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Stunning 27-carat aquamarine and diamond bracelet: £5,595

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When we first saw this exquisite diamond bracelet in Hatton Garden we could not wait to show it to you. It is exceptional. Designed by an internationally regarded jeweller, it contains no fewer than 24 superb sky blue aquamarines and 288 diamonds, all high quality natural gemstones set in 18ct white gold and fully hallmarked in England.

The gems weigh more than 27 carats. The effect of these scintillating sky blue stones and their flashing high-grade diamonds is altogether magnificent: like wearing 24 diamond rings!

The precious gemstones used in this piece are of exceptional weight, clarity and quality: many international jewellers would use one-third to half this weight of gems in a bracelet, and still charge a great deal more. It would sell in Bond Street for twice the retail price we record here, and through the Club it is therefore an eye-wateringly good deal.

The natural, beautifully hand cut aquamarines, weighing a total of 24.79 carats, are beautiful clean stones, flawless to the naked eye. They are set within clusters of almost 3 carats of brilliant cut diamonds of F colour—one of the three best colours that a diamond can be—with a quality grade of VS1, which again means that they are flawless to the eye.

As you can probably tell, we are excited by this glorious bracelet, and if you would like to own it, please let us know soon as there is of course only one and it will not be with us for long! It carries an insurance valuation certificate at the full retail price, and of course a full moneyback guarantee. Code AB30GA03. RRP £11,595. CCUK £5,595. Order 24.79 Carat Sky Blue Aquamarine and 2.76 Carat Diamond and 18ct White Gold Bracelet.


Sony's top-rated DSC-HX5V compact camera: only £189.95

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Our new electronics deals give Members top quality, highest rated products at advantageous prices. In cameras, you can buy top-of-the-range SLRs including the superb Canon 60D we featured in the last eNews (click for details)—but take a look at the recognised winner in the premium compact range, the incredibly versatile, high-quality performance camera, the Sony DSC-HX5V.

The HX5V is top of Sony's point-and-shoot range, a sturdy metal pocket-sized camera packed with features, and a superb performer. For starters it has 10x optical zoom, giving a shooting range equal to 25-250 mm on a traditional camera. It shoots wide-angle landscapes and tight close-ups of far-off subjects, making it an ideal camera to take in a pocket for sporting events and holidays.

Pictures are sharp and detailed, noise-free at lower ISO settings. Colours are clean and accurate. It captures huge panoramas with Sweep Panorama for a fast-moving subject you can take a single burst of 10 shots a second. The rear-illuminated Exmor R sensor delivers above average results in poor light, supplemented by useful low-light shooting modes: one for moving subjects without motion blur and one for noise-free results. You can also capture HD video at 1080i, a notch sharper than the 720p footage offered by rivals. The 3in screen operates in bright sunlight.

Sony DSC-HX5V Black Digital Camera. 10.2 Megapixels, 10x Optical zoom, 25mm wide angle Sony G lens, 1080i HD movie, 7.5cm LCD, GPS, Memory Stick/ SD Compatible, 1 Year's Warranty. Amazon are selling this camera at £215 and above. Members pay £189.95. Code SH05MW01. RRP £329. CCUK £189.95. Free UK mainland delivery. Order Sony DSC-HX5V Black Camera.

Six of the best new silk ties for summer: Club price, £15

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A man needs a new silk tie for summer. For one thing, women notice ties, so it's no good hanging on to the same old faithful and thinking nobody will notice. It's why the designers spend so long creating them, and the literary greats have long known that the tie maketh the man.

Ian Fleming put James Bond into a knitted silk number, just like the ones pictured above (and re-issued this season by J Crew and Ralph Lauren). Somerset Maugham, who expounded on the subject in The Razor's Edge, wore striped silk.

So, from classic knitted silk to stripes and paisley, from Lauren to Crew to Louis Vuitton, here are eight of the best, perfect for city suits to blazers and linen, from white shirt to denim—and a Club El Snippo. Usually up to £45 a tie, Members pay £15. Top row: Knitted silk straight cut tie in gold, black, burgundy. Code KT01SA05. Order. Left, Navy and Red Paisley. Code PT01SA05. Order. Stripes (woven silk). Code ST15SA05: Navy, silver, turquoise (left). Lower: Navy, red, white (left); olive, blue, brown (centre); Navy, silver, yellow (right). RRP £45. CCUK £15. Order.

