England v Ireland at Twickenham
Great news: the RFU have allocated more tickets for our Members for the sold-out England v Ireland Quilter International game at Twickenham on Saturday, August 24. So all on our waiting list can snap them up now at just £63 each—and similar seats can be seen changing hands on websites for £243.
This promises to be a great contest, with a line to the form for the Rugby World Cup. We are delighted to have these great new Cat 2 tickets (in block M24, for those who know the Twickenham stadium). Please don’t delay, as these will be our very last tickets and currently you are saving £140.
Sushi-grade Var salmon: £59 for 4kg
More good news on the sushi-grade fresh salmon front: Var Salmon is back! Unless you have a salmon fisher in the family, Var salmon will be the most delicious you have tasted in years. It is the next best thing to wild Atlantic salmon in flavour and texture, the nearest farmed salmon can ever get to wild or ‘free range’—and you can taste it.
This is salmon as it should be, the fish served by top sushi and Michelin-star chefs. Outside their august establishments Var is not easy to find—so we jumped at the chance to source it again, particularly as the Var smoked salmon we supply is an all-time favourite with Members, some of whom will now eat no other.
And because this salmon is sushi grade, you can slice the belly for sashimi and sushi if you wish, serve whole as a supreme centrepiece at your next dinner, or slice, enjoy it fresh and freeze some for later: again, it will be the best you have tried—so different to the usual farmed fish. Var salmon will make you proud to serve salmon again. And now you can also order the whole fish already filleted—two large sides of bone-free deliciousness!
Var salmon are raised by three brothers on a revolutionary farm in the clear, cold waters of the Faroe Islands, without all the usual chemicals, and with far more humane husbandry than the usual salmon farming. It has caught the eye of some of London’s leading chefs: Michel Roux Jr, Mark Hix and John Williams of The Ritz, for example, who named it ‘the best farmed salmon I have had’—and articles appeared in the Telegraph.
As a Club Member you receive an advantageous price, as well as access to these wonderful fish. A whole fish weighs at least 4kg, which easily serves about 12 guests. Orders are placed on Friday morning for delivery to your door the following Thursday.
Game on! Prepare to enjoy wild grouse!
The new season’s wild grouse will be arriving from the Yorkshire moors within a week—it is time to enjoy the harvest! They are likely to be available, prepared and hung, from about August 15. Our suppliers already have a waiting list of top chefs and restaurants—and of course the Club. Click for details and to order!
Limited edition M de Minuty is here!
The St Tropez rosé wines of Château Minuty are already Members’ favourites—so we are delighted to have secured a few rare cases of the new 2018 Limited Edition Ruby Taylor M de Minuty rosé, which has just arrived in the Club Cellar.
This is a special cuvée of the new 2018 vintage in a bottle designed by the acclaimed British artist: and, like Minuty rosé itself, Ruby Taylor’s design seems to sum up the spirit and sunshine of Provençe. The wine is delicious: fragrant, strawberry-scented, dry and crisp, archetypal Provençe rosé and the favourite rosé across the Côte d’Azur. Totally delicious now, you can drink up to two years after release.
This Limited Edition M de Minuty Ruby Taylor 2018 rosé sells at £18.50 a bottle in Harvey Nichols and elsewhere: but our Members have an exclusive price of only £13.25.
Stunning pearl and tanzanite necklace
A shimmering river of pearls, precious tanzanite gemstones, 14ct gold, Swarovski crystals and silver creates this sophisticated and original long designer necklace. The harmonising of creamy, lustrous pearls with the blues of tanzanite gems and the flashing Swarovski crystals set with gold and silver is simply gorgeous.
Named Aphrodite for its long stream of pearls, gems, gold and silver, designed by an international jeweller, this is a necklace which is a classically beautiful piece you will wear often.
Intriguing shapes and different sizes of pearls from the South Seas contrast with that unmistakable tanzanite blue, and the effect is magical. Wear as a lovely, long single strand or as a two-strand necklace—casual or dressy, it is so effective.
The design is gorgeous and the cool colour palette of shimmering crystals, creams and blues makes this a necklace which has the beauty, style and versatility to transform every look. It is set with 14ct white gold and clasped in sterling silver. The length is 100cm (40in). This lovely long necklace arrives in a smart case for presentation and carries a full 100% moneyback guarantee.
