J'AIME February 2018

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THE HOTTEST

HOMES TRENDS

FOR 2018

Win!

A FINE DINING

EXPERIENCE WITH

ACCLAIMED CHEF

WILL HOLLAND

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT

IDEAS ALL WRAPPED UP


Welcome to J’AIME

Love is in the air this month as Valentine’s

Day rolls around. If you’re looking for a

special something to surprise your significant

other with on February 14, then our gift

guide is packed with ideas for everything

from thoughtful tokens to generous displays

of affection.

And in a slightly different celebration

of love, reader and photographer James

Hollinsworth showcases some of this

favourite views around our area in a series

of stunning photographs. There’s so much

to love about where we live, so if you have

a favourite view or place you’d like to share

with us then please get in touch - we’d love

to see your pictures and feature them in a

future issue.

Local foodies can rejoice as Sauce Supper

Club has a whole host of amazing events to

look forward to in 2018, so if you love fine

dining then be sure to look out for the next

star chef they bring to the Midlands. One

lucky reader and three friends will also win

tickets for their evening with Will Holland

at The Boat Inn, Lichfield, next month - it’s

sure to be a corker!

We’ve also got a £150 voucher for

treatments at Xodos beauty and aesthetics

clinic in Sutton Coldfield up for grabs so be

sure to try your luck.

Elsewhere, we’ve got our usual mix of the

latest home interiors trends, fashion and

beauty galore and a round-up of the best

entertainments and events around the area -

we hope you enjoy!

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CONTENTS

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 Sauce Supper Club - Bringing Michelin

stars to Lichfield

12 Property - Property of the month

14 Property - An architectural marvel

16 Interiors - Move to the dark side

20 Interiors - Mirror, mirror

24 Interiors - Say yes to red

28 Valentine’s Day - Extravagant gestures

32 Valentine’s Day - Tokens to say ‘I love you’

34 Food and drink - Reviewing The Four Seasons

at Swinfen Hall, Lichfield

36 Food and drink - Cocktail of the month from

Le Rêve

38 Food and drink - A delicious dessert from The

Boat Inn

40 Travel - Tranquility in Austria

44 Local area - Stunning photos showcasing views

of Sutton Coldfield and Lichfield

48 What’s On - Our pick of events around our

area this month

52 What’s On - The hottest tickets around

Birmingham

54 Fashion - Sweet sorbet shades for spring

56 Fashion - Wedding guest style from

Nero e Bianco

60 Fashion - Luxurious lounging with nightwear

to covet

62 Competition - Win a £150 treatment voucher

from Xodos

64 Beauty - Pucker up with red lips from Harvey

Nichols Birmingham

65 Motors - Tamworth racing driver Martin

Plowman on being more efficient

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FEATURE

The source of fine dining

AFTER YEARS OF WORKING WITH THE COUNTRY’S BEST CHEFS, JON AND BETH TOOVEY FOUNDED

SAUCE SUPPER CLUB AS A WAY TO BRING THE FINEST OF DINING HOME TO LICHFIELD.

AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS MORE

CHEFS HARD AT WORK AT ONE

OF SAUCE’S EVENTS

Like many of the best foodie experiences, it all

started in Paris. Living between France and Lichfield

and working to source the highest quality ingredients

for clients including multi-Michelin star holders

Heston Blumenthal and The Waterside at Bray, Jon

Toovey spent much of his time immersed in the

sights, sounds and gastronomic delights of the world

famous Rungis market, the largest fresh produce

market in the world. It was here that he would

discover the suppliers and glorious fresh goods which

made him an integral part of professional kitchens

up and down the country.

After all, the best food needs the best ingredients, and

Jon soon cemented a reputation as the man to go to,

becoming many a top chef ’s right hand man, if you

were.

And it is this reputation and ethos which is the

driving force behind Jon’s business, Sauce Fine

Foods. Sauce is the collaboration of over 30 years

knowledge and expertise of buying high quality

produce, supplying high-end restaurants and hotels,

with many Michelin starred establishments using

their unique service across the Midlands and beyond.

“The quality is second to none, the standards are

enormously high and only the best produce is

acceptable at Rungis,” explains Jon.

Jon had spent close to a decade working in Paris for

larger companies, making contact with chefs and

building up business to become one of the most

trusted suppliers of fine foods.

“I was commuting between Lichfield and Paris, going

out on a Monday and back on a Thursday, and eight

years went by like nothing,” explains Jon. “So it was

time for a change.”

After a short-lived stint working in Dubai, importing

ingredients from France into the UAE, Jon decided it

was time to set up on his own. He and wife Beth were

on a trip to Stockholm to support Midlands chef

Adam Bennett, of The Cross in Kenilworth, at the

European selection of the prestigious Bocuse d’Or

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competition - the culinary Oscars,

when inspiration struck.

“Sauce was born on the plane on

the way home,” laughs Jon. The

name is two-fold; Jon sources the

very best produce for the chefs he

works with, and the name also takes

inspiration from a piece of advice

given by Luke Tipping, executive

chef at Michelin-starred Simpsons

in Edgbaston.

“Luke told me years ago that the

most important thing about a dish

is the sauce,” explains Jon. “That’s

why he always does the sauce,

even now; the sauce ties everything

together.”

Jon drew on his decades of

experience of sourcing the very best

fresh produce and ingredients and

his contacts with top chefs to build

Sauce into one of the best suppliers

of quality goods.

“I’ve got a great connection with chefs locally,” says

Jon. “We started with Adam Bennett, then we got

Simpsons, then Luke at Simpsons would recommend

me to someone and it’s gone from there. And when

chefs leave restaurants I was working with to go

elsewhere I supply their new ventures; so we do

Cheal’s in Henley-in-Arden which Matt Cheal set

up after leaving Simpsons, and now Nathan Eades

has left Simpsons to go to The Wild Rabbit, so we’re

supplying them.

“Chefs know that what we do, we do well, and we

JON AND BETH TOOVEY, FOUNDERS

OF SAUCE SUPPER CLUB

have a great relationship; I”m not the cheapest by

any means but you have to pay for the best.

“We don’t hold any stock, everything is sourced to

order so chefs place their orders on a Monday, we

buy the produce on Tuesday morning and it comes

over through the Tunnel for us to deliver on Tuesday

night, ready for Wednesday morning, then we take

orders on Wednesday for delivery on Friday.”

Chefs also ask Jon’s advice on produce; what’s

coming available with the seasons, what the best

ingredients are.

Jon’s business is a far cry from humble beginnings

with a stall on Brownhills Market.

“I started with a

friend selling seasonal

fruit and veg; we used

to go to Birmingham

market and pick up

produce to sell on our

stall,” he explains.

Jon soon moved

from the buzz of the

market into bricksand-mortar

retail

with his first shop,

which eventually

became a chain of

four around the

Midlands.