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Silk boxers from California: Voted No1 by Rolling Stone!

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Whatever else a man is wearing, silk boxer shorts are the ultimate in comfort and irreproachable masculinity. Our new collection has been designed in California by Mary Green (who designs for Hollywood stars such as Bo Derek), and they of superlative quality. They were judged the best boxer shorts in the world by Rolling Stone magazine.

boxerThey have a loose, airy fit, are well cut and sewn, and make wearing a suit bearable in summer. They are light and easy for travel and make excellent nightwear.

A generous supply is needed, and buying through the Club beats shopping. So we have chosen a new ‘magnificent seven’ set, one for every day of the week. All have the classic elasticated waist and single button fly. Sizes (choose a size larger than your usual waist): small (waist up to 32in), medium (34in), large (36-38in), extra large (40in). Magnificent Seven Collection. Code MB08MG01. RRP £179. CCUK £109. Order Magnificent Seven Silk Boxers. Or choose a trio from the collection (either striped collection or sand-washed paisley collection). Silk Boxer Shorts Trio. MB03MG01. RRP £79. CCUK £49. Order Silk Boxer Shorts Trio.


Hampton Bistro Set by Chelsea Flower Show gold medallists

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Elegant garden furniture dramatically improves the garden and your outdoor enjoyment, and this stylish Hampton garden set is perfect to make the most of al fresco occasions this summer.

Designed and made by Chelsea Flower Show medal-winners Ascalon Design of Hereford, it combines a pleasing design of lattice and a simple arch motif with solid construction, hand-forged galvanised wrought-iron frames and spot welding, so it will last for years.

The set of round table with parasol hole and two matching chairs is ideal to enjoy al fresco breakfasts, lunches and suppers à deux, morning coffees with a friend in the sunshine, gin-and-tonic time or a peaceful afternoon tea alone with a good book. And because the chairs fold away they are easy to store all winter, or to move indoors to the conservatory.

Choose from two colours, pale olive green and (pictured) cream. The table has a 75cm diameter top and is 74cm high, with slats running across it, a parasol hole, and an elegant arch motif. The chairs measure 50cm wide by 39cm deep by 93cm high. Additional chairs are available in the same style, as are a larger table and carver chairs, an elegant bench, and a butler’s tray.

Hampton Bistro Set: Round Table and Two Chairs. Cream or green. Code BS01AD10. RRP £236. CCUK £157. Free UK mainland delivery. Order Set.


Hardy Angel 2, the world famous trout and salmon reels

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Hardy is the world’s pre-eminent fly rod and reel maker. As such this fine British company is constantly innovating, improving and updating. Some thought it a bold move, even for Hardy, to attempt to improve its original Hardy Angel reels. After all, the Angel has long been one of Hardy's best-selling reels, a favourite on rivers and on stillwaters. But the experts at Hardy knew exactly what they were doing, and they have improved the internal and external construction of the Hardy Angel 2 reels to bring real benefits when fishing.

Redesigning the clutch housing means a tool-less left-right conversion takes only seconds instead of minutes, the concealed check system improves the already trusted and dependable Rulon drag, and a new all-metal handle with a reverse screw fitting increases strength and durability.

The Angel 2 is applauded by the experts as a superb reel made better. The new range goes from 2/3 weight (perfect for brooks) to the 11/12 weight (which handles the biggest salmon). A complete range for every situation, and our flyfishers enjoy an exclusive Club price (Members-only please).

