Dear Member . . . Welcome to the new issue of eNews: see below for fabulous hotels in the Caribbean, Dubai and Dubrovnik at Blue Ribbon rates; for a great deal at the St Pancras Renaissance (so handy for Eurostar); and a touch of the Orient at your highflyers' London club at the Gherkin. Plus: Exclusive Club deals on fabulous Really Wild fashions: rock-on jewellery: Gold Medal winning wines and Champagnes: Save £2,000-plus on an original Bidjar Persian rug; not forgetting essential British gentlemen's summer kit …

Newsflash: Chance to have best 'Category A' Rugby World Cup tickets to see England v Fiji and the Opening Ceremony at Twickenham, saving £1,000: see below for details . . . just four tickets ... read on . . .


Blissful days in St Barths: Blue Ribbon deal from £150



The essence of France in a tropical haven, St Barthélemy has magnificent, unspoilt Caribbean scenery, a convoluted coastline with pockets of white-sand beaches below steep-sided mountains, and local settlements where 'les St Barths' still wear their traditional bonnets and speak old Norman. The air is filled with the scent of wild frangipani, oven-baked baguettes and fresh-roast coffee, and the feeling is of endless sea, sky and sunshine interspersed with gourmet food, fine wine and designer fashion. With Parisian chefs in the restaurants, Parisian fashion in the boutiques, this is a haven for those who love fine living as well as the beauties of a tropical island idyll, which St Barths undeniably is. How to get the most out of this exquisite, tiny French isle? Book a room at Tom Beach Hotel, a 12-room, privately owned beachfront boutique retreat which retains the essence of St Barths' original barefoot laidback chic—and at the Club rate it is an unmissable El Snippo.



Tom Beach is just steps from the blue waters of the Caribbean at St Jean, the island's famous beach divided by a spit of land on which stands the famously expensive Eden Rock Hotel. By contrast, Tom Beach is homely, lively, casually chic—and the source of gourmet food and good living for guests and locals alike. It has amazing views of the ocean, its cool, peaceful rooms having ocean views and four-poster beds, granite en-suite bathrooms and all mod cons including free Wifi. The restaurant is a local institution: La Plage blends a French menu with the essence of the island—think foie gras with mango chutney, wahoo fish tartar, and as a digestif, shot glasses filled with vanilla rum made by Thierry de Badereau, the hotel owner. He is a livewire of St Barths, a well-known bon vivant and entrepreneur, so that staying at Tom Beach puts you in the heart of things. He it was who created the August 'Summer Sessions', a music festival which now features 30 international musicians at 17 venues around the island. St Barths has many other festivals too, from Mardi Gras in March to April's sailing regatta, November's food festival and July's Bastille Day. You can join these revelries, or simply chill out beside the pool and the sea.

The Tom Beach experience is unique, and so we have arranged special Club rates there, year-round. This starts with a Blue Ribbon arrangement for the first to book a Deluxe Room. Depending on your dates (ie low season or high), this will range from the euro equivalent of £150 to £215 per night for two, saving you up to £100 per night. This is a popular place, so please don't delay! To check availability and be first to book the Blue Ribbon deal, call us now on 020 7399 2960.

Really Wild style: enduring elegance



Elegance, according to Giorgio Armani, is the natural equilibrium between simplicity and intelligence, naming Coco Chanel the most elegant woman of the 20th century. Even to this day the combination is not easy to find. Enter Natalie Lake, who founded her fashion label Really Wild Clothing in the Berkshire countryside as a stylish highflyer in the shooting field. She then moved on into new seasons, and clothes for different reasons: today's Really Wild clients include the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex.

An elegant woman herself, Natalie understands that the poise and special attitude that is real elegance comes from the basics, starting with the cloth, which she designs and has made for her in England, moving on through the cut and ending with the detail. She knows that not every piece must be remarkable, but all should work together remarkably. Her pieces transcend time, trends and travel. They move easily from day to night, season to season, and each season's designs will still be favourites five years on. They supersede fads; they are classics; they flatter the figure. And they work equally well in London, New York, Paris and Cheltenham.

