made to measure corsets and historical costume for something truly original. Also offering bespoke outfits for bridesmaids and bridal party; as well as handmade shirts, ties and cravats for the groom and groomsmen.

Anna Couture Boutique 17C St Mary’s Street Stamford PE9 2DG @annacoutureboutique


Bespoke Cocktail length black and white Ribbon Corset, matching skirt and petticoat, made to order, £950 Shoes £79.99

Photography – adriandewey.com | Hair – P-kai | Make-up – Brittany Morton

Silk velvet hand muff with Marabou feather trim £50


Overnight at The Great Northern Hotel

Photography – adriandewey.com | Hair – P-kai | Make-up – Brittany Morton

Outfit by Seasalt, 18 High Street, Stamford PE9 2AL, seasaltcornwall.co.uk

Classic DKNY multi striped Look of Lux Satin PJs £95, 5 St Mary’s Hill, Stamford PE9 2DP, chameleonboutique.co.uk

Photography – adriandewey.com | Hair – P-kai | Make-up – Brittany Morton

Forever Unique Lace Dress £139, Shoes £79.99 from Anna Couture Boutique

16 Bespoke lingerie set ÂŁ80


Photography – adriandewey.com | Hair – P-kai | Make-up – Brittany Morton

Lingerie by Anna Couture Boutique, the perfect gift for the ladies…take the hint gents.

WOMEN'S LUXURY CLOTHING BOUTIQUE Stylish Day Wear to Exciting Evening, Special Occasions, Bridal & Accessories Bespoke Dressmaking & Alterations

17c St Mary's Street, Cheyne Lane, Stamf d PE9 2DG, 01780 765174 W @annacoutureboutique


#Bloglovin Gareth Torrance

Five types of bloggers • • • • •

Full-time blogger Part-time blogger The Hobbyist The Corporate The Entrepreneur

Parenting and retro gaming @16bitdadblog 16bitdad.com

On a wet and grey autumn morning, Gravitas invited another group of the local blogging community for breakfast at The Stamford Garden Centre & Café. Our bloggers sank back into the tweed and leather chairs around a roaring stove in the cosy surrounds of the café while enjoying a variety of breakfast choices from a traditional full English to simple, yet delicious and locally sourced bacon or sausage baps. A great place to unwind with a coffee, maybe get some work done, or the perfect meeting place for friends or those informal business meetings.


Jenny Garford Foodie @thestamfordfoodie thestamfordfoodie.com


Blogging Facts • • • • •

12 million bloggers 23% of internet time is spent reading blogs 77% of internet users read blogs 53.3% of bloggers are aged between 21 and 35 14% of bloggers earn a salary as a result

Clementine Cousins Lifestyle @clemloves clemloves.co.uk

Lucy Dean Beauty and lifestyle @lucedean Lucyslittleloves.com

Why is blogging good for business?

• Small businesses with blogs generate 126% more leads • Interesting content is one of the top two reasons people follow brands • 61% of consumers have made a purchase based on a blog post • 31% of marketers believe blogs are the most important form of content marketing


Health & wellness Mindfulness, holistic healing, fitness, pain management, well-being and nutrition.

Become more mindful in 2018 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – eight Week Course Why join a mindfulness course? We all face challenges and pressures in our lives. Sometimes, these can feel overwhelming and most of us would welcome more calmness and focus in everyday life. According to the Stress Management Society (SMS), more than 105 million working days a year are lost as a result of stress in the UK - which doesn’t include its impact on our personal lives. Learning mindfulness practices and principles will not make the challenges disappear, but it can help us step off the treadmill out of the daily flow of demands to create a fresh perspective. Mindfulness gives us a platform upon which we can “surf” the ups and downs of life. It is a tool for expanding our skills to cope with stress and pressure, as well as helping us rediscover daily moments of pleasure and enjoyment. Course dates and times The next programme will start 16 January 2018 6.30pm-8pm in central Peterborough. For more information, please contact Jennifer Cramb.

jennifer@vivekacc.com Facebook: @breathingspacepeterborough

New Year, new flow

Joint pain

New pressure, new expectations and new dread. What is new in your New Year?

Overcoming winter aches and pains.

Naturally our traditional New Year is in winter. A season where we observe nature adapting and changing our landscape, as it lets go of the colour and brightness; protecting itself from the elements.

When we are cold, our body restricts how much blood it sends around extremities so it can focus on supplying vital organs. This means the joints get less blood and, for some, this can be painful and/or cause tightness or stiffness.

It’s here in winter, a space and time is created to daydream about the future and the year ahead. The seasonal changes can help guide your business and your life as your natural quarterly guide – supporting and nourishing you from within to inject this healthy energy into your business and life. We can change the perception of winter and the New Year to reduce the pressure, expectation and dread. Instead, embracing a season of reflection and nourishment in readiness to blossom in spring; coming into full colour in summer and reaping the harvest in autumn. Wishing you a Happy 2018 filled with natural flow. Emma Lannigan is author of belifehappy, Holistic Wellbeing Coach and Marketing Mentor.


Joint pain can occur anytime throughout the year, but in the cold and wet months of the winter you may find it harder to cope with.

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. As we age, the cartilage that cushions our joints gradually wastes away, leading to painful rubbing of bone on bone. An injury to a joint can also trigger osteoarthritis, even many years later. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your body’s immune system attacks the joints. The joints and inflamed tissues then become stiff, painful and swollen. Pain is a protective mechanism to stop further damage but arthritic pain doesn’t mean you should dive for the duvet and quit exercising altogether. Remaining active is vital. Exercise will help keep your joints supple, which can reduce pain. There’re plenty of indoor activities available in this area to suit everyone’s taste. Listen to your body, paying attention to pain in or around a joint can help prevent a more serious injury. If something hurts, stop and speak to a professional.

Liz Clare – Cell Regeneration 01780 238084 mbst-therapy.co.uk


Fitness for health

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How fit you are can be measured in a number of ways; either by a doctor taking your blood pressure or cholesterol or in the gym by looking at things such as flexibility, stamina and power.

Want to talk less about the problems and more about solutions? Solution Focussed coaching is a growing trend.

Good nutrition is the foundation of optimum health and mental well-being for us all. Knowing this is easy, putting it into practice is the difficult part.

A problem shared, can be a problem halved, but friends and relatives don’t always have the answers or effective processes.

I am an experienced dietitian, trained and experienced in translating up-to-date public health and scientific research on food and disease into practical and realistic advice to help you reach your dietary and lifestyle goal. Dietitians are the ONLY nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.

Fitness is extremely important in preparing your body for the unexpected. If you are strong and you have a high level of fitness, your body will be in a much better position to cope with the stress/trauma, meaning you will recover a lot faster. To develop and improve your level of fitness, you need to work across as many domains as possible – for example, cardiovascular, strength, flexibility, speed, and balance. Functional training is multi-faceted and allows you to develop these domains in a short space of time, so you see and feel results quicker. You’ll be taught movement technique and how to scale the movement so it’s appropriate for you and suitable for everyone regardless of physical capacity or ability. Function fitness has changed my life in so many ways, from my overall outlook, the foods I eat and how I deal with stress. Functional fitness is about developing yourself mentally and physically, so you can live the life you want to live.

Tim Britton, Personal Trainer tim@fusion3fitness.co.uk fusion3fitness.co.uk

With Solution Focused coaching it’s believed that people know on some level what changes are needed to create change in their lives. As well as finding a qualified Solution Focused practitioner, here are some questions you can answer for yourself and with your friends to practice having solutionstyle conversations and to see how it can break through old barriers or problems: Write as many answers as possible for each question. If a miracle were to happen overnight, and there were no limitations or rules, what would be different when you woke up? What would you be doing differently? What else would you be doing if you were truly happy? What would need to happen to take a small step/s to get there? Taking action is key. Enjoy the positive exploration! Kim Coley, Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, Negative Release Treatment.

Soul Happy Wellbeing Centre kim.coley@soulhappy.org.uk 07814 393099

What can I offer? Fad-free, practical and realistic evidence-based nutrition advice to individuals; providing support and guidance to change food and lifestyle behaviours. On a larger scale, I help companies deliver their nutrition and health messages to their teams. What do I find most rewarding? Helping someone find what works for them; watching their confidence and belief rise; and helping them become a healthier and happier version of themselves. If your diet needs an overhaul, or you have a specific nutrition question don’t hesitate to call. I would be happy to talk through your nutrition concern and YOU can decide if you wish to take the next step.

Victoria Francis Registered Freelance Dietitian Victoria@cherrytreenutrition.co.uk Victoriafrancisrd.com


50 shades of seduction Find your subtle, sultry scent

Perfume available from John Lewis, Boots and the Perfume Shop located in Queensgate Centre

Here are some points to consider as you think about which fragrance to buy. •

Many seductive perfumes have musky tones. The human body has a musky scent that becomes more pronounced during arousal.

A seductive fragrance shouldn’t be too strong, you want the perfume to be enticing without overpowering your senses.

As a rule, seductive perfumes tend to be slightly heavier than other fragrances.

The right perfume, when combined with a woman’s pheromones, can be incredibly seductive.