Featherweight #2/3, 111g. Code AR21HH03. RRP £199. CCUK £119. Order. Featherweight #3/4, 118g. Code AR20HH03. RRP £219. CCUK £139. Order. #4/5, 185g. Code AR03HH03. RRP £299. CCUK £219. Order. #6/7, 193g. Code AR04HH03. RRP £299. CCUK £219. Order. #7/8, 200g. Code AR06HH03. RRP £365. CCUK £265. Order. #9/10, 316g. Code AR07HH03. RRP £399. CCUK £309. Order. #11/12, 335g. Code AR08HH03. RRP £429. CCUK £299. Order. TE #4/5, 185g. Code AR09HH03. RRP £299. CCUK £219. Order. TE #6/7, 193g. Code AR13HH03. RRP £335. CCUK £209. Order.

rodsAs to flyrods, the new Hardy Angel 2 TE is one of the world’s fastest. Designed to show just what is possible from a fast-action fly rod, capable of controlling the highest density sinking lines, yet still able to fish a floating line effectively, the TE responds fantastically well to to a short, controlled casting stroke. The tip of the TE follows your hand as though you had hold of the line itself. These rods track, dampen and recover like no other, so if you require casting accuracy at 30 yards, the Angel TE is the one to own.

Hardy Angel TE Fly Rod: Code AR10HH03. 9 ft. AFTM 5 #. RRP £749. CCUK £599. Order. 9ft 6in. AFTM 7 #. Code AR11HH03. RRP £799. CCUK £649. Order. 10ft. AFTM 7 #. Code AR12HH03. RRP £849. CCUK £699. Order.

¶ For advantageous Members-only prices on all Hardy rods, reels, flylines, clothing and fishing bags, please call Member Services on 020 7935 0888 or click here to view a small selection.


Finest handmade leather Labrador footstool by Omersa

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For a Labrador man or woman, this is the ultimate gift. It is a collector’s item—a handmade leather Labrador footstool, large enough and sturdy enough also to be used as a seat, and each Labrador, being entirely handmade by craftsmen in leather, has its own individual character.

Omersa leather animal footstools are renowned as collector’s items worldwide, as they have been since 1927. They are beautifully made in Lincolnshire from the highest quality full-grain cowhide, built around a steel frame, handworked with woodwool, the leather stained then waxed and polished, they emerge as individuals with character and charm—one of the family, in fact.

The Labrador was first designed in the mid-1980s and has since become a favourite with Labrador lovers and collectors worldwide. This size, known by Omersa as the 'Medium', is the Daddy of them all. It is used as a footstool and is large and sturdy enough for an occasional seat—but whatever you decide to do with it, it will be loved and admired.

The Labrador measures 660mm long by 270mm wide and 570mm high, and weighs 8.50kg. Code LF01OM02. RRP £468 plus delivery. CCUK £349. Free UK mainland delivery. Order Omersa Handmade Leather Medium Labrador Footstool.

Click for superb Club deals on the famous Omersa hippo, rhino, terrier, et al.


Five-star sea-view suite in a Quinta in Madeira, over 50% off

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Madeira’s sub-tropical flora, gentle climate and rich history have delighted travellers for centuries. Just off the coast of Africa, not far from the Canary Islands, there is a picture-postcard scene everywhere you look, the food and wines are delicious, local life maintains its traditions and festivities, and for walkers it is a dream come true, thanks to the historic levada network. Added to which you can stay, not in an hotel but a Quinta, Madeira’s hidden hideaways, which turn a holiday into a grand and gracious way of life.

arielOne such is the five-star Quinta das Vistas Palace Gardens, which we recommend, and where you as a Member enjoy highly advantageous rates, staying in a Sea View Suite for less than the price of a normal room. Quinta das Vistas Palace Gardens is superbly positioned on the brow of a hill with panoramic views over the mountains, the ocean and Funchal. The Bay of Funchal twinkles below as you relax in comfort on on the private balcony of your suite.

dineThis classy Quinta has all the trappings of a luxury five-star establishment, but retains the charm and personality of a traditional Quinta. The restaurant, La Belle Terrasse, is exceptional, and what could be more pleasant than enjoying breakfast on the terrace, or on your private balcony? The pastel suites are large and airy, with outstanding views of the bay. The Chandra Spa offers a Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and a bevy of treatments, and you can swim in the indoor heated pool or the outdoor infinity pool, then relax in the sunshine. This is a place to relax, and when you want to take in the sights of Funchal, it is a 10-minute stroll (or take the hotel taxi).

