Dear Member, Welcome to the new eNews: See England v Wales at Twickenham in the sold-out Autumn Internationals: See Clive Owen on the London stage in the new production of The Night of The Iguana: Save £7,400 on magnificent diamond earrings: Or shower her with precious gems, rubies, emeralds and sapphires for a mere £197: Feast on wild fresh sea bass, langoustines and a rare 2008 vintage Champagne: And Wagyu steak burgers for the ultimate barbecue: Into the tailoring halls come new linen jackets at just £109: And the new fashion arrivals include Liberty Silk dresses, luxurious occasion coats and Hunter sandals and clogs: There’s fine silver, bronze, Royal Brierley lead crystal and polished wood: And which are the top clubs, and London and country hotels being booked by Members this week? We list the Top Three in each. There is more, much more: So please read on, and enjoy . . .
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TThe Night of The Iguana—and Champagne
Clive Owen is a Golden Globe-winning actor best known for his leading roles in films including Children Of Men, Sin City and Closer (nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor). He will perform opposite Anna Gunn, well known for her role as Skyler in Breaking Bad, Lia Williams, whose roles include The Crown and Kiri, and Julian Glover (Game of Thrones). The play is directed by James Macdonald, whose recent West End hits include Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? with Imelda Staunton.
The film of this play memorably starred Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr. In the strange limbo of 1940, on a dilapidated hotel verandah perched high in a rainforest above the Mexican coast, a group of lost souls collide—a defrocked priest, the grieving widow who runs the hotel, a family of jubilant Nazis, and an itinerant artist with her 97-year-old poet grandfather. The result is an epic battle between flesh and spirit, captivity and freedom, art and faith—heightened by a tropical rain-storm.
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A rare Champagne: La Grande Dame 2008
In London to launch the long awaited new vintage was Chef de Cave Dominique Demarville. He officially took over the reins at the end of 2008, hailed by Veuve Clicquot as a great vintage year. Demarville notes of the 2008 La Grande Dame, ‘A light, shimmering gold. With a high proportion of pinot noir, it finds a perfect balance between freshness and structure.’
Champagne connoisseur Tom Stevenson is excited by the vintage, awarding 19 (out of 20) and noting: ‘I was seduced by the texture, the long lees aging is obvious adding that layer of joy that gives some yeasty character but brings the richness to the mouthfeel which balances the bright acidity. Very bright fruit, yellow plums, lots of tropical notes like guava and pineapple, very clean and precise. On second taste I get more tangerine, nuts and redcurrants. The ending is long and dominated by a saline finish which brings great freshness to the end. Very good indeed with the hallmark Clicquot style blending perfectly in 2008. 19/20.’
Veuve Clicquot’s suggested perfect pairings: ‘Start with a light seabass ceviche (see above—you have the perfect ingredients!) or fresh raw oysters.’ Of course this fine Champagne is wonderful served alone as an aperitif—the very finest of rare Champagnes to enhance your celebrations and give as a prized gift to your favourite people—each bottle lies in its own presentation box.
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Blanc 2008 Champagne. Case of six bottles. Includes duty, VAT, individual gift boxes and UK mainland delivery. Code GD08LV01. RRP £762 plus delivery. CCUK £629. Free UK mainland delivery. Order six-bottle case of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Blanc Vintage 2008.
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Boxing Hares: new limited edition bronze
So alive, this new limited edition bronze of boxing hares by Michael Simpson is a large, vibrant sculpture which will captivate from across a room. A collector’s item, launched recently in a limited edition of 50 pieces worldwide, it is a substantial bronze which creates real impact in its pure beauty. It stands nearly 17in (44cm) tall, and weighs 5kg, making an impressive piece for a home interior, an office or boardroom, or a gallery setting.
Simpson, an international wildlife sculptor, has portrayed the two hares in mid-leap—one springing high above the other in a performance that is not only spectacular and balletic but entirely natural—and the hares are rapt in their aerobatics. To see boxing hares in spring—chasing and leaping in sheer abandon—is an unforgettable thrill, and this rare daylight spectacle is captured here in a split-second: truly a work of Art inspired by Nature.
This is a fine foundry bronze using the ancient method of lost wax casting, finished in the traditional way of patination, where various acids are fired into the surface of the sculpture to create layers of beautiful rich colours. Finally, this piece is picked out in subtle hand-painted poppies and wheat. It will arrive smartly boxed for presentation, with a numbered edition certificate. Code LH19RC10. RRP £1,495. CCUK £997. Order Limited Edition Bronze ‘Large Hares Boxing’ by Michael Simpson.