Burberry For Women - £29.95 100ml

Giorgio Armani Code - £65 75ml

Paris Hilton Can - £22.50 100ml

Green apple, blackcurrant, and bergamot notes give this scent a freshness that many seductive fragrances lack.

Exotic fragrance notes include blood orange, ginger, jasmine and vanilla.

The seductive notes come from vanilla, sandalwood and jasmine

Deep wood notes bring the sensual side of the woman who wears it to light.

The fruity cassis, nectarine, and orange blossom scent keeps this fragrance young and fun.

Notes of musk and wood ground the fruit and make it sexy.

Coco Mademoiselle £85.50 100ml

Ralph Lauren Romance £61 100ml

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb - £72 100ml

Black Opium Yves Saint Laurent - £81 90ml

This unabashedly feminine scent is bursting with flowers, including freesia, jasmine, orchid and rose.

Notes of vanilla are deeply feminine and romantic.

White flowers underscore the femininity of the scent.

Patchouli provides just enough depth to make it sexy and give some staying power to the flowers.

The base notes are where things get surprising – black coffee and cedarwood ground this fragrance and provide it with a deeply seductive scent.

Citrus notes of orange, grapefruit, and lychee give this fragrance a light, fruity smell when first applied.

This is a seductive fragrance that’s still appropriate for daywear because it’s light enough to be worn to the office and its sexiness is subtle.

Florals of rose, jasmine and vanilla provide a floral punch.

Finally, seductive notes of patchouli and vetiver give it sexiness and staying power.

Major notes of rose and violet help give this perfume a beautiful floral scent.

Deeper, seductive tones come from ginger, oak moss and classic musk.

This is a fragrance that costs more than the average perfume, but it also smells expensive and will make any woman who wears it feel fabulous.


Here at Zula Beauty Sanctuary we are proud to be skin care specialists CACI treatment

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Beautiful winter Make-up expert Freya Pell gives her tips to avoid dehydrated skin this season

Winter is a mixed bag. Along with the harsh weather and central heating, we can also enjoy a season of festive food and drink. However, all these factors can have an impact on our skin, leaving it lacklustre, dry, dehydrated and prone to breakouts.



So, if you’re suffering from sad winter skin, it is essential to keep it hydrated. Ensure you continue with your skincare routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising and add in a face-mask treatment regularly too. Hydrating masks are the best for dry skin so here are a few options to invest in to give your skin a much-needed boost this season.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask £25

Decleor Hydra Floral Expert Mask £32

Lancome Hydra Intense Mask £33

Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask £17.50

Glamglow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment £42

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Powerful Mask £16.50

Foundation - MAC Face & Body £23.50

Eyeshadow - Chanel Ombre Premiere Crème Shadow £22.50

Make-up Following on from your skincare routine, it’s important to continue hydrating your skin through your make-up by switching a few products in your costmetics bag from powders to liquids/creams. If you use a powder as part of your foundation, swop for a more moisturising cream or liquid. Your cheeks and lips can really suffer in winter too so opt for a cream blush and moisturising lipstick. And the same applies to your eyes. If your eyelids are noticeable drier than normal, change from your usual powder eyeshadows to creams. These few changes will work alongside your skincare routine to keep your skin hydrated and moisturised this winter.

Blusher - YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush £29

Lipstick Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Creme £17.50

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Yin & Yang Collection by P.Kai Hair

In Chinese philosophy yin and yang describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary and interconnected. This collection brings together contrasting elements and textures to create something harmonious..

Hair & Pho Phottogr graph aphy: y: Kai Kai W Styling: Jenn Jenny yW Mak ake-U e-Up: p: Shauna T gart



The total package A Bannatyne Health Club is more than just a gym.

Bannatyne provides more than just a gym membership. The state-of-the-art gym equipment and extensive selection of exercise classes are perfectly complemented by the luxurious swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms to help you relax and unwind. Bannatyne continually invests to stay ahead of industry trends providing fantastic facilities, cutting-edge equipment and amazing value as a result. For ultimate escapism and indulgence, look no further than The Bannatyne Spa. A professional team of experts is on hand to help you unwind and relax and begin the journey towards total well-being.

Bannatyne works in partnership with Elemis to provide premium spa therapies, with vibrant, active and exotic treatments to help you indulge, detox and de-stress. At Bannatyne Health Club on Papyrus Road, Werrington all of this and more is included within your membership fees. It focuses on providing a complete service to all members, which will allow you to live a healthy lifestyle.

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A professional team of experts is on hand to help you unwind and relax and begin the journey towards total well-being.

Bannatyne Health Club & Spa PETERBOROUGH • State-of-the-art gym floor with a functional training zone

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Extraordinary Escapes More than 85 stunning self-catering retreats nestled along the North Norfolk coastline Heading into its fourth year of business, Barefoot Retreats is continuing to expand and develop, not only with its stunning portfolio of luxury self-catering cottages, but also within the business itself. Earlier this year saw the opening of the new office, situated in the renowned Burnham Market, opposite its sister company Barefoot Living, the luxury homewares and lifestyle store that completes the Barefoot bow – for the moment.

Extensive portfolio Boasting an impressive portfolio of more than 85 stunning self-catering nestled along the North Norfolk coastline, Barefoot Retreats has certainly put its stamp on the area. Why Barefoot? It sets itself apart from its competitors by offering guests keys to

some of the most beautiful homes in the area. Barefoot executives handpick quality properties with outstanding features that they would look for if holidaying in the area themselves. Rest assured the dedicated and passionate reservations team will do its utmost to match you with your ideal retreat, whether it’s a cosy coastal bolthole for two or a fabulously large house with copious amounts of space for all the family.

Everything is possible The concierge service adds something very special to your stay. If you’re arranging a celebration let the team assist you with private caterers, wine tasting, spa days or simply balloons and decorations in the property ready and waiting for your arrival. Barefoot want to make your time in North Norfolk the ultimate unique experience and create the memories that ensure your love for the area continues.

41 Barefoot Retreats extensive portfolio runs parallel to North Norfolk’s unabated rising popularity, with more than 15 properties coming aboard this year! While there are many perks to being a Barefoot guest, there’s also a lot that come with being a Barefoot homeowner. Barefoot offers a fully managed service at an incredibly competitive rate and deal with everything and anything you need them too. Covering all your property’s marketing, PR, maintenance, bookings, guest liaison and all enquiries. Letting your home should be as easy and enjoyable for you as the homeowner as it is for the guest and at Barefoot Retreats they ensure that this is certainly the case.

Marsh Retreat – couples, romantic This perfectly placed love nest offers guests the best of both worlds – tucked down a private drive, complete with woodburner and comfy king-sized bed, it’s the ultimate cosy retreat. Step outside, literally just a few steps, and you’re on the coastal path with panoramic views of the North Norfolk coastline.

The Well House – location, location, location This stunning grade-II listed property boasts five beautiful bedrooms all with fabulously large ensuites, central location in the pretty seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea, spectacular views over the harbour and out to sea and an abundance of character and charm throughout – could you ask for anymore?

Whaleback – family gatherings 10+ Set in three acres on the outskirts of Stanhoe and just a mere five-minute drive from Burnham Market, this property is set to be a hit with all the party. With seven stunning bedrooms, four ensuites, two lounges, TV room and fabulously spacious games room – you’ll certainly struggle to be beaten on space! Whaleback provides the ultimate backdrop to any family/friends’ getaway. With more than 85 luxury homes to view, you will be spoilt for choice.

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White Stuff St Anton, Austria St Anton is a truly unique recreation paradise for the whole family and is rated as one of the top five resorts in the Alps. Located in Austria’s Arlberg region, one of Europe’s snowiest areas, it boasts 305km of pistes, 200km of off-piste itineraries and more than 55km² of challenging offpiste terrain. In addition, it has a highly efficient lift system (88 lifts). St Anton is an attractive town bursting with stylish hotels, chalets and restaurants. This cozy little town, with 2,470 inhabitants, has maintained its genuine ambiance and charming Tirolean hospitality. Located within two to three hours’ drive of three international airports and with a railway station at its heart, the resort is easy to reach and, once there, small enough to navigate on foot or by the free public buses. Furthermore, St Anton packs some serious heritage – it’s the birthplace of the father of modern skiing, Johann Schneider, as well as being the spiritual home of après, thanks to the infamous Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh bars.