“But retail started

to drift off as the

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supermarkets took over, and we used to get a lot

of chefs coming to the back door to get our best

produce,” explains Jon. “So we decided to move into

wholesale, supplying restaurants.”

After more than 30 years of working both for

himself and for larger companies, Jon’s knowledge of

ingredients, produce and suppliers is second to none.

- something chefs value immensely.

Immersed in the world of fine dining, Jon is used

to tasting the very best - he is often called upon by

the chefs he works with to trial new dishes. But back

home in Lichfield, Jon and Beth were continually

disappointed by the fine dining options available

locally.

So last year Jon and Beth, a graphic designer by

trade, set up Sauce Supper Club, and over the past

12 months have managed to attract some of the

country’s finest chefs to hold pop-up dining events in

and around the cathedral city.

“We were always out eating somewhere because

chefs who Jon supplies would invite us to try new

menus using his produce,” says Beth. “And people

would always ask us where we liked to eat, where

we’d recommend - and when it came to the local

area, we’d get a bit stuck.

“There are a huge amount of restaurants in Lichfield

but more fine dining is sorely needed; the quality

has improved over the past couple of years but we

believed there was still a gap in the city.”

The couple’s idea was to bring top quality chefs into

the area for events held at some of the city’s top

venues, bringing together all the elements that create

a fine dining experience. From the finest ingredients,

complemented with the most exquisite wines through

to supremely talented chefs, each supper club takes

guests on a gastronomic journey to remember.

With Jon’s contacts in fine dining circles, he managed

to attract support from some of the top chefs in the

area and the inaugural event in February saw Brad

Carter, of one Michelin-starred Carter’s of Moseley,

cook up a storm with an exquisite five-course tasting

menu for 60 guests at the picturesque St John’s

House in the centre of Lichfield.

“We’re good friends with Dan at St Johns House and

they have a great set-up there which seemed to fit

with our idea,” says Beth.

“They were a bit nervous because the kitchen isn’t

the most modern - what they achieve out of that

kitchen is a miracle! - but they were on board and the

night was fantastic.

“Brad came over to have a look at the kitchen as was

a bit ‘hmm’ but he was so chilled out and said he’d

be able to do it.”

The first event sold out in just two days, with Beth

being inundated with enquiries and bookings for

tables - in fact, they could have sold it twice over.

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And the momentum hasn’t slowed down. Jon and

Beth have now welcomed Luke Tipping, Rob Palmer

from one Michelin-starred Hampton Manor, another

former Michelin star holder in Lichfield’s own

Richard Turner - who was so popular the couple had

to put on a second night, exciting young chef Alex

Bond and former Simpsons head chef Matt Cheal

to Lichfield, as well as running events in conjunction

with local rising star Liam Dillon, of The

Boat Inn.

But the icing on the fine dining cake was

the end-of-year Michelin star extravaganza

at Alrewas Hayes, which saw six chefs

with six stars between them cook up six

courses - headlines but none other than

Tom Kerridge of two-starred The Hand

and Flowers.

As well as being a huge boon for the diners

of Lichfield, the pop-ups offer plenty of

benefits for the chefs and venues involved.

“It works on many levels,” says Beth. “The

chefs get to promote their restaurants

and attract new guests, and it’s great for

them to get their teams out into a different

environment to see who shines.

“The chef will generally come over to look

at the kitchen but the brigade won’t, so

when they get there and all of a sudden

they don’t have something or things aren’t

where they’re used to, the pressure’s on! It’s

like a team-building exercise, they do love

it!

“And for the venues, it gives their kitchen

team the chance to work with

top chefs and for their frontof-house

team to experience a

totally different type of evening.

We find that front-of-house

especially tend to enjoy the

nights.”

After such a successful first year,

Jon and Beth aren’t resting on

their laurels. Their first 2018

event saw Nathan Eades of The

Wild Rabbit come to The Wine

House, while this month’s is a

star-studded offering with two

of the finalists of Masterchef:

The Professionals in the shape

of Birmingham chefs Leo

Kattou and Louisa Ellis.

Great British Menu favourite

Will Holland - named him one

of the ten most influential chefs of the decade by

the Good Food Guide - is on the bill for March, and

Jon and Beth have a number of other stars in the

pipeline.

In their hunt for the best talent to bring to the city,

Jon and Beth travel all over the country and beyond

to visit, and dine with, chefs on their wishlist.

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“We usually take the chef ’s table, because it’s much

easier to talk through the concept and sell it to them

when we’re sitting right in front of them,” laughs

Beth.

“The only problem is that we tend to make each trip

into a little break, stay overnight and enjoy the full

experience, so it starts to add up!

“We went to The Sportsman in Kent, which has

been voted best restaurant in the UK for two years

running, and the food was incredible; no pretensions,

just amazing food, so we hope to get them on board,

and we’re also talking to Gareth Ward of Ynyshir

Restaurant and Rooms, one of the top restaurants in

Wales.”

With Sauce Supper Club bringing a taste of the

finest dining to Lichfield, and showing the city a little

of what it’s been missing, Jon and Beth have huge

hopes for an on-going foodie revival in the area.

“I always thought Lichfield could be like Ludlow was

a few years ago,” says Jon. “There’s a massive foodie

following with the popularity of the food festival, and

the amazing reaction to Sauce Supper Club shows

there’s an interest in fine dining.

“The hope is that one of the chefs we get over here

will see the potential in the city and set something up

here.”

For more details of upcoming events visit

www.saucesupperclub.co.uk.

Competition

J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH SAUCE

SUPPER CLUB TO OFFER LUCKY READERS

THE CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE AN EVENING

OF FINE DINING FOR THEMSELVES WHEN

ACCLAIMED CHEF WILL HOLLAND COMES

TO THE BOAT INN, LICHFIELD, ON MARCH

12. OUR WINNER AND THREE FRIENDS WILL

BE TREATED TO A TASTING MENU WHICH

SHOWCASES WILL’S IMPRESSIVE TALENTS.

TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING,

SIMPLY ANSWER THE FOLLOWING

QUESTION:

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE PARIS MARKET

WHICH IS THE LARGEST FRESH PRODUCE

MARKET IN THE WORLD?

Send your answer, along with your name, address

and telephone number, by email to competitions@

jaimemagazine.com with Sauce Supper Club competition

as the email subject. Entries must be received by 5pm

on Friday, February 23, and our winner will be notified

by Wednesday, February 28. The prize covers food only,

drinks are paid locally to the venue. No cash alternative

is available and the prize is not transferable. Terms and

conditions apply. Visit www.jaimemagazine.com for

further details.

