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SUMMER 2015

AUDREY HEPBURN A film and fashion icon CELEBRITY CHEFS IN THE KITCHEN Pedini Masterclasses TIE THE KNOT or buy some bricks

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COUNTY CONCIERGE EDITOR’S WELCOME

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he other day I took a trip down memory lane and watched one of my all-time favourite movies - the 1969 musical Hello, Dolly! starring Barbra Streisand as New York matchmaker Dolly Levi. This is a real feel-good movie about giving fate a helping hand to make things turn out for the best. Perhaps in some way this explains why I get so much pleasure out of the work we do at County Concierge, helping our clients to get things done with as little stress and as much pleasure as possible. In the opening sequence Dolly sings a great song called ‘Just leave everything to me’ and lists all the amazing things that she can arrange from massage to marriage! It is fair to say that I will never be a Dolly Levi, but together with my lovely team of concierge ladies we can arrange most things, so if you need help, all you need to do is get in touch and we will do the rest. County Concierge is so much more than a magazine. Of course we hope you enjoy your magazine each quarter but for us it is like a menu of things that we can help you with, showcasing the amazing people that we work with across Surrey and Berkshire. As always this issue is packed with ideas and information about food, drink, fashion, health, home, work, cars and brilliant things to do and see. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our raison d’etre – our concierge services. We are just a call, text or email away for whatever you need...remember Dolly’s excellent advice…and just leave everything to us. Hopefully what started as the warmest summer on record will not turn out to be the wettest once again this year. My brilliant team have trawled the internet and come up with some fabulous things to do locally and further afield. Of course there are plenty of open-air events this season but we also have some great rainy day options for all the family. As always, if you can’t find what you are looking for do get in touch. Finally I want to ask you for some help! If you come across a brilliant place to go, a great shop or a really good service provider…do tell us so that we can add them to our directory. Our whole ethos is about working with tried and trusted local businesses. So have a great summer whatever the weather and see you in the autumn Best wishes

Sue Seakens, MD at County Concierge


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REGULARS EDITOR Sue Seakens sue@countyconcierge.co.uk ADVERTISING advertsales @countyconcierge.co.uk MEMBERSHIP Anne Jacobs membership@countyconcierge co.uk ART AND DESIGN Nicole Koning-Harris nicole.koning@gmail.co.uk PRINTING AND DISTRIBUTION Micropress Printers Ltd www.micropress.co.uk

03 EDITOR’S WELCOME 04 CONTENTS 06 WHAT’S ON THIS SUMMER

FEATURES 10 12 13 14 15 16 20 22 24 25 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

THE WAIF THAT WON OUR HEARTS PUPPY SOCIALISATION FOUR LEGGED LUXURY TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE HOLISTIC HARMON IN WOKING CELEBRITY CHEF MASTERCLASSES SURREY SPORTS PARK TIE THE KNOT OR BUY SOME BRICKS DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND THERE BE DRAGONS AT HARRODS TAILORED STYLING THE EDEN SHOOTING CLUB A TASTE OF THE SEA THE NEW LONDON MODEL FINE ART IN DEVON THE POINTER PUB IN BRILL CORBIN & KING BRASSERIE DINING IF COCKTAILS COULD TALK HOW TO JOIN COUNTY CONCIERGE

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WHAT’S ON SUMMER 2015 JULY 25 – NOVEMBER 1 AUGUST 30 OCTOBER FOR THE CULTURE VULTURES

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AUGUST 23 - 25 SEPTEMBER 26 - 7 OCTOBER FOR THE FOODIES

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SEPTEMBER 18 - 20 TO OCTOBER 18 TO JANUARY FOR THE FASHIONISTAS

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AUGUST 15 - 16 SEPTEMBER 3-5 SEPTEMBER FOR THE PETROLHEADS

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The World of Pop Art, The Lightbox, Woking

The works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg will take centre stage at this unique pop art exhibition. www.thelightbox.org.uk

Taming of the Shrew, Shaw House, Newbury

Sparks are guaranteed to fly in Shakespeare’s rumbustious battle-of-the-sexes comedy, where nobody is exactly who they appear to be! www.illyria.co.uk

The Four Hand Philharmonic, Cliveden, Taplow

One for the diary – the Abbott O’Gorman musical concert –with champagne reception and three course dinner. www.clivedenhouse.co.uk/whats-on

Fine Food & Ale Festival, Richmond Old Deer Park

Demonstrations, talks and tasting workshops for food enthusiasts. Street food and artisan food stalls. Search: Richmond Food & Ale Festival

Elmbridge Food Festival, Painswick, Cobham

There will also be a 'Little Foodies' area with a full programme of free children's activities running all weekend. Search: Elmbridge Food Festival

Food Festival, Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham

Charcuterie, artisan cheese, bakers, wood oven pizzas, fresh produce, sauces and pickles from around the world. Search: Polesden Lacey Food Festival

London Fashion Week, Somerset House, London

Ultimate fashion and designer shopping experience, bursting with catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair and beauty products. www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

Audrey Hepburn, Portraits of an Icon, NPG, London

A 20th Century style icon - fascinating photographic exhibition with vintage magazine covers and famous fashion shoots. www.npg.org.uk

Shoes: Pleasure & Pain, V&A, London

Examples from famous shoe wearers and collectors alongside dazzling historic shoes, many of which have not been displayed before. www.vam.ac.uk

Lotus Festival, Brands Hatch

From coveted cars to Formula 1 glories - a celebration of Britain's most charismatic sportscar marque. www.lotus-festival.com

Salon Privé Supercar Show, Blenheim Palace

10th year of the UK’s ultimate automotive event. Public Day Saturday 5th. VIP tickets available all 3 days. www.salonpriveconcours.com

Kop Hill Climb, Princes Risboroughall

Unique blend of beautiful location, historical significance and family-fun - a major fixture on the historic car calendar. www.kophillclimb.org.uk


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SOME FUN THINGS FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN

TAKING BOOKINGS TO END OF AUGUST

Alice’s Adventures Underground, Lambeth

Fall down the rabbit hole and wander through an interactive family adventure. Perfect for 5 – 10 year olds. www.lespetitsadventures.co.uk

VARIOUS DATES

Holiday Activities, Brooklands Museum, Weybridge

Lots to do! Look out for Bertie the Brooklands Bear, pick up one of the trails for children or try out the family workshop. www.brooklandsmuseum.com

TO SEPTEMBER

The Great Ball Run, Basildon Park, Reading

Giant marble runs. Some are pre-constructed, others can be played with and put together in any way you like. Search: Great Ball Run, Basildon Park

DAILY DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Wild Wood Adventure, Guildford

Experience the thrill of negotiating rope bridges, wobbly crossings and zip wires like a modern-day Tarzan. 11+ years. www.wildwood-adventure.com

VARIOUS DATES, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER

6th Gear Driving Experiences, Chertsey

Supercar/ Truck driving experiences for kids. Parents needn’t worry – instructor goes too! Just need to be 5’/ 5’4” tall. www.6thgearexperience.com

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Swinley Forest Mountain Biking, Bracknell

The Crown Estate Woods has a series of biking trails perfect for people of all ages and experience. Bike hire available. Search: Swinley Biking

