|A dazzling burst of
diamonds for a very special lady
We asked our diamond jeweller to
show us some designs which he himself has given as
a special gift—and among them was this dazzling
burst of diamond drop earrings, set in 18ct white
gold, which were a precious gift to his wife. Not
only are they the most stylish and glamorous diamond
earrings for special occasions, they transform into
beautiful diamond studs which she can wear every day—a
feature which increases many times over the enjoyment
of wearing them any day she chooses (and, for the
onlooker, of admiring them).
The earrings are design classics
from the fashionable 18th century, inspired by Napoleonic
classicism and romantic vision, when earrings were
long and elegant, and for important occasions the
pear-drop diamond was much in vogue. Here the two
large matching pear-shaped drop diamonds, together
weighing .70 carats, are suspended in a bower of brilliant-cut
diamonds beneath three more diamonds, also brilliant
No fewer than 42 diamonds are required
to create these desirable and valuable earrings, and
the total diamond weight is 1.88 carats (G/H in colour,
VS2 in quality). They are beautifully made in England
by skilled craftsmen (our jeweller’s workshop
is in London’s Hanover Square) and are fully
hallmarked in England. They carry an insurance certificate
at the full retail value, and the feature diamonds
a GIA certificate.
Code DE23HT01. RRP £6,200.
CCUK £3,575. Order Diamond Earrings.
|The new silver medal
ranked Club Claret is here, £7.75
new CountryClubuk claret has just arrived—and,
true to form, it has real ‘wow’ factor.
It is ready to drink now, has the class and pedigree
of a French classic, is made by a rising star among
Bordeaux winemakers, yet at £7.75 a bottle it
is only half the price it should be.
The wine is from the heart of the
Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux. It oozes quality
and it is highly recommended by Master of Wine Derek
Smedley, co-chairman of the influential International
Wine Challenge and a member of the Club Tasting Panel.
He scores it 92 points (out of 100), therefore a Silver
Medallist. It also happens to be the House Claret
at the Garrick Club, past members of which include
Dickens, Elgar and Kingsley Amis, whose pleasure in
good claret was legendary.
Derek was keen to tell us after
the Tasting, ‘This wine is drinking very well
and the Club would do well to have this as their House
Claret. The sweetness of black plum gives flesh on
the nose. The richness of the ripe fruit is very much
in evidence on the palate, and behind the lushness
bright blackcurrant underpinned by fresher redcurrant
add to the complexity. Fleshy plum backed by dark
chocolate gives a supple richness on the back palate:
The wine is from Château Lezongars,
in the small village of Villenave-de-Rions, 32km south-east
of Bordeaux town, and within sight of Graves and many
familiar appellations. The Château is highly
recommended not only by Derek Smedley but by his fellow
wine critics including Matthew Jukes, Tim Atkins and
Joanna Simons. It began its ascent in 1998, winning
no fewer than 45 top awards in the last 10 years,
reflecting great wine-making backed by huge investment,
with input from Michel Puzio, owner of Château
Croix de Labrie in Saint-Emilion, who has overseen
much work in the vineyard and cellar. Consultation
has also come from Jean-Luc Thunevin, best known for
Valandraud (which received a better rating than Château
Pétrus by wine critic Robert Parker).
The CountryClubuk Tasting
Panel loved the wine and thought it must be the most
expensive in the line-up of candidates for Club claret;
they were surprised to find that it was not. It is
made from the classic Pomerol-style Bordeaux combination
of Merlot (90%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), and
has been aged in French oak barrels. The wine is dark,
rich and supple, and the colour is deep, dark garnet.
The CountryClubuk Claret
is inexpensive enough to drink any time, yet equally
comfortable at a presentation dinner where it can
easily outshine much more expensive clarets. This
classy wine is a great find at from only £7.75
per bottle plus delivery. Try it: you will not be
Case of 12 bottles (75cl). Code
CC01EP01. CCUK £98. Order case of Club Claret,
Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux 2005. Three cases
of 12 bottles. Code CC03EP01. CCUK £279. Order
three cases of Club Claret, Premieres Côtes
de Bordeaux 2005.