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PROPERTY

Property of the Month

WE TAKE A SNEAKY PEEK AT SOME OF THE HOTTEST PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET IN THE AREA

EACH MONTH. THIS MONTH’S SELECTION IS A BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED PERIOD PROPERTY

OFFERING A GLORIOUS SPACE IN A PICTURESQUE VILLAGE SETTING

Breach House Farm, Pinfold Lane, Abbots Bromley: £1,500,000

On the market with Parker Hall: 01283 575000

THE AGENT SAYS: Breach House Farm is an

impressive detached farmhouse set within a superb plot

including six acres, ménage and stables. Offered with no

upward chain, this individual character property boasts a

wealth of features throughout and originally dates back

to 1840s. Having been extended and upgraded over the

years, Breach House Farm comprises recently redecorated

interiors which offer versatile family accommodation

and impressive entertaining spaces, all set within a scenic

countryside location.

To the ground floor are spacious reception rooms

including a dining hall with original open fire, a recently

renovated gym, a stunning orangery with a bespoke bar

and family room with an oak galleried staircase rising to

the first floor, in addition to the breakfast kitchen, entrance

hall, library and cloakroom. To the first floor are four

double bedrooms, three of which are serviced by a guest

en suite and bathroom, with a stunning master suite

serviced by a dressing room and en suite.

Included in the sale are equestrian facilities including a

floodlit ménage, stable block with tack room and land of

around six acres, with a further 8.5 acres available or to be

split if required.

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W E L O V E :

INSIDE AND OUT!

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PROPERTY

An architectural marvel

SOME PROPERTIES ARE SO BREATHTAKING IN THEIR DESIGN THAT YOU CAN’T HELP BUT MARVEL

AT THEM, AND THIS MONTH WE SHOWCASE A STUNNING HOME WHICH IS TRULY INSPIRED

Hedge House, Knowle: £3,200,000

On the market with Mr and Mrs Clarke: 0330 111 2059

THE AGENT SAYS: Hedge House is one of the most

spectacular houses to have been built in the UK in recent

years. Intelligent and inspired, Hedge House is a twostorey

dwelling, 55m (180 ft) in length and 10m (33 ft) in

width, spanning 10,450 sq ft in total, and set on a gently

undulating 6.5 acres with far-reaching rural views on the

outskirts of the sought-after village of Knowle.

Exceptional and innovative material choices, locallysourced

brick and larch felled by the Forestry Commission

in Cannock Chase are central to the palette of the house.

Combining both the very modern and traditional craft

with significant ceiling heights and glazing to create a light,

airy house with a real sense of space.

Entering through the car port, the vast open ground floor

has the benefit of a soaring 10m high internal glazed

atrium and an internal garden bringing the outside in.

With the ability to open the kitchen, atrium and lounge

out on to the terrace and grounds beyond, via a fully

glazed wall, the impressive entertaining space in Hedge

House can cater for any occasion.

On the first floor you will find the master suite, benefiting

from a dressing room and balcony with a hot tub – perfect

for soaking in the magnificent rural landscape. The

secondary suite accommodates a freestanding bath which

overlooks the internal garden. There are also three further

en-suite bedrooms and a gym with both a sauna and

balcony.

W E L O V E :

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A TRULY UNIQUE PROPERTY!

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WATCH out because furniture is set to head to the

dark side this year. The Scandi trend which has been

so prevalent in recent years has fostered a love of pale,

bleached woods and a pared back, almost rustic vibe

but for 2018 we’re stepping away from the light in

favour of a more moody, glamorous aesthetic. Darker

wood tones signify a resurgence for retro glamour, and

provide a new take on modern luxe.

Adding a delicious array of chocolate tones into your

home, darker woods ooze sophistication. For a more

opulent look, pair your dark wood with rich hues such

as navy, forest green or plum on your walls to create

a feeling of grandeur in larger spaces or an intimate

cosiness in more compact rooms, while for a fresh,

modern take style statement dark wood pieces in

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Metallic handles and legs are the perfect finishing

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walnut, gold, brass, black and marble gives a more

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VALSECCHI 1918 FAIRYTALE SIDE TABLE,

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VITRA WALNUT DIAMOND

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With the prevalence of Scandi chic and pared back

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F O O D & D R I N K

Taste the seasons

SWINFEN HALL’S FOUR SEASONS RESTAURANT IS MAKING WAVES WITH ITS FRESH APPROACH TO FINE

FOOD, MAKING IT PERFECT AS A DINING DESTINATION FOR ANY OCCASION, SAYS AMY NORBURY

Now you’ve probably heard of Swinfen Hall - situated

just outside of Lichfield, this stunning Georgian manor

house is something of a local landmark. But did you

know that the hotel’s Four Seasons Restaurant is, on

paper, the very best restaurant in Staffordshire? And

that you don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to enjoy a

rather top notch meal there?

Swinfen Hall Four Seasons is the only restaurant in

Staffordshire to have been awarded three AA rosettes,

and the first restaurant in the county to achieve this

honour since 2002. To put that in perspective, other

local three rosette eateries include Michelin-starred

Adam’s, Simpsons and Purnell’s in Birmingham.

It’s quite an achievement, but when you meet

ambitious head chef Ryan Shilton, it’s easy to see why.

Just 24 years old, Ryan has flair, creative ability and

a great palate and his dishes reflect his belief in first

class produce, simple flavour combinations and precise

execution.

Ryan first joined the team at Swinfen Hall back in

2011, and was promoted to sous chef in 2013. In

January 2015 he moved to Hampton Manor to work

with Rob Palmer at Peel’s Restaurant - now proud

holder of a Michelin star. When the top job became

available at Swinfen two years ago Ryan was first in

line, easily beating all other contenders in the cook-off.

So when Ryan invited J’AIME over to sample the

menu for ourselves, we more than happy to join him

and the team for what proved to be an

evening of superb dining in style.

Swinfen Hall has an innate sense of

grandeur; from the sweeping treelined

driveway which leads up to the

beautiful building to the high ceilings

with their elaborate chandeliers and

the rather splendid oak-panelled

restaurant, it really is a place where

you can feel like lords and ladies of the

manor.

But there’s also a truly warm welcome,

from the roaring fires which do a grand

job of keeping the chills at bay during

these chilly winter months to the

friendly greeting and exemplary service

which has a way of making you feel

right at home in amongst the grandeur.

We were shown to the lounge for pre-dinner drinks,

enjoying a perfectly chilled glass of champagne and

a well-made Old Fashioned from the cocktail menu

while basking in the glow of the fire. A chef ’s snack of

crispbread topped with ceps and parmesan whetted

the appetite for things to come.

The restaurant offers both an a la carte menu and

a selection of tasting menus options, with either five

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or nine courses and vegetarian options.

Produce is kept seasonal and local; the

kitchen has a 100-acre larder on the

doorstep in the shape of Swinfen Hall’s

own Victorian walled garden, which

produces an abundance of organicallygrown

vegetables and herbs as well as a

wealth of soft and hard fruits, providing a

veritable feast of pickles, preserves, jams

and jellies. The 45-acre private deer park

contributes first-class Sika venison for

the restaurant and there is estate-reared

lamb and hogget courtesy of a small flock

of rare-breed Manx Loagthan sheep.