New English Garden pure silk stoles
These stunning English Garden Silk Stoles caught our eye at the new fashion shows because they are beautiful, sophisticated, with gorgeous colours—and so versatile. Crafted from pure silk chiffon, they will add a romantic finish to your look.
The English Garden Butterfly is so elegant, its dark navy ground painted with butterflies of every jewel colour: pale citrine and gold, fuchsia and amethyst, turquoise and smoky quartz—so that it picks out the colours of so many of your outfits and jewellery, and completes your look with an extra layer of elegance. And with news of clouds of gorgeous painted lady butterflies fluttering into our summer gardens, it’s a perfect time to add a butterfly theme.
Then there is the dreamy impressionism of the sunlit English Water Garden, with waves of shimmering shades of blue highlighting a romantic palette of soft pinks and ivory.
So much larger than usual at 172cm (5ft 7in) long and 110cm (3ft 7in) wide, they drape beautifully across the shoulders, hanging gracefully as a sheer, floaty stole. Or wear bunched around the neck, long and full, or at the hips—anywhere you like! And they are perfect with this summer’s looks. You are ready for anything—nights at the opera, sun-kissed tropical islands, the golf club, gallery opening, summer lunch parties, sultry evening dinners . . .
They make a discerning gift, and can be gift-wrapped and sent with a message if you wish. Non-Members £60. CCUK £29.
English Garden Butterfly Silk Chiffon Stole. EB19CC04. Order
English Water Garden Silk Chiffon Stole. EW19CC04. Order
Butterfly Bench by Ascalon Design
And thinking of butterflies in the garden this summer, here is our Chelsea Gold Medallists’ romantic new Butterfly Bench to create the perfect feature for your favourite aurelian—and a charming designer focal point in the garden in this wonderful butterfly year.
Beautiful in any setting, its elegant lines in classic cream will form a picture-postcard setting wherever you place it, from a pathway to a cottage wall, beneath a tree, by a fountain, beneath an arbour or in a conservatory—this is a design feature which will draw the eye, as well as giving you a perfect place to take your ease. Site it near nectar-rich buddleia or lavender and the butterfly design will be completed by the real thing fluttering by.
It is pretty, yet also practical, and made by Ascalon Design of Herefordshire, of sturdy, hard-wearing and weather-resistant metal, cream painted. It measures 34in (84cm) high, 42in (106cm) wide and 22in (56cm) diameter. RRP £185. CCUK £139. Order Butterfly Bench in Classic Cream by Ascalon Design.
Luxurious leather Gladstone bag
A good leather bag is the kind of investment you make once and then enjoy for pretty much the rest of your life. A bag that is so smartly designed, so sturdy, so strokable and so perfect that you look forward to packing it and carrying it around.
This new Gladstone is just that kind of bag. It is a bag you will find in ‘Gentleman’s London’, made by hand using materials that are as hard-wearing as they are luxurious, with thick, rich, oiled ‘pull up’ leather creating its smart appearance and robust nature, and which will simply improve in patina with age. And once you take a closer look at all the good ideas and expert craftsmanship that have gone into it, you’ll understand why it’s such a standout.
The Gladstone bag is a symbol of Britain, a small portmanteau which made its name as the preferred bag of prime ministers, Gladstone in particular, whose own hinged luggage was made by J G Beard in Westminster.
Our new Gladstone has the classic shape and hinged frame, giving wide, easy access to a spacious main compartment. It is comfortable to carry, using either a detachable leather shoulder strap with padded grip, or the easy-grip carry handle, and there is a trolley strap on the back. It has handy exterior zipped pockets, and internal leather trimmed stationery and phone organisers. Five metal studs at the base keep it high off the ground.
It is a perfect size for everyday business and travel use at 39cm (15in) wide, 30cm (11 3/4in) high and 21cm (8 1/4in) wide.
Essential kit for the new shooting season
These smart all-leather gunslips and fast-loading cartridge bag have arrived, just in time for the new shooting season. They are excellent: quality full-grain leather, multi-featured classics, essential shooting kit in a smart cognac thick tanned hide which through the Club are less than some pay for mere canvas.
Meticulously crafted in thick, full-grain Dakota Cognac leather, you will find them in some of the best sporting retailers—and for our Members they are a real El Snippo.
In the gun slips, that quality leather gives extra protection, as does the all-important reinforced block end. The fleece lining adds cushioning, absorbs moisture and is quick drying. The fittings are brass. The zip is full length for easy access and to open wide for drying, and it is heavy-duty for strength. The leather shoulder strap is wide and adjustable so it is comfortable to carry. It has a flap end closure with two buckles and a hanging loop.
You can have a single slip at only £127 including delivery, or a double slip, which separates so you can use it as a single slip or double, at £217—that is a great price for our Members.
The matching full-grain leather hand-stitched cartridge bag has the quick-loading hinge design which gives essential quick access when shooting. It takes 100 cartridges. It has a 2in wide webbing shoulder strap with twin buckle adjustment, which is comfortable even when filled with cartridges.
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The season’s Really Wild shooting suit
This is probably the smartest kit you will find this season for a quality pure wool tweed ladies’ shooting outfit of jacket, waistcoat, breeks and skirt, with a belted over-jacket and accessories.
The soft silver, brown and sage Prince of Wales check tweed of the belted over-jacket is unusual and smart. When worn with the matching tweed jacket, waistcoat and breeks or skirt in acorn blue it looks very elegant, and each piece looks great on its own. It is designed and made in pure British wool to a tailored silhouette.
The over-jacket has a collar and lapel with notched detailing, a self fabric belt with faux tortoiseshell buckle, good-sized bellows pockets and a centre back vent, with burnt orange stab stitching details. It is lined in silky light olive for a clean drape. Centre back measurement for a size 10 is 74cm.
The rest of the suit is in a delightful acorn blue Prince of Wales tweed check in browns and blues, which work beautifully together and with the over-jacket. Again in British spun wool to a tailored silhouette, the waistcoat is ultra-elegant, with leather trim and a belt adjuster strap in the back panel which allows you to tailor the waistcoat to your shape. With its smart leather collar and leather piped jet pocket trims, it looks and feels made to measure, and again it has burnt orange stab stitching and faux tortoiseshell buttons. The dark orange silky lining gives a beautiful finish.
The breeks are extremely comfortable, again in acorn blue wool, fully lined in dark orange, and featuring useful side pockets, self-fabric belt loops and a secure fly-and-hook fastening. The cuffs are secured with velcro for comfort and easy adjustment, and the faux tortoiseshell buttons and burnt orange stab stitching add smart detailing. Inside leg measurement for a size 10 is 53cm.
When you prefer a skirt to breeks, this is a classic for shooting and co-ordinates beautifully. It is beautifully tailored in front pleat style, knee-length, with concealed side zip. Again, it is fully lined in silky dark orange to give a clean drape. The centre back measurement for a size 10 is 37.5cm.
The matching jacket is very flattering, tailored hacking jacket in style, orange melton under-collar, side pockets piped with tan Amaretta suede, and a centre back vent. This is a lovely waisted jacket to wear any time—a really elegant and versatile addition to your wardrobe. It features burnt orange stab stitching, Really Wild branded faux tortoiseshell buttons, contrasting button holes in burnt orange and a dark orange lining for a clean drape. Centre back measurement for a size 10 is 70cm.
All in UK sizes 6-16. Prices are as follows:
Limited edition ‘Wren with Feather’
This newly released bronze sculpture, Wren with Feather, arrived at the Club today, and it’s delightful. Clearly nest-building, this diminutive wren in solid bronze will bring an air of the countryside into the home, perfect for a side table, mantelpiece or desk.
Sculpted by the highly regarded figurative sculptor Michael Simpson, this hot cast solid bronze sculpture is a charming gift for any lover of the garden and its birdlife. Each bronze is finished using the traditional method of patination, and comes beautifully boxed with a certificate of authenticity.
It stands 7cm (2 3/4in) tall and 9.5cm (3 3/4in) wide, weighs 125g (4 1/2 oz), and is in a limited edition of 150.