New Club Savile
Row shirt: a cut above the rest, £29
Club shirts are made for us, in Savile Row style to
the minutest detail, so our Members can be sure of
wearing a proper gentleman’s shirt, but at a
sensible price. The quality is superb. Similar shirts
made by our tailor sell in Savile Row for £80
So many shirts nowadays are not
of this high quality. For starters, we have insisted
that our shirts are made of Italian two-fold cotton
poplin with a yarn count of 100-plus. And take the
humble (or perhaps not so humble) button. Ours are
genuine mother of pearl. It is easy to save by 'dumbing
down' to plastic buttons, but they are not the same,
and few makers still use the genuine article.
Equally there is the question of
fit. The proper two-piece split yoke replicates the
slope of the shoulder, giving greater comfort and
a better fit. Fewer and fewer shirts have this feature.
The collar is of course vital, particularly
in the new vogue for wearing a suit and shirt without
a tie (à la David Cameron). It must be an elegant
shape of course—our collar mirrors that worn
by the Prince of Wales—and also tailored with
a separate top and band to create the ‘spring’
which gives it that natural tendency to turn and remain
smartly in place.
Then there is the traditional, beautifully
sewn single needle stitching, a costly procedure that
gives fine, strong, straight seams; and sewing at
20 stitches per inch (the average is 15), again to
produce seams that last a lifetime. The buttons are
sewn with crossed lock stitch so they stay on. The
cuffs are rounded to prevent them being caught on
a jacket (again, an expensive but important detail),
and are turned back, for cufflinks.
To start with, our Savile Row style
shirts are being made in two colours, white and pale
blue. Collar sizes are in all half sizes from 15in
to 18in. Sleeve lengths are 35in and 36in depending
on collar size. Code CS02CC04. RRP £80. CCUK
CountryClubuk Shirt. Code CS03CC04. RRP
£240. CCUK £79. Order
Three CountryClubuk Shirts.
American designer fox fur handbag
new beautifully designed fox fur Reynard Handbag has
enough 'wow' factor to turn heads from Bond Street
to Madison Avenue, literally. Handmade in America
from natural red fox fur, it is such a fabulous fashion
statement that any woman would love to own it.
The dense red fox underfur is complemented
with soft, sleek guard hairs for the full fox impact,
and the handle alone is a piece of natural art—a
single polished cow horn from Argentina, set with
brass on leather. Inside, the lined interior holds
two pockets for precious items, and the top is secured
with a hidden magnet.
Big enough for maximum impact,
it is so roomy it takes any woman’s routine
requirements, combining natural beauty with functionality.
Height: 14in (with handle, 22in),
width (at bottom) 14in, handle drop 8in, horn length
10in. Code RH01FH04. RRP £375. CCUK £195.
Reynard Handbag in Red Fox.
Well-cut new Irish
wool lovat tweed jacket, £108 off
new pure wool jacket from Ireland is certainly the
smartest, most flattering we have seen this season—the
excellent cut, gently fitted waist (like that of a
hacking jacket), fine wool cloth and subtle mixture
of soft lovats with green and blue overcheck, all
look bespoke and accentuate a trim manly figure.
Woven and tailored in Ireland, it
has excellent line and balance, with tailoring details
such as hand-stitching on the collar and lapels, angled
breast pocket and front flapped pockets, and that
sartorially smart ticket pocket which always adds
Though warm enough to wear from
autumn to spring with a cloth weight of 495g (17 1/2
oz), it is sleek not bulky, and the single-breasted,
three-button style and waisted cut are most attractive.
The jacket has two side vents, four cuff buttons and
four interior pockets, one buttoned for valuables,
with a silky blue lining.
