Mark Tomlinson: In praise of the Polo Pony, supreme athlete of the equine world

People ask me what makes a good polo pony and in response I could point them in the direction of the runners in a major sprint race at Royal Ascot as a pretty good comparison. After all, the polo pony is of a similar make and shape and will often reach very high speeds while […]

Sir Edward Dashwood: Game shooting, the happiness dividend in obeying the call of the wild

Most Guns seek quality in their shooting, and that magic ingredient which makes the day special for themselves and their guests, be they family, friends or clients. But what is true quality, and where is it to be found? How can we measure such an ephemeral ingredient? To quantify an experience and the concept of […]

A cool look at how the country can benefit from the new ‘global warming’ religion

    BY FRANCIS FULFORD Whether or not we believe in global warming is irrelevant. The fact is that all political Parties have signed up to this new religion and it will have a material effect on our lives and on the landscape. As the Government, egged on by ‘sustainable fascists’, urges, indeed threatens to […]

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Robie Uniacke: Journey to an unexpected Paradise: Nicaragua’s Corn Islands

Few airports weigh the passengers along with their baggage but the one at Nicaragua’s Big Corn is special, even by the standards of those in remote areas. The size of a large garage, it is run by two cheerful, watermelon-eating girls who manhandle the baggage and direct passengers on to a marvellous old Fairbanks Morse […]

Matthew Barker: Alone with Michelangelo: Secrets of seeing Florence as the Florentines do

How to make the most of a city that seduces with its sublime art and architecture, while escaping the tourist hordes? Matthew Barker, who lived and worked there, reveals his inside knowledge on the secrets of seeing Florence as the Florentines do. For all its ravishing beauty, Florence can be maddeningly crammed at times, especially […]

Neal Martin: Second wines of the great Bordeaux Châteaux: One of the world’s most influential wine critics reveals his insights

Nothing in wine is more revealing than a blind tasting, both in professional circles and among friends. At one memorable event, among many distinguished Masters of Wine, I scored the Second Wine of Château Lafite Rothschild higher than the Grand Vin itself. Embarrassment turned to quiet satisfaction when some of my fellow tasters did the […]

Join us in the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot 2019: Enjoy a wonderful, and privileged, sporting and social occasion: the cream of Flat racing in the presence of HM The Queen

To have a day at Royal Ascot is one thing: to be invited into the prestigious Royal Enclosure is quite another. The Royal Enclosure has been centrepiece of the British Social Season since being exclusively reserved for guests of King George III, and Royal Enclosure membership is still by invitation. So we are thrilled to […]

Exclusive Members’ invitation to the prestigious Cartier Queen’s Cup 2019 in Polo’s 150th Anniversary Year at Guards Polo Club, with Champagne Reception and Three-Course Lunch by Mosimann’s in Guards Clubhouse

We are delighted to announce an invitation for our Members to enjoy the prestigious Cartier Queen’s Cup at Guards Polo Club, Smith’s Lawn, Windsor in an historic year—the 150th Anniversary of the Sport of Polo as we know it. This is the jewel in the crown of English polo, one of the world’s top five […]

Ian Balding: The Derby, its ultimate inside story

Illustrious careers are made and lost in a single afternoon in June on the Epsom Downs, when the finest three-year-old colts in Europe meet to decide which will enter Turf history as pre-eminent in its year. Ian Balding, who trained Mill Reef to win in 1971, reveals what makes it the greatest test of horse […]

Anyone for Wimbledon? Debenture tickets for Centre Court at the world’s supreme tennis tournament, with exclusive access and advantages

The world’s most prestigious tennis tournament is also the oldest, most traditional, and most select of the four Grand Slam competitions. Wimbledon brings not only the best in sport but all the pleasures of a day spent in an ambience of total enjoyment and relaxation in a sylvan English setting quite unlike a normal sports […]

The Ritz London, one of the world’s great 5-star hotels and the : exclusive Club rates from £308.33 for two including free bottle of Champagne and free room upgrade

Asked to name a great hotel—not only in London but the world—and most people think of The Ritz. For style, gracious living, impeccable service and social cachet, it has no equal. It is one of our Members’ favourite hotels—the perfect location for a celebration of any kind. Now, as this grande dame of an hotel reflects […]

The Savoy London, ‘one of the Great Hotels of the World’ | Rooms from £299 for two with complimentary upgrade—and free Champagne in Kaspar’s restaurant

Francis Fulford reviews The Savoy, London, where our Members receive the very best deals on accommodation and dining. The Savoy would surely figure in anybody’s list of ‘Great Hotels of the World’, not only because of the attention to detail for which it has always been famous (it makes its own beds, for instance), or […]

Room with a view from The Shard: Such a sight, enjoyed amid the five-star luxury of Shangri-La Hotel, will make a celebration totally unforgettable: and Members enjoy exclusive rates

Stay in Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard and this will be your view of London. Our capital city, seen at leisure from 1,000 feet, has breathtaking beauty. Such a sight, enjoyed amid five-star luxury, will make any celebration totally unforgettable. And as you are a Member of CountryClubuk, your exclusive Club rates and treats will […]

You are warmly invited to join us for the CountryClubuk Private Champagne Dinner at HRH The Prince of Wales’s Estate at Highgrove, following a Private Tour of the Prince’s Garden: The date is July 9, 2019

We are delighted to announce that our Members have been invited for an exclusive Private Visit to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’s Estate, Highgrove in Gloucestershire, on a Midsummer evening in July, for a Private Garden Visit followed by a delicious Three-Course Champagne Dinner. Summer in the Prince’s Garden at Highgrove is enchanting—and […]

