The Great Northern Tour: 10 of The Best Restaurants in The North of Great Britain Offering Club Benefits

In terms of fine dining, the north has never had it so good. The best restaurant currently in the UK according to many experts, foodies and critics alike is L’Enclume in Lancashire with 2 Michelin stars, 5 AA Rosettes and a 2016 Chef of the Year award. The north is home to many excellent, eclectic restaurants,…

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All Michelin-starred restaurants in London

All Michelin-starred restaurants in London 2016-2017 Note: All asterisked properties offer Club Member dining benefits – click here to join club Three Star Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Mayfair Two Star Marcus at The Berkeley, Belgravia * Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Mayfair * Sketch, Mayfair * Umu, Mayfair Araki, Mayfair Dinner by Heston Blumenthal…

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The Full List of 2016 Michelin Star Restaurants in the UK

Note – this list has been superseded – See the latest list awarded October 3rd 2016 for GB & Ireland Michelin Awards 2017 here.  The 2016 edition of the Michelin awarded restaurants for Great Britain & Ireland has been released and we extend congratulations to all those featured in The Luxury Restaurant Guide.  There are also many new Michelin dining offers and privileges available exclusively through…

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The full list of 2015 Michelin star restaurants in the UK

PLEASE NOTE THIS LIST HAS NOW BEEN SUPERSEDED BY THE 2016 PUBLICATION – LINK HERE    Congratulations to Michelin on the latest 2015 publication.  Many of these restaurants provide exclusive dining offers and add value privileges to subscribing Luxury Restaurant Club members – examples: Save on average £39 on two people dining at Tamarind (1 Michelin star) Receive complimentary glass…

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The full list of 2013 – 2014 Michelin star restaurants in the UK

PLEASE NOTE THIS LIST HAS NOW BEEN SUPERSEDED BY THE 2015- 2016 PUBLICATION – LINK HERE Congratulations to Michelin on the latest publication.  Many of these restaurants provide exclusive dining offers and add value privileges to subscribing Design Restaurants Club members – examples: Save on average £38 on two people dining at Alan Ducasse at The Dorchester (3…

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The full list of 2012 – 2013 Michelin star restaurants in the UK

**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 – just £90 (inc) for 12 months.  See www.designrestaurants.com for further information…

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The full list of 2014 Michelin star restaurants in the UK

Also see: The full list of 2015 Michelin star restaurants in the UK Many of these leading restaurants provide exclusive dining offers and add value privileges to subscribing Design Restaurants Club members – examples: Save on average £38 on two people dining at Alan Ducasse at The Dorchester (3 Michelin stars) Receive complimentary glass of champagne…

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Which City is the Haute Cuisine Capital of the World?

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…

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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

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