In the past this question would probably have elicted a quite confident response of Paris, France. Although for a century and a half the word ‘fine dining’ would have conjured up an image of french cuisine, it appears the country that invented the haute culinary profession no longer wears the crown for dining excellence. Spain…Read More
Today is indeed an auspicious day – 27th August is the UK’s first National Burger Day. Organised by daily men’s lifestyle email Mr Hyde, over 160 restaurants across the UK are offering 20% off their burgers for today only. In celebration we have brought you a collection of amazing burgers – some big, some small, some…Read More
Welcome to our new series of weekly posts, ‘Design Restaurant Loves…’ in which we share with you the things that have caught our imagination that week. It could be anything from the beautiful to the bizzare, the useful to the daft, the tasty to the tasteless. We hope you enjoy! 1. Cafe Royal Hotel hosts…Read More
Gone are the days when luxury hotels could assume guests would be satisfied with a smile from the receptionist and some insider advice from a long-serving concierge. As major brands battle for business, they’re promoting increasingly niche services and employing staff with highly specialised – or peculiar – skills to set their properties apart and…Read More
The summer can be a lonely time for some with family and friends disappearing off on summer jaunts and leaving behind those that may be committed to business or away travelling for work. Equally some people have jobs like teachers or airline staff and shift workers that allow them time off in the week/holidays when…Read More
At Design Restaurants, our first passion will always be food, but our travels take us to some exquisite properties which also have some other wonderful additional benefits – top of our list being a fabulous spa. This particular top 10 provoked impassioned pitches in the office and we ended up whittling the list down from…Read More
We’re all a bit muzzy headed after the hottest weekend of the year so far, so here’s a bit of fun for Monday morning… Check out this cool infographic from takeaway experts Hungry House (you may have seen them on Dragons’ Den) on British eating habits. Do you agree? Are you represented here? Let us know…Read More
Live Life Beautifully… Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the excitement of everything going on that we forget to talk about ourselves and we presume all our followers know what it is that we do. With that in mind we are taking a quick pause for breath to remind all you lovely gourmets just…Read More
Get your body into shape and holiday ready with a wonderful pamper day at the multi-award winning Pennyhill Park Spa in Surrey. Treat yourself to such amazing treatments as Summer Salutation, Beach Prep Radiance Polish and Sun Soother! Blend together 45,000 sq. ft. of pure relaxation with unrivalled five star facilities including eight indoor and outdoor pools (one with…Read More
British eccentricity seems to out do itself in a truly glorious way during the season and none more so than when there is a great sporting event to fuel food sales! Here is our best of this year’s Wimbledon Themed Restaurants – those that are embodying the now well used phrase “Game, Set and Munch!!”…Read More
Have fine dining menus become too complicated for any of us to understand without explanation? Here at DR Towers, menus are continually flying around the office as we look at fabulous new restaurants to bring you. While we pride ourselves on having a pretty good foodie knowledge bank within the team, we still come across…Read More
The Red Fort, Soho, London The Red Fort has been a favourite in Soho for almost 30 years now. Just having undergone an elaborate refurbishment programme the restaurant has opened with a new design that uses materials from the Red Fort in Delhi in a contemporary way. The result is a modern design influenced by…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
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It’s set to be a wonderful weekend weather wise so make the most of our beautiful countryside, exquisite properties and delicious dining! Here for you is our pick of four outstanding Hotels with fabulous terraces for you to relax and enjoy incredible views while indulging in sumptuous fayre this weekend. Let Them Eat Cake…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
Team DR were out en-masse last week when we descended on the wonderful Great Fosters hotel to try out their newly launched restaurant, The Estate Grill. The changes to the entrance of the restaurant were an immediate hit – the addition of a bar! We relaxed into Nyetimber bubbles while persuing the new menu and…Read More
According to a recent article by the Telegraph, proximity to a world-class restaurant can add anything from 10 to 25 per cent to property prices. The hall marks of a community appear to be where people know how to enjoy the good things in life. Well we definitely go along with that at Design Restaurants…Read More
I was lucky enough to be taken out for dinner last night by a girlfriend as a belated birthday meal. As she left the choice of venue to me, and I had a taste for red wine (!) I chose the modern, airy and elegant Ascot Grill, thinking I’d pare my tastebuds with a juicy steak.…Read More
Top Parisan restauranteur, Otis Lebert has declared that ‘horse meat is a taste everyone likes’! Well given that it appears most of us meat eaters have been consuming horsemeat happily (albeit unknowingly) for many years he could well be right! Now English restaurant impresario, Oliver Peyton, previous owner of the infamous Atlantic Bar and Grill, is…Read More
Opened in September 2009, in London’s iconic hotel The Lanesborough, Apsleys, A Heinz Beck Restaurant is the first restaurant outside Italy created by internationally renowned chef, Heinz Beck. Holder of three Michelin stars at La Pergola in Rome, Beck soon earned the restaurant its own Michelin Star, when in February 2010 it became the fastest…Read More