William B Currie: The River Tyne, and all that it means

The chance of a visit to the Tyne is not to be missed. To add extra spice to the prospect, my friend called to say that the word from the lower river was of a good run of early salmon. Being by nature an opportunist, I drove down over a wet and windy Carter Bar, […]

Christopher Austyn: The lifespans of sporting guns built by masters of their craft

It is interesting to speculate over whether any self-respecting gunmaker has in mind the eventual demise of the product of his labours. In view of the many hundreds of hours spent in building a best gun, I think that nothing of the sort will enter his mind. As with any great creative process, the gunmaker, […]

To the iconic MalaMala Game Reserve, for the ultimate African Safari—including multiple sightings of The Big Five

MalaMala Game Reserve is in the Top Three African Safaris. If you want the supreme safari experience, this is it—an African independent private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park without fences, and with some of the easiest, highest quality sightings of the Big Five available throughout the continent. This is untamed Africa as it was […]

J Enoch Powell: Europe, Stating a Case for Repeal

We are still masters of our nation’s future, if we awaken to our rights in time (not forgetting our responsibilities). The State Opening of Parliament—the mother of parliaments no less. This has been where our laws were passed and our rights upheld. Is this to be continued? Or do gentlemen in Brussels know best? BY […]

Marta Falconi: Home thoughts from Rome: 48 hours in the Eternal City

I am travelling home. A few months since I moved to Switzerland as a journalist for Reuters, Rome is calling. And for good reason: my grandmother, Stella, is turning 100. As I fly over the Swiss Alps I picture once more the city in which I was born and grew up. Distinctive features make Rome […]

Peter Scudamore, Champion Jockey: Where Courage Lies

What makes some horses win, and most of them lose? Not always talent, speed or jumping ability. The former champion steeplechase jockey analyses an unknown quantity. BY PETER SCUDAMORE The most courageous horses I have ridden have not necessarily been the most talented. They are the horses which will really battle for you. As with […]

Major-General Arthur Denaro CBE: A hunting horn in the desert

A distinguished officer and foxhunter pays a moving tribute to a paratrooper wounded in action in Afghanistan. He defines, as far as anybody can, the shared qualities that go to making soldiers and sportsmen alike. By Major-General Arthur Denaro CBE I knew he was going to fall three strides out, the young cavalry officer who […]

William B Currie: Game fishing, the icy quest for Spring Salmon

The fly-rod is a key to scenes unsurpassed in any other sport. As the hardy spring salmon exponents return to the rivers, marvel again at the hope, the expectation, and, most of all, the fish. Across more than 40 years, Dr William B Currie enriched the game fishing world with his writings on salmon, salmon […]

Join us at the Club in Mayfair to enjoy a Tasting of the New Wines selected for the Club Cellar

You are warmly invited to the Wine Tastings which are held at the Club in Mayfair to welcome our new selection of wines for the Club Cellars. The new selection comprises 20 excellent wines, mostly from France, and all produced by award-winning winemakers committed to creating quality wines from their own vineyards. They have been […]

CountryClubuk eNews: bringing you the latest offers and keeping you informed

Dear Member, Welcome to your new eNews: Snap up England v Ireland rugby tickets at Twickenham: Secure a .76 carat diamond necklace for £2,973 and save £5,600: Give a gift stay at The Ritz with our new Five-Star Gift Voucher and save £239: Luxuriate in the baby alpaca fur hats chosen by HRH the Duchess […]

The Plaza New York, one of the world’s great 5-star hotels, where our Members receive exclusive Club rates and complimentary room upgrades

The Plaza New York is one of the world’s great hotels. It stands in mighty, château-like magnificence, where Fifth Avenue hustle gives way to Central Park’s quiet oasis. Its star status is unrivalled. Since 1907 this landmark hotel has been the place to be in New York. It is said, ‘Nothing unimportant ever happens at […]

The Gherkin, literally top of the London Clubs

We cannot think of anybody who would not wish to be a welcome insider within the spectacular London landmark that is the Gherkin. Who among us would not like to invite clients, colleagues, family, friends, bank manager or broker to share the pleasure? For one thing—leaving the delicious food, wines, cocktails and general bonhomie to one […]

To the Ritz Restaurant, London, one of the world’s most exquisite dining rooms: and for you as a CountryClubuk Member, with complimentary Champagne

The Ritz Restaurant is one of the most beautiful in the world, and the cuisine is Michelin Star. Pure Louis XVI in style, with lofty frescoed ceiling and gilded statues, it is lit by glittering chandeliers and daylight from the tall west windows overlooking the terrace, Italian garden, and London’s Green Park. Members and their guests […]

CUT at 45 Park Lane: the amazing steaks of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck from A-list haunt Spago in Beverly Hills: and for you, free Champagne!

Here is a top-notch Mayfair restaurant where you can now enjoy the famous chef Wolfgang Puck’s fine food—and as a CountryClubuk Member, a complimentary glass of Champagne. The restaurant is of course Cut at 45 Park Lane, created by Puck in The Dorchester’s now famous five-star sister hotel. If you have not yet sampled this […]

Ten hot reasons to join this fabulous six-star Caribbean cruise to St Barts, Dominica, the Bahamas and more: a 12-night fully all-inclusive trip including flights, free excursions, unlimited wine and Champagne, caviar, free gratuities, free hotel night and more—and you save over £3,000 each

Last-minute 12-night sun, sea and tropical islands cruise this February, high season in the Caribbean, for a mere £3,587 per person, saving you up to 47%. Luxuriate in the Caribbean sunshine, swim in the warm turquoise seas, drink Champagne and dine on gourmet cuisine, and see the beauties of the tropical islands from your private […]