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Courcheval, France Courcheval is one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the world, offering superb skiing with breath-taking scenery. As part of the extensive Three Valleys (Les Trois Vallèes), the resort offers great skiing and snowboarding for all ages and abilities. The huge network of lifts and runs extends out from Courchevel 1850. The main access route to the Three Valleys is via the Verdons gondola, leading to the La Vizelle gondola and the La Saulire cable car. Skiing in the Three Valleys reaches heights of 2,740 metres and is best visited between early December and the end of April. Courcheval is made up of four villages that are linked by a free bus service, which runs frequently from early morning until late at night. Widely regarded as the winter playground of the rich, Courchevel boasts seven Michelin-starred restaurants, high-end shops and a choice of

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Venetian life Take a winter break in one of the world’s most romantic cities The city of Venice is located in the North East of Italy and is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads – just canals (about 150 of them) – and is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. The hot summer months tend to bring in large numbers of tourists, with the temperature in spring/ autumn cooler but still pleasant, allowing you to sit outside the many cafes and bars. Winter is considered the romantic season, with less visitors and lower prices, making it an appealing time to visit. Venice is easy to explore on foot, although it isn’t the only way to get around – how about being gently punted down the waterways in a gondolier or gliding along the Grand Canal in an open-top water taxi? The Grand Canal thoroughfare is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces, with the famous Rialto Bridge, an ornate footbridge over the Grand Canal. The central square, Piazza San Marco, is home to St Mark’s Basilica, its landmark

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The most progressive sports car Sports car with pathbreaking overall concept repeats the BMW i3’s success of the previous year. For the second time in succession the BMW i clinched victory at the World Car Awards in the category World Green Car. Following the success of the purely electrically driven BMW i3 the previous year, the BMW i8 was awarded this prestigious award at the New York International Auto Show. The sports car’s combination of groundbreaking plug-in hybrid drive technology and innovative lightweight construction together with its avant-garde design was honoured by the international jury at the World Car Awards. The BMW i8 was also one of the finalists in the category World Luxury Car at the World Car Awards 2015, thereby underlining its special position. “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the team in Munich,” said Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW, speaking at the award ceremony in New York. “The BMW i8 represents the future with its unique lightweight construction and unrivalled connectivity. To win this award for the second year in a row shows that our BMW i products are truly leading the world.”

The BMW i8 is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle manufactured by the BMW Group. It combines the performance of a sports car with the fuel consumption and emission figures of a subcompact vehicle. The BMW i8 can be driven up to 37 kilometres under electric power alone, accelerate in the style of a purebred sports car and yet its average consumption is that of a subcompact car. Its 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, equipped with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, is combined with an electric motor. The battery can be charged at a conventional power outlet, at a charging station or simply while driving. The system performance of the BMW i8 is 266 kW/362 hp and it accelerates in just 4.4 seconds to 100 km/h from a standing start (combined fuel consumption: 2.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 49 g/km). The extensive use of innovative materials, as well as the i8’s energy-efficient production processes also underline the overall, future-oriented concept. The optional laser headlights and the services developed specifically for electro mobility by the BMW ConnectedDrive team are further proof of the progressive direction taken by the BMW i8.

The extensive use of innovative materials, as well as the i8’s energy-efficient production processes also underline the overall, future-oriented concept. Since 2005, the World Car Awards have been presented annually at the start of the New York International Auto Show and are among the most important international prizes to be won in the automotive sector. The jury is composed of 75 journalists from more than 20 countries. Each summer before the award ceremony, the models nominated in each category are announced, from which an expert committee or the jurors nominate five vehicles in each category (World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car) or 10 vehicles (World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car). From these, the jury selects the three finalists in the run-up to the Geneva Motor Show, before the winners are finally announced in New York. The BMW i8 is the BMW Group’s third model to be honoured with the World Green Car Award at the World Car Awards, following the BMW 118d in 2008, which represented the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, and the BMW i3 the previous year.

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Bold enough to look chic, muted enough to work with most design styles, mustard is the new colour statement everyone wants to make at home. Paired with a dark backdrop, mustard stands out, creating a unique and inviting space. Statement armchair or geometric rugs are the perfect way to work this confident colour into a room. The perfect partner in colour to work alongside a mustard tone is the beautiful shade of teal, Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball to be precise. Sitting harmoniously between blue and turquoise is warming teal – the perfect shade for adding depth to a room instantly. It may take confidence to take the leap and use this colour to fill a room, so if your living room or snug is a relatively small space, teal is the perfect colour to set the mood. Large rooms suit lighter colours so choosing a deep tone would work best on one accent wall.

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A fitting home Hammonds Furniture in Peterborough specialises in fitted furniture. Situated at Peterborough One Retail Park in Eye, Hammonds Furniture has taken the lead in made-to-measure fitted furniture in the area. With more than 90 stores nationwide Hammonds Furniture in Peterborough is one of the largest, at over 3,500 square foot. Inside you’ll find a variety of fitted bedroom furniture, home offices and kitchens. Every taste and style has been thoughtfully taken into consideration, with many designs on show including traditional, contemporary and modern furniture. The friendly store demonstrators have been trained to the highest level to inform customers and answer any questions relating to the fitted furniture on display.

The introduction of fitted kitchens within the new showroom offers customers a bespoke service, quality materials and excellent craftsmanship at a fraction of the cost, compared with luxury competitors. Hammonds, a British company, designs and manufactures all of its furniture in the UK. Everything is made to order and it takes only four weeks to install a bedroom into a customer’s home, ready to be enjoyed. Visit the store soon, enjoy a complimentary coffee and make the most of the seasonal sale.


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Slice of life The good and great on the Peterborough food scene.

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George & Dragon

Artizan Foods offers a wide range of bespoke catering services including a high-quality lunch service, rent-a-chef, corporate catering, private events, BBQ/smokers, hog roasts, cakes, afternoon teas and inspired canapes.

A new destination pub and restaurant has re-opened in the picturesque Rutland village of Seaton after a loving refurbishment. Foodies will be delighted to have another exquisite fine dining experience in the region; enjoy its quintessential English vibe, with subtle and unique details. Good food, good beer and wines and, most importantly, good times!

The lunch service includes three different packages, each with a wide variety to choose from. Using only fresh and quality produce, its lunches are handmade daily and delivered to you at work or at home. The rent-a-chef service offers a highly skilled chef with more than 10 years’ experience cooking cutting-edge modern cuisine. The chef will arrive at your home or designated venue with a selection of high quality, local produce and the equipment required to execute a bespoke dining experience created alongside you with our chef. All the services are tailormade, bespoke packages to suit all events. With the highest quality food, competitive prices and an inspired driven team, Artizan Foods will always ensure any event is planned and executed down to the finest detail.

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There are three bedrooms, the pheasant, stag and hare, available – all uniquely designed by owner Ralph Offer, who is now turning his sights to completing a beautiful, hard landscaped garden complete with pergola and pizza oven. Ralph and his team look forward to providing you with a warm welcome. Gravitas has teamed up with the G & D for a field- to-plate game day on Saturday 13 January. For more information turn to page 69.

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Celebrating our regions culinary diversity




Zada and Tavan

Megachef takes The Stage

The first Turkish restaurant selected for the 2017 and 2018 Michelin Guide celebrates with the opening of its sister restaurant in Peterborough.

New head chef, Sam Sharman, who grew up in the area, but spent many years traveling the world in the Royal Navy, has plans for The Stage in Market Deeping that are as big and as bold as the flavour in his dishes.

Tavan specialise in homemade Morrocan and Turkish Cuisine with a twist, so customers from Zada in Stamford can visit and try something different. Entertaining is fundamental to Turkish culture; Middle Eastern families pride themselves on hospitality and worth is measured according to how well guests are treated. Whether you are a family member, friend, neighbour or an acquaintance, you will be treated with the utmost generosity when dining at a Middle Eastern table. It is no different at Zada nor Tavan. The refined cuisine is served with unpretentious abundance and, in the spirit of Arabian hospitality, you will be welcomed like a member of the family.

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PSam has a unique take on classic dishes and has also introduced an exciting new winter menu. Not only are the dishes presented beautifully but they are all packed with flavour, and perfectly seasoned; Sam’s attention to technique is apparent in each dish, like the 14hr pork belly confit in duck fat, compressed to produce perfectly crisp crackling and meat that is succulent and; or the lamb and heritage carrots pan-cooked in clarified butter, which imparts a rich, nutty flavour, then finished in garlic and rosemary butter, and served with a sweet, nutmeg-infused carrot puree; or the wild boar ravioli starter served with a sticky, intense bone marrow infused sauce that’s two days in the making.

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Grab a great offer at one of these fine dining venues

Gravitas has collaborated with some of the finest dining venues in the region to showcase their food and to give our readers a unique dining invitation.

The Country Lounge The Blue Bell

The Jackson Stops

Wansford celebrates the opening of a fabulous new café - Country Lounge Café Bar.

The Jackson Stops Pub in Stretton is a second-generation run family restaurant.

Words and pictures by Jenny Garford – The Stamford Foodie

This new café/wine bar offers delicious breakfasts, morning coffee and a selection of home-made cakes, lunches and evening meals. The Country Lounge is licensed to serve fine wines, beers, spirits and much more. Open seven days-a-week from 9am-4pm and Thursday to Saturday, it’s also open in the evenings whereby the atmosphere changes to a more intimate setting of a wine bar until 10pm. Sundays are made even more special by offering an amazing traditional Sunday Lunch with a choice of meats served with all of the trimmings.

The Blue Bell in Glinton, just north of Peterborough, is set in an 18th century English country pub and offers real ales, oak beams and cosy open fires. The dining experience, recognised in the Michelin Guide, offers modern cuisine in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. And the new garden room allows diners extensive views of the grounds while enjoying their meals. This venue also offers the options of private dining and professional lunches and is childfriendly. Head chef, Will Frankgate and his team use only the freshest ingredients supplied by local producers, ensuring the perfect dish every time.