Elsewhere, Swinfen champions the best

of local suppliers including Lichfield’s

own Shining Stone for coffee and Bore St

Bakery for amazing sourdough and other

baked goodies.

In order to get a well-rounded view of the Four

Seasons’ offerings we opted for the five-course menu,

priced at £60 a head, and were duly shown to our

table in the restaurant to begin our culinary journey. As

a handy aide memoire, the staff had popped a menu

card on the table alongside the bottle of Argentinian

Malbec we’d ordered and a delicious platter of warm

Guinness bread with truffled beef fat, which was so

good we couldn’t resist seconds.

The first course, which was described simply as onion,

spelt and blue cheese, was a delectable take on a

risotto, with the spelt creating a lighter dish than the

usual rice and the blue cheese adding a nice punch to

complement the sweet onion. It was a very tasty morsel

indeed, and one which set a high bar for the courses to

follow.

Happily, the standard remained just as high for the

next dish, a beautifully cooked piece of Creedy Carver

duck topped with salted plums and a drizzling of soy.

The duck was perfectly pink and oh-so-tender, while

the sharp sweetness of the plums and the salty soy

created a lovely balance of flavours. It was, proclaimed

my husband, the tastiest piece of duck he’d ever eaten -

and I was in agreement.

I’m a huge fan of scallops, so the Orkney scallop with

celeriac and bacon crumb really hit the spot for me.

The sizeable scallop was sweet and succulent with a

lovely sear, and again the accompaniments worked to

bring out the very best in the main ingredient - smoky

bacon and slightly pickled celeriac both adding a

crunchy textural contrast.

Ryan popped out of the kitchen to deliver a surprise

snack in between courses of a Swinfen venison hotdog;

a delicious mouthful with added an element of fun to

the proceedings.

The main event was the dish which had initially caught

my eye, and it more than lived up to its billing. A

perfectly rare piece of Staffordshire beef was adorned

by a barbecued lobster claw, which brought a delicious

smoky sweetness to the dish. The accompanying

carrots done three ways elevated this humble garden

veg to something simply sublime.

A picture-perfect dessert of caramelised banana with

chocolate sponge and miso ice cream was just sweet

enough to satisfy those post-dinner sugar cravings - the

miso ice cream was, in particular, a triumph.

The menu as a whole was thoughtfully constructed

and wonderfully executed to give you a true taste of

what the restaurant has to offer, and as word continues

to get out the Four Seasons is destined to become a

dining hotspot in its own right. With a first-class chef

on board and a front-of-house team who make guests

feel special from the moment they set foot through the

doors, Swinfen Hall’s culinary crown is hard-earned -

and well justified.

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F O O D & D R I N K

Cocktail of the month

HARRIET LOVETT, FROM LE RÊVE COCKTAIL BAR IN LICHFIELD, CONJURES UP A ROMANTIC

TWIST ON THE CLASSIC PORN STAR MARTINI, PERFECT FOR A VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION

Passionate Martini

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1 whole passion fruit

3 strawberries

22.5ml rose syrup

25ml vodka

25ml Passoa

12.5ml fresh lemon juice

50ml Pineapple juice

1 shot of prosecco

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Love is in the air at FSK Mere Green and

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F O O D & D R I N K

A sweet to savour

LIAM DILLON, FROM THE BOAT INN, LICHFIELD, SHARES A DELECTABLE LEMON SPONGE

RECIPE WHICH FORMS PART OF ONE OF THE RESTAURANT’S MOST POPULAR DESSERTS

Since taking over The Boat Inn, talented chef Liam

Dillon has set about transforming the restaurant into

one of the area’s top fine dining options. His goal is to

create an innovative food and beverage hub in Lichfield

which will be constantly evolving as he develops dishes

using high quality, locally sourced, and where possible

organic ingredients.

Lemon sponge for honey and

lemon dessert

Ingredients:

275g flour

5g baking powder

275g sugar

120g rapeseed oil

100g milk

3 eggs

2 lemons, zest and juice

Sieve the flour and the baking powder together

into a bowl. In a separate bowl combine the

sugar and eggs and then when combined add

the rapeseed oil, milk and lemon zest.

Pour this wet mix into the sieved flour and

baking powder and bring together.

Line the desired cake tin with silicone paper or

baking parchment. Before pouring the mix into

the cake tin incorporate the lemon juice.

Cook the cake for 30 minutes at 160 degrees

centigrade.

In the restaurant, after the cake is cooked we

cool it and then cut it to replicate the shape of

honeycomb. Soak it lightly with a lemon pickle

and then add the rest of the parts to complete

the dessert.

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T R AV E L

The sound of tranquility

NICOLA BRERETON, LUXURY TRAVEL EXPERT AT RB COLLECTION IN LICHFIELD,

FULFILLS A CHILDHOOD DREAM ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY IN AUSTRIA

THE PICTURESQUE TOWN OF

ST WOLFGANG OVERLOOKING

THE STUNNING LAKE

As a child, my favourite film without hesitation had

to be the Sound of Music. I loved the costumes, the

singing, the romance of it all – but most of all I loved

the setting. I would spend hours lost in the lives of

the Von Trapp family as they ran through the hills

singing their hearts out.

Fast forward many years I finally have the

opportunity to visit the land of my childhood

dreams. Having taken a flight to Salzburg we

arrived early afternoon to be met with beautiful

sunshine bouncing off the Alps. A 45-minute car

ride heading east through beautiful countryside

with lots of authentic Austrian houses soon had us

in the Austrian Lake District. As we drove around

this stunning lake we could see on the other side

that was to be our home for the next two nights. We

carried on around the lake, passing more and more

charming Austrian homes en route to our hotel,

marvelling at the reflection of the Alps in the lake.

As we drove in to the stunning town of St Wolfgang

we finally got to see our hotel, Hotel Im Weissen

Rossl, in all its beauty. Taking me back to my

childhood memories not of the Von Trapp this time

but of the wonderful Hans Christian Anderson and

his stories of chocolate box houses and shop windows

filled with charming toys and goodies.

Our hotel was set in the heart of this beautiful

village and we checked in seamlessly and with ease

we quickly made our way to our rooms overlooking

Wolfgang Lake. With its pine features reminiscent of

a log cabin yet recently refurbished to a high spec our

room did not disappoint. Spacious and airy and with

a bathroom to die for, we were met with the icing on

the cake – the amazing, jaw-dropping awe-inspiring

view from our private balcony. And boy what a view!

As we stepped out to take in the full impact of this

absolutely stunning lake with the Alps rising from the

mirrored reflection up into the bluest of skies took

our breath away.

