We ran a post last week, Fine Dining in Berkshire that was very well received – so much so that some of our members have asked us to replicate the article for other regions. At Design Restaurants we like to please – our motto is not so much “To Fly, To Serve” more “To Eat,…Read More
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
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
Dating back to 1872 and set in 12 acres, high on Nutfield ridge, Nutfield Priory Hotel in Redhill, Surrey, is inspired by the Neo-Gothic design of the Palace of Westminster, and is a unique Victorian mansion house. The old dining hall which is home to Cloisters Restaurant, creates a special atmosphere in which to enjoy…Read More
The 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group operates some of the finest Michelin-starred and award-winning restaurants in the Uk. We are delighted to be able to offer Design Restaurants members the opportunity to sample these restaurants at exclusive rates. Members are invited to enjoy two fantastic offers at each property listed below: 25% reduction when…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
The hashtag #food has now been used over 32 million times and apparently one of the most instagrammed subjects is our humble plate of food. Or not so humble depending on where you are?! Photographing food and then sending it out into cyberspace has become social media’s latest love affair – Kim Kardashian is famous…Read More
**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. Design Restaurants membership is £90 for a 12 month membership.…Read More