The first Members to book can enjoy our exclusive Blue Ribbon deal, staying in a 50 sq metre Deluxe Sea View Suite for up to three guests, for five nights, including breakfast. The suite has a large bedroom, en-suite bathroom, balcony overlooking the sea, separate sitting area, free wifi, cable TV, bathrobes, slippers, toiletries, and air conditioning.

The hotel rate would be £1,872 and the best deal we can see elsewhere is £1,497. Our exclusive Blue Ribbon rate gives Members more than 50% off the best available rate at the time—currently £119 plus VAT per night for two (£714 including VAT for all five nights), including breakfast for two. Longer stays and flights can be arranged; return flights are currently about £130, falling to £60 in October, when the Madeiran temperature still averages 23°C (74°F).

Check availability and be first to book: call Member Services on 020 7935 0888.


Herdwick mutton from the Langdale Pikes in Lakeland

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We have Beatrix Potter to thank for our new Herdwick Langdale Pikes Mutton Hamper. Mutton takes us back to the Sunday lunches of yesteryear—a delicious taste that is difficult to find today—and if Ms Potter had not bought up the farms of Lakeland with the royalties from her Peter Rabbit books, and insisted that Herdwicks were raised on them, it is unlikely they would have survived.

countryHerdwicks are amazing. One of our oldest native breeds, farmed in only a small area of western Lakeland, they are highly distinctive and attractive: born black, with white heads and legs, their wool becomes grey as they age (and knits into a warm, water-resistant sweater). Herdwicks are also ultra-hardy and independent, hefting to the high Lakeland hills that are not only England’s highest, roughest terrain but also have the country’s highest rainfall.

The Herdwick’s natural diet on these high slopes, of grass, lichen, Lakeland wild bilberry and heather, produces meat that is dark, fine-grained, succulent, lean and tender, with a slightly gamey flavour that is also rich, almost sweet. Roaming wild on these hills, they are not forced to grow quickly but allowed to develop at their own pace, and when you factor in the proper hanging times, the results are delicious.

skewSo special is the Herdwick that the meat is now stamped as genuine Herdwick (to prevent imposters). It was served at Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Dinner in 1953, and now even the scientists have waded in: a scientific study from Bristol University claims to have proved scientifically that the taste and texture of Herdwick meat is superior to that from lowland breeds.

Our suppliers are Eric and Sue Taylforth, of Millbeck Farm, Herdwick specialists with a good, old-fashioned attitude to animal husbandry, discovered by our Rick Stein 'Food Heroes', Jeannie and Rachel at Alternative Meats. Millbeck Farm nestles beneath the famous Langdale Pikes, a 250-acre working Lakeland hill farm owned by the National Trust. The Taylforths' Herdwick herd graze the Langdale Pikes above their farm, and the mutton is delicious: rich yet delicately flavoured, and, as they say themselves, ‘not mass-produced nor factory farmed, but slow matured—it is ready, when it is ready’.

Happily, mutton is enjoying a revival in Britain, thanks largely to HRH the Prince of Wales. Since he founded the Mutton Renaissance Club this flavoursome meat appears regularly on menus at leading London restaurants including The Ritz, where head chef John Williams serves mutton every two weeks. Boiled mutton and caper sauce used to be part of our national diet—the Prince of Wales says it is his favourite dish, and many agree. Click here for The Ritz recipe for roast loin of mutton, and more, but meanwhile order some of this succulent Millbeck Farm Herdwick mutton to taste it for yourself. It costs you £58, but the real value of the hamper is well over £100.

Our Langdale Pikes Herdwick Mutton Hamper weighs a total 6.7kg (about half a Herdwick) and comprises: a 2kg leg of mutton joint; 2.5kg shoulder of mutton joint; loin rack of mutton for that delicious Ritz recipe (minimum 1kg); 2 chump steaks (total 400g); 1 x 300g pack of diced mutton neck for braising (delicious with lemon and thyme); 500g breast of mutton joint. Code HM01AM01. RRP £70 or more. CCUK £58. Order Langdale Pikes Herdwick Mutton Hamper.