With time to spare before dinner we set off down the

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scenery surrounding me

SCHLOSS FUSCHL HOTEL but the sounds of the

engine chugging his way

up, a truly unforgettable

experience. The view

from the summit is truly

magnificent, on a clear day

there is a 360° panoramic

view over the glittering

lakes of the Salzkammergut

(Lakes Wolfgangsee, Irrsee,

Mondsee and Fuschlsee)

to Lake Chiemsee in

Germany in the foothills

of the Alps. All around,

the mountains soar

majestically, from the

Höllengebirge range over

the Dachstein Mountains to

the Watzmann Mountain.

As I sat there taking it all

in reliving my childhood

side streets of this beautiful village, taking in all the

memories of the Sound of

delights the shops had to offer while stopping every Music and happily humming away to ‘raindrops on

now and then just simply to gaze at this scenery roses and whiskers on kittens’ I was reminded of a

surrounding us we soon headed back to our hotel set comment a friend made that that had recently visited

in the heart of this fairytale town. With the sun still Austria – if there is a heaven, then I was sat among

gleaming we made our way out to the hotel’s famous it!

floating pool set along the banks of the lake and sat As we began our descent a paraglider began his from

for a while, just breathing in the cleanest of air my the top of the mountain and we all glided eloquently

lungs have ever had. That evening we dined in the down the mountain - us in our old train and him on

hotel’s Romantic Restaurant while still taking in the his glider – all of us taking it the amazing view back

amazing landscape and feasted on some Austrian down to the lake.

delicacies and local wines before heading off to our A short walk back in to town had us arriving ready

beds and falling asleep still looking at this hypnotic for our next adventure – electric bikes. A quick

lake.

refresher (it had been 16 years since my last bike

The next morning we woke early and again headed ride) soon had me firmly back in the saddle as we

straight for the balcony with our morning cup of set off around the lake. After a quick lunch stop at

tea. This time the early morning sunrise and low a beautiful local deli of ham and cheese all washed

cloud gave the lake a whole new magical feel and down with elderflower cordial we set off on our bikes

as I sat there taking it all in it struck me just how to the neighbouring town of Strobl on the banks

hypnotising this place was – I was being sucked in of Lake Wolfgangsee. Luckily for me the ride there

to its magic and I was a happy to go along for the was along mostly flat roads but to be honest the view

ride. After breakfast we headed back out the village was so spectacular I soon forgot about my lack of

for the short walk to the lake-side base station for the bike-riding skills. As we cycled along it was always

SchafbergBahn railway that would take us up the inevitable a rendition of Do-Re-Mi would breakout

1783m high summit of the Schafberg – wow what as we re-enacted the famous Von Trapp family, all we

a journey! This cog railway’s steam engine is one were missing was a few pairs of Lederhosen and a

of the oldest working engines in the world and as couple of dresses made from curtains.

we set off further up the mountain the view became Our reward for reaching the beautiful town of Stobl

more and more spectacular as the whole of the lake was the most delicious ice cream in the biggest bowl

and its surrounding mountains opened up before my known to mankind. Before heading back we walked

eyes. I can honestly say the 45 minute journey up off the ice cream treat wandering around the town

the mountain was the most enjoyable train journey square and admiring all the shop windows with their

I have ever experienced, not just the amazing traditional Austrian crafts on display. Before long we

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LAKE WOLFGANGSEE

cycled the short distance to the ferry port and with

our bikes we set off on the 15-minute boat ride to our

town. Once bikes were deposited we headed back

to our hotel and sampled the delights of the floating

pool and soaked our (not so very tired, thanks to

electric bikes) legs in the Jacuzzi before then sampling

the delights of the hotel spa.

That evening we dined at the Dorfalm Restaurant

in the village, a fantastically authentic Austrian

restaurant with all the staff in lederhosen with the

tastiest food around, their beef goulash soup and

apple strudel were the best I’ve ever tasted and all

finished off with a shot of fruit schnapps before we

headed back to our hotel, ready for bed after a fun

and actioned-packed day.

Our final morning was greeting with very low cloud

over the lake after a late night thunderstorm, once

again the sheer beauty of mother nature at her best

was in full view as we sat for the last time on our

balcony taking it all in. We set off first thing to the

Ebner’s Waldhof set along the shores of nearby Lake

Fuschl. On first impressions the hotel did feel a little

big, however as soon as we stepped in to the hotel

I no longer felt that way. With plenty of cosy little

corners with big comfy chairs it was a very inviting

welcome. After breakfast on the terrace we enjoyed a

tour of the hotel and marvelled at the many facilities

the resort has to offer ranging from their very own

petting zoo – with the cutest guinea pigs that live in a

house better than mine.

The hotel spa is spread over two floors and they

even make their own skin care products with the best

‘chill out’ area around. The hotel caters very well for

families and offer two-bedroom suites as well as more

luxury rooms for couples wanting a beautiful escape

with amazing views over the lakes and with plenty to

fill your days – or even a perfect sun lounger by the

lake for those lazier days. The resort has been ran by

the same family for three generations and it is plain

to see the pride they have and the love they have put

in to every corner, they even have the or own little

b&b that has wall to wall books with lots of peaceful

little areas to sit and read for those people looking

for a more tranquil experience. They have worked

hard to make the resort a year round destination

with amazing lake walks, golfing and plenty of other

activities in the summer, spring and autumn months

as well as great winter activities that offer that bit

more than just your normal ski run, definitely a great

stop for a week or so or even to twin with a short

break in Salzburg that is only a 30 minute transfer.

After our tour of the lake we boarded the resorts

own Fuschlerin, a wooden boat traditional to the

Salzkammergut Lake District that is powered by

an electric outboard motor and takes you across

this beautiful lake in four minutes, so close to the

water you can see the fish jumping around you as it

sails past lots of lovely little coves that can only be

reached by the boat and again offer that tranquillity

so many people desire.

Before too long we were greeted by mouthwatering

aroma of the Schloss Fuschl Hotel’s own

fishery where their expert fishermen smoke their

catch of the day from the lake and offer fresh

warm smoked trout or char and with a cold beer or

refreshment as you sit by the lake – beats our good

old fish and chips on a windswept promenade!

A VIEW FROM SCHAFBERG

MOUNTAIN

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From here we walked up to the famous Schloss

Fuschl hotel and for those Sound of Music fans - i.e.

me – a brief history of this once famous grand estate

and how it was used in many of the scenes for this

iconic film resulting in a rousing rendition once more

of ‘The hills are alive!’ After my little song burst

we were further enthralled as our guide filled us in

on the history of this beautiful estate of how it was

taken over by the Nazis during the war before being

rightfully returned back to the original owners and

then made into a luxury hotel – and boy was the

luxury evident. With amazing grand suites, lakeside

cottages, opulent ballroom and stunning views over

the lake and surrounding hills it’s clear to see why

this hotel is so special. And with amazing fine dining

and a wine cellar that would excite all wine lovers,

this truly is the perfect destination for that special

trip.

From here our journey was brought to an end as

we headed back to the airport for our flight home.

