No further description is needed for these glorious temples to fine dining, other than the stunning images below. Five In London 1. The Ritz Restaurant at The Ritz, Piccadilly, W1J Click here for details, member dining benefits not currently available 2. The Gilbert Scott at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, NW1 Click here…Read More
The media have been reporting on significantly increased tourist spending in the UK this summer in the wake of the EU referendum and we have been seeing the results of that here at The Luxury Restaurant Guide. We launched our £10 for 10 days membership on our app last summer and it has been steadily…Read More
We have two London gems and an Unruly Pig to share with you this fine June week…! The Oval Restaurant at The Wellesley London, Knightsbridge, London Dining at The Wellesley is about enjoying every moment. The elegance of the decor, the sound and ambience may recall another era while the Oval Restaurant celebrates 1920’s,…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
Nearly 2.5 years on from the launch of Design Restaurants acclaimed free luxury restaurant finder App, the company announces new features to aid reward redemption, event listings, recommendation gifts and a taster of club membership for its 40,000 download followers. The app features all 625 of the highest rated restaurants of Michelin, Sunday Times Top 100,…Read More
With so many people writing about their dining experiences, there are many articles these days dedicated to peoples pet hates in restaurants. We even published one of our own on this blog earlier this year ‘10 Things We Hate When Eating Out‘ . But service with a smile isn’t so easy: from bad jokes to…Read More
This time of year sees a flurry of Dining Awards and Guides being published, which once again stimulates the age old debate of just how you can possibly rate a restaurant fairly, given all the differing criteria we all now demand. The ‘Big Three’ guides that are most highly thought of and trusted are Michelin,…Read More
Looking for present ideas for someone for Christmas – or just wanting to treat yourself? Look no further – here are 10 fantastic reasons to buy one of the best annual memberships in the country and the finest dining club. 1. Complimentary member dining at some of the best restaurants in the country including Michelin…Read More
Food and art have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial association. Struggling artists along the left bank of Paris produced works in exchange for food and restaurant owners adorned their walls with masterpieces for free. The Victorians sparked the trend for creating panoramic social scenes, famously revived by The Ivy back in 2001 when they commissioned…Read More
The 2014 UK restaurants holding 3 and above AA Rosettes are listed below. Highlighted restaurants are detailed on the luxury restaurant site www.designrestaurants.com with a majority providing exclusive offers for subscribing club members. Now the most preeminent gourmet club, membership is £90 (inc) for 12 months and we are offering readers of this blog an additional…Read More
We were recently honoured to be guest speakers at a Supper Club of the Windsor Conservatives and thought our talk might be interesting for our followers too, so herewith an abridged version (minus the heckling!). When we talk about ‘Fine Dining’ we generally mean a full service restaurant that has usually received some kind of award or…Read More
We are delighted to announce our first update to the fantastic Design Restaurants App for iphone/ipad users! The new update allows users to scroll through thumbnail images and tap to enlarge any pic that they wish to see closer. This means you can indulge yourself in fabulous photos and make a more informed decision based…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
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
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