Sizes 38-50in in regular, 36-46in
in short, and 42-46in in long fittings. RRP £287.
CCUK £179. Order Irish tweed jacket.
replica Metal Pedal Trike: a future family heirloom
Members asked us to recommend toys this year, so we
have been researching and testing to find good, safe
products which both parents and children will enjoy.
Trikes are great fun, and this powder pink replica
1936 Princess Trike really caught our eye: just look
at that chrome and the pink hubcaps! It is the original
down to the last detail, constructed like a car in
all-steel with solid rubber tyres, sealed ball-bearings,
pink powder body paint and chrome insignias—you
get the picture.
The trike is safe and comfortable, with sprung seat
and rounded lines (so no sharp edges), and for visibility
it has a working LED light and reflectors. The seat
is adjustable so children aged three to seven can
ride it (the handlebars, fitted with rubber grips,
are 26in high). Friends can join the fun, as a back
step allows a passenger to ride tandem.
Being steel, very well constructed, this trike is
built to last and to be passed down as an heirloom
(no built-in obsolescence here!).
Colours: Pink Sky Princess (shown), also for boys
in Red Sky King, Sky Blue, and Black Road Hog. Code
PT01SY08. RRP £300. CCUK £219. Order
Children’s 1936 Metal Pedal Trike.
baby alpaca jumpers for men
new jumpers for men are classics, yet because they
are hand knitted from baby alpaca the warmth, silky
feel and lightness set them apart from other sweaters.
They come from the Alpaca Collection and are handmade
in Peru from the first shearing of the Andean alpaca,
which produces that soft, silky fibre. Added to its
rich lustre, it is warm, supple and light, yet so
strong it maintains its shape, appearance and colour
for many years (and copious washes).
The Marlborough is the classic v-neck,
the Winchester the sleeveless version. Both are links-knit
and luxurious, surprisingly warm on their own, yet
elegant and smart enough to fit easily under a jacket
instead of a waistcoat. Both come in six colours:
navy, black, claret, grape, fawn and olive. Sizes:
S (32-34in chest), M (35-38in), L (39-41in) and XL
(42-43in). Please give your jacket chest measurement
Marlborough V-Neck Jumper (pictured
in claret): Code MJ01AC03. RRP £119. CCUK £79.
Order Baby Alpaca Jumper. Winchester: Code WJA01C03.
RRP £95. CCUK £69. Order Baby Alpaca Sleeveless
free-range goose for Christmas
Those marvellous sporting British
cooks Clarissa Dickson Wright and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
are champions of serving goose at Christmas. ‘It
makes a really rich, extravagant, delicious dish,’
says Clarissa, while Hugh says, ‘It really knocks
the stuffing out of turkey!’ We agree completely.
The meat is succulent—equivalent to the dark
meat on a turkey—and far superior in taste;
so if your family prefers chicken leg to breast, and
crispy skin, you will be applauded to the rafters
for serving goose!
Our birds come from the Brisbourne
family farm in Shropshire, who this year are celebrating
30 years of producing these wonderful birds. They
rear them from day-old goslings hatched in May, reaching
full maturity on home-grown wheat, potatoes and a
specially prepared ration without the use of growth
promoters. If you drive past the farm you can watch
these handsome birds grazing in flocks in the pastures—white
on green—a splendid sight. All they need now
is a goose girl . . .
The geese are finished using traditional
methods too. Each bird is dry plucked then hung in
a chilled environment for up to 10 days to produce
their succulent flavour and texture. All the geese
are dressed by hand and prepared oven-ready. All you
have to do is roast the bird. It does not dry out—and
the fat will of course produce delicious roast potatoes.
Our free-range goose is 13lb, so
it will be tender as well as well-flavoured. Goose
is also good for you: the lowest incidence of heart
disease is the goose-rearing area of France, far lower
than even the olive oil regions. Average weight 6kg
(13lb). Serves 8-10. Plese give the date on which
you require delivery. Code BG01AM01. RRP £79.