The Country Lounge also provides private functions. You are all welcome to come and say hello to see what we are about.

It has achieved Michelin-recommended status for the last five years and continues to work towards creating fabulous eclectic and diverse menus with a superb wine list to match. The passion for food shows through with every dish and the dedication to give each diner a culinary experience they will always remember is evident by the warm welcome and professionalism of the staff. If you are looking for a relaxed setting that oozes character, chefs that use local ingredients and suppliers for their food, and a varied selection of ales, then a visit to The Jackson Stops should be at the top of your list.




As part of the Gravitas Fine Dining Club you will receive 10% off your evening meals until the end of January.

10% off evening menu throughout January. (Excludes lunchtimes and drinks). Offer is available Monday to Friday only (Excludes Saturdays and Sundays).

As part of the Gravitas Fine Dining Club you will receive 10% off your food bill when you dine Monday through to Friday. Quote: Gravitas.

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The Blue Bell, 10 High Street, Glinton, Peterborough PE6 7LS 01733 252285 thebluebellglinton.co.uk

The Jacskon Stops Rookery Lane, Stretton, Rutland LE15 7RA 01780 410237 thejacksonstops.com

S U N D AY L U N C H AT S TA P L E F O R D PA R K Sunday lunch at Stapleford Park is the perfect time with friends and family, whatever the occasion. With regional and seasonal inspirations, Chef’s menus are designed to satisfy the most discerning of palates. Available from 12:00 to 2:00pm including three courses at £32.50 per person. To book, please email reception@staplefordpark.com or call 01572 787 000

Stapleford Park, Stapleford, nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF, England. www.staplefordpark.com


Fine dining genius

Andrew Corrick, Chef Patron at The Cherry House.

Growing up in the sleepy seaside town of Sidmouth, Andrew was inspired to cook by his elder brothers, who both worked – partly out of choosing, partly because ‘there was nothing else to do’ – as chefs at a local hotel. Starting as a pot washer in the hotel kitchen, Andrew took great interest in what was going on around him and went on to complete his chef training in Exeter, before moving east to Bournemouth to work at The Carlton Hotel, which at the time, was the only 5-star privately-owned hotel in Europe. Just 18 months later, at the time when nouvelle cuisine was the height of British gastronomy, Andrew made the move to London – a must for any chef with ambition at the time. Andrew working at some of the capital’s most prestigious addresses, with a four-year stint at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, and two years as Head Chef at the Park Lane Hotel under his belt.

Personal ties eventually brought Andrew to Peterborough, where out of curiosity he had applied for the position of Head Chef at The Swallow Hotel (now The Marriott); he got the job, and with the manager’s backing was allowed free rein in the kitchen, gaining an AA rosette for the hotel, but perhaps more importantly, an insight for Andrew into the tastes of local diners, which at the time were quite different to those he had catered for in London, proving invaluable when it came to opening The Cherry House in 1994. The Cherry House is a charming Gradell listed thatch cottage of historical importance, having been the hideout for Sir Oliver Cromwell as he developed his plot to overthrow King Charles l. The romance of the cottage’s history and Andrew’s determination to give customers a true fine dining experience has won over a base of regular clientele; the prix fixe menu (three courses for £27.95) celebrates local seasonal produce, cooked well and presented simply – a formula that will never go out of fashion.

The Cherry House, 125 Church Street, Werrington Village, Peterborough PE4 6QF 01733 571 721 cherryhouserestaurant.co.uk

Words and pictures by Jenny Garford – The Stamford Foodie

It’s no mean feat to run a successful restaurant, so when Andrew Corrick, Chef Patron at The Cherry House, recently celebrated 23 years in business, he had every right to blow his own trumpet, choosing instead to say that time had flown by and the experience had been very rewarding – humble words from the man who brought fine dining to Peterborough.


Perfect pubs

Words and pictures by Jenny Garford – The Stamford Foodie

When the days draw in and the temperature drops, I crave warming, hearty fare. Here’s my choice of pubs in the area that hit the winter spot.

The Tobie Norris

The Bell Inn

The Crown Inn

The Bluebell Inn

The Tobie Norris is one of Stamford’s most popular pubs; its warren of quirky rooms with uneven floors, gnarled beams and open fires are full of character, and the menu of hearty, traditional fare will satisfy the largest of appetites. Roasted baby chicken in a box with all the trimmings (£16.95), braised shin of Lincoln Red Beef with fondant potato (£15.95), game and ale pie with bubble and squeak (£14.95) and mature cheddar and parmesan mac and cheese with pulled pork (£13.95) are but a few of the tasty plates on offer. There’s also a well-loved pizza menu, with a special offer of two pizzas and a bottle of house wine for £24.95 every day between 6 and 7pm.

The Bell Inn, Stilton, has fed and watered many during its 400year history, and today’s diners will certainly not go hungry with award-winning fare served in the Galleried Restaurant and less formal bistro and bar areas. Sit beneath century old beams or next to a roaring fire and indulge in dishes that will make your soul sing; maybe chicken liver parfait and toasted brioche with fig, date and apple chutney to start (£7.90); followed by venison loin with juniper berries, mashed potato and truffle (£20), or roasted lamb rump, sauerkraut and gnocchi (£18). Finish with the pear and almond tart with plum and elderflower jam, clotted cream and Earl Great creme anglaise, or the chocolate delice, marsala ice cream, orange crumb and coffee gel (both £6) and that’s before we’ve even started on the celebrated Stilton cheese…

Sat under the shelter of a towering horse chestnut, this charming chocolate box thatch has serious curb appeal. Inside you’ll be warmly welcomed by the Lamb family, and a roaring fire; settle in with a glass of carefully selected wine or beer and maybe nibble on a homemade Scotch egg (£3.95) while you wait. Starters include a caramelized onion and glazed goats cheese tart with fresh figs and raspberry vinaigrette (£5.95), or Cromer crab and smoked salmon cocktail served with locally baked bread (£6.50). Traditional moules marinere with crusty baguette can be enjoyed as both starter or main (£6.95/£12.95), or maybe you’ll opt for the free range belly pork with crispy bacon hash browns, apple puree and cider sauce (£14.95); or Barbary duck breast with sautéed new potatoes, butternut squash, savoy cabbage and a port and cherry jus (£18.95). Finish with an indulgent dark chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream and biscotti (£6.50).

Located at the heart of the pretty village of Helpston, and just a stones throw from both Peterborough and Stamford, this charming 17th century inn boasts that poet John Clare worked here as a pot boy some 200 years ago! With a warm, inviting atmosphere, The Bluebell Inn promises comforting pub nosh in a traditional setting.

The Tobie Norris 12 St Paul’s Street Stamford PE9 2BE 01780 753800 kneadpubs.co.uk

The Bell Inn Great North Road, Stilton, Peterborough PE7 3RA 01733 241 066 thebellstilton.co.uk

The Crown Inn Elton, Peterborough PE8 6RQ 01832 280 232 crowninnelton.co.uk

Start with freshly made soup of the day (£5.50) or breaded whitebait with tartare sauce (£5), followed by Willowbrook Farm lamb’s liver and bacon (£11) or a trio of Lincolnshire sausages (£11.50) served with creamy mashed potato, onion gravy and greens, or perhaps the succulent pork belly with mustard mash, roasted apple and black pudding gravy (£14) from the specials menu, finishing off with an indulgent sticky toffee pudding with fudge sauce (£6). Vegans can also tuck into an appetising sweet potato and chickpea curry, served with rice and naan bread (£11).

The Bluebell Inn 10 Woodgate, Helpston PE6 7ED 01733 252 394


The George & Dragon Snug country pub with an industrial twist. The beautifully refurbished George and Dragon pub at Seaton is the ambitious new venture from Ralph Offer, formerly of the Stamford Wine Bar. This quintessentially English village pub has undergone a complete transformation, with three months of hard work creating an interior that is best described as snug country pub with an industrial twist – think bare brick and luxurious tweed, enhanced with thoroughly modern metal accents such as the spiderweb light fitting which illuminates the main bar. The downstairs area has been extended to include a welcoming sitting room completed with cosy armchairs and a piano – the perfect place to while away an evening with a good bottle of wine. Ralph has put his wine knowledge to good use, creating a comprehensive drinks list including more than 30 wines, as well as a selection of local ales, lager and spirits that ensures there is something for every taste. Upstairs, luxury awaits in the form of three individually themed guest bedrooms; Pheasant, Stag and Hare. Each has its own unique, elegant look, which is co-ordinated down to the last mug and towel, and complemented by extra luxuries such as Moulton Brown toiletries. One thing that the rooms all have in common are stunning views over the picturesque Rutland village of Seaton, with the village church and rolling hills beyond creating a perfect panorama to wake up to in the morning.