As a Member of the Club you receive advantageous prices on the Full Collection, starting with Summer—for example this gorgeous mandarin dress has a retail price of £175, but is £97 including delivery for our Members. To view the Really Wild Summer Collection, and the stunning Italian bags and jewellery, all at wholesale prices, click here now—and check out your exclusive Club deals!


Stunning 70 carat Swiss blue topaz



This gorgeous necklace features a single sparkling blue topaz so dynamic it claims the attention of everybody around—not only for its pure, liquid beauty but for its fabulous size. Named the Meriel—meaning 'Shining Sea'—the single 70-carat gemstone is a pool of glittering blue, reflecting wave upon wave of colour and light. Mounted in a substantial setting of 14ct yellow gold, the effect is stunning.

The beautiful, oval-shaped, faceted blue topaz is of superb quality. The colour, known as Swiss blue, is vivid, intense and feminine, the bright blue colour of the Pacific ocean, and it is an exceptional stone, not only for its unusually large size but also for its hardness, lustre and clarity.

Women love Swiss blue topaz because the liquid blue shade flatters any skin or eye colour. And this new design perfectly fits the season’s style—from the pages of Vogue to the windows of designer jewellers in Mayfair, the season is awash with waves of deep-sea hues—but its eye-catching size and quality are timeless. Bursting with natural character, this large topaz piece is just as perfect worn with jeans as it is for the cocktail hour—with a simple vee-neck or off-the-shoulder dress it is all the jewellery you need to capture attention with style.

This fabulous piece will arrive in a smart presentation box. It is fully hallmarked and carries an insurance valuation certificate at the full retail value plus a 100% moneyback guarantee. Blue topaz (30mm long by 22mm wide by 16mm deep), set in 14ct yellow gold with 18in 9ct yellow gold chain: Code MP01GA03. RRP £3,000. CCUK £1,375. Order 70 carat blue topaz and 14ct gold Meriel Pendant.


Newsflash: new Rugby World Cup tickets



We have just arranged an amazing new opportunity to give our Members four Rugby World Cup 'Category A' tickets for the England v Fiji Opening Match plus the Opening Ceremony at Twickenham on September 18.

These are the top-price tickets, and the few that are available now are currently changing hands at £550-plus, or with hospitality at even higher prices. For these four tickets our Members will pay only the face value of £315 per ticket plus £25 booking fee—saving £1,000. The tickets are in the East Middle stand, so the position is superb, not only for the rugby itself but for the Opening Ceremony, which is building up to be Olympian in scale. After this comes the opening match of the tournament—England's opening gambit against an exciting Fijian side—a thrill to watch, as well as to say, 'I was there!'

There are just four tickets at this price, and they will be sold on a strict first-come-first-served basis. Code RW18CC04. CCUK £315 plus £25 booking fee. Order Category A Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets, Opening Ceremony and England v Fiji.

Dubai: sand, sea and the city



Dubai is about having fun in the sun—it is in fact one big adult playground on a golden sandy coastline in the Arabian Gulf, surrounded by dunes. It is also one of the world's most fashionable cities thanks to its glamorous jet-set trademarks—the mirrored skyscrapers, designer shops, spectacular resorts and sandy beaches, as well as the heady pleasures of international sport. Underlying all this is the historic side of Dubai, with its mosques, minarets and souks, adding a note of culture.

The latest resort to land on the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai—the world’s largest artificial island, in the shape of a palm tree—is the lavish Fairmont the Palm, sister to The Savoy in London by way of its management, Fairmont. It stands on its own private white-sand beach and features 381 opulent guestrooms and suites, many with balconies and sea views. This being Dubai, it has seven restaurants and cuisines ranging from Brazilian to pan-Chinese, plus bars and a cigar room with walk-in humidor. The hotel's Willow Stream Spa offers 13 treatment rooms, four swimming pools and a fitness centre.

For a holiday in Dubai, this is a great choice: while lavish, it is not as massive as some resorts here, its sea-front position is superb—and our Members have special VIP Club rates which we think are very tempting.



When to go? For sun, sea and sand, try autumn or spring, when you can bronze by day and cool down after dark in air-conditioned restaurants, bars and malls. From June to September temperatures reach over 40°C. To chime with the coolest months, November is when the major sports begin—racing ending in March with the Dubai Gold Cup; polo in April; falconry the same.