Smart new Spanish cedar-lined cigar case in black leather

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For a man who loves a cigar, and needs to keep one or two with him while at work or travelling, out for the evening or on the golf course, here is the smart answer. The important thing is to keep them in top condition, and the way to do that is of course to make sure the cigar case is robust yet light and lined in Spanish cedar, the same wood as the best humidors. So our experts have selected a new, high-quality Spanish cedar-lined three-finger case from specialist makers, which will safely store up to three cigars.

Well made using best quality materials, this very smart case is finished in black leather with stitching detail and looks good as well as doing the job to perfection. To season, simply place the open case in your humidor for 24 hours before use to allow the Spanish cedar wood interior to absorb moisture. It will then be perfectly conditioned for short-term storage of your cigars.

The larger case is suited to medium length cigars with a larger ring gauge, eg Robusto, No 2, Siglo VI. External dimensions 13.4cm x 7.5cm x 3.9cm. Code RC01SH02. RRP £25.95. CCUK £19.95. Order Robusta Leather Three-Finger Spanish Cedar-Lined Cigar Case. Petit Corona size. External dimensions 13.4cm x 6.8cm x 3cm. Code PC01SH02. RRP £23.95. CCUK £17.95. Order Petit Corona Leather Three-Finger Spanish Cedar-Lined Cigar Case.


Brilliant blue turquoise Anasazi Necklace for Summer 2011

necklaceThe brilliant blue of our new turquoise Anasazi Necklace makes a serious splash for Summer 2011, and we really love it!

Turquoise, that delightful robin’s egg blue gemstone worn by Pharoahs and Aztec kings, is probably one of the oldest gemstones known. Here it becomes a fashion item, its chunky end-on turquoise discs giving a thoroughly modern twist.

These discs, combined with round beads and irregular pieces, all bearing the natural weblike turquoise markings, create a lively yet ladylike look.

This is the go-to necklace for summer—perfect for high days and holidays. Partner with a silky black blouse or top to lift the tone, or combine with powerful cobalt for an all-blue hue, or team with bright coral to make a gorgeous accent shade, and of course the classic clean cool white. This lovely necklace is 30in (76cm) long. Code AN14CC04. RRP £75. CCUK £43. Order Anasazi Turquoise Necklace.

Inside this issue

Stunning diamond bracelet, £6,000 off

Sony's top compact camera: super deal
Delicious Lakeland Herdwick mutton
Handmade leather Labrador footstool
Garden bistro set by Chelsea Medallists
Pick of the best new silk ties for summer
And the world’s best silk boxer shorts!
Five nights in a five-star suite, £714 for 2

Hardy Angel 2 trout and salmon reels

Leather and Spanish cedar cigar case
Anasazi turquoise necklace, only £43
WHERE TO GO
Phyllis Court for Henley Regatta, £19
War Horse matinee, lunch at the Savoy
Masterpiece London, and free Champagne
CLUB FAVOURITES: GOURMET FOODS
Calvisius fresh malossol caviar, £69
Foie gras used by Michelin chefs, £49
Freshest cooked Cornish lobsters
Succulent suckling pig from Cheshire
2010 Bordeaux: En primeur, latest deals

Henley Royal Regatta, £19 each per day

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You now enjoy reciprocal membership of the Phyllis Court Club in Henley-on-Thames—and you can join us there, in prime position on the Finish Line, for this year’s Henley Royal Regatta (June 29 to July 3).

Buy a Day Badge for £19 and select your lunch, tea, and other refreshments from the Club restaurants (lunch is £36.50 to £44.50, afternoon tea £12 to £17.50). Parking is £20. Or book a picnic place and bring your own hamper for a jolly boating time.

During the day, jazz and brass bands play in the background, and after the racing events have finished, entertainment continues long into the evening, culminating in the lavish Regatta Ball on the Saturday night, to which you are also invited.

To book Day Badges at £19, click here.

To see the full details and book a private box in the Grandstand overlooking the river, with Pimm's reception, three-course lunch with wines, afternoon tea and more, on Saturday or Sunday, click here.