However, the main attraction is the new fine dining menu, masterminded by chef Omar Palazzolo. After 17 years honing his skills in some of London’s best kitchens, including Nobu and Tom’s Kitchen, Omar has big plans for his own menu at the George and Dragon. He describes his take on food as ‘purist’, with a focus on simple flavours and quality, locally sourced ingredients that offer both great taste and nutrition for the body and soul. Expect a creative, ever-changing selection of dishes with influences from many of the cuisines that Omar loves, from modern Italian to Japanese. The George and Dragon is undoubtedly the perfect country destination for anyone looking for a great meal, a warm reception and a good drink. Ralph looks forward to welcoming you through the door.

The George & Dragon 2 Main Street Seaton Uppingham LE15 9HU 01572 747418 thegeorgeanddragonseaton.com Instagram @thegeorgeanddragonseaton Facebook @georgeanddragonseaton

In the autumn of 2016 the restaurant of The Old Bridge at Huntingdon underwent a complete change. The aim was to make it less formal, more relaxed and more contemporary, but to retain the feel of a 'very special' restaurant, the place in the Huntingdon area where so many people come to celebrate important moments in their life. The food & service follow that style. Good, seasonal ingredients, simply yet perfectly cooked, served without fuss, but with a smile. The pictures speak for themselves. This is now an even more welcoming and exciting place to visit. For those who haven't been, go and see it for yourselves. You will not be disappointed.

1 High Street, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE29 3TQ 01480 424300 oldbridge@huntsbridge.co.uk huntsbridge.com


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Il Vicolo

Jenny Garford talks Italian cuisine in Stamford.

UNMISSABLE LUNCHTIME OFFER Throughout December and January you can enjoy a three-course lunch for just £20 at Il Vicolo Ristorante. Lunchtime service is 11am-3pm Tuesday – Saturday.


Warmly welcomed by Mimmo Fricha and team, my companion and I took advantage of a table by the window; with wine and Peroni in hand we sank back into the padded leather of said chairs and people-watched as we drank, chatted and perused the menu.

food and naturally sweet tomato sauce – just enough to coat the dish, letting the pasta speak for itself. Il Vicolo also serves authentic Italian pizzas made with fresh dough, topped generously with homemade tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and other toppings, then cooked quickly in a traditional wood-burning pizza oven, resulting in a light, crispy base, with an oozing, molten-cheese finish. All can be accompanied by a selection of fantastic Italian wines, available both by the glass and bottle, and the informed waiting staff is on hand to suggest the perfect match for your chosen dish.

With dishes inspired by Mimmo’s childhood as a fisherman’s son in Marches, Il Vicolo delivers a traditional and authentic taste of Italy, guaranteed to evoke memories of travels to the stunning Adriatic coast. Mimmo has a love for the food from home and wants to share the beauty – the simplicity – of Italian cuisine with his diners, taking fantastic quality ingredients and cooking them with minimal fuss.

Il Vicolo is a great restaurant for fresh, vibrant, flavourful dishes, served by an incredibly welcoming, chatty team who cannot do enough for you. A great find!

Mimmo’s seafood dishes are a triumph; prawns cooked to perfection, dense and succulent salmon fillet served with a creamy garlic, wine and peppercorn sauce (£16.50), or a simple dish of linguini alla fruitti mare (£15.85), laden with beautifully cooked sea-

Il Vicolo Ristorante 2-3 Cheyne Lane, Stamford PE9 2AX ilvicoloristorante.co.uk 01780 480048

For pudding, a selection of Italian classics: panna cotta with caramel sauce and fresh berries, profiteroles with chocolate sauce, or the ultimate pick-me-up pud, the espresso-laced tiramisu (all £6.50).

Words and pictures by Jenny Garford – The Stamford Foodie

Lose yourself in Stamford’s labyrinth of historic lanes and you may be lucky enough to stumble upon Il Vicolo, a fine Italian restaurant that has won over the hearts and appetites of local foodies. Discreetly sign written, it would be easy to walk by Il Vicolo were it not for the mouthwatering aroma of sautéed garlic and the glimpse of diners sat on red baroque chairs.


Hidden treasures Jenny Garford stumbles on some fabulous country pubs a little further afield.

The Three Horseshoes The Three Horseshoes is an elegantly styled thatch-roofed cottage serving seasonal dishes, with influences from the Mediterranean, and it also happens to have been named Cambridgeshire Dining Pub of the Year 2018 by The Good Pub Guide. Enjoy salt cod croquettes (£4.95), bruschetta with Norfolk crab and cucumber (£9) or braised pork cheeks in port and honey (£8.50), followed by slow-cooked venison shoulder with potato puree and caramelised shallots (£19.50) finishing with a tonka bean panna cotta with clementines in Cointreau (£6.95). Whatever you eat the wine will be wonderfully matched thanks to Master of Wine (and owner) John Hoskins.

The Three Horseshoes High St, Madingley, Cambridge CB23 8AB 01954 210 221 threehorseshoesmadingley.co.uk

The Fox & Hounds This handsome, ivy-clad pub in Knossington is small and cosy but full of warmth and character. With a relaxed, traditional pub feel, it’s a great place to pop in for a pint or bite to eat after a day at nearby Rutland Water, and the menu of rich classic dishes will sing to the hearts of weary ramblers and foodies alike; starters like the decadent Coquille St Jacques (£11.95) and parmesan and chive twice baked souffle (£7.95) set the tone for a indulgent meal, followed by venison fillet with smooth-as-silk parsnip puree, crispy straw potatoes and a deep, rich blackberry port sauce (£23.50), perhaps finishing with the a very festive feeling spiced orange, sultana and brandy bread and butter pudding served with Belgian chocolate custard (£6.50)!

Words and pictures by Jenny Garford – The Stamford Foodie

The Fox & Hounds, 6 Somerby Road Knossington, LE15 8LY 01664 452 129 thefoxandhounds-knossington.co.uk

The Pigs Just 20 minutes from the North Norfolk coastline and a short drive from Holt, this porcinethemed country pub takes food seriously, following the nose to tail philosophy, serving long forgotten cuts of meat in a creative and gutsy fashion. This is hearty British cuisine at its best, with pork dishes at the heart of the menu. Try the brawn pease pudding (£8.50), slow-cooked pork belly served with smokey bacon beans, apple chutney and black pudding (£14.50), or the pork t-bone to share, with chips, chicory, smoked bacon, chestnuts and baked apple (£32). The Pigs is also home to Iffits – Norfolk’s answer to tapas – delightful little dishes served as starters, sharers or as a main – think ham hock scotch egg, smoked haddock Dapple cheese sauce, whitebait with seaweed mayo, popcorn cockles and potted Cromer crab – delicious!

Norwich Road, Edgefield, Norfolk NR24 2RL 01263 587634 thepigs.org.uk

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Simon Penson

Where do you see the likes of Gravitas magazine heading in an ever-increasing digital world?

You were the youngest-ever national magazine editor in the UK with titles such as Max Power. How did that come about?

Rather than being a ‘subject specialist’ you focus on creating and growing ‘specialist audiences of value.’ Can you explain that?

It’s a very interesting time for print and something I am still passionate about having started my career in the industry working as an editor and journalist. I think nowadays to be successful in print you’ve got to be niche – often within the hobbyist world or you’ve got to be hyper-local and do a really good job at it. The exciting thing about Gravitas is your doing the latter very well, particularly how you tie it all in with your social platforms.

I didn’t go to university because I always knew what I wanted to do and that was to become a journalist, so I took the vocational route and ended up working for Johnson Press prior to moving to Emap. At the time Max Power was going through a difficult period – very much a youth title around the same time Zoo and Nuts were about so I was given the challenge of reinventing the magazine.

What we really do is to concentrate on finding a way to create an audience for a brand because that is the only real thing of value to a brand. The only way to create that audience is to use content, irrespective of what channel it’s delivered from content will always be the heart of it.


Interview by Leigh Taylor | Photography adriandewey.com

Founder and managing director of Zazzle Media, Simon Penson is inspired by anyone who’s not willing to take ‘no’ for an answer.

Congratulations to Simon and the Zazzle team for recently winning the Peterborough Telegraph Smaller Business of the Year award.





You can achieve anything you want to achieve; however, you must be willing to work harder than anybody else to get there.

You created one of the UK’s first purely content-led digital marketing agencies, Zazzle Media in 2009. Tell us how you grew it so quickly to £3m in turnover. In truth, it didn’t grow that quickly. When we started not everybody understood and were reluctant to invest in content from a marketing perspective. It was the growth of social media and the maturing digital landscape that led to an18-month period of rapid growth from 10 to 30 staff.

Zazzle Media was acquired in 2016 and you continue to work in the business – tell us about this. We were acquired by IPG, the fourth biggest advertising network in the world. There are half a dozen holding companies that own lots of smaller agencies that together will own the contracts for the likes of Coca-Cola and Nike for example. As an independent agency it’s very difficult to win those types of contracts and I want our team to have the opportunity to showcase their work to the biggest audiences on Earth, who are owned by the biggest brands on Earth.

Do you have a favourite motivational quote? I’d say it’s more of a principal really than a quote, but you can achieve anything you want to achieve, however, you must be willing to work harder than anybody else to get there.