CCUK £69. Order
Brisbourne Free-range Goose.
The Seven Deadly
Sins—now in pure silk lingerie!
the girl in your life both feminine and fun-loving?
These Seven Deadly Sins silk knit briefs are for her.
They come from silk lingerie designer Mary Green in
California, the ‘Queen of Lingerie’ according
to Vanity Fair, and of whom Hollywood actress
Bo Derek (remember her in Bolero?) says,
‘I only wear Mary Green’s: they are the
most lovely little bits of silk and I have them in
every colour, for every occasion.’
Each has a sweet lace trim and is
embroidered with a ‘sin of the day’ slogan,
from ‘Greed (I’m working on it)’
to ‘Lust (but he is so cute!)’, to ‘Pride
(can you blame me?)’ and ‘Envy (who wouldn’t
On the practical side, they are
pure silk, well-fitting hip-hugger boy pants in a
pretty shade of (tickled) pink, trimmed with cream
puff lace, in a Victorian style box with crystal drawer
pulls. They make a gift she is most unlikely to forget!
Sizes: Small (8-10), Medium (10-12)
and Large (14-16). Code SP07MG01. Non-Members £105.
CCUK £73. Order
Seven Deadly Sins Silk Set.
|Inside this issue
diamond earrings: save £2,625
| Silver-medal ranked new
Club Claret, £7.75
|Proper Savile Row Club
shirt for a mere £29
|Fabulous designer bag
in amazing red fox fur
jacket: save £108
classic toys: 1936 metal pedal trike
|The best baby alpaca for
|Free-range goose: recommended
|Seven Deadly Sins silk
lingerie set, £73
|Pol Roger Vintage Champagne
|Rugby at Twickenham: All
Blacks v England
|Hunting Party in the Blackmore
|Superb smoked salmon from
the Isle of Lewis
Cut the mustard with
an English silver gift
Join us at our Pol Roger vintage Champagne
Tasting in Mayfair!
The CountryClubuk Tasting of prestigious
cuvées from the Champagne House Pol Roger, makers of the
favourite Champagne of Sir Winston Churchill, takes place at the
Millennium Mayfair Hotel in Grosvenor Square, London, on Thursday,
November 26, at 6.30pm (until 8pm).
Pol Roger, which recently celebrated its 150th
anniversary, produces Champagnes of finesse, nobility and elegance.
We shall sample all their Champagnes, with retail values of up to
£200 per bottle. They include the Brut Vintage, one of Champagne’s
greatest wines, often named ‘wine of the vintage’, as
well as the famous Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.
This event promises to be truly enjoyable.
A further fillip is that Members may order the Champagnes at preferential
prices—just in time for Christmas.
The cost per head is only £19. To reserve
tickets, click here or call the Member Services team on 020 7935
The hunting day of a lifetime with friends
in the Blackmore Vale
Would you care to take your own party of eight
for a great day’s hunting across an open grassland country,
riding up with the huntsman and Field Master, taking good hedges
in your stride, sipping Champagne at breakfast and claret at dinner,
and soaking up all the history and romance of one of the country’s
most sporting Hunts. We have the perfect opportunity to do all this
(and probably more!).
The Blackmore & Sparkford Vale Hunt are organising a Hunting
Package for eight people for a day with their Hounds. It promises
to be memorable for a variety of reasons. Here is the itinerary:
Start as every day should start, with a Champagne
Breakfast. Then tour the Kennels, and join the huntsman and kennel-huntsman
in choosing the hounds for the day, and seeing all that goes on
behind the scenes.
Enjoy a full day's hunting, with the chance to spend time up front
with the huntsman and his team to get a real understanding of what
is happening, and how hounds are working, as well as following one
of the hard-riding Field Masters across the Blackmore Vale.