As a Club Member you have a special year-round rate at Fairmont The Palm Dubai, on all room and suite categories, starting with an exclusive three-night Blue Ribbon stay for two. This deal gives you a partial sea-view Fairmont View room (516 sq ft) for two, with balcony and buffet breakfast at the following rates: Low season (July 17-September 30), £169 per night (RR £533 per night). High season (from October 1), £197 per night (RR £583). And if you want to be there during Ramadan the rates are even better! Plus 10% municipality fee and 10% service. Flights (six to seven hours from the UK) are not included but there are good deals through the Club. To check availability and be first to book the Blue Ribbon rates (subject to availability), please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.


Great new Champagne in the Club Cellar



In the recent wine industry awards Charles Heidsieck swept the boards. To receive so many top trophies in so many influential competitions is extraordinary. These Champagnes came out on top again and again—proof, if it were needed, that these Grand Marque Champagnes truly stand apart from the crowd. They do not sell themselves by means of flamboyant marketing campaigns, but on quality. These Champagnes really are delectable, and they are not available in supermarkets. So we set to work to arrange for Members to enjoy them at a wholesale price and here they are, already in the Club Cellar for you to do just that.

First, Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV, called ‘stunning!’ by the judges in the Sommelier Awards: ‘Beautifully crafted, with length, depth and complexity . . . intense aroma, showing finesse with an irresistible, long finish. . . rich palate with evolution and full flavours of cherries, spiced apple pie and orange peel'. The Club Tasting Panel were similarly impressed, and it has gone straight into the Club Cellar for summer celebrations. Beautiful alone, it is is gorgeous with smoked salmon, with lobster and prawns, strawberries, cake and more. A wonderful celebration Champagne, it won the International Wine Challenge Trophy 2015 for NV Rosé Champagne (also in 2014 and Gold Medal in 2013), the World’s No1 NV Rosé from Fine Champagne Magazine 2015 (also in 2014), and the Sommelier Awards 2015 Gold Medal, among other awards too numerous to mention. You can buy this fabulous rosé Champagne alone or with the Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV, another Gold Medal winner which is already a Club favourite.

Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV. Case of 12 bottles: Code HR12LV02. RRP £684. CCUK £499. Save £185. Order case of 12 bottles. Case of six bottles: Code HR06LV02. RRP £342. CCUK £255. Save £87. Order case of six bottles.
Mixed Charles Heidsieck NV case (12 bottles, six of each). Code CH06LW02. RRP £600. CCUK £454. Save £146. Order 12-bottle case. Mixed case (six bottles, three of each). Code CH03LW02. RRP £300. CCUK £229. Save £71. Order.

¶ For different mixed cases or volumes, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.


Four Gold Medal stars: save up to £93



The weather, being British, is changeable, as are our wine needs. Happily, our Cellar Tasting Panel is on the case, having found, after exhaustive tastings, four beauties which will fortify us no matter what lies ahead, and whatever is on the menu. All have been thoroughly tasted and tested by the Masters of Wine and Sommelier judges here and worldwide, and all are international Gold Medallists.

The 2010 Villa di Capezzana, Carmignano, from Tuscany is a magnificent wine, fine, rich, velvety and dry, with deep fruit flavours—cherries, raspberries, hints of strawberry. A blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, it has a beguiling freshness and bounce. This is a famous estate with centuries of history—it was part of the Medici hunting estate, now ruled by Countess Beatrice Contini Bonacossi—and this is a splendid vintage. Will age gracefully until 2022. Goes beautifully with any roast meats—and perfect with roast rack of lamb—it ends the meal wonderfully with cheeses such as Parmigiano-Reggiano or vintage Cheddar. Code VC10LW15. RRP £300. CCUK £233. Order 12-bottle case.

For a simple but delicious aperitif or wine to serve with light fish dishes, the Gold Medal winning Ponte del Diavolo, Friuli Grave, Sauvignon Blanc is devilishly good. It has delicious fruit flavours—lemon, grapefruit—with notes of stewed apple and spice on a well-balanced, medium body. It is both high in quality and great value. Code PD14LW15. RRP £135. CCUK £115. Order 12-bottle case.

