It is always great to find a relaxing place you feel totally at home in to go for drinks, teas and coffees, light bites, cocktails or an afternoon tea with friends of colleagues. And we think we have found just the place at The Polo Bar & Lounge at The Royal Berkshire Hotel. It is intimate, stylish and peaceful…Read More
Following our recent visit to Phil Yeomans wonderful Avenue Restaurant at Lainston House, the team came back to the office buzzing and one of the stories they brought back with them was of the wonderful Owls that are kept in the aviary in the Kitchen Gardens. Resident Falconer, Billy Taylor has trained two of the barn…Read More
Atul Kochhar’s unique talent as a twice Michelin starred chef has changed the way people perceive and experience Indian cuisine. Taking inspiration from his native India while continuously researching regional dishes, Atul has managed to combine his heritage with his love of British cuisine and created a unique and innovative modern Indian cuisine. As the…Read More
For art and antique lovers Design Restaurants is delighted to invite you to ART ANTIQUES LONDON. The Albert Memorial and Kensington Gardens once again provide the stunning backdrop to one of London’s most exciting and glamorous art and antique fairs. Held in a beautiful bespoke pavilion opposite the Royal Albert Hall and close to the site…Read More
Recently awarded it’s second Michelin star and proud holder of 5 AA Rosettes, Michael Wignall at The Latymer at Pennyhill Park Hotel has elevated to become one of the most highly awarded restaurants in the UK. Michael Wignall at The Latymer is a premier food experience. Describing his cooking as ‘complex, carefully crafted and very…Read More
We are delighted to announce that the recent auction held at Ascot Racecourse by Design Restaurants Lifestyle Partners, Coys of Kensington, set a new world record.
The Douglas Potter 1953 Jaguar XK120 Competition Roadster sold for a staggering £97,000 making a new world record for an XK120 in this condition.
Left to rot in a Surrey garage for more than 40 years, the XK120 was expected to fetch between £15,000 and £25,000 at auction. Discovered by Coys of Kensington, the abandoned XK120 Competition Roadster was supplied new in 1953 to a Lieutenant in the army, who sold it to mechanic Douglas Potter in 1961.
Experts believe whoever bought the Jaguar will have to spend between £50,000 and £100,000 to return the car to its former glory, but it would make a welcome entry to any forthcoming International race meeting. This car stands as a true testament to the original design and concept as available in 1951 and was one of the world’s top sports cars, literally putting Jaguar on the map.
Read the full post-auction report here: Coys Ascot Auction sets new world record
Look out for more details of another member competition and offer for Coys next event at the fabulous Blenheim Palace on 29th June – follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.
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Two and a half years after London’s Savoy hotel re-opened following a £220m facelift, the property is today replacing its fine-dining restaurant with a more relaxed dining space. Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill opens in the space previously occupied by the French-focused River Room restaurant. Enjoying panoramic views of the River Thames, the restaurant is dominated…Read More
We do have a taste for the finer things in life at Design Restaurants and vintage cars are right up there for us in our wish list of fine things to aspire to own. Saturday saw the annual auction that Classic Car experts, Coys, have been holding at Ascot Race Course and we’d heard whisper…Read More
Dating back to 1872 and set in 12 acres, high on Nutfield ridge, Nutfield Priory Hotel in Redhill, Surrey, is inspired by the Neo-Gothic design of the Palace of Westminster, and is a unique Victorian mansion house. The old dining hall which is home to Cloisters Restaurant, creates a special atmosphere in which to enjoy…Read More
The 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group operates some of the finest Michelin-starred and award-winning restaurants in the Uk. We are delighted to be able to offer Design Restaurants members the opportunity to sample these restaurants at exclusive rates. Members are invited to enjoy two fantastic offers at each property listed below: 25% reduction when…Read More
Join volunteers and friends of Hounslow Animal Welfare Society to help raise much needed funds to recover unwanted or abandoned small animals within the local area – some often saved from deliberate human neglect and cruelty. They deal with hundreds, sometimes thousands of animals for rehousing, or help with veterinary care. Cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea…Read More
We are delighted to welcome as a club restaurant for the first time, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught. Offering one of the ultimate 5-star luxury experiences in London, the destination is in one of the most exclusive and fashionable parts of London and is a perfect blend of contemporary style and classic English character. It…Read More
We have read loads of good write ups for Trinity, in fact we can’t remember ever reading a bad one. Our office stocks a massive library on restaurant reviews so we are pretty well versed on this subject. The last was in the Weekend supplement for the FT on January 13 where it was wax…Read More
**2014 List published now – click here to view the latest Michelin Restaurants in the UK ** The majority of these Michelin restaurants provide exclusive dining offers and add value privileges to subscribing Design Restaurants Club members, now the most preeminent gourmet club for high end restaurants. Design Restaurants membership is £90 for a 12 month membership.…Read More
Bringing together the world’s greatest masterpieces under one roof for just eight days, Masterpiece London offers an exceptional opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful and coveted objects in the world.Visitors will see classic cars alongside the latest models; the world’s greatest cognac and its oldest Champagne house; furniture…Read More
The Observers renowned food critic, Jay Rayner, places high praise indeed on Tuddenham Mill’s Paul Foster, extolling the virtues of chef’s whom you may never have heard of who can compete on the same platform as the ‘Super Chef’s’. Design Restaurants has long been a fan of Tuddenham Mill and we highly recommend a detour…Read More
It’s the most wonderful time of year …. and here at Design Restaurants we are very excited to be offering lots of delicious and inspiring choices for the pampered gourmet this Christmas. With our vast collection of leading restaurants and luxury hotels, spas and affiliated club associations we are able to create extra special personalised…Read More
Design Restaurants are truly delighted to welcome on board one of London’s few coveted 2 Michelin-starred restaurants, Pied à Terre in Fitzrovia. This world renowned restaurant has held 2 Michelin stars for over 14 years, as well as countless other accolades for both the restaurant and its celebrated head chef Australian Shane Osborn. It remains…Read More
We should always be dreaming about the next holiday…and here’s our pick of some of the best restaurants with rooms for a decadent gourmet break with the highest standards of fine dining. All, of course, offering DR benefits to our members to make it that little bit extra special…here are eleven restaurants in no particular…Read More
It’s fair to say Gravetye Manor, the 3 red AA star, 3 AA rosette hotel near East Grinstead, West Sussex, has had a tempestuous couple of years in these difficult economic times. For a while, as the hotel was plunged into administration in January 2010, the future looked bleak, but hope was restored in March…Read More