Having spent my childhood lost in the magic of The

Sound of Music my expectations of Austria were

high and if I am honest I was a little apprehensive

it wouldn’t live up to the fairytale of the big screen

– I am happy to say it more than exceeded my

expectations. From the second we arrived in Austria

we encountered the warmest welcome from the

friendliest people in the most beautiful place I have

ever encountered with the air being the cleanest

I have ever breathed. And the although it was a

hectic 48 hours that had a lot crammed into it, I

can honestly say I left this amazing country with a

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LO CA L A R E A

P icture perfect landscapes

WE’RE LUCKY TO LIVE IN SUCH A PICTURESQUE PART OF THE COUNTRY, AND IN A SERIES OF STUNNING

SHOTS, LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES HOLLINSWORTH CAPTURES SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL

LANDSCAPES AROUND LICHFIELD AND SUTTON COLDFIELD AT NIGHT

LOCATION: LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL,

MINSTER POOL AND STOWE POOL

James says: “I spent a few enjoyable and bitterly

cold evenings in Lichfield to capture these

shots. I used to live in Lichfield for many years

and miss the place dearly so it was a joy to

be back. I always did find the cathedral very

mysterious and magical; it’s easy to get lost in

your imagination just being near it, its history, its

age, its monumental size and fine detailed stone

always finds a way to capture my imagination.

I chose to shoot it and its surrounding pools

at night so I could show the warm colours

reflecting from the waters in the foreground and

the powerful colourful sky as the backdrop in an

attempt to add a touch of Europe and a hint of

the magic I find in the cathedral.

A MAGICAL ATMOSPHERE

AT THE CATHEDRAL

LIGHTS DANCING OFF THE

POOL IN LICHFIELD

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THE GLORIOUS

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LOCATION: POWELLS POOL,

SUTTON PARK

James says: “This was my first time to the pools

of Sutton Park with or without a camera and

I found myself constantly engaged and finding

new things to capture, on this cold Saturday

evening that pool was forever giving, starting

with a bunch of curious non camera shy

Canadian geese, then as the sun went down

floods of colour throughout the sky exaggerated

by the reflections of the still wind free water

that with the right exposure time will transform

itself into a huge mirror replicating the sky

just perfectly. The pool also gave me a local

fisherman who was there for the night. Talking

with him made us both see that we were both at

that pool that night for the same reasons; peace,

purpose and ultimately to capture something

amazing, we had just chosen to taken different

tools with us. Finally there was the fast moving

clouds I was able to merge into streaks across

the sky with a long exposure. With this in mind

I tried to lend an influence from something I

have always wished to see - the aurora borealis.

Until I get to one day see this myself I am more

than content visiting Powells Pool with a camera,

some time and a little imagination.”

A FISHERMAN SET

UP FOR THE NIGHT

GEESE AT POWELL’S POOL

POWELL’S POOL

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LO CA L A R E A

What’s On Local

YOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST OF WHAT’S ON IN AND AROUND

SUTTON COLDFIELD, LICHFIELD, WALSALL AND BEYOND

WHAT:

Sister Act

WHERE:

Sutton Coldfield

Town Hall

WHEN:

January 30 to

February 3

The award-winning Tudor Musical Comedy Society is

bringing a classic to Sutton Coldfield this month with

Sister Act. This wonderful feel-good musical comedy

based on the smash hit movie featuring Whoopi

Goldberg, will have audiences jumping to their feet.

Filled with powerful and uplifting gospel music,

dazzling dance routines and a truly moving story, Sister

Act leaves audiences breathless.

Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar

winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty

and the Beast) and songs inspired by Motown, soul and

disco, Sister Act is the funniest and funkiest musical

around. For more details visit

www.townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk.

WHAT:

Murder Mystery

Evening

WHERE:

Moor

Hall Hotel

WHEN:

February 9

If you are missing your

favourite period drama, then visit Moor Hall for an

evening of murder, mystery and suspense at Upton

Downstairs Abbey. You’ll enjoy a three course meal

accompanied by a host of comedy characters to leave

you dying of laughter at the end of the night!

“Times are changing and so must Upton Downstairs

Abbey,” mutters Lord Grantham. The Abbey is up

for sale, the servants are up in arms wanting social

revolution and the family are hiding a dark secret.

With this run of bad luck the last thing we need is a

murderer on the loose! Tickets are priced at £40 per

person including a three-course dinner, or £150 for

two including an overnight stay. For details visit

www.moorhallhotel.co.uk.

WHAT:

Paws For

Remembrance

WHERE:

National Memorial

Arboretum

WHEN:

February 11

Spend the day with your four legged friend at

the National Memorial Arboretum’s Paws For

Remembrance event. Explore the grounds together

while supporting the Arboretum. For one day only,

wander from the dog path to the new Paws for

Remembrance route, where expert guides will be en

route to tell you about some of the many memorials you

can see. During your visit, take time to visit the Happy

Hounds High Street which will feature stalls for both

you and your four-legged friend.

The suggested donation for the event is £5 per pooch.

For more details visit www.thenma.org.uk.

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WHAT:

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WHERE:

Lichfield

Garrick

WHEN:

February

17

Why pay a fortune to see ants in a stadium when for a

fraction of the price you can get up close and smell the

faking brilliance of the Counterfeit Stones - described

as Rolling Stones’ hooky masterpiece. Their latest fast

shuffle, Street Fighting Sham, promises yet another

night of pure, unadulterated Copy-Rock. Now in their

27th year, these prank-stars continue to deliver the best

‘mock ‘n’ roll’ show on the circuit. Packed with big

hits, retro fashion, vintage guitars and a huge dollop of

‘Spinal Tap’ humour, it’s Satis-fiction guaranteed. For

more details visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com.

WHAT: Snowdrop Week

WHERE: Middleton Hall

WHEN: February 18 to 22 and 25

Middleton Hall are open for February half-term, so why

not visit to see the snowdrops in the glade? The hall,

gardens and nature trail will be open for you to enjoy

during the week. Middleton Hall’s tour guides have

been working hard this winter refreshing their tours, and

would like a chance to practice so on Sunday 18th and

Wednesday 21st, free tours of the hall will be available.

The hall is open from 11am until 4pm each day and entry

is £5.50 for adults, with children and season pass holders

free. Tour times will be posted online so visit

www.middleton-hall.co.uk for more details.

WHAT:

Wedding Fair

WHERE:

Alrewas Hayes

WHEN:

February 25

Brides and grooms-to-be can enjoy an afternoon of

perfect planning at Alrewas Hayes’ annual wedding fair

on Sunday, February 25 from 12:30pm to 4pm. Find

inspiration, ideas, and expert advice on your upcoming

nuptials, and experience first-hand what the stunning

Staffordshire venue has to offer. There will be a wide

range of local suppliers available to discuss your needs,

and showcase their fabulous products, from beautiful

bridal gowns, decor, cakes, photography, entertainment

and more, and the venue’s dedicated wedding team will

be on hand to assist with any queries or questions you may

have. So pop along for complimentary canapés and a glass

of fizz and enjoy a day dedicated to the wonderful world

of weddings. To book your place for the free event register

at www.alrewashayes.com/events.