How do you see Zazzle’s involvement in nurturing local talent within your industry? This is my greatest passion now; the working environment is changing. There are roles now that just didn’t exist five years ago, so it presents a digital skills shortage as the education system hasn’t been able to catch up. What we really want to do is to start working with the local schools and colleges to try and get this message out there to their student pools.

What has been your biggest mistake/lesson in business? Too many to list, however, probably the most important lesson after so many hiring errors

was to introduce a company culture and vision statements so that every new ‘Zazzler’ knows exactly what it takes to join the team here. We now hire with more emphasis on the people that fit our culture than those with the necessary skill set.

How do you like to unwind? I like to spend time with my family, keeping fit, golf and I’m a huge petrol head.

What’s next for Simon Penson? I’m passionate about making Zazzle become the behemoth that it has the potential to be. We’re currently working on building new premises of our own in Market Deeping, and then we’ll create a plan to grow from 54 to 100 Zazzlers.

simonpenson.co.uk zazzlemedia.co.uk


That Will do

Why estate planning and reviewing your Will is important. By Marie Craig, Audit & Accounts Manager at Rawlinsons

A common misconception is that without a Will an estate passes to the surviving spouse. Depending on the size of your estate, this may not happen. Making a Will is not difficult, and with the correct advice can prevent unnecessary Inheritance Tax being paid on death. You need to consider your assets and who you wish to benefit when you die. If you have children under the age of 18 you should also consider who should be guardians.

Death allowance

Currently, the nil-rate band on death for an individual is £325,000. For deaths in the 2017-2018 tax year, the maximum additional residence nil rate band will be £100,000, rising to £175,000 by 2020-2021. As people get older and downsize to a smaller property, they should not be disadvantaged. If the individual dies after 6 April 2017, and the downsizing occurred after 8 July 2015, the higher value property still applies.

Where an estate has a net value of £2m, the residence nil-rate band will be tapered to zero; in monetary terms this means for every £2 over the £2m cap, £1 will be deducted from the band available. If the estate has a value of £2.35m (or £2.7m for a married couple), there is no residence nil-rate band. To qualify the residence must have been lived in by the deceased at some stage. It does not have to be their main residence but it applies to only one residential property.

Complex legislation The complexity surrounding this new legislation means that reviewing your Will and estate planning is essential. In addition to a Will, it is advisable to have a Lasting Power of Attorney. This is a legal document which lets you chose trusted people (attorneys) to make financial and/or health and welfare decisions on your behalf, should you be unable to do so.

01733 568321 marie.craig@rawlinsons.co.uk rawlinsons.co.uk

Making a Will is not difficult, and with the correct advice can prevent unnecessary Inheritance Tax being paid on death.


The Government introduced a new nil-rate band from 6 April 2017, which applies when the family home is passed down directly to a descendant on death. Descendants are defined as children, stepchildren, foster children, adopted children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The residence nil-rate band is transferable on death between spouses. For a couple (married or civil partners), this could result in a joint total nil-rate band of £1m; £650,000 nil rate band and £350,000 residence nil rate band.


A Will is the only way to ensure those that you would wish to benefit on your death actually do so. If you have dependant relatives it is particularly vital.

How can we help you today?

For over 75 years Rawlinsons has been working closely with clients to help them run their businesses and personal affairs in the most tax efficient and profitable way. We provide a complete range of accounting, business and personal taxation services delivered by a dedicated team of specialists. Our team would be delighted to talk to you about how we can help you or your business. Simply contact us for your free initial consultation.

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Let’s make 2018 the best year ever Now the craziness of Christmas has died down and you’re busy preparing for the next trading year, it’s worthwhile taking a moment to stop and reflect on what 2017 brought you and your business. • How did your business perform? • What impact did your team have on this performance? • Do you have the right people in your business? • What aspirations do you have for your business in 2018? • Do you have the right framework and processes in place to confidently manage performance, increase productivity and profit? Research completed over the last 20 years, clearly evidences businesses with a robust framework and set processes, perform better against comparable businesses. Surely this can only be a good thing? To achieve your businesses full potential, a basic framework starts with reviewing existing employment contracts to ensure they meet requirements and are still fit for purpose. The next is to provide an Employee Handbook that details everything required by law as well as your expectations and how performance will be managed both positively as well as constructively. Would you like to see less staff pulling a sickie? Less performance issues for you to deal with? A more motivated and engaged team working together to give the best service possible? Nicki@hr-yourbusinessmatters.co.uk 01733 739660 or 07496 857688

Probate and estate administration – we can help you When a loved one dies it can be a deeply distressing and emotional time for their family and friends. Added to this, is the pressure of having to sort out the financial affairs of the deceased. If you have been appointed as an executor of an estate, or a close family member dies without having made a Will, we can help. Rawlinsons is licensed to provide probate and estate administration services. Furthermore, we were one of the first accountancy firms in Peterborough to be able to do so. There are certain protocols that need to be carried out upon someone’s death. Probate and estate administration is just one of these, but also the most complex as it requires you to file legal, financial and taxation information about the deceased’s estate. However, we can ease this burden for you, even if the deceased used a different accountant. Should you or your family require assistance with probate, we would be happy to discuss what’s involved and give you an indication of our costs. We believe that our pricing is very competitive when compared to other professional institutions that offer a similar service. For more information about our probate and other related services, please contact us. Julie Bloodworth, Rawlinsons at julie.bloodworth@rawlinsons.co.uk



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Communication with your estate agent is During October we hosted our annual charity race night in support of a local music education charity and smashed previous records with the amount raised!

In April 2016, research by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) found that 17% of all freelancers are mothers. This figure has increased by 70% since 2008 as more women are seeing self-employment as the best option for balancing work with the needs of their families.

Guests enjoyed a fish and chip supper and were entertained by a magician throughout the evening, as well having the opportunity to bet on and buy virtual horses. There was a terrific atmosphere and fantastic delivery by the Woodcock Holmes team. The enormous generosity of the guests resulted in an unprecedented £6,000 being raised for Peterborough Sings! The money raised will be used to continue the work of Peterborough Sings! which aims to make singing inclusive and accessible to everyone regardless of age, social background or previous experience. The charity supports three award-winning choirs Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir as well as delivering the Peterborough singing strategy in local primary schools and the innovative Boys’ Voices project which aims to engage difficult to reach boys in inner city schools. We have the best team! Our amazing people have worked tirelessly, giving up their time to plan and organise our annual charity race night. A special thank you to everyone who sponsored, donated and enjoyed the evening. We’re thrilled with the final total – it’s amazing how generous people can be! For more information contact Adrian Woodcock on 01733 303111 Adrian.woodcock@woodcockholmes.co.uk

Networking gives you the chance to connect with this community, to reach out to other female entrepreneurs who ‘get it’, who know exactly what it’s like to run a business around a family. There’s something so reassuring about talking to another mum who’s spent the day typing emails on her smartphone with one hand while she cuddles a poorly toddler with the other. Suddenly, challenges seem easier to overcome when you realise you’re not the only one facing them. I also love chatting to women who have slightly older children than mine because they have the benefit of hindsight and I can see that they’ve come through my stage in the journey relatively unscathed! Have you ever noticed that the path is always easier to travel when you know someone else has already walked it? How do you feel about networking? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. jo@theuniquemumpreneur.com Join my community of Mumpreneurs at theuniquemumpreneur.com

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Know – Trust – Refer Referral networking is an effective, lead-generating business ideal.

Connect Business Networking rebranded in October, and is one of Peterborough’s most established networking groups. With high levels of energy and enthusiasm and more than half a million pounds of business being referred between members and guests it’s definitely worth attending. Jason and Tracey Yearwood from We Shrink Bills head up the group with assistance from, Nicki Mawby from HR Your Business Matters and James Dawson from Wilson & Co Homes. Be assured that you will receive a warm, friendly welcome when attending and will have the opportunity to connect with around 40 other businesses and individuals in the room. They work on the principals of KNOW, TRUST and REFER – the theory being you will get to know the member, trust them and then be able to refer their business. Referral networking is a very effective and low-cost way of generating new leads for your business. At Connect Business Networking you will have the opportunity to meet new business contacts, clients, suppliers and customers; and promote your services and products. It will allow

you to meet owners and decision-makers from other businesses; gain knowledge and expertise from one another while exchanging business leads and referrals. The group currently meets fortnightly at the Holiday Inn in Thorpe Wood on Thursday mornings between 7:30 and 9:30am. Due to the success of this group there has been a demand from members and guests for a lunchtime meeting. This is launching on 8 December at 12:30pm and will also be held at the Holiday Inn. For the benefit of members, once you or your business is registered as a member with Connect Business Networking you receive exclusivity to your sector. Connect also has the largest social media presence as a networking group in Peterborough with more than 3,000 connections across all platforms. It can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn with the handle @connectpboro

Jason 07944 664 554 jasony@connectbusinessnetworking.co.uk

Don’t forget Gravitas holds its exclusive networking throughout the year. See page 88 for upcoming events. Please mention Gravitas when contacting these groups.

