Restaurant Review plus Win Lunch for 2 – Phil Yeomans at The Avenue, Lainston House, Winchester

The wisteria waved us up the impressive drive to lovely Lainston House one sunny/showery day last week, lulling us into an immediate state of bucolic bliss, even though we’d been playing the “sunglasses on, sun glasses off” game all the way down from Surrey. Ms S and I arrived for lunch to experience the new tasting menu…

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NATIONAL VEGETARIAN WEEK 2013 – Famous Vegetarians, living, dead and fictional

We’ve searched that reliable source, the Internet, to bring you our lists of 10 famous vegetarians, both alive, dead and fictional,  in celebration of National Vegetarian Week – there may be some surprises! Living Brad Pitt, actor Ru Paul, drag queen Carl Lewis, athlete Bill Clinton, former President Amanda Holden, actress Martina Navaratilova, tennis player…

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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.

Douglas Potter XK120 1953 Jaguar
Douglas Potter XK120 1953 Jaguar

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.

Douglas Potter with the XK120 Jaguar in 50's
Douglas Potter with the XK120 Jaguar in the 50’s

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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NEW CLUB INCLUSION – Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill at The Savoy, London

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…

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We are thrilled to welcome as a Club Member La Suite West, located in London’s fashionable Bayswater. The latest glorious offering from world-class designer, Anoushka Hempel, blends strict architectural form to achieve a serene and balanced Eastern aesthetic. Mysterious, dark corridors twist and turn with unexpected surprises, a gloriously soaring atrium with an imposing 6m high…

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