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WHAT:

Romeo and

Juliet

WHERE:

Sutton

Coldfield

Town Hall

WHEN:

February 27

to March 3

Sutton Coldfield Arts and Recreational Trust’s

Shakespeare programme returns in 2018 with its

second instalment, Romeo and Juliet. The archetypal

love-at-first-sight story, sure to both excite and break

hearts.

Set in Verona, against a backdrop of feuding families

and a bitter, divided world, Romeo and Juliet tells the

tale of two ill-fated lovers who dare to love in a world

that demands they hate. After a chance meeting at

a party, the eponymous pair fall irretrievably in love

and marry in secret. When Juliet’s parents insist upon

marriage to another, she turns to Friar Laurence who

conspires to help unite the disenchanted pair, a plot

that leads irrevocably to disaster.

With this professional production, the show will offer

a compelling and refreshingly original take on the

world’s most iconic love story. For more details visit

www.townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk.

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A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST

EVENTS TO COME TO BIRMINGHAM THIS MONTH

WHAT:

Matthew

Bourne’s

Cinderella

WHERE:

Birmingham

Hippodrome

WHEN:

February 6 to 10

Following the sold-out and critical success of The Red

Shoes and Sleeping Beauty, New Adventures return

to Birmingham Hippodrome with one of their most

popular and beloved productions, Matthew Bourne’s

Cinderella – a thrilling and evocative love story, set in

London during the Second World War, which forms

part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy

tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance

meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and

her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough

to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the

Blitz. For ticket details visit

www.birminghamhippodrome.com.

WHAT:

Shrek the Musical

WHERE:

New Alexandra

Theatre

WHEN:

February 14 to 25

Following a record-breaking UK and Ireland tour, the

smash hit blockbuster is back – and larger than life!

Based on the story and characters from the Oscarwinning

DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and

spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside

down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical

comedy.

Join Shrek, (Steffan Harri) and his loyal steed Donkey

as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess

Fiona (Laura Main) from her tower, guarded by a fire

breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged

Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit

with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of

adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight

audiences of all ages! For more details visit www.

atgtickets.com/birmingham

WHAT:

The Winslow Boy

WHERE:

Birmingham REP

WHEN:

February 21 to March 3

A major new revival of Terence Rattigan’s classic family

drama, The Winslow Boy, comes to the REP this month,

starring Only Fools and Horses’ Tessa Peake-Jones and

Holby City’s Aden Gillett.

Having been expelled from the Royal Naval College for

stealing, young cadet Ronnie Winslow’s entire family

are pulled apart by the repercussions of his charge. As

they fight to clear his name in the face of a growing

national scandal, the family are confronted with political

hypocrisies and forced into life-changing decisions. What

sacrifices must be made in the pursuit of truth and how

far will a family go to clear their name?

Based on a real-life event, The Winslow Boy is a

courageous and compelling tale of honesty and honour.

For more details visit www.birmingham-rep.co.uk.

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WHAT: Seal

WHERE: Birmingham

Symphony Hall

WHEN:

February 21

British soul legend Seal

returns to Symphony

Hall with his new album,

Standards – combining

his unique voice with

some of the greatest jazz standards and swing classics

ever written. An artist who’s been at the top of his

game throughout his 30-year career, Seal’s 10th studio

album breathes life into iconic hits, paying tribute to

legends including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and

Nina Simone.

In a career spanning three decades, racking up over

30 million records sales worldwide and a string of

Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way,

Seal continues to shine as one of the world’s brightest

music stars. His new album is full of musical gems

which glisten when brought to life with his stunning

velvety vocals. For more details visit

www.thsh.co.uk.

WHAT:

The X Factor

Live Tour

WHERE:

Arena

Birmingham

WHEN:

February 23

Cue dramatic music! The X Factor Live Tour is

returning and for the first time ever the power is in

Birmingham’s hands as the audience gets to vote for

their very own winner. The X Factor digital host,

Becca Dudley, heads on the road with the contestants

to present the tour competition, and at the end of each

show, the audience will then become the judges – and

choose the winner.

The X Factor 2017 winners Rak-Su and the super

semi-final acts of Grace Davies, Kevin Davy White,

Matt Linnen, Lloyd Macey, and The Cutkelvins will

be taking to the stage alongside Sean and Conor, who

have won the Wild Card Vote to take the seventh and

final spot in the line-up for the live show. For ticket

details visit www.arenabham.co.uk.

WHAT:

Morrissey

WHERE:

Genting Arena

WHEN:

February 27

Morrissey is

returning to

Birmingham this month as part of his first full UK

tour since 2015, giving fans the chance to hear tracks

from his 11th solo album Low in High School, which

was released in November.

Rising to prominence as frontman of The Smiths,

Morrissey went on to forge an even more successful

career as a solo artist, with all of his solo efforts landing

in the Top 10 on the UK album charts, including

three entries at number one. Releasing his debut solo

album Viva Hate back in 1988, he has since released

a number of critically acclaimed follow-ups including

Kill Uncle and Your Arsenal, and hugely successful

comeback album You Are the Quarry after a five year

hiatus in 2004. For ticket details visit

www.gentingarena.co.uk.

WHAT: Birmingham’s Big Comedy Gala

WHERE: Birmingham Hippodrome

WHEN: February 28

Join Luisa Omielan (What Would Beyoncé Do?!,

Comic Relief, Live at the Apollo and Thigh Gap!) as

she presents the coolest comics on the circuit for a onenight

bonanza! Confirmed special guests include Sara

Pascoe, Mo Gilligan, Iain Stirling, Nish Kumar, Tom

Allen, Suzi Ruffell, Ellie Taylor, Tez Ilyas, Jen Brister,

Aaron Twitchen and Dan Nightingale.

All proceeds go to Helena’s Hospice Foundation,

supporting hospices in the Midlands and nationwide.

Tickets are priced at £25, for more details visit

www.birminghamhippodrome.com.

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FASHION

The sweetest shades

PASTELS MAY BE A SPRING STAPLE, BUT THIS SEASON IT’S ALL ABOUT ADDING A SENSE

OF POWER TO THESE MOST FEMININE OF SHADES, SAYS AMY NORBURY

IT may not be the most ground-breaking of

trends, but as the first whispers of spring are on

the horizon, the runways are running awash with

gelato pastels. The SS18 fashion weeks were a

veritable pastel pile-up that saw parma violet

head-to-toe at Victoria Beckham, lemon sorbet

layers at Hermès and tiers upon tiers of pistachio

at Sies Marjan.