Martin Codax 'Organistrum' Albarino 2012, Rias Baixas is gorgeous and complex, and had the sommelier judges reaching for the adjectives. 'Floral, honeyed and typical in style, very balanced . . . Slatey minerality, dairy notes and a nuttiness to the palate ... Fabulous wine.' It is a full, round white with hints of Seville orange and grapefruit. Wonderful as an aperitif and superb with seabass and other white fish and shellfish—excellent with prawns and mussels. It is limited in supply, and usually £25 a bottle, but our Members can snap it up for £17.25 delivered. Code MC12LW15. RRP £300. CCUK £207. Order 12-bottle case.

And as for textbook red Crozes-Hermitage to go with steak, ham, lamb and game, as well as to drink on its own—Maison Nicolas Perrin 2012 is a delight, brimming with rich, ripe, sun-baked dark bramble fruit. Remarkably refreshing it is too, and blessed with a long, silky finish. Another Gold Medal collector, with Robert Parker awarding 90 points. Usually £20.66 a bottle, our Members enjoy it for £16.42 delivered. Code NP12LW02. RRP £248. CCUK £197. Order case of 12 bottles.

The Tasting Panel thought Members might also like to try these wines in a mixed case, so here they are: Gold Medal Winning Mixed Case (3 bottles of each of the above): Code MC01LV15. RRP £250. CCUK £189. Save £61. Free UK mainland delivery. Order Mixed Case of July Gold Medal Winners.


Betjeman's 'too beautiful' London hotel



When the poet Sir John Betjeman managed to save St Pancras Station from demolition, he also saved the old Midland Grand Hotel, calling this masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture ‘too beautiful and too romantic to survive’ in a world of tower blocks and concrete. The rest is history: the station was saved, and the hotel restored, reopening 17 years after Betjeman’s death. He would have been pleased to see it now—the magnificent five-star St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.



Marriott have done an amazing job on Sir Gilbert Scott’s grand achievement, with huge attention to detail and literally no expense spared. It features glorious Gothic Revival metalwork, gilded ceilings, glittering chandeliers and grand staircases, all as dazzling as the day on which the hotel opened in 1873—not to mention a subterranean spa, excellent Champagne bar and restaurant, the Gilbert Scott.



It is worth staying here not only for the five-star luxury and proximity to the Eurostar rail link to the Continent, but to see this historic building and to luxuriate in a celebrated piece of English history. As a Club Member you can, for example, stay in a charming Barlow Double room for a Blue Ribbon rate starting at £197 plus VAT for two, including free Wifi and room upgrade (if available ion arrival): this is instead of the usual rate of £350 or more. For details, to check availability for your dates, and to book, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.


'For those that seek paradise on earth'



Lord Byron's 'Pearl of the Adriatic', Dubrovnik juts out like a silvery finger into the blue sea, beneath green, cypress-clad mountains, warmed by long hours of sunshine. Beautifully restored after the war, it is one of the world's most spectacular fortified cities, filled with honey-coloured houses, cobbled mediaeval streets, aristocratic palazzi and Baroque churches. Here in this Croatian sea-fringed city, without a car in sight, you really do feel as if you have stepped back in time: Dubrovnik is the Mediterranean as it used to be, when Lord Byron rechristened it on his Grand Tour and George Bernard Shaw said, 'Those that seek paradise on earth should seek it in Dubrovnik.' 

Close proximity to the UK—less than three hours by air—and the compact nature of the city makes Dubrovnik a perfect destination for a short break. And Club Members have special rates at what is considered the best place to stay in Dubrovnik (the Sunday Times named it the best hotel in the Mediterranean). This is the five-star Excelsior, housed within a former royal villa near the Old Town in a filmstar setting on a cliffside with magnificent views of the Adriatic.

  
This is where visiting Royalty stayed—including HM The Queen—as well as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and more recently Sir Roger Moore. It had an eagerly-awaited reopening in 2008 after a $28 million renovation which retained the colonial atmosphere, especially in the Old Wing, where the views are exceptional. All 158 rooms are luxurious, large, and have marble en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, mini bar and all mod cons. The leisure facilities are excellent, with a spa and wellness centre, large indoor pool and sunbathing area, and a sunken seawater outdoor pool.  



The food is excellent: the hotel has four restaurants and you can eat either indoors or out on the terrace and take in the stunning sea views. International and traditional Croatian cuisine are on the menu, complemented by fine Dalmatian wines. And of course Dubrovnik is filled with great restaurants and bars. When to go? High summer has perhaps the best weather, average high temperatures fluttering around 80°F. Low season, November to April, can be lovely, though some restaurants and attractions are closed and the weather is less reliable. For the best experience, autumn and spring have long sunny days with the sea warm enough to swim, hotels and restaurants open but without the crowds. Good months are September and October (averages 19°C and 14°C). Club rates start at £114 per night. To check availability and book, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.


Merino wool slipover: a snip at £39



You can feel the difference in quality and style of this new Italian v-neck slipover in merino wool. It is smooth, soft and light yet naturally strong and resilient to keep its shape, and it is fully fashioned so there are no bulky seams. It is the perfect slipover for summer and autumn, for country walks, relaxing at home or entertaining, for the golf course—in fact, wherever you need a little extra warmth.

Worn under a jacket, it comfortably replaces a waistcoat, adding a splash of colour without bulk. Speaking of colour, because Massoti are spinners and dyers—as well as being Italian!—they knit it in 10 super colours—pale beige, pale mint, silver, sky blue, wine, black, bitter chocolate, deep fern green, dark navy and cardinal red.

Massoti design and make their sweaters using only 12-gauge Australian merino wool—literally the best in the world. That curly, glossy hair is the secret of the classic merino sweater: what makes it soft, smooth, light—and costing up to £150 a sweater! Our Members of course enjoy a far better pricing arrangement: you can order one for only £39, delivered to your door. Another boon—you can machine wash it. All in all, it looks great and is a super wholesale price through the Club.

Sizes S (to fit 37-38in chest), M (39-40in), L (41-42in), XL (43-45in), XXL (46-48in). Code MS01MK01. RRP £75. CCUK £39. Order Merino Wool Slipover.


Persian 30-year Bidjar rug: save £2,405



The Club’s Persian carpet specialist has just delivered our new large Bidjar rug, one of ‘the Iron Rugs of Persia’, original, authentic, high quality and very beautiful. For these reasons, and because the colour palette is so rich, harmonious and jewel-toned, Bidjar rugs are the classics for country houses and designer interiors. Trade sanctions with Iran mean that the carpets must already be in the UK in order to sell them—thus they are in increasingly short supply, and prices continue to rise.

This large, traditional handmade Bidjar rug is made by a single weaver using lustrous local wool, hand woven on cotton warps. It is double-knotted, 250 KPSI (the higher the number, the better the quality) and this rug is therefore classed as high quality. It has a traditional colour palette and a classic Bidjar pattern. It measures 306cm x 202cm (just under 10ft long by 3ft 3in). Strips along the long edges prevent curling. It is more than 30 years old, unused, and very beautiful.


Large traditional hand-knotted Persian Bidjar Rug. One only. Code BR39CC04. RRP £6,200. CCUK £3,795. Save £2,405. Order Persian Bidjar Rug.


World's finest pepper and salt mills



These Peugeot Palace Patiné stained beech pepper and silver mills are not only beautifully designed classics, they are the most reliable in the world, guaranteed for life. Made by the French car company—who invented the steel pepper grinding mechanism and have been making mills for longer than they have made cars—they are so popular with chefs that many will use no other.

Today the mills are made at Besançon in south-west France. Nowadays they use machines, but the grinding mechanism has hardly changed in more than a century. The grind is consistently even—a helix-shaped double row of steel teeth guide and hold the peppercorns for a perfect grind—and both salt and pepper mechanisms are adjustable, enabling pepper and salt to be ground to the perfect coarseness or fineness, depending on the dish. The mills have been treated to protect the steel from corrosion and rusting to further improve their durability.

They arrive in a presentation box and make a handsome wedding or house-warming gift, or to enhance your own dining table. Code PM02BM01. RRP £184. CCUK £129. Free UK mainland delivery. Order Peugeot Palace Patiné Salt & Pepper Mills (Pair). Single Mills: Code PM01BM01. RRP £92. CCUK £69. Order single Peugeot Palace Mill (either pepper or salt).

For the all-silver special edition Peugeot Silver Mignonnette Mills (Code SM02BM01. RRP £304, CCUK £197) click here. For a single Peugeot Silver Mignonette Mill, pepper or salt (RRP £152, CCUK £107), click here.

 

IN THIS ISSUE

TRAVEL

St Barths, a slice of France à la mode in the Caribbean from £150: read article

Jet off to five-star Dubai by the beach from £169 for two: read article

Time for a long weekend in Lord Byron's 'Pearl of the Adriatic': read article

To London's famous St Pancras hotel, saved for the nation: read article


FASHION

Really Wild style: enduring elegance: new Summer Collection: read article

Beautiful new Italian leather bags and stunning fine jewellery: read article

Rock on! Large oval cut Swiss blue topaz hits the headlines: read article



SPORT

Newsflash: 'Category A' Rugby World Cup Opening Match tickets: read article


CELLAR

Why the world's best Champagne is not also the most expensive: read article

Four new Gold Medal winning wines: save up to £93 per case: read article


LARDER

Finest Cornish lobsters, sea-fresh, cooked and delivered: details

Jamon Serrano Gran Reserva ham with stand and knife, just £89: details


INTERIORS

Persian rugs: authentic hand-woven Bidjar: save £2,000-plus: read article

Peugeot silver and beech pepper and salt mills: the world's finest: read article



MEN'S WARDROBE

Stylish new Italian men's slipover in Australian Merino, £39: read article

Essential summer kit: pure linen jacket for a mere £89: read article

Tailored pure cotton chinos from English tailors Gurteen: read article

Proper Panama hat: top-quality Christys' & Co superfine folder: read article

Taylors of Old Bond Street: order now before the price increase: read article


CLUBS

What's going on at The Gherkin in the City? You may be surprised: read article


EVENTS

Follow-up from our Financial Lunch Seminar: free advice for Club Members from the experts at Kleinwort Benson and Francis Clark: read article

Delicious Cornish lobsters in their prime: superb Club prices



Cornish lobsters are the ultimate sea-fresh taste in shellfish—and now is the prime time to enjoy them at their best. Quayside Fish catch theirs by traditional potting methods off the local coast, the live lobsters are landed each day (weather permitting), then cooked immediately and posted overnight for delivery to your door next day. Coming from Britain’s Best Fishmonger (it’s official, they won the title!), these lobsters are worthy of centre-stage at your next dinner or lunch party.

When deciding weights, you can choose either 1 x 1kg lobster or 2 x 500g lobsters, depending on whether you wish to split a large lobster or serve them whole to your guests. All weights are approximate. Please order by Sunday evening for overnight delivery in the following week (delivering from Wednesday-Friday to avoid weekends).

Cornish lobsters, 1kg weight (one lobster or two): Code LB02QF10. RRP £48.44. CCUK £37. Order. Cornish lobsters, 2kg in weight (two lobsters or four): Code LB04QF10. RRP £96.88. CCUK £63. Order. Cornish lobsters, 3kg (three lobsters or six). Code LB06QF10. RRP £145.32. CCUK £89. Order.



Top-notch Serrano Gran Reserva ham, with stand and knife, £89



The famous cured, air-dried Spanish ham, Jamón Serrano is not only delicious it is one of the most easily prepared summer party or lunch dishes, it makes a spectacular centrepiece—and our deal on the pure-bred Duroc Serrano Gran Reserva ham at a superb El Snippo price is an all-time favourite with our Members. Not only is it an eyewateringly good price at £89 delivered, it comes with a wooden carving stand and ham knife to make carving a simple matter.

This is traditional ham produced exclusively from the white Duroc pig (cheaper hams are from mixed breeds). The pigs are raised in the mountains of Galicia, and the hams are cured for a minimum of 17 months to develop their depth of flavour. Bright red in colour, with a creamy texture and a sweet, unmistakable taste, the pure-bred Duroc breed has superior marbling, and it is this marbling which enables our supplier, the famous Torre de Núñez of Galicia, to reduce the salt in the curing process, making the flavour sweeter and more mellow than most.

Enjoy it simply in thin slices with fresh bread and perhaps a drizzle of olive oil. It goes beautifully with fresh asparagus, melon or pears, Manchego cheese and olives, and lifts the flavours of cooked dishes such as scallops, white fish including sea bass and cod, chicken, vegetables, paella or pasta—and of course it tastes wonderful with an Oloroso sherry.

Whole Jamon Serrano Gran Reserva Jamón Serrano, 7kg minimum, with wooden carving stand and knife. Code SH07DE05. RRP £152. CCUK £89. Order.


Essential kit: pure linen jacket for a mere £89: just add Pimm's



This suave pure linen jacket is elegant, cool, and useful—perfect kit for nights in Marrakech or the Med and a steal at the Club price of £89 delivered. It is a great favourite with our Members as it seems to suit us all rather well—gives us a suave, man-about-town kind of air.

The jacket is flatteringly cut in pure linen by expert tailors who have been in the business in England since 1784. It has excellent line and balance and comes in four well-chosen colours: pale beige (the classic 'white linen suit'), taupe (an attractive beige-grey), midnight blue (a smart dark navy) and the slightly lighter Oxford blue.

It is single-breasted, two-button, and has traditional notched lapels, flapped and jetted pockets, and two rear vents. The half 'buggy' lining is designed to keep you cool as well as smart, with a stripy sleeve lining and two interior pockets, one buttoned for security. It looks great with the matching linen trousers, but it looks relaxed and stylish worn with your jeans or chinos.

The jacket comes in regular and short fitting in 38-52in chest and long in 40-50in chest. Code LJ15GU01. RRP £155. CCUK £89. Order pure linen jacket.

Matching linen trousers. Code LT15GU01. RRP £70. CCUK £45. Order pure linen trousers.

Full linen suit. Code LS15GU01. RRP £225. CCUK £125. Order pure linen suit.


Members' favourite tailored cotton chinos by Gurteen: save up to £51



Well-constructed chinos are now the classic trousers for leisure when flannels seem too formal and jeans too casual. They are the perfect trousers to relax in, even to wear with a blazer and loafers in summer, so long as they are good—and our tailored cotton chinos are ideal, and a favourite with Members.

Stylish and traditionally cut, they are from English tailors Gurteen’s Premium Sovereign range, built to last and to make you look good and feel comfortable at the same time.

They are smart—with a flat front, super-crease legs, belt loops, and matching canvas belt (the correct belt to wear with chinos)—and well made, the fabric pigment washed to resist fading, the outer seams reinforced. And for even more comfort the waistband has a slight stretch (hence the 2% Lycra added to the pure cotton). The two back pockets are buttoned and the two hip pockets have room for anything from your mobile phone to an engrossing paperback.

Sizes: waist 32in-50in, inside leg 29 1/2in, 31in and 33in. Colours (from left): brick, Air Force blue, taupe, stone and navy blue. Cotton 98%, Lycra 2%. Machine washable.

One pair: Code LC01GU01. RRP £70. CCUK £49. Order. Two pairs: Code LC02GU01. RRP £140. CCUK £89. Order.


Proper Panama hat: the top-quality Superfine Folder (Grade 8) from Christy & Co: save £46



With game fairs, country shows and holidays on the go, it is more than time to make sure your Panama hat is up to scratch. Not all are equal.

The proper Panama hat is the one that folds without damage into a narrow tube. The quality is determined by the fineness and evenness of its weave, and the strength and colour of the straw—and this one is Christys' best Panama hat, the superfine (grade 8), the hoods hand woven in Ecuador and the hats then handmade in England.

The extreme comfort of a Panama hat is created by its ability to act as an air conditioner on the head, allowing cooling breezes to circulate as well as shading you from the sun—which is of course why it remains the summer hat of choice across the generations.

To make sure our Members have the best, our Club hatmaker is Christys’ & Co, the world’s oldest milliner (since the 1770s). Christys’ Panama hats are superb, hand-made from the original Ecuadorian hoods. They also take longer to produce and prices reflect this. Through the Club, however, Members enjoy a more advantageous price.

The hat comes in sizes 55-62cm (6 3/4in to 7 5/8in) and arrives with Christys' traditional gold-embossed red hat tube.

