We sent DR Social Media Manager, Claire, plus her lovely family to this years Taste of London to bring you a special report on this years 10 year anniversary festival. Regents Park was fortunately bathed in early evening sun the first evening of the Taste Festival which made the world of difference to how you…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 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…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’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…Read More
In celebration of National Vegetarian Week and as a great kick off to our week of all things veggie, our restaurant reviewer, Mrs Robinson, has an incredible exclusive for you! Our esteemed leader, Tessa Shreeve, Managing Director and Owner of Design Restaurants has chosen this week to ‘come out’ as a vegetarian and tell us…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
By happy coincident I found myself up in leafy Bayswater this week after an early finishing meeting, just around cocktail hour. Never one to waste an opportunity I gave in to my growing curiosity to check out the latest incarnation of minimalist boutique hotel chic by famed British designer Anoushka Hempel. This blog has already covered the…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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Allure, Yas Marine Island, Abu Dhabi Not strictly speaking a restaurant this week but a ‘spin-off’ we think you may be interested in for its jaw-dropping opulence and cutting edge design. Sited on the fabulous Yas Marine Island development the nightclub is the first from the owners of mythically elite Cipriani Restaurants. Orbit Design Studios planned the…Read More
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
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
Spain and its “nueva cocina”, is back on top after Noma was replaced as World’s Number One in the San Pellegrino The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants (full list below) this week by El Celler de Can Roca. The win reestablishes the Catalonion region after El Bulli was knocked off the top spot some years ago. El Celler’s Roca brothers…Read More
Now we are a bit of a romantic lot here at DR – any excuse to get in the mood for champagne and roses! We have some definite favourite properties in the office and as we all spend most of the day looking at gorgeous hotels and talking to guests about their exquisite experiences –…Read More
Design Restaurants recently caught up with with one our celebrity members, Sanjeev Bhaskar of ‘The Kumar at No 42’ and ‘Goodness Gracious Me’, fame. Seen more recently as Dr Prem in BBC’s ‘The Indian Doctor’ Sanj shared with us his top 10 favourite restaurants – along with some great insights. Look out for Sanj later…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
Sur Mesure, Mandarin Oriental – Paris Sited within the heart of the city, the award-winning Mandarin Oriental Paris provides two restaurants, a bar, cake shop, and gardens of diverse atmospheres. Vegetated spaces lead guests into a light filled dining space scented with camellias to blend the interior and exterior boundary. The deliberate surfacing of columns and…Read More
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…Read More