AUGUST

Red Bull Air Race, Ascot Racecourse

High octane, visual spectacle unlike any other – watch some of the world’s best pilots race over the Ascot countryside. www.redbullairrace.com

VARIOUS DATES

Various venues throughout Surrey, Berkshire & London

Open air cinema – classics to new releases! Check out cultscreens.co.uk, www.thelunacinema.com, www. rooftopfilmclub.com, or www.floatingcinema.info

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Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

A chance to sleep next door to the white rhinos in the Lookout Lodge! Torch-lit tour included. www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo/lookout-lodge

Frogmore House Open Days, Windsor

Frogmore House and Garden – a chance to visit the charming royal retreat set within Windsor Castle's private Home Park. Search: Visit Frogmore House

London Design Festival

One of the largest and most innovative design events in the world – over 350 events and installations across London. www.londondesignfestival.com

Blowers & Backers, Harlequin Theatre, Redhill

For cricket fans - a show crammed full of even more wonderful (and occasionally outrageous) reminiscences and anecdotes. www.harlequintheatre.co.uk

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SOME FUN THINGS FOR THE OLDER CHILD

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SOME FUN THINGS FOR THE STILL YOUNG AT HEART

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AUGUST 25 - 27 SEPTEMBER 19 - 17 NOVEMBER AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

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For more great ideas check out our website at: www.countyconcierge.co.uk or call us on: +44(0) 1344 644 523


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0845 262 2882 Gecko Home Cinema, Headley, Berkshire It is the perfect place to see all that's best in home cinema and to experience a wide range of systems that will fit discreetly into the most elegant of homes. With a 25 year history of installing home cinema systems for the most discerning of clients from the music and film industry, why not arrange a visit and see for yourself what makes Gecko systems the choice of professionals. For those looking for the last word in music and surround sound performance we are proud to be able to demonstrate the world finest music and home cinema systems from Steinway Lyngdorf.

We know we are the best at what we do, and the word is spreading fast… “We did have the most wonderful day and I cannot thank you enough for all your amazing hard work and marvellous help.”

“I would like to extend a massive thank you for the fantastic food and service you provided for us, it made the day so special.”

90 guests, Afternoon Tea Wedding, Ascot, June 2013

95 guests, Christening, Cookham Dean, May 2013

“With your help, our Christmas Party was the the party of the year! Your suggestions & adaptability were excellent and the food you served was superb” 110 guests, Corporate Christmas Event, December 2013

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“Their enthusiasm and professionalism was evident in every step – from planning to the day itself.” 250 guests, Wedding, Palm Hills Hotel Ascot, July 2012


Christopher’s smile

SATURDAY 17 TH OCTOBER 2015 7pm TO 1 am WENTWORTH GOLF CLUB TICKETS £85 TABLES UP TO 12 PERSONS For tickets visit www.christopherssmile.org.uk or email info@christopherssmile.org.uk

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THE WAIF THAT WON OUR HEARTS AUDREY HEPBURN 1929 TO 1993

“Audrey Hepburn literally stole our hearts with her huge doe-like eyes, her to-die-for eyebrows and her warm, enigmatic smile.”

“She is regarded by many as the most naturally beautiful woman of all time.”


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ew Hollywood actresses can claim to have had the impact that Audrey Hepburn has had – on fashion, style, looks, make-up, hair – even today. Audrey Hepburn literally stole our hearts with her huge doe-like eyes, her to-die-for eyebrows and her warm, enigmatic smile. She is regarded by many as the most naturally beautiful woman of all time. Many words have been used to describe her charms – gamin, elfin, waif-like – but she was also one of the most graceful and stylish women of her time. She represented a total breath of fresh air for Hollywood, following as she did the galaxy of voluptuous screen goddesses such as Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Munro. There are many biographies about this amazing lady, documenting her tough childhood, demanding film career,

including Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Richard Avedon. Spanning her life from her earliest career as a chorus girl in London’s West End theatres to her humanitarian work in later life with UNICEF. County Concierge recommends a visit to this stunning photographic collection but even better we suggest booking your tickets through Le Caprice restaurant in Mayfair (020 7629 2239) In a unique collaboration between Le Caprice, NPG and make-up artist Daniel Sandler to offer you a 2 course late lunch with champagne, a ticket to the exhibition and a complimentary Daniel Sandler make-up bag…all for £35pp. The exhibition is on until 16th October. And let’s not forget that even today the fashions worn by Audrey Hepburn half a century ago still live on in our wardrobes.

marriages and divorces, and her tragic death from cancer at just 63. It is hard to relate the on-screen Audrey Hepburn to the real-life challenges that she faced and yet it is probable that her fragile charm and grace were born out of such adversity. Her many film roles included Funny Face, Love in the Afternoon, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Paris When It Sizzles, Charade and How to Steal a Million. Currently there is a fascinating exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London www.npg.org.uk/ whatson/hepburn. The exhibition Portraits of an Icon celebrates Audrey Hepburn’s life as an actress and a fashion icon. There are over 70 images by top photographers

Here are just a few items that you might recognise from an Audrey Hepburn-inspired wardrobe: 1. Blue and white striped tops teamed up with leggings. 2. Flared or pleated pastel midi skirts + strappy sandals. 3. Plain or Plaid Shirts for a ‘borrowed-from-the-boys’ look. 4. Turtleneck crop-tops and cropped trousers with ballet flats 5. The classic trench coat with a big-brimmed floppy hat. 6. Stunning print scarves and huge sunglasses (as in our cover shot) 7. Fitted halter-neck dresses with full flared skirts and canvas wedges 8. The little black dress, trimmed with lace for those special dates. We adore Audrey Hepburn for all that she was…may she live long in our hearts!


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PUPPY SOCIALISATION IS NOT ALL ABOUT SOCIALISING!

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long time ago, back in the 70s, two American scientists, John Paul Scott and John L Fuller conducted a study on puppies of various breeds to try to discover what developmental processes happened in the first few months of a puppy’s life, and how its environment shaped the way it behaved in the future. That’s how the idea of the critical period of socialisation for puppies was born, and now we know that for a dog to become a confident, well-adjusted individual we need to expose to it to a variety of stimuli when it’s still small (ideally between 3 and 12 weeks of age) and its brain is malleable. Otherwise the puppy is likely to grow up to be a scared, timid dog, prone to show fearful behaviours, or even fear based aggression towards anything it has not been exposed as a pup – be it other dogs, vacuum cleaners or people wearing glasses. The idea of socialisation has caught on especially when it comes to introducing our puppies to other dogs. However, while in theory lots and lots of social opportunities should create a well-adjusted and sociable dog, things are not that simple. Contrary to popular belief, socialisation with dogs is not about exposing your puppy to as many dogs as you can meet when out and about. Also, it isn’t about letting your puppy get into mad rough and tumble games with other puppies, which end in them having a scrap when the game becomes a bit too heated. It also isn’t about letting your puppy run up to every single dog in sight – this

can be a very dangerous thing to do as not all dogs are well socialised or friendly and by letting your pup come up to them uninvited you are risking them getting growled at or even bitten. Instead, socialisation with dogs should not be about quantity, but rather quality. It is much, much better for a little puppy to meet fewer, but well socialised, friendly adult dogs, than a whole lot of dogs, some of which might be a bit grumpy or even aggressive. This is because a single negative experience with other dogs such as being pinned to the ground, picked up and shaken or injured can scar a little puppy for life – a previously confident youngster might start showing fearful behaviours around other dogs, which then can lead to the development of defensive fear aggression. Equally, puppies should not learn that their walk is all about meeting dogs. If that’s their expectation and for some reason they are unable to be let off lead and socialise (e.g. because it is not safe to do so) this can create a feeling of frustration, manifesting itself through barking, whining, lunging and even aggressive behaviour. It is much better to allow interactions with dogs whose owners are happy for this to happen, but every now and again ask your puppy to focus on you while walking past a dog, and teach them that ignoring other dogs and playing with you is a fun way of spending time together, too. Anna Korzeniowska is a Pets in Practise Instructor. Fo more details see their website at http://www.petsinpractise.co.uk/

“It is much, much better for a little puppy to meet fewer, but well socialised, friendly adult dogs, than a whole lot of dogs, some of which might be a bit grumpy or even aggressive.”


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FOUR LEGGED LUXURY PERA PALACE HOTEL JUMEIRAH

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or those who can’t bear to leave their four legged friends at home, Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah is the perfect destination. Istanbul’s most iconic hotel has launched a new ‘Four Legged Luxury’ menu to ensure pampered pooches experience the same impeccable service as their owners. A new in-room dining menu has been specially developed for pets with veterinary approval to ensure guests’ four legged friends can enjoy delicious and nutritious food in their iconic surroundings. From poached fillet of salmon to chopped fillet of beef, all meals are prepared without any seasoning or bones to ensure a healthy meal. Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah remains committed to helping local animals, and recently partnered with an animal welfare charity to raise funds for a nearby animal shelter. The project ‘My Tiny Love’ raised awareness about the number of abandoned and stray animals living in shelters, and generated crucial funds by photographing 15 Turkish celebrities with their pets in glamorous locations around Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah. The pictures were taken by respected Turkish photographer Tamer Yilmaz and Royal Canin pet food brand kindly donated three tonnes of dog and cat food to the shelter. The hotel is well-placed for both the modern centre and the historic old town, making it a perfect destination for both business and leisure. Designed by renowned local architect Alexander Vallaury, the building has hosted an impressive list of guests including Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock. Today Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah maintains the elegant classical style that made it famous, with authentic 19th

“The project ‘My Tiny Love’ raised awareness about the number of abandoned and stray animals living in shelters, and generated crucial funds by photographing 15 Turkish celebrities with their pets in glamorous locations around Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah.” century features serving as a timeless focal point. Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah was given ‘museum-hotel’ status in 1981 when, as a tribute to the founder of modern Turkey, Room 101 was converted into the Atatürk Museum. CONTACT PERA PALACE HOTEL JUMEIRAH For all enquiries please contact the hotel directly: Merutiyet Caddesi No: 52, 34430 Tepebaı Beyolu, Istanbul, Turkey Tel: +90 212 377 4000 Email: jppinfo@jumeirah.com See their website at www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/ istanbul/pera-palace-hotel-jumeirah


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TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE INNOVATION MEETS TRADITION

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ohn Tsagaris is a highly acclaimed world leading Chinese medical practitioner with over two decades of experience specialising in health, beauty and wellbeing therapeutic interventions. John has recently relaunched his brand new clinic in the heart of Chelsea where he has a large, international celebrity following including supermodels and Hollywood A-List actresses. With a wealth of knowledge John Tsagaris holds an Honours Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine with Human Bioscience, a postgraduate diploma in skin disorders and cosmetology, as well as a specialisation in dermatology and anti-aging at Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.

biofeedback all over the body, to regulate the body’s responses. Chinese herbal medicine is often used as a part of John Tsagaris’ treatments, in the form of individual prescription of Chinese herbs (GM and sulphur-free and approved by UK regulations). John’s successfully treats various health concerns such as skin disorders, infertility, gynaecological problems, muscular-skeletal alignment, digestive concerns, weight loss, sleeping problems, stress, tension and many more. This East-meets-West Doctor of traditional Chinese medicine has also launched an exclusive luxurious skincare range, SkinPointEight, which is exclusively stocked in Harrods. SkinPointEight is a sophisticated innovation and a

At the Chelsea clinic John has uniquely evolved the natural elements of Chinese practice and attributes of western science into his treatments and products to deliver optimal results and a multidisciplinary way to facilitate health. Using medical skills, experience and healing techniques, John works with his intuition and experience as a healing wizard to address pathological and psychological patterns of his patients. John Tsagaris starts his treatments with thorough diagnosis and observations that reveals insights from the past, present and future influential pathogenic triggers of the patient. Using acupuncture and some bodywork techniques inspired by Japanase Shiatsu and Chinese Tui Na, he regulates the meridian system of the body to give the patient a sense of profound relaxation, allowing the healing process to take place. Acupuncture enables the body’s energy network meridians to transmit

multidimensional approach to skincare. The aim is to maximise skin adaptability potential using tools inspired from the wisdom of ancient elite oriental botany, Chinese medicinal herbology, accompanied with modern evidence-based western actives, blending together, nature-wisdom and science in the most potent formulations yet. The range incorporates high potency of actives reaching up to 60 percent in some products. The range consists of a range of moisturisers and serums with new exclusive products launching soon. To enquire about treatments, such as Signature Beauty Acupuncture, health treatments or his new innovative treatments such as LED, ZenMeso, SkinPoetry or to book another bespoke treatment by John Tsagaris and his team, visit www.johntsagaris.co.uk. Skin Point Eight is available at http://www.harrods.com/ brand/skin-point-eight


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HOLISTIC HARMONY IN WOKING THE PERFECT ANTIDOTE FOR LIFE’S STRESSES

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aving experienced some of her wonderful therapy first-hand I asked holistic therapy guru, Tara Von Spreckelsen, to tell us all about her career and her busy practice in Woking. “I came to England from Ireland twenty years ago and after working in the music /PR business, and having my three gorgeous boys, I decided to have a change of career. Initially it was tricky balancing my family duties with learning something completely new, then setting up my business from scratch, but now I am so happy that I made that life choice. I decided to train in Massage, Reflexology and Reiki and combining those practical skills with my spiritual and mindfulness beliefs makes for a better experience for all of my clients. Establishing my own business, Holistic Harmony, in 2008 was a significant milestone and a proud moment for me, particularly as my mum is a successful businesswoman. Trained by Raworth and Paragon College, I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists (AoR), the Complementary & Natural healthcare council (CNHC) and the UK Reiki Federation (UKRF). Furthermore my training and practical experience in Reiki has led me to be a Reiki Master teacher, so the girl from Dublin who didn’t really enjoy school has come of age. Combining my personal approach to mindfulness, through Reflexology, Reiki and Massage, I am committed to delivering a relaxing healing experience. My main aim is to deliver a bespoke treatment that is responsive to the client’s ever-changing needs, creating balance within the body and addressing all parts of the

individual, not just the physical. It is an ongoing journey of discovery in search of more answers and ultimately living better, being healthier, and striving for wholeness and mindfulness. The vast majority of my clients are referrals through word of mouth. Many of my clients claim that I have an intuitive feeling about the anxieties they are experiencing. Recently I have begun volunteering at the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher which has provided a wonderful environment to further practise my holistic approach. I constantly strive to develop my knowledge and experience by regularly attending new courses & workshops. Last year the introduction of mindfulness played a major part in enhancing my treatment skills. Every client and opportunity creates a further development for me as a professional practitioner. I’ve always had the ambition to create a retreat in a beautiful place full of Nature’s best, serenity and designed for stressed out people to rediscover their heart and soul. In a humble way I’m trying to do that for my clients now. My ultimate dream would be to emulate what my mum has done, lovingly restoring an abandoned village in South West Ireland to create a sanctuary for artists from all over the world.” Tara is qualified in Reflexology, Facial Reflexology & Rejuvenation, Preconception, Pregnancy & Post Natal care, Lymphatic Drainage Reflexology, Reiki Healing, Holistic Massage and No Hands Massage. Find out more about her at www.taraholisticharmony.co.uk or call 07827 818648


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CELEBRITY CHEF MASTERCLASSES PEDINI LONDON

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igh end Italian kitchen company Pedini London recently held the first of a series of celebrity chef Masterclasses at their recently transformed and enhanced London showroom, in collaboration with foodie magazine ‘Seasoned by Chefs’. The inaugural masterclass was hosted by Two Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar. On arrival the guests were greeted with a champagne reception, Atul then talked enthusiastically about India, his family, background, and the differences in the food and cooking styles across the region. He explained the uses of the different oils and spices whilst cooking and giving tips that would enable the amateur to create modern Indian dishes with a real wow factor. Finally everyone sat down at the “pop up” Pedini London fine

“The Pedini Celebrity Masterclasses are an un-mi food cooked by one of the dining restaurant, for a delicious meal cooked by Atul and paired with a selection of fine wines especially chosen to accompany the featured dishes. The whole day was a great success and the team at Pedini London are looking forward to the next Masterclasses! Already in the diary are Brian Turner Chef and President of the Royal Academy of Fine Food on 18 July, and Three Michelin starred Chef Pierre Kauffmann on 26 September – with others in the pipeline Award winning Pedini London is the largest showroom space in Europe dedicated to the Pedini brand, and since opening in 2012 has created quite a reputation for its events, hospitality and Italian gourmet food! Amongst the chefs who have cooked in the showroom are Monica Galetti, Aldo Zilli and Giancarlo Caldesi –


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Truly working kitchens in this showroom! A further claim for the Pedini London Showroom is the newly installed Arts and Crafts semi freestanding kitchen. This display is the very first Arts and Crafts kitchen produced by the factory, and the only one on display outside Italy. Designed to blend seamlessly into the popular open plan lifestyle, Arts and Crafts unites kitchen and living spaces by offering a selection of free standing, and wall mounted modular units. Available in a number of finishes, the display kitchen at Pedini London is in a stylish Canaletto walnut, with pewter highlights and smoked grey glass. A wide range of cabinetry is available including statement feature wall units with deep 110mm glass box doors, leather strap hinges and integrated LED lighting, as well as wall

ssable opportunity to experience truly memorable top chefs cooking today!”

mounted modular box units. The integral table, with its contrast laminam top and pewter legs, contains a surface mounted sink, tastefully accessorised open and ladder shelving, and wall panelling to complete the look! The Pedini Celebrity Masterclasses are an un-missable opportunity to experience truly memorable food cooked by one of the top chefs cooking today! If you would like to attend any of the masterclasses please see www.seasonedbychefs.co.uk Pedini London 76 Queenstown Road London SW8 3RY 0207 720 8311 www.pedinilondon.co.uk


KnightFrank.co.uk

Wentworth, Surrey

Longcross, Surrey

A beautifully presented Tudor style family home. Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom, 4 further bedroom suites, 3 receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, family/games room, 2 cloakrooms, garaging with workshop area, landscaped gardens. In all about 0.6 acres. EPC rating D.

A luxury new build detached barn in a superb gated development. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, private gardens in a stunning woodland setting. In all about 1.3 acres.

Guide price: £3,250,000

Guide price: £2,350,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/Virginia‐Water

KnightFrank.co.uk/Virginia‐Water

Datchet, Berkshire

Thorpe, Surrey

Victorian home overlooking the River Thames. 5 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms, 4 receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, hobby room/bedroom 6, garaging, outbuilding comprising 2 offices, store room and cloakroom, secluded gardens. Riverside garden with mooring. EPC rating E.

Detached Grade II listed home. Master bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom, 3 receptions, kitchen, breakfast room, study/bedroom 5, detached garage with wine cellar, conservatory/summer house, private gardens.

Guide price: £1,645,000 KnightFrank.co.uk/Virginia‐Water

Guide price: £1,150,000 KnightFrank.co.uk/Virginia‐Water

01344 840020 virginiawater@knightfrank.com

01344 840020 virginiawater@knightfrank.com

01344 840020 virginiawater@knightfrank.com

01344 840020 virginiawater@knightfrank.com


KnightFrank.co.uk Wentworth, Surrey Elegant family home

A superb brand new residence of approximately 11,000 sq ft, situated on the Wentworth Estate. 6 bedroom suites, 6 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, gymnasium/bedroom 7/staff accommodation, garaging, south facing landscaped gardens, outdoor swimming pool. In all about one acre. EPC rating B. Guide price: £7,750,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/Virginia‐Water virginiawater@knightfrank.com 01344 840020 KnightFrank.co.uk/Country edward.shaw@knightfrank.com 020 7861 1378

Wentworth, Surrey New home on Wentworth

A beautifully appointed home extending to over 5,700 sq ft. Master bedroom with dressing room, en suite bathroom and sitting room, 4 further bedroom suites, 3 reception rooms, open plan kitchen/breakfast area/family room, au‐pair suite over garaging. In all about half an acre. EPC rating B. Guide price: £3,795,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/Virginia‐Water virginiawater@knightfrank.com 01344 840020 KnightFrank.co.uk/Country edward.shaw@knightfrank.com 020 7861 1378


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SURREY SPORTS PARK

SURREY’S HOME OF SPORT AND FITNESS

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port, health, wellbeing and leisure are all brought to life under one roof at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Whether you are looking to relax, train, socialise or make use of any combination of the facilities on offer, the Sports Park will inspire and support your ambitions. Driven by the principles of performance, participation and personal development, Surrey Sports Park offers world-class sports and events facilities for everyone. The centre is currently undergoing a £500,000 gym refurbishment that opens this month, whilst there is also a 50m Olympic swimming pool, 1000-seat indoor arena, Surrey Summit climbing centre, six glass-backed squash courts, exercise studios, eight outdoor, floodlit tennis courts

“The centre is currently undergoing a £500,000 gym refurbis Summit climbing centre, six glass-backed squash courts, exer and everything else you will need to embark upon your fitness journey. You can start your day in the gym, before a swim, sauna and steam room, followed by lunch in the Bench Sports Bar. Tennis, squash and badminton coaching is available along with regular member club nights, leagues and ladders. Personal trainers and instructors are also on hand for training and fitness tips. With over 100 drop-in group fitness classes, sports courses and sessions too, there really is something for everyone. There’s plenty for kids to get involved with too, with term-time clubs and activities, half-term and holiday camps and sessions to keep them active and learning new skills. Surrey Sports Park opened in 2010 as a multi-million pound investment of the University of Surrey; currently ranked 4th in the Guardian University Guide 2016 and 8th in the Complete University Guide 2016. Now offering unique programmes for adults, juniors, families, grassroots and elite athletes, the Sports Park also delivers hospitality packages and caters for conferences, team building days and


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hment that opens this month, whilst there is also a 50m Olympic swimming pool, 1000-seat indoor arena, Surrey cise studios, eight outdoor, floodlit tennis courts and everything else you will need to embark upon your fitness journey.” workshops to fulfil all your business needs. The Sports Park is used as the permanent training base for a number of professional sports teams; Harlequins Rugby FC, Surrey Storm Netball, Surrey Scorchers Basketball and Surrey Smashers Badminton. It is also used as the regular training base for England Rugby Women’s Sevens team and is one of the training bases selected for Rugby World Cup 2015 this autumn, hosting Ireland, Italy and a quarter-finalist team during the competition. A renowned events venue in the area for sporting competitions, festivals and much more, there is always something exciting happening at the incredible site. The Sports Park has hosted over 400 events including the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup, 2013 Danone Nations Cup and the inaugural Paralympics GB SportsFest. On Sunday 30 August, Surrey Sports Park will also be hosting a Summer of Sport Family Fun Day, celebrating the arrival of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour with interactive sport sessions from Surrey Storm, Surrey Scorchers, Surrey Smashers, Harlequins Rugby and Fulham Football. Open to the public and completely free, it is a day not to be missed!

Exclusive County Concierge Membership Offer Visit Surrey Sports Park to tour the facilities today! Readers can also take advantage of our County Concierge Annual Membership offer of 12 months for the price of 10. For more information, please call 01483 689112 or email memberships@surreysportspark.co.uk For more information about upcoming events at Surrey Sports Park or for more about the extensive programmes on offer for all the family, visit www.surreysportspark.co.uk. Surrey Sports Park Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7AD T: 01483 689111


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TIE THE KNOT OR BUY SOME BRICKS?

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ou grow up, get married, buy a house and have 2.4 children. At least that’s how things used to work. These days an increasing number of young (and indeed not so young) couples are having to make a choice between their dream wedding day and their dream of owning their own home. • Average UK wedding now costs £20,983 (You and Your Wedding) • 47% of women and 48% of men aged 20 will never marry (The Marriage Foundation) • Average UK first time buyer needs income of £41k, while average wage is £22k (KPMG)


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In the US, the average wedding (excluding the honeymoon) cost $31,213 in 2014 according to the Real Wedding Survey. In Ireland, couples now shell out 19,635 euros on their big day while in the UK, You and Your Wedding has found that the bill now totals £20,983. Of course, £20,000 won’t buy you a house in the UK, but it could make all the difference in obtaining a mortgage when used as a deposit. This is the take of the ING International Survey, published in June 2015, which examined whether couples were sacrificing their ‘big day’ in favour of home ownership. The results speak for themselves: 60% of people across Europe were found to opt for spending on a house rather than on their wedding day. With home ownership becoming an increasingly unattainable goal and the cost of living rising faster than wages, betrothed couples seem to have a pragmatic mindset when it comes to matters of the heart. Ray Withers, Chief Executive of specialist property investment company Property Frontiers, comments, “The UK has a real problem in terms of lack of housing supply and that is one of the factors that has driven prices up in recent years. It’s meant a fantastic boom for the buy-to-let sector, as young professionals opt to rent in city locations during the early stages of their careers, but the age of first time buyers has gradually been pushed up and up as a side effect.” Nationally, the average first time buyer in the UK is now 31 years old, according to The Sunday Times Money, while a KPMG report has found that they need an income of £41,000 – almost double the average UK wage of £22,000. With 100% mortgages a distant memory, buyers are increasingly having to choose between a life of wedded bliss and a roof of their own over their heads. Some are considering a wedding overseas as a way to cut costs, but even in countries such as Spain, where the cost of living is lower than in the UK, nuptials can still be pricey. Bella Wedding reports the cost of a boutique hotel wedding for 60 guests in Spain as 18,000 euros. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España comments, “A wedding in the Spanish sunshine is a lovely idea and can be cheaper than getting married in the UK, but many couples are still having to choose between that and using their cash as a deposit. The reality is that pragmatism has to come before romance in many households these days. For couples in Spain, the ING survey showed that 70% would rather spend their money on a house than on their wedding day – higher than the European average of 60% and the UK average of 67%.” The 18,000 euros cost of a Spanish wedding would serve well as a deposit on a seafront apartment at a development like La Recoleta III, on the Costa Blanca, or perhaps an exciting renovation project with two houses and land in neighbouring Portugal. With couples increasingly preferring to opt for property ownership instead of a wedding day, it is understandable that the marriage rate in the UK is falling, though the statistics from The Marriage Foundation that 47% of women and 48% of men aged

20 will never marry really do throw the issue into stark relief. Until the UK starts building homes at a faster rate, it’s a trend that looks set to continue, with the number of cohabiting couples increasing with each generation. Still, at least they will be cohabiting in homes that they own. For more information on the overseas properties mentioned please contact: Property Frontiers: +44 1865 202 700 or www.propertyfrontiers.com Taylor Wimpey España: +44 08000 121 020 or www.taylorwimpeyspain.com Ideal Homes Portugal: 0800 133 7644, +351 289 513 434 or www.idealhomesportugal.com


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DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND EVEN MAN-MADE ONES! Anata celebrated its official launch in February 2015. A family run business, Anata is headed up by London-based Director, Derek Lubner, who works closely with an expert team of 12, based in the specialist Anata laboratory located in St Petersburg, Russia. Anata diamonds are manmade but possess exactly the same optical, physical and chemical properties as Earth-mined diamonds. Available in a range of cuts, colours and carats, Anata diamonds are utterly bespoke. The truly unique feature of Anata is that each diamond can be personalised or embedded with sentiment by using particles of carbon extracted from the hair or ashes of loved ones (or even a beloved pet). The carbon sample is used as the diamond growing foundation to create the most priceless gift, commemorative keepsake, heirloom, or celebratory jewellery piece to mark a momentous or milestone occasion. Carbon samples from two or more people can also be mixed to grow a unique diamond, honouring cherished relationships with loved ones; living or past. Anata diamonds will appeal to those looking for a unique gift or keepsake in celebration of milestone occasions (birth or first lock of hair, engagement, wedding, anniversary, birthday…); those seeking a unique and personal way of commemorating the legacy of loved ones passed; those looking for a way to hold distant friends or family close (members of the armed forces, expats, business travellers…); those looking to purchase less naturally occurring coloured diamonds (usually very expensive due to their rarity) at a more affordable price; or anyone simply looking for an utterly bespoke, traceable, eco-friendly, 100% authentic diamond. Anata diamonds are recognised and graded by the world’s foremost authorities on diamonds including the UK based AnchorCert Gem Lab, the European Gemological Laboratory (EGL), the International Gemological Institute (IGI) and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and every ANATA piece is presented with a Certificate of Authenticity and a lifetime guarantee. The certificate is exactly the same document issued with earth grown diamonds, confirming the weight, cut, clarity, colour, symmetry, as well as the polish quality of the stone. Anata diamond prices range from £1,400 to £14,000 per carat and vary greatly depending on the colour, weight, clarity and cut of the stone required. Generally speaking, as coloured diamonds are much rarer in nature, lab-grown coloured diamonds, which can be produced on demand, are more affordable than their naturally occurring counterparts. White lab-grown diamonds however, will invariably be more expensive than mined white diamonds since white diamonds are more common in nature. Tel: +44 (0) 207 060 6230 Email: anita@anata.diamonds http://anata.diamonds/


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THERE BE DRAGONS AT HARRODS NURSERY DESIGN FOR YOUR BUNDLES OF JOY

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his July royal nursery designers Dragons of Walton Street unveiled its new concession in world-famous department store Harrods as part of an exciting expansion. The Knightsbridge firm already has outlets in Moscow, Monaco, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates, as well as recently launching a design studio in Walton Street, but says the collaboration with Harrods is its most exciting to date. Founded in 1979, Dragons of Walton Street is famous the world over for its hand painted furniture and bespoke children’s rooms. With clients including everyone from international royalty to Hollywood’s A-list, the company has grown significantly over the years and will now have a significant presence in the department store’s legendary 4th floor. Managing Director Lucinda Croft said it was a hugely exciting time for everyone. “We have had to keep this move secret for a long time so it’s lovely that the cat is finally out of the bag,” she laughed.

“Harrods has been at the end of our street since we moved here 36 years ago so we’re delighted to join forces and ensure our timeless furniture and accessories is available to a wider audience.” “Harrods has been at the end of our street since we moved here 36 years ago so we’re delighted to join forces and ensure our timeless furniture and accessories are available to a wider audience.” From Beatrix Potter to Paddington Bear, Dragons of Walton Street holds the sole UK licences for a number of well-known children’s favourites, as well as creating some simply beautiful designs of their own. “The only limit to what we can do is a customer’s imagination,” Lucinda added. “Whether it’s a simple sketch or a detailed moodboard, our designers can work wonders with any budget. We can provide specialist support on space planning, colours, artwork, fabrics, upholstery, curtains, blinds, lighting, accessories and furniture design. “The new studio in Walton Street has been set up to do just that, to make a special dedicated place where Dragons Interiors can work with customers and other interior designers to transform a passing idea or vibrant colour, theme or favourite story, into a beautiful, inspiring and functional interior.” Princes William and Harry grew up in the comfort of a Dragons’ den, as did their cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. They have been joined by the offspring of famous celebrities including Madonna, Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow. Even David Cameron’s daughter Florence has her very own rush-seated chair - a Dragons’ best-seller - complete with bespoke artwork incorporating her father’s famous front door. Read all about the Dragons empire at www.dragonsofwaltonstreet.com

Dragons International Design & Sales Office 166 Walton Street Knightsbridge London SW3 2JL T: +44 (0) 20 3544 2000


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Following completion of a 16 month renovation programme Cliveden House has been restored to its former glory. This summer enjoy a complimentary 45-minute shared Champagne cruise on board one of our vintage launches when joining us for dinner in the André Garrett Restaurant. Telephone: 01628 607107 When booking please quote ‘County Concierge’ Email: reservations@clivedenhouse.co.uk Valid Sunday to Thursday until 31st October 2015, excluding the August Bank Holiday. Available for non-resident bookings only.

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TAILORED STYLING BY AMBER GORDON

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ailored Styling is a Surrey-based image consultancy serving clients in Surrey and London. Founder and Styling Director Amber Gordon spoke to County Concierge about her work: “My aim is to help all of my clients achieve the best for themselves in their professional and personal lives through the way that they dress. What you wear not only moulds people’s perception of you but can also affect the way that you feel about yourself. I truly believe that when you dress the part you can become the part. The clients I deal with range from new mums, people in high profile jobs people in the public eye who prefer not to go shopping, people who have just been through a break up and need a change,

beautiful things on a daily basis was like a dream come true. For my own style I like to mix designer pieces with high street fashions (my favourite is Zara). It’s very easy to look like you’ve spent a fortune on your entire outfit by investing in a few key luxury brand items. I love showing my clients how to do this. I studied fashion journalism at University of the Creative Arts in Epsom going on to work at Red Magazine and backstage at ITV This Morning on their fashion segments. I spent some time in New York working for a wonderful personal shopper/ television stylist and my last job was with Luxure Magazine here in London. I’d dreamed about setting up my own business as a personal shopper, even drafting my first business plan, long before I actually did it.

people who have lost weight and need a new wardrobe… or simply clients who fancy being pampered. My aim is not to completely change a person’s style, I incorporate elements of what the client likes and merge this with the best look for them, finding something they will feel comfortable with.Whether I offer them, on-trend designer looks or high street fashion really depends on the client. I work with clients of all budgets but luxury is my passion. There is no comparison when it comes to the quality of a designer piece - the cut, the fit, the intricate details... there is nothing that excites me more! I spent years working for luxury publication Luxure Magazine. Being exposed to the best brands in the world and so many

As a stylist the toughest thing is detaching yourself from what you like so that you can shop for what your client will like and look best in. I find this easy as my own personal style is very varied. Sometimes I’m a tomboy in trainers, skinny jeans and a white tee paired with my Rick Owens jacket and sometimes I’m a lady in Manolo Blahnik and Tom Ford sunglasses. My favourite brands are Alexander Wang, Alaia and Helmut Lang. They’re all very different but all have an element of simplicity.” You can contact Amber Gordon by email at info@tailoredstyling.com or by phone on +44 (0)78 1775 8532 or see her website at www.tailoredstyling.com


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EXCLUSIVE SHOOTING CLUB LAUNCH PITTORMIE CASTLE, SCOTLAND

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he Eden Club, operator of one of the world’s most secretive and elite international golf clubs, recently launched the world’s first international private members shooting club in association with Holland and Holland, the world renowned gun and rifle makers. Based at Pittormie Castle, near St Andrews, the Club is Scotland’s most luxurious private Club, which also acts as a small luxury gated-community of second homes for its members, who enjoy Michelin star chefs, the finest wines, whiskeys and services available in the country. In association with Holland & Holland the Club was created to fill a niche in the hunting market providing three very special dimensions: Entrée to the finest estates in Scotland for a wide variety of hunting trips; with an outstanding schedule of annual events held all over the world; and a unique Secretariat (concierge) service. The Patrons, Founder Members and general Club membership come from royalty, ruling families, past Presidents, Prime Ministers, icons of industry and some of the world’s most successful businessmen helping to make the Club “The Augusta National” of the shooting world. The privilege of taking one’s place among such a powerful collective global group is one of the most appealing aspects, never before in the world of shooting has such a diverse and distinguished group come together.