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Latest tailored jackets for summer style
It’s time to put away your tweeds and saunter across the lawn or down by the river bank, Pimm’s in hand, looking cool and elegant in the new cotton and linen jackets from our English tailors, Gurteen. Named the Eastbourne, Henley and Southfields, they are all perfect for Henley and Wimbledon of course, and just the thing for relaxing at the golf club, for garden parties, summer lunches, country shows and game fairs, village fêtes and vicarage teas—in fact, the perfect answer for being summery and cool yet also smart.
They are beautifully made in pure high-quality linen (the Henley and Southlands) or pure cotton (the Eastbourne), tailored in classic style, single breasted, with two button fastening and side vents. Tailoring details include hand-stitching on the lapels and a Melton under collar. They all look super-smart with a collar and tie, and extremely stylish with a casual look.
The Southfields in fawn linen herringbone (above) is both debonair and versatile, the texture of the herringbone weave adding a distinctive style: Sizes 40-48in chest, regular fitting. Code SJ19GU01. RRP £199. CCUK £109. Free UK mainland delivery. See more details and order Southfields Linen Jacket.
The Henley in pure linen herringbone, navy with white pinstripe, again the herringbone linen adding texture and real style: Sizes 40-48in chest, regular fitting. Code HJ19GU01. RRP £199. CCUK £109. Free UK mainland delivery. See full details and order Henley Stripe Linen Jacket from English tailors, Gurteen.
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In the pink: the new shirts by Viyella
Gingham is a handsome, classic, eye-pleasing pattern, which makes it excellent for summer style. In the season’s favourite pink and pale blue, slipped under a jacket, slipover or gilet, with or without a fetching tie, your ensemble will look equally eye-pleasing and summery.
Carefully tailored by the expert shirtmaker Viyella in long staple smooth cotton, classic fit, collared shirts with left side chest pocket and fine tailoring details, they come in four sizes, Medium (40-42in chest) to XXL (52-54in chest):
Viyella long sleeve pure cotton shirt with button-down Oxford collar. Code BD19MC03. RRP £65. CCUK £37. Order Viyella Long Sleeve Pure Cotton Shirt.
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Large Hawaiian pearl and silver earrings
These beautiful new pearl and sterling silver drop earrings from the Hawaiian Isles are large and stylish enough to make a real statement. At 11mm, round and lustrous, with their 28mm drop and contemporary style in gleaming sterling silver, they are not too long to wear often and everywhere, yet long enough to add extra elegance.
These are earrings to add a perfect finishing touch by day as well as evening, and with contemporary and classic outfits. And currently these large pearls are in vogue—as Tatler reports, the larger the better!
The matching pearls are natural, and at this size their pearly glow enhances the face beautifully. In their smooth and contemporary silver setting they are a substantial and eye-catching piece of jewellery. They will arrive in a smart box for presentation—and at this amazing Club price, you really should treat yourself!
Code LP19CC04. RRP £125. CCUK £43. Order Large Pearl and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings from the Hawaiian Isles.
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Fashionistas’ footloose Hunter sliders
These days, sliders are chic—and here is the top style from iconic British brand Hunter, punctuated with the Hunter logo. Modern classics, they have now reached cult status. For relaxing at home, sunning by the pool, strolling sun-kissed streets and strands, they are all about comfort, and of course style.
With a soft upper and lightweight footbed, they are breathable and flexible with an adjustable velcro strap for a customisable fit. The lightweight footbed is in black or white, the adjustle strap is covered in the Hunter red box logo. UK sizes 3-8. Code RRP £35 plus delivery. CCUK £27. Free UK mainland delivery. Order Hunter Original Adjustable Logo Sliders.
And the latest sliders to hit the news this season are the Hunter Original Lightweight Moulded Sliders (pictured below), with the logo stylishly discreet across the strap. They are lightweight, so your feet feel light as air, comfortable and flexible because of their moulded sole, cool and breathable in their perforated strap, and washable, so you can wear them in any conditions, and a quick wash will have them looking new. They are also the latest fashion—so perfect for summer days, for yourself, and as gifts for your favourite fashionistas. In all the latest colours: bucket blue and wader yellow (pictured) as well as black, Hunter red and candy floss pink. Sizes UK 3-9. Code LM19HB02. RRP £30 plus delivery. CCUK £19.75. Free UK mainland delivery. Order Hunter Original Lightweight Moulded Sliders.
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SOME OF OUR MEMBERS’ FAVOURITE THINGS
Quintessential Sancerre, as served at The Connaught: Members’ favourite: save £93
Cool carafe: innovative and artistic white wine chiller, £23
Welsh Wagyu: the world’s most delicious beef steak burgers: only £38 for 20
Hand engraved Leaping Salmon Decanter and Two Tumblers in lead crystal by the famous Royal Brierley
The Leaping Salmon portrayed here on Royal Brierley’s lead crystal decanter and two tumblers by their master engraver Nick Davey is a superb depiction of sport and art. It will be treasured for ever by those who love beauty and Nature, and have a sense of history, and it is one of our Members’ favourite pieces.