War Horse and The Savoy: now booking for the matinee too

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So many Members ask us to arrange best seats for the sell-out London production of War Horse, so we have arranged a special deal exclusively for Members on Thursday, October 6, not only for the evening performance but now for the matinee.

War Horse is playing to packed houses at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London WC2. On October 6 our Members save £10 on top-priced seats, paying £39.75 instead of £49.75, plus booking fee of £1.25. We have also arranged a delicious pre-theatre two-course dinner (or lunch) and glass of Champagne at The Savoy River Restaurant for all who wish to make a splendid performance even better.

The price including dinner (or lunch) will be £79 instead of the full £104, saving £25. Click here to book tickets only (code WH01CC04). Call Member Services on 020 7935 0888 to book Tickets with Pre-Theatre Dinner (or Lunch) at £79 (RR £104).


Fine art at Masterpiece London: and free Ruinart Champagne

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Masterpiece London is now one of the world’s most glittering and fabulous fine and decorative contemporary arts, antiques and contemporary design fairs.

This year’s show will be held at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, from June 30 to July 5, and feature an eye-watering £1 billion-worth of fine and decorative arts alongside premium collectors’ items including classic cars and fine wine, beautiful jewellery, ancient maps, exquisite paintings, modern sculptures or sporting memorabilia

This will be an unmissable feast of fine art—wall-to-wall showcasing of the best modern art from around the world—and to make sure you, our Members, receive the full VIP treatment a glass of Ruinart Champagne will be ready on ice for your arrival.

As well as marvellous art works, there will be daily lectures by curators from the world-class Wallace Collection, along with tastings by Ruinart and Louis XIII de Rémy Martin. On hand to make sure visitors are suitably refreshed, Le Caprice, Harry’s Bar and the Mount Street Deli.

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Tickets are £20 for the day (opening hours 11am to 9pm). Call 020 7499 7470 or book online at www.masterpiecefair.com and enter, in capital letters, COUNTRYCLUBUK in the promotion code. Ruinart Champagne vouchers will be sent to you with your tickets.

Fresh cooked Cornish lobsters from Britain's Best Fishmonger

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Cornish lobsters are the ultimate sea-fresh taste in shellfish and we are delighted to offer fresh-cooked lobsters for your delectation. Quayside Fish catch them by traditional potting methods off the local coast, they are landed each day (weather permitting), cooked immediately and posted overnight for delivery to your door next day.

Coming from Britain’s Best Fishmonger, they are worthy of centre-stage at your next dinner or lunch party. A single lobster will feed two people as a starter, or as a main course for one.

Six Cornish Lobsters. RRP £158.15 plus delivery. CCUK £99. Order Six Cooked Cornish Lobsters. Two lobsters. Code LB02QF10. RRP £52.72 plus delivery. CCUK £39. Order Two Cooked Cornish Lobsters. Four lobsters. Code LB04QF10. RRP £105.44 plus delivery. CCUK £75. Order Four Cooked Cornish Lobsters.

Please state your preferred delivery day: Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. For more lobsters, or different shellfish, call Member Services on 020 7935 0888.

For Members who enjoy caviar, we have sought the best alternatives to wild Caspian Sea caviar—and not only do we believe we have found some, but the price from the Club is extremely advantageous (a 50g pot is only £69!).

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As you know, Caspian Sea sturgeon numbers are in decline. The only real solution is farmed caviar. The question for aficionados is of course: Is it good enough? Our specialists have tested many brands, and Calvisius caviar is acknowledged by connoisseurs as excellent.

With its large, 3mm dark to light brown eggs, the caviar is fresh, not pasteurised, and neither too oily nor bitter nor bland. It has the ‘pop’, the glistening grey colour and the buttery, nutty flavour of wild caviar. It is not Beluga: even the cleverest fish farmers have yet to succeed in rearing Beluga to maturity in captivity (they eat one another). But it has outdone some wild caviar in blind test conditions.

It is ‘malossol caviar’, which means ‘with little salt’. This makes it good for human health.