After hunting (or the previous evening), you will be invited as
guests to a sumptuous private dinner with the Count and Countess
de Pelet at their home, Inwood House. Inwood, the ancestral home
of the de Pelet family, is in the heart of its own estate in the
There can be few finer venues for a hunting
dinner, as this magnificent house is regarded by many as the spiritual
home of the Hunt: the walls are adorned with paintings, trophies
and objets d'art depicting the history of the Blackmore and Sparkford
Vale, all adding to the atmosphere of being somewhere special, and
in the heart of a great Hunt and hunting family. For those who know
their hunting history, Miss Guest kept her own private pack of hounds
at Inwood, and at one stage stabled 30 grey Hunt horses there.
Dinner can be arranged for the evening before hunting (for Dutch
courage to be administered!) or after hunting, to discuss the day
and, over a few drinks, allow the hedges to become bigger, the ditches
wider, and the sporting tales even taller.
The date will be agreed in advance between the guests and the Hunt,
and will form part of a normal hunting day. The organisers will
do their utmost to choose a day to suit their guests, whether experienced
riders looking to jump the biggest of hedges or a family party seeking
a slightly less intense experience.
The day must be taken in the 2009-2010 season, and the eight guests
must provide their own horses; hirelings can be arranged by separate
negotiation if required, likewise stabling or full livery for those
travelling some distance with their own horses. Excellent accommodation
is available locally, by separate negotiation (CountryClubuk
can of course assist).
The prize will be run as a silent auction, the winner being announced
at the Hunt Ball on Saturday, November 28 (and on the CountryClubuk
eNews). For more information and to register a bid, contact Mark
Raymond on email@example.com
or call him on 0845 428 8546 or 07812 217490.
See England play in the Autumn Internationals
The world's class players are out in force
at Twickenham. All are sell-out matches, so we have reserved best
available seats in the stadium at special Members-only rates. Don’t
miss them! Click below for details and to book, or call us now on
020 7935 0888.
v New Zealand on Saturday, November 21;
Zealand v Barbarians on Saturday, December 5.
Delicious smoked salmon from the Isle
Once you have tasted the delicious
smoked salmon from Uig Lodge on the Isle of Lewis
in the Outer Hebrides, you will certainly yearn for
more. Our Club tasting panel gave it a unanimous vote
of approval, calling it succulent, smooth and creamy—almost
melting in the mouth—the smoking light and perfect,
enhancing without overpowering the subtle flavour
of the salmon.
The salmon come from the cleanest,
clearest waters. This small family company's motto
is, 'The more remote, the purer the water, the better
the salmon', and every mouthful confirms it. They
are fanatics up there—even the prevailing weather
conditions at the time of the smoke are taken into
Two sides of this glorious smoked
salmon, sliced and weighing about 2.5kg, costs our
Members £75 instead of £88, delivered
to you fresh from the Isle of Lewis. Try it now, ready
for Christmas—you will never want to eat supermarket
salmon again. Code SS01UL01. RRP £88. CCUK £75. Order Uig Lodge Smoked Salmon.
Iconic sterling silver lids
which cut the mustard
What to give the man (or woman) who has everything
and loves Colman’s English mustard? (Or Marmite? Or Heinz
Tomato Ketchup for that matter?) How about a sterling silver lid
to enhance the preferred delicacy at the supper table?
We saw these iconic items at the Game Fair,
where they were selling like hot cakes. They are made in England
and prominently hallmarked. Each top is for the standard size jar
or bottle and comes with the requisite relish in a smart presentation
box for instant satisfaction.
Silver-lidded Colman’s Mustard
(for 100g jar): Code SM01LJ01. RRP £75. CCUK
£45. Order Mustard. Silver-lidded Marmite (for
125g jar): Code SM03LJ01. RRP £90. CCUK £57. Order Marmite. Silver-lidded Heinz Tomato Ketchup
(for 342g bottle). Code KL01LJ01. RRP £49. CCUK
£33. Order Tomato Ketchup.