To own a hand engraved piece from this fine English crystal makers is to own a piece of British history. Royal Brierley is the longest established name in English crystal; founded in 1776 as a family business, its heritage spans three centuries and 15 generations. Its first Royal Warrant was bestowed by King George V in 1919 and has been renewed by each successive Monarch since. In 1985 the company was also granted the Warrant of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Presented in a Royal Brierley Silk Lined Box. Code SD02DC17. RRP £240. CCUK £197. Free UK mainland delivery. Order Hand Engraved Salmon Decanter and Two Tumblers.
Time for the Rolls-Royce of shooting sticks, English made, with pigskin handles, adjustable, and only £87
Shooting sticks are year-round necessities for life out of doors. It goes without saying that they must be light to carry yet robust, but many are now imported and their inferior metals are either too heavy or snap under weight. Our shooting sticks are the Rolls-Royce of the genre, having been made in England by Gamebird since 1952.
This, the Gamebird Cheltenham shooting stick is smart, comfortable and light yet substantial. It has highly polished handles and fittings, a tan pigskin leather padded seat and handles, and a bronze anodised adjustable stem giving five different height positions for walking, from 29in to 37in (74-94cm) and sitting, 25in to 29in (64cm to 74cm). The seat size is 11in by 3.5in.
Code SS02BJ01. RRP £92.50 plus delivery. CCUK £87 with free UK mainland delivery. Order Gamebird Cheltenham shooting stick, adjustable, with pigskin handles and seat.
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Fine polished camphor burl wood veneer cufflinks boxes by Hillwood: from only £59
For the man who appreciates beautifully grained and polished wood and cabinetry, and is accustomed to wearing cufflinks, Hillwood’s superbly figured polished camphor burl veneer cufflinks boxes are pieces to treasure. All these boxes look extremely handsome on the dressing table, and they are firm favourites with our Members
Hillwood are the specialists in creating fine polished wood boxes and cigar humidors. Each is beautifully, naturally grained, and finished with multiple coats of high-gloss lacquer to produce the luxurious piano gloss which highlights the rich grain of the camphor burl, a wood that is highly prized in cabinetry.
These fine boxes store six, 12 or 24 pairs of cufflinks, while being a work of art in themselves. The perfectly fitting lid opens to reveal the compartments, lined in soft sueded material to protect the cufflinks. The box arrives in a smart presentation case, making an exceptionally discerning gift.
Twelve-Cufflink Box (above): Code MB12HW02. RRP £130. CCUK £98. Order Fine Camphor Burl Wood Veneer 12 Cufflinks Box by Hillwood.
24 Cufflink Box (above): Code MB24HW02. Order Fine Camphor Burl Wood Veneer 24 Cufflinks Box by Hillwood.
Smart men’s pure cotton classic summer chinos by English tailors Gurteen, a snip at £89 for two pairs
Italian fine merino wool v-neck slipover by Massoti: Members’ favourite, only £39
Peugeot silver Mignonette pepper and salt mills: a legacy in fine silver
Peugeot salt and pepper mills are celebrated worldwide—many great chefs will use no other—and this, the Mignonette silver mill, is the oldest of the company’s designs, the one that set them on the path to fame. It is simply beautiful, a genuine silversmith’s piece, covered entirely in silver. It carries the square grade one hallmark that is a guarantee of the highest level of silverplating recognised by French law.
Next to this, other mills pale into insignificance: it looks and feels what it is, a timeless and elegant classic: heavy in the hand, smooth and glowing. Not only will it enhance your table settings, both modern and traditional, it will continue to do so for ever, and be handed down to the next generation.
This makes it perfect as a wedding or anniversary present, and it is very suitable for engraving. Peugeot have made pepper, salt and coffee mills for longer than they have made cars, and the founding family still own the firm.
The Peugeot mechanism is the key component, the finely tooled heavy-grade processed steel being virtually indestructible. Not only this, but the fineness of the pepper or salt can be tuned to an exact preference: fine for delicate sauces, coarse for steaks etc—an epicure’s delight. Each mill is 4in tall (10cm), carries the French hallmark, and is packed in a smart presentation case.
Pair of Peugeot Silver Mignonette Mills: RRP £304. CCUK £197. Free UK mainland delivery. Order Pair of Peugeot Silver Mignonette Mills.
Single Peugeot Silver Mignonette Mill (Pepper or Salt): RRP £152. CCUK £107. Order Single Peugeot Silver Mignonette Mill.