Choose from the following weights: 50g pot (1-2 servings). RRP £135. CCUK £69. Order.
Two 50g pots (up to 4 servings). RRP £260. CCUK £129. Order.
125g pot (up to 5 servings). RRP £336. CCUK £195. Order.
250g pot (up to 10 servings). RRP £500. CCUK £275. Order.

Please tell us what date you require delivery (Tuesday-Friday).


Flash frozen Rougié foie gras used by Michelin chefs: only £49 for 1kg


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We are delighted to have delicious new supplies of highly recommended foie gras from French gastronomy experts for Members—even double-Michelin-starred chefs use this fabulous foie gras. It makes serving the very finest pan-fried foie gras quick, easy—and foolproof. And through the Club it is a real El Snippo!

Specialist chefs from the House of Rougié in Perigord expertly prepare highest-quality foie gras lobes (not easy for non-experts). These are then flash-frozen and heat-sliced into near-perfect equal portions. The foie gras retains not only its fresh taste but its structure, and therefore it cooks evenly and reduces very little in the cooking.

It is immensely easy and quick to prepare—and always on hand in the freezer for last-minute meals for unexpected guests, a boon in summer and for those who have an instant gourmet dinner party in mind. It is ready in minutes.

Simply pan-fry in a medium-hot pan (no fat needed) for about 45 seconds on either side, and you have a perfect Seared Foie Gras starter.

Each 50g slice is enough for one, and you can re-seal and store in the freezer for up to a year.

1kg Rougié Flash-Frozen Foie Gras (sliced into 20 x 50g portions). RRP £90. CCUK £49. Order. Please tell us on what day you can receive delivery (Tuesday-Friday).


Succulent suckling pig from Cheshire, £79

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Here is the rare chance to serve traditional suckling pig—that deliciously flavoured, succulent, melt-in-the-mouth meat with its crispy skin, roasted to a deep gold. It is probably the best pork you and your guests will ever taste, and roasting it at home is very easy.

Not to be confused with the very small Spanish or European versions of suckling pig, each of our British pigs weighs 9-10kg, easily serving a party of 15. They are Large Whites, sourced from Cheshire by Rick Stein ‘food heroes’ Jeanette and Rachel of Alternative Meats (see also the new Herdwick Mutton Hamper, left).

Delicious when slow roasted, the pre-scored suckling pig skin produces that crispy, golden crackling, the meat succulent, sweet and tender. They will fit in an Aga or domestic oven. You can feed up to 15, or a smaller party since the leftovers are delicious cold.

Whole suckling pig. Length 20in (51cm), weight 7-8kg. Code SP02AM01. RRP £98.99. CCUK £79. Order.

Whole suckling pig, prepared (head and feet off). Length 20in (51cm), weight 7-8kg. Code SP01AM01. RRP £103.99. CCUK £85. Order.

2010 Bordeaux En Primeur: try a case or two to put down


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Since the start of the release of the 2010 Bordeaux, our wine experts have been a little cautious, and so they remain. Prices are up—some of them stratospherically so—like Les Pagodes de Cos at £480, which is 60% higher than the price at which you can buy the 2005 today.

However, the full story is—like the curate’s egg—good in parts. For Club Members who do like to buy a couple of cases a year, here are some handpicked deals which our experts do consider fair—so no Pagodes!

Prices are In Bond lying at London City Bond.
Ch. Haut Batailley, 5eme Cru Pauillac 2010 £330. Ch. Pontet Canet, 5eme Cru Pauillac 2010 £1,200. Echo de Lynch Bages, Pauillac 2010 £310.
Ch. Gruaud Larose, 2eme Cru St Julien 2010 £525.
Ch. Langoa Barton, 3eme Cru St Julien 2010 £530.
Ch. Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Medoc 2010 £215.
Ch. Caronne Ste Gemme, Haut-Medoc 2010 £108. Ch. Lanessan, Haut-Medoc 2010 £120.
Ch. Ormes de Pez, St Estephe 2010 £240
Ch. La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande de Pomerol 2010 £235.

These are specially selected wines and they sell out fast, so please call Member Services on 020 7935 0888 to check current stock and new releases prior to purchase.

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