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Focus on finance

The first step to financial freedom is being in control and then remaining in control. In previous issues I covered Retirement Planning, and The clocks have gone back, and the dark nights and winter months are upon us. Away from the doom and gloom we have the awaited festive family time of the year to look forward to. As everyone starts preparing for Christmas and New Year, focus your attention just a little on what you have and haven’t done this year with regards to your finances. Use this moment to reflect on what is still on your ‘to do list’ as 2018 draws closer. Are your investments performing as best they can? Do you still want to get those pension plans looked at by a professional? Are you retiring soon, and thinking about drawing on a pension? It can take anything up to six months to get the right retirement plan and income set up. At Brooks Wealth we offer a Wealth Management Service for all ages and stages. We are an independent advice service, which means we have access to a wider range of products and providers. This means we can find the best possible solution to suit your needs and circumstances. We continue to offer a no-fee, no-obligation initial meeting, which entails gathering soft and hard facts on you, your family and your existing arrangements and, most importantly, where you want to be in the short, medium and long term. Our advice ranges from, and is not limited to, Retirement Planning, Protection Planning, Investments and Savings and Taxation. We cover both personal and corporate needs.

Areas to consider over the festive holidays Retirement Planning

Planning for the later years of life. Preparing for retirement can be daunting and the decisions you make could have a long-lasting impact. With the developments of medicine and positive lifestyle changes, life expectancy is on the rise meaning people must fund approximately 20 years living after retirement. If you don’t currently have the funds in place

to support the retirement you had hoped for you have the options to pay more into your pensions now, work longer or change plans to more achievable goals. Keep your retirement plans in check and build on this over your working years. An IFA can help you create and manage a portfolio, or plan for decumulation if you are ready to retire. With so many options on taking an income it is a sensible choice to seek independent advice and have your options explained and the impact of these on your personal circumstances.


Protecting you and loved ones with financial support during difficult times. We never know what’s around the corner and it’s important to consider the risks and be prepared if things don’t go to plan. Taking out insurance is perhaps the most effective way to secure yourself financially. The role of an IFA is to question your steps towards minimising any negative financial impact on the family due to accident, illness or death. This market has grown significantly and now offers products to suit all needs and budgets. Questions may be Whole of Life assurance or Term insurance? Level or decreasing? Have your circumstances changed? Are you possibly under or over insured? Is it time to review your plan? Seek advice and get the options explained in a clear and easy-to-understand way.

Why choose Brooks Wealth

We treat every client as an individual and tailor their journey with financial professionalism and a leading personal service. With a no-fee, no-obligation initial consultation on offer you can’t go wrong. The first step to financial freedom is being in control and then remaining in control either yourself or with the assistance of an adviser.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year – Sharon

Call 01733 314553 to arrange a no fee, no obligation meeting with Sharon.

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Issued by Sharon Kumari of Wealthline Ltd, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority FCA number 684319 (registered office: 8a Cowgate, Peterborough PE1 1NA). Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and any forecast is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The Information contained in this editorial should not be construed as offering investment or tax advice.


Field to Plate Game Day Sponsored by Marshall Maserati of Peterborough

Saturday 13 January 2.30-6pm at The George & Dragon, Seaton Enjoy an afternoon of rural tradition and join us ‘post’ shoot to enjoy the freshest game straight from the field. We’ll be joined by the members of the shoot and head chef at The George & Dragon, Omar Palozzolo who’ll serve up the game to guests. You can expect complimentary arrival fizz and game from pheasant to partridge and possibly even muntjac venison depending on what’s roaming the fields that morning. £20 per head strictly limited to 20 places, book early via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. (Taxis can be shared from Stamford and Peterborough for those wishing to enjoy a drink or two.)


Pancakes & Prosecco New year, new you, oh and a new showroom!.

Thursday 15 February 6.30-9pm Stamford Stoves, Station Road Business Park, Barnack PE9 3DW More exclusive networking – this time we’ve teamed up with Stamford Stoves to celebrate the opening of its beautiful new showroom in Barnack, near Stamford. Join us for complimentary pancakes and prosecco. We’ll be rustling up some sweet and savoury pancakes on the beautiful Esse cookers. You will also have the pleasure of your local personal development coach, Shaun Beck who’ll be inspiring passion and igniting action as our evenings keynote speaker.

Let’s all celebrate

Gravitas Magazine and Anna Couture to share their first birthday party.

Thursday 22 March 6.30-10pm Venue to be confirmed in the New Year! The trendiest boutique in Stamford has been opened a year and it’s a year since our official launch party. Gravitas, and Anna Couture owner, designer and stylist Anna-Maria D’Amato, will be hosting an evening of fashion and celebration. Join us for an exclusive fashion show and party with complimentary fizz and canapes and electro-swing entertainment.

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Best in show

Women pave the way

Stamford and Rutland Mercury Business Awards.

Women Leaders UK charity host awards ceremony.

The winners of the Mercury Business Awards 2017 were unveiled during a glittering ceremony at Greetham Valley Hotel on November 10.

The leading women of Peterborough have been recognised in the city’s inaugural Women Leaders UK awards ceremony sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson.

After months of anticipation, the finalists, main partners, category and associate sponsors, judges and guests gathered to celebrate all that is great about business in the Rutland and Stamford area.

Hosted by the charity, Women Leaders UK, 95 finalists were invited to attend the awards ceremony. Up to 400 people attended the awards ceremony at The Arena Showground, Peterborough on November 10.

Three finalists in 10 categories waited to learn whether they were winners. The first award of the evening, Best New Start-Up, went to The Little Lane Nursery in Stamford.

Winners included Joanne Bass from XL Displays, Carole Hughes from Anna’s Hope, Gillian Beasley OBE from Peterborough City Council and Janette Nicholls from Caterpillar.

Overcoming adversity after a ram raid was the reason The Village Stores and Post Office, Ryhall took home the Best Independent Retailer award. Charles and Dean were named the winners of the Business Innovation with Cell Regeneration runners-up. The Evergreen Care Trust won Best Social Enterprise. Readers of the Mercury voted Simmons Optometrists, Oakham, the winner of the Customer Care category. Aloha Foods won the Great Taste Award. While, Acorn Childcare Centre took home its first award of the night – Team of the Year. Businessperson of the Year was Khadija Kalifa, of Opal and Pearl, Bourne. Acorn Childcare also won Small Business of the Year capping off a great night for them. And the final award of the night for Large Business of the Year, sponsored by Chattertons, went to Larkfleet Homes.

Winner of Emerging Leader, Alexa Hillier said: “It feels simply wonderful to have won. The awards ceremony was really inspiring to me as a woman in business; seeing the talent and passion among the women in the room.”


Winner of Outstanding Contribution, Eve Taylor from Eve Taylor London LTD spoke after the event saying: “It was a wonderful evening and such a surprise. Still at 85 years old, I love what I do.” Each winner will have the chance to be nominated for a national Forward Ladies award in 2018. During the night, guests were asked to dig deep and donate to the charity this year, East Anglian Air Ambulance.



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Dram dream The Single Cask – a whisky-lover’s fantasy bar. The Single Cask is one of the more enigmatic scenes to have appeared in Stamford this year. A bar that specialises in rare whisky sounds like a dream come true to those who want nothing more than a dram of their favourite single malt to round off an evening, but even the most up-to-date whisky connoisseurs might be surprised by how few of the bottles on display they recognise.

Independent bottler

This is not only because the team behind this unique bar stocks some of the best independently bottled whiskies from around Scotland, but because it is an independent bottler itself. This means it sources the best casks of single malt whisky, hold on to it until the time is right, then bottle the distinctive, once-in-a-lifetime spirit that results. Some of these old barrels can even be found at home in the bar itself.


Fortunately, the staff behind the bar is

more than happy to guide you through the selection. For those who like to peruse a menu there is a heavy book with tasting notes with more than 300 choices; luckily we haven’t needed it yet as Tom and Douglas have a knack for recommending a great whisky with the first glass.


For anyone looking to take the whisky experience to the next level, The Single Cask has the perfect solution. An exclusive membership programme offers the chance to own a small part of the bar itself, as each member to sign up is given a personal locker in which to keep their favourite bottles for a rainy day. Members also enjoy a generous discount on everything the bar has to offer, as well as invitations to exclusive tasting events. Believe it or not the team still isn’t content with its current collection of rare bottles, working on alterations that will allow them

to keep another few hundred whiskies on display, as well as an additional lounge in the cellar in which to hold tasting evenings. On regular nights this will be a secret, cosy space open exclusively to the members of the growing whisky club. This isn’t one to miss, whether you want to dive into the world of whisky, or simply try the Scotch version of an espresso martini.

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That’s entertainment Whether it is pleasure, amusement, relaxation or distraction – Peterborough has something for everyone!

The Broadway – the comedy capital of Cambridgeshire The Broadway is fast becoming the place where comedy stars – both new and established – want to come and entertain. The newly reopened venue, with its main auditorium a faithful restoration betraying its roots as an Odeon cinema from the 1930s, has already regained its place on the humour circuit as somewhere to add to UK tours. For 2018, the sassy and smart Ruby Wax brings her new one-woman show – Frazzled – to The Broadway on 17 April. Based on her number-one bestseller, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, she’s been honoured with the title of poster girl for mental illness; once crazy now less so, she gives a tour of the mind – how to use it, not lose it. Ruby, if you don’t know, is a much-loved, American-born, comedy-actor-writer of incredibly successful

books and TV shows, and is also a mental health campaigner. She graduated from Oxford with a Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy three years ago so she should know her stuff. Also just announced is Jon Richardson, best known as a team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. He brings his new tour, Old Man, to The Broadway on 21 April. A British Comedy Award nominee, he is embarking on this nationwide tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Peterborough Celebrates Peterborough will be celebrating the 900th anniversary of its iconic cathedral in 2018, and the city will be marking this special birthday with a series of celebratory events and activities as part of the Peterborough Celebrates campaign. In partnership with the cathedral, Peterborough City Council is co-ordinating a full programme of more than 100 events. Beginning in January, the celebrations highlights will include many exciting heritage events, celebrations at Ferry Meadows, free rides on the railway and events where you can sample some fine food for free! The campaign is already being supported by a number of local organisations, including the POSH, Queensgate, Serpentine Green, Virgin Trains and Anna’s Hope. The Peterborough Celebrates campaign is open to everyone. It’s a chance to get behind the festivities, celebrate our city and support it in whatever way you’d like.

Examples of how you can get involved include: •

Hosting your own 900-themed event or activity

Adding a Peterborough Celebrates element to your existing campaign, event or activity

Adding our logo to your marketing collateral

Volunteering at some of the planned celebrations

Attending an event

Spreading the word.


December sees the next instalment of the Skywalker Star Wars saga. The hype around this is huge, potentially for excellent reason, as the Director, Rian Johnson, has been given the green light by Disney for a new trilogy, set outside of the current nine main films originally set out by George Lucas right back at the beginning with Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977. So, what can we expect? Well, we know that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) will have a much larger role in this film and will, reluctantly, take back his original lightsabre from Rey (Daisy Ridley). We may see the end of Princess Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) and we will see a huge Giant Walker battle between Snoke’s The First Order and Resistance ski speeders. There will also be a battle between Finn and Captain Phasma. Finally, we will see Snoke in the flesh in some way. If the hype is to be believed, we are in for the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back. I, for one, am super excited to see it. May The Force Be With Us!

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WHAT’S ON Dates for your diary 25th January | Funhouse Comedy Part Two! There will be limited ticket availability for all Funhouse Comedy events at The Broadway Suite, so buy early to guarantee your seats. Comedians to be announced shortly. Hot buffet meal included in your ticket price, with vegetarian options. Fantastic value for money and an

equally fantastic night out! Love stand up? Love Funhouse Comedy! Where: Broadway Theatre Ticket Prices: £20 How to book: 01733 822225

27th January | Frankie’s Guys Frankie’s Guys - A celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, is a fast-paced, energetic production with an authentic live concert feel.

Seasons sold more than 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Putting their own charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Sherry and Oh What A Night, the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why The Four

Where: Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Ticket Prices: £20 How to book: 01780 766455

30th January | The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde Blackeyed Theatre presents Nick Lane’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic bogey tale. It’s an adaptation whose scrutiny of medical ethics and the price of dangerous knowledge owes as much to Lane’s own personal experience of suffering permanent injuries in a

road accident as it does to the fog-bound streets of 19thcentury London. Where: Key Theatre, Peterborough Ticket Prices: £17.50 (£13.50) How to book: 01733 207239

7th February 2018 | The Peterborough Biscuit The Biscuit is back with a bang and is shaping up to be a colossal event. It is no longer a business event but a business festival, with up to 370 business in attendance and a forecast of more than 3,000 visitors. For 2018 there will be a retail area, entertainment in the form of reaction tests, driving simulators, a new mystery

game and live singers providing soft music. In addition the new ‘The Biscuit Marketplace’ will feature independent retailers from the Peterborough and Stamford areas.. Where: East of England Arena and Events Centre Ticket Prices: Free to enter To exhibit visit: peterboroughbiscuit.co.uk

13th February | Professor Brian Cox Professor Brian Cox takes audiences on a journey through space and time. The particle physicist is best known for his popular BBC series Wonders of … and non-fiction titles including Why Does E=mc²? and The Quantum Universe.

Where: Peterborough Arena Ticket Prices: £35–£45 How to book: youreventspace.co.uk

16th February | Rich Hall’s Hoedown Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show begins its second leg of touring. There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. His BBC Four documentaries, most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You and Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match and BBC Radio 4 series Rich Hall’s (US Election)

Breakdown have built him a new legion of followers, as has appearances on Have I Got News For You and QI. But if you’ve only ever seen Hall on TV, you’ve short-changed yourself. Where: Stamford Corn Exchange Ticket Prices: £17 How to book: 01780 766455


WHAT’S ON Dates for your diary 22nd February | Griff Rhys Jones: Where was I? Join the star of Not the Nine o’clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men In A Boat as he airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – from 40 years of travelling down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen.

Where: The Cresset Ticket Prices: £19.50 (face value £18) How to book: cresset.co.uk

8th March | Bobby Mair Bobby Mair is a brutally honest and hilarious stand up comedian currently writing this bio. He has been doing comedy for 11 years and currently lives in London. He is best known for reading the Internet to Julian Assange through a megaphone and trolling Katie Hopkins by appearing on her show then giving his appearance fee to everyone she hates. He has appeared on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Russell Howard’s Good News, World of Weird, Virtually Famous.

Where: Key Theatre, Peterborough Ticket Prices: £12.50 How to book: 01733 207239

9th March | The Tina Turner Experience This fully live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the world’s iconic performers. Full of hits like Private Dancer, Nutbush City Limits, Proud Mary, River Deep Mountain High and Let’s Stay Together to name but a few, this show is the ultimate night out. This concertstyle show features a seven-piece band making this the only completely live touring tribute to this multi-award

winning legend. Where: The Cresset Ticket Prices: £22 (face value £20.50) How to book: cresset.co.uk

10th March | Stephen Bailey: Can’t Think Straight Following his sell-out debut tour and appearances on ITV’s Safeword, Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and W’s Celebrity Advice Bureau, everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure (Daily Record) returns with another of his infamous gossips. Join Stephen, support for Katherine Ryan on her UK tour, as he tackles everything from celebrity culture to politics, and from dating to working-class family life.

Where: Key Theatre, Peterborough Ticket Prices: £15.50 How to book: 01733 207239

10th March | Daliso Chaponda: What the African Said Having been born in Canada, raised in South Africa and then moving to the UK, Chaponda is able to blend a world of cultural influences and observations in to his stand-up material, which saw him achieve third place Britain’s Got Talent in 2017.

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WHAT’S ON Dates for your diary 11th March | Shappi Khorsandi: Mistress and Misfit Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and QI, Shappi is on the road with her new sell out show. She presents England’s unsung heroine, Emma Hamilton. For too many years she has been known as just Nelson’s mistress, a bit of a harlot. (You get ONE job in a brothel and bang goes your reputation.) Women’s lib wasn’t a thing in Georgian times, Emma moved

mountains to haul herself from scullery maid to Lady Hamilton. Yes, she occasionally danced on tables naked to get ahead in life, but who hasn’t? As a fellow naked dancer on tables, Shappi is inspired by Emma, although she never wants hair big enough to house mice. Where: Key Theatre, Peterborough Ticket Prices: £16.50 (£14.50) How to book: 01733 207239

12th March | G4 – Live The UK’s No1 classical vocal quartet, are back with another exhilarating tour. Having exploded into the industry and the public’s hearts back in 2004 on the first series of the X-Factor, G4 continue to blow people away, year after year, with their unique style and impactful harmonic vocals, which are incomparable to any other. They have to be heard live to truly appreciate the power and passion of their voices!

Where: The Cresset Ticket Prices: £29 (face value £27.50) How to book: cresset.co.uk

20th March | An Evening with Ant Middleton Ant Middleton, adventurer, survival expert, TV presenter, ex-elite forces soldier will be sharing his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer and expedition leader. Ant’s appetite for adventure and extremes has no limit and has let him to take on some amazing challenges both in the military and in his TV roles – SAS (Who dares wins),

Mutiny and Escape. Where: The Cresset Ticket Prices: £24 (face value £22.50) How to book: cresset.co.uk

23rd March | Jason Manford: Muddle Class He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand-up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. Muddle Class promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up working-class then finding, over the years, that part of him has become middle-class – causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed.

Where: Peterborough Arena Ticket Prices: £30.80 How to book: youreventspace.co.uk

24th March | 5k Inflatable Obstacle Run Peterborough Get ready to experience the ultimate 5k inflatable obstacle run in the UK. The course is packed with the some of the largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever created. Limited to the first 1,000 runners, get your early discount price tickets now. Also experience the 10 Gigantic Inflatable Obstacles – pit your wits against 10 giant inflatable obstacles that will let you flip, bounce and boing your way around an incredibly fun 5k course!

Where: Peterborough Arena Ticket Prices: £26.50 How to book: ukrunningevents.co.uk

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