Members have access to a full range of exclusive social, sporting and family orientated events throughout the year. Alongside bespoke golfing, shooting and fishing events, there are exclusive fashion trunk shows, galas and dinners. The Club hosts shooting events around the world, at the most sought-after and exclusive locations. The events are broken into different types to meet the differing needs of members e.g. local one-day events, couples events, parent-child events, the classics and trips of a lifetime. Many events are held on the private estates of members, which have not previously been opened to non-family members. The events provide an opportunity to shoot and mix with a distinguished group with whom one might otherwise not get the opportunity to socialise. The clubs unique secretariat assists members planning their own trips all over the world with their own guests, often enlisting the assistance of other members to provide estate access. Members are also able to place unused days on shoots into the pool or take places alongside other members on local shooting days on some of the world’s finest estates. In the past few weeks the club has seen applications from over 200 individuals in 34 different countries. Further details on the club can be requested from STaylor@theedenclub.com


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A TASTE OF THE SEA CLARISSA KERSHAW OF THE GREAT FOOD COMPANY

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o you are back from your holiday, and you cant forget the sights and smells of the little beach side café where you had that memorable platter of sardines. You ate whilst listening to the yachts halyards chinking as the warm sea breeze wafted at your sun kissed face, which tingles slightly after your evening shower. You’ll want to buy fresh sardines ideally the same day they are caught; they spoil very quickly because of their high omega-3 fat level. For that reason you’ll also want to clean them immediately, unless you have a fishmonger that will do it for you. Look for sardines that are fresh looking and not smelly, with shiny silver skin, and are whole. They should look like they just jumped out of water. 24 sardines Flour to coat, add a teaspoon of sea salt Rosemary Tomatoes on the vine Lemon wedges

“At the Great Food Company we put together some fabulous al fresco feasts to enjoy in the great outdoors.”

Dip sardines in flour, shaking off excess. When all sardines have been floured, heat half the oil and half of the butter in a pan, when hot add sardines and cook quickly on both sides. (Do not over crowd the pan) Transfer the cooked sardines to paper towel to drain then cook the rest of the sardines in the remaining oil and butter. Arrange the sardines and serve with oven baked tomatoes. At the Great Food Company we put together some fabulous al fresco feasts to enjoy in the great outdoors. With salads to die for, aromatic BBQ’s and indulgent desserts www.the greatfoodcompany.co.uk/hungryformore Contact all your foodie questions to Clarissa & Selby foodcrew@thegreatfoodcompany.co.uk 07775 643301 01183 732311


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THROUGH HISTORY & BEYOND THE NEW LONDON MODEL IS UNVEILED

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ew London Architecture (NLA) has unveiled a new interactive model of London in the NLA galleries at The Building Centre just off Tottenham Court Road. Measuring 12.5 metres in length, the New London Model will provide a focal point for Londoners and tourists alike to learn about the history and future development of the capital. NLA, London’s foremost independent forum and think-tank on the built environment, marks its 10th anniversary this year with a comprehensive series of exhibitions, research projects, events and tours exploring the capital’s development. At the centre of the 2015 programme is the launch of the New London Model. The model replaces its predecessor, first unveiled at the organisation’s inception a decade ago, the day after the announcement that London had won the Olympic bid. Built by Pipers with data supplied by Ordnance Survey, the 1:2000 scale model covers more than 85 square kilometres of London, 19 Boroughs and approximately 170,000 buildings, including 34km of the Thames with its corresponding 21 bridges. It extends from King’s Cross in the north to Peckham in the south and the Royal Docks in the east to Old Oak Common in the west. A sophisticated projection and lighting system allows buildings and major infrastructure projects to be digitally animated across the surface of the model. Controlled by touchscreens, visitors are able to call up detailed information and key facts on London’s newest buildings and future projects that will help to define the capital. The model is the city’s only physical manifestation of how London

will look and progress as new buildings and developments are given the go-ahead. A series of five bespoke interactive films, integrated with live projections, bring the story of London’s past and future physical development to life. The series documents the history and development of London; the impact of the London Plan; the future of infrastructure in the capital; the rise of tall buildings and the ongoing influence of the Great Estates as a sustainable model of development. New films are set to be commissioned to coincide with NLA’s ongoing programme of Insight Study research pieces. Key moments in history that have shaped the fabric of the city are displayed through sophisticated lighting displays and audio presentations, such as the Great Fire of London in 1666. This event is dramatically visualised on the model as the Square Mile appears to burn while the rest of the city is plunged into darkness, highlighting the terror and devastation that ravaged London. The future development of the city is represented with the location of the 263 tall buildings planned or under construction in London mapped across the model. Visitors are also able to track the route and impact of new transport links, such as HS2 and Crossrail 1 and 2 on central London and the outer boroughs. The New London Model which is open to the public at the NLA galleries at The Building Centre was launched on 20 May. The NLA galleries are open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm.


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FINE ART IN THE COUNTRY ART COURSES AT HIGHBULLEN HOTEL IN DEVON

“I cannot think of many places with more inspiring views than we have a Highbullen!”

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orth Devon’s award winning Highbullen Hotel is launching a series of fine art courses with local artist Jon Lincoln Gordon. Jon is famed for his Exmoor and Dartmoor landscapes in particular, and will use the hotel and its 125 acre grounds, nestled in the Mole Valley, as inspiration and backdrop for students. The courses are all two or three day residential courses. They cover a range of media and techniques, from drawing and water colours for beginners, to a mixed media painting course and botanical printing. They are taking place over summer 2015 to make the most of the superb light found in Devon at this time of year. Courses, which are all residential, start on a Monday and five are currently scheduled: 10-13 August – a two or three day ‘Water Colours for beginners” course. 24-27 August – the second ‘Creative Landscape” course. 14-17 September – a three day mixed media painting course enabling participants to experiment with a range of materials and techniques. 28 September – 1 October a three day ‘Botanical Printmaking” course. A two day course (staying two nights) costs £349 per person based on sharing a twin or double room or £449 per person for single occupancy. A three day course costs (staying three nights) will cost £525 per person (sharing a room) or £649 per person

(single occupancy). The price includes all meals, art classes and drinks receptions. Additional nights can be booked for £129 per person on a bed and breakfast basis. “I cannot think of many places with more inspiring views than we have at Highbullen,” comments Ronnie Orr, Resort Director of Highbullen. “The 125-acre looks to both Dartmoor and Exmoor and, of course, across the wonderful Mole Valley. It is lush and green in the summer and dramatic and majestic in winter – so art courses are a natural thing for us to be offering. “We are launching them with Jon Lincoln Gordon, who is local to the area and a superb landscape artist, this summer to make the most of the spectacular light and long evenings we enjoy at the hotel. Classes will take place indoors and out, and are aimed at first time painters as well as those looking to hone their craft or even just expose themselves to new subject matter. “Of course the hotel, which over the past two years has had substantial investment, is the perfect place to reflect and relax after a day’s painting. Sumptuous bedrooms, comfortable lounges and a superb, award winning, restaurant are all at the disposal of attendees, as will be our exceptional sports facilities including two swimming pools, seven tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course and a state of the art gym.” For further details and bookings got to http://www.highbullen. co.uk/ or call 01769 540561


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THE POINTER PUB & RESTAURANT AND NEW HEAD CHEF MINI PATEL

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he Pointer restaurant, pub and butchers sit in a prime and beautiful location in Brill, Buckinghamshire, with routes towards Oxford, Bicester and central London. The local train stations are Haddenham and Thame Parkway, only ten minutes by car or Bicester Town, which is 15 minutes away. The interiors are incredibly elegant and reminiscent of a converted barn with vaulted ceilings, high visual beams, white washed walls, antique Ercol chairs and intricate bespoke farm animal paintings by talented artist Robert Clarke. Since joining in December 2014 Head Chef Mini Patel and his team are delighted to have been awarded two AA Rosettes in The Pointer restaurant. Mini’s menus change daily and are founded on carefully sourced produce and simple British classics with creative twists, all cooked and presented beautifully. Expect dishes such as: Cream of Pointer Farm asparagus with poached pheasant egg and garden chives; Dressed Organic tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella, wild garlic and lemon oil; David King’s Ludgershall Lamb Rump with clamped Cheltenham beetroot, Jerusalem artichokes, sheep’s curd and grilled spring onions; Pointer Estate poached outdoor rhubarb with ginger and pear; and leafy lemon posset with ruby grapefruit and Pointer Farm mint. Mini also oversees the menu in the pub at The Pointer, serving a more relaxed, paired-back offering than in the restaurant. Alongside the food menu is an extensive and thoughtfully selected wine list and the bar offers a great range of local and national real ales.

Wherever possible, produce comes from The Pointer’s own farm and estate overseen by Stockman Jamie Brewer and Estates Manager Paul Gough. Produce direct from the farm includes beef from the very best free range English Longhorn cattle which is aged for a minimum of 30 days; and pork from the farm’s rare breed Middle White pigs. The English Longhorn cattle are an award-winning herd and renowned for their succulence and flavour. On the estate, Paul grows and cultivates vegetables and kitchen garden herbs throughout the year to keep the kitchen well stocked with the freshest produce. Any additional food is sourced, as much as possible, from the surrounding area and promises to be free-range, sustainable and fresh. Adjacent to The Pointer pub and restaurant is the butcher, run by husband and wife team Jon and Anna Wilkins. Pointer owner, David Howden and Jon Wilkins, have shared a love of food and passion for farming for many years and it finally led them to open the butcher two years ago. Similar to the pub, the butcher is a focal point for Brill’s local community, providing up to 160 meals a day for the neighbouring school during term time, attracting families on a weekly basis to purchase their free-range meat, eggs and preserves and providing produce for The Pointer restaurant and pub. They provide a boutique, intimate service where both Jon and Anna educate customers on specific meat cuts and cooking methods, with the use of their own recipe cards. Jon has also worked with XT Brewing Company to create his own ‘Pointer Butchers Beer’, available to purchase only in the shop. They also stock other interesting produce such as ‘Chazwinkle’ preserves, local hand churned butter, cured meats and Cacklebean eggs from Cackleberry Farm. Where to find The Pointer - 27 Church Street, Brill, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9RT The Pointer is open 7 days a week but booking is essential Email: info@thepointerbrill.com Telephone: 01844 238339 Website: www.thepointerbrill.co.uk The Butcher is open Wednesday to Friday 14.30 to 18.30 and Saturday 9.00 to 14.00 Email: butcher@thepointerbrill.co.uk


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BRASSERIE DINING IS KING OR SHOULD WE SAY CORBIN AND KING!

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hris Corbin and Jeremy King have been business partners for over thirty years and in that time have developed, owned and managed some of London’s most respected, revered and successful restaurants. In 2003 they opened what was considered to be London’s first Grand Café, The Wolseley on Piccadilly, recently voted Restaurant of the Decade by popular vote at Taste of London, and regularly topping the lists as London’s favourite restaurant in the Zagat and Hardens guides. In 2011, they opened The Delaunay, a Grand Café with a mittel-European slant, located on the corner of Aldwych and Drury Lane. The adjacent Counter at The Delaunay is a relaxed café and take-away. In June 2012, they opened the 240-seat, spectacular Art Deco Brasserie Zédel just off Piccadilly Circus in London’s Soho, serving classic French brasserie food at remarkably low prices; the venue also houses the Bar Américain, ZL Café and a cabaret space, The Crazy Coqs. 2012 ended with the opening of Colbert, an informal neighbourhood brasserie on Sloane Square in Chelsea. Prior to 2003, Corbin and King owned and managed some of London’s most famous restaurants, including Le Caprice (opened 1981), The Ivy (1990) which consistently topped the Zagat and

Hardens Guides as the most popular restaurant in London, and J Sheekey (1998), all as part of Caprice Holdings, which they sold in 1998, staying on as directors until 2002. 2014 saw the opening of Fischer’s in June, an informal, neighbourhood café and konditorei evocative of Vienna in the early 20th century on Marylebone High Street and the opening of their first hotel, the 73-room Beaumont in Mayfair. Evoking the elegance and personalised hospitality of pre-war Mayfair, it is grand in style and yet intimate in feel. With 73 rooms, including 23 suites, a particular favourite is a suite in the form of an inhabitable sculpture by Antony Gormley. The hotel includes a classic Grill Room, an American Bar, a separate Residents’ Bar & Lounge, a Boardroom, and a Gymnasium and Spa with Hamam. This autumn Corbin and King will open the Bellanger on Islington Green. A classic grand café-brasserie with a menu that displays a distinct nod to the Alsation roots of the original Parisian brasseries. There will be a continuous food and drink offering throughout the day, from early breakfasts through to late dinners. Find out more about the Corbin and King Empire at http:// www.corbinandking.com/


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IF COCKTAILS COULD TALK FONTWELL PARK LADIES DAY

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ontwell Park Racecourse is delighted to welcome glitz and glamour to the Sussex track once more this year as they hold the second Ladies fixture, Ladies Day, on Thursday 13th August. The day promises to be packed full of sophistication, style and classy cocktails for racegoers to enjoy. But what does your cocktail say about you? To answer this question Fontwell Park has sought the expertise of mixologist Ryu Okada from one of the UK’s top mobile cocktail bar companies, Kampai Cocktails. Here he enlightens us about cocktail drinkers and tells us what personalities tend to match certain choices: “There are some commonly held beliefs in the business about personality traits matching up with certain cocktails. Here are some of my favourite theories, which can often ring true! Classic Martini – you are classy and mature, preferring the finer things in life. You are elegant and refined; a discerning type with a penchant for everything stylish and well-crafted.

“There are some commonly held beliefs in the business about personality traits matching up with certain cocktails. Here are some of my favourite theories, which can often ring true!” Sex on the Beach – you don’t take life too seriously. You are fun to be around and enjoy being the centre of attention. Dancing in a bar is one of your all-time passions. Cosmopolitan – you are outgoing and sophisticated - think Samantha Jones from Sex in the City – the show that popularised this drink. You enjoy intelligent conversation with interesting and enigmatic people. Piña Colada – you’re a flirty person with a sweet tooth and fun personality. You are especially impressed if your Piña Colada is served in a pineapple! People like to be around you as you make them smile. Bloody Mary – you are a morning person who doesn’t mind waking up early and getting on with things. You are an organised go-getter with high aspirations and have a dislike for anything sickly sweet.

I have discovered, from years of professional mixology, that people who try lots of different cocktails seem to be more cheerful and fun-loving (and usually a bit more drunk!) whereas people who stick to the same tend to be self-assured. All this aside, drinking cocktails is great fun, in moderation of course, and a great way to enjoy time spent with friends.” Fontwell Park Ladies Day will not only feature delicious cocktails for racegoers to indulge in but will also see the exhilarating seven race card of national hunt racing, a Best Dressed Lady competition with fabulous prizes from House of Fraser Chichester, sumptuous afternoon tea and musical entertainment from the UK’s number one Michael Bublé impersonator, Jordan Paul Rhys Williams, and 80s cover band Duran2. For tickets, please visit www.fontwellpark.co.uk.


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