Christy & Co Superfine (Grade 8) Folder Panama Hat. Code PH07CC02. RRP £126. CCUK £79. Order. Christy & Co Superfine (Grade 8) Folder Panama Hat with Christys' Red and gold embossed tube. Code PH06CC02. RRP £136. CCUK £89. Order.


Fine gentlemen's shaving kit by Taylor of Old Bond Street



The fine shaving products made by Taylor of Old Bond Street, established in 1854, are long-time Member favourites. Generations of gentlemen have used these luxurious and individual gentlemen’s grooming products. The old family firm has never compromised on quality in all their years.

We have however been alerted to a price increase this month, so if you would like to be sure of the current Club prices, please order now.

We suggest a selection of three luxuriously smooth Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Creams in 150g bowls, pure and delicately fragranced, and including the famous Sandalwood (the all-time gentleman’s favourite), the distinguished Eton College, St James, Mr Taylor’s, Rose, Lavender, Almond, Avocado, Lemon & Lime, and the new Coconut and Grapefruit. We also have the Sensitive Skin shaving cream.

Three Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Creams in 150g bowls. Code SC01SA02. RRP £20.85 plus delivery. CCUK £19.75. Free UK mainland delivery. Order.


The CountryClubuk Financial Seminar at the Lansdowne Club



The CountryClubuk Lunch Seminar was a great success, and we are delighted to hear from Members how much they enjoyed the occasion. We enjoyed it too—it was a real pleasure to talk to so many interesting Members, and our Speakers, Francis Fulford and the experts from Kleinwort Benson and Francis Clark were first class: not only informative but entertaining—as you know, we like to make these events enjoyable, and not boring.

Flushed with this success, we are inviting your views on the subjects you would like to be covered in future Seminars, and indeed the subjects on which you would like information about in advance of a Seminar, since the experts at Kleinwort Benson and Francis Clark have offered to give our Members a half-hour advice session on the subject of the Members' choice, free of charge. To remind you of their background, Kleinwort Benson has a blue-chip pedigree as one of Britain’s premier merchant banks, and is advising on all aspects of investment, markets, banking etc. Francis Clark, spearheaded by top tax expert Steve Collins, is one of the UK’s leading firms of independent accountants and tax advisers.

FREE FINANCIAL & TAX ADVICE
The offer of free advice from Kleinwort Benson and Francis Clark on your choice of subject, is of course entirely confidential and without obligation. To request a session, please click here, and tell us your choice of subject.


NEW SEMINAR TOPICS
Kindly click on any of the topics below which interest you, or click here to send your own suggestions. We are considering:
Inheritance Tax Planning
;
Investing For Income
;
School and University Fees Planning For Parents and Grandparents
;
Bank Savings Rates;
Tax Advice;
Higher Risk/Reward Investment Opportunities & Strategies
;
Property Investment.

If you have any questions you would like answered on any aspect, or if you require any further information, do not hesitate to call Member Services on 020 7399 2960, or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.


Eastern promise and Arabian nights at The Gherkin



Your reciprocal private members’ club, Searcys The Gherkin in the City of London, is top of the London private members’ clubs, literally. it is laid out in seemingly infinite space at the very apex of Norman Foster’s iconic architectural masterpiece, an integral part of the London skyline since 2004.

Our Members much enjoy visits to this London landmark, for drinks and light meals at the Bar, and full lunch and dinner in the Restaurant. It is all so architecturally magnificent and classically British . . . but from July 20 to September 5 things will not be quite as they were: one might say that a fundamental change will take place. The top of the Gherkin will be transformed into a pop-up Moroccan Sky Riad.

The sights and sounds of Marrakesh will be elevated 180 metres between the skyscrapers of London. Mid afternoon mezze will join British afternoon tea. Cocktails will have exotic added spice and on Wednesday nights there will be oud players, unfamiliar tunes—and belly dancers. Perhaps even a dervish will whirl, who can tell?

If you wish to book your usual business meetings during the Sky Riad, your guests will have quite a surprise—but the Restaurant will continue to serve its usual menu as well as a Moroccan repast, as it is the Bar which will take centre stage Morocco style. For more details, and to check availability, kindly call Member Services on 020 7399 2960.



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