This spring is all about feel-good fashion, and

what could be better than a veritable feast of ice

cream hues? They’re the perfect antidote to this

prolonged period of post-Christmas gloom and

doom, where the weather is dreary and summer

holidays still seem light-years away. Adding a

hefty dose of playful pastels to your wardrobe

does wonders for instantly putting you in a

brighter, more cheery mood - after all, fashion is

supposed to be fun.

But pastel shades don’t have to mean sweet and

saccharine; for SS18 we’re talking pretty and

powerful. Forget flounces and frill and opt for

seriously smart tailoring instead. Sharp silhouettes

and structured pieces give a stylish edge to even

the sweetest of hues.

Sorbet shades add plenty of pretty by themselves

so when it comes to knitwear go for chunky and

oversized rather than soft and delicate; team

with tailored trousers or a fitted pencil skirt for a

weather-proof workwear option.

And avoid an overly girly look by foregoing cutesy

prints in favour of colour blocking; try wearing

one shade head to toe, or pile up multi-colored

pastels by selecting every light hued item in sight,

like a multi scoop ice cream cone.

If head-to-toe pastels are a step too far, then

carefully chosen statement pieces are a great

way to work the trend. A pastel trench coat - the

shape of choice for SS18 - can dial up the style of

any outfit, while a sweet-hued bag adds an easy

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FASHION

Mum’s the word

JILL HARTLEY, CO-OWNER AND DIRECTOR OF NERO E BIANCO EXCLUSIVE FASHION AND BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

AT BARTON MARINA, OFFERS HER TIPS FOR WEDDING WEAR FOR THE MUMS OF THE BRIDAL PARTY

Now it’s 2018 we can officially look at wedding wear for mothers of the bride and groom. Sometimes I think

this decision is harder than the bride’s gown, as getting it ‘just right’ is difficult. We don’t want to look fuddyduddy,

we want to be comfortable - it’s a long day and night - after all, we need the right colour, we don’t want to

upstage the mother of the bride if you’re mother of the groom and vice versa, and the list goes on!

So, here are a few tips and suggestions you may consider when choosing that special outfit:

This delightful two-piece dress and lace over top has a

super ruffle rear hemline. This is truly amazing for a

feminine, elegant and stylish look, and perfect for any

proud mum on their son or daughter’s big day. It is

modern elegance at its best.

This vibrant look adds a modern touch while

remaining elegant. This is a two piece with a twist.

The little blue jacket reveals a lovely floral dress, so

if given an opportunity to go from more formal, for

example for the service, to an injection of fun for the

celebratory dancing. Again, the three-quarter length

sleeve adds a little coverage with a beautiful neckline

that complements all ages.

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Top tips for mothers

of the bride and groom

• Prepare: Know what colour you

can and can’t wear if there is a

colour code for the wedding.

• Good underwear: This makes

a huge different when trying an

outfit on. It can be a make or

break.

• Book an appointment where

possible so time can be allocated

to you.

• Be open to suggestion and try

different styles to see what suits

you. Often the style you dismiss

can be amazing on!

• Don’t ask too many opinions,

it only becomes confusing. We

suggest one or two people at most

to help you choose.

• Be open about your budget so

there’s no embarrassment when

choosing.

What Nero e Bianco

ensure we do for you

• We’ll ensure that you’re comfortable

and relaxed as we know how

important this decision is.

• We will always meet your specific

needs.

One thing we often hear is that we need a little upper arm

coverage, but don’t want a jacket. So, here is a beautiful

laced, beaded dress with three-quarter length sleeve that looks

stunning, elegant and covers the arm. The additional benefits

with this dress is that the lace overlay flatters all shapes and

sizes. This dress can be worn from day to night.

• Remember, there is no rush in

finding that amazing outfit, stay with

us for as long as it takes to find you a

dress you can be sure of.

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FASHION

Sweet dreams

THERE’S SOMETHING RATHER INDULGENT ABOUT INVESTING IN A COSY NEW PAIR OF PYJAMAS

OR A SLINKY NIGHTDRESS. AMY NORBURY TAKES A LOOK AT SOME OF THE MOST STYLISH - AND

COMFY - OPTIONS FOR LOUNGING AROUND

WHEN you get in from a hard

day at the office, changing from

your workwear into your favourite

comfies is something of a ritual

for many of us. It signals the end

of the day’s stresses and strains,

and the beginning of the evening’s

relaxation.

Whether you’re a satin PJs kind of

girl, prefer the practical comfort of

cosy cashmere, oversized nightshirts

or slinky silk slips, the perfect

loungewear is an essential part

of your wardrobe. Add a snuggly

dressing gown and fluffy slippers,

and you’re ready to lounge the night

away in style.

NINE BY SAVANNAH

MILLER BLUE PYJAMA

SET, DEBENHAMS.

£35

FLORAL CAMI

SET, NEXT.

£35

BLISS CASHMERE TOP,

£160, AND BOTTOMS, £140,

FIGLEAVES.


£45 £90

FLUFFY POM POM

SLIPPERS, ACCESSORIZE.

B BY TED BAKER CAMI,

DEBENHAMS.

GREY WRAPOVER

LOUNGEWEAR SET,

JD WILLIAMS.

UGG RAVEL GREY

STRIPED PYJAMAS,

HARVEY NICHOLS.

£15

£19.50

PAPER ROSE

SCATTERED WOVEN

DRESSING GOWN,

CATH KIDSTON.

£140

£7

MIDNIGHT BOTTOMS,

PRIMARK.

£55

EBERJEY GISELE

GREY JERSEY

PYJAMA PLAYSUIT,

HARVEY NICHOLS.

B BY TED BAKER

BOTTOMS,

DEBENHAMS.

£32

ANDIE PYJAMA SET,

£50, FIGLEAVES.


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BEAUTY

The look of love

PUCKER UP FOR VALENTINE’S DAY WITH THIS SEASON’S MOST STYLISH SHADE. WE ASKED LISA

PIDDINGTON, FROM HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM, HOW TO WEAR RED LIPSTICK WITH CONFIDENCE

FROM Cleopatra’s beetle-stained lips to Marilyn

Monroe’s iconic pout, red lipstick has for

centuries been associated with pure glamour. Yet

one false move with this sexiest of shades and it’s

more harlot than starlet.

Because red lipstick demands more care than your

average day-to-day gloss many women tend to

shy away, but there is no excuse for not having a

classic rouge waiting in the wings for that special

Valentine’s date.

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FIVE TOP TIPS THAT WON’T LEAVE YOU

RED FACED

1: Test the lipstick against the skin on your face

rather than on the back of your hand. As a rule,

the darker your skin tone the deeper the shade

you can wear. Those with medium tones should

plump for reds with a golden sheen to bring a

touch of warmth; while those on the pale and

interesting side can go for pure drama with a true

red or one with a pink tone.

2: Red tends to bleed more than other colours so

apply a layer of foundation to your lips first as a

base. A pencil line in a coordinating colour keeps

the look focussed and classy.

3: A lip brush is a must to achieve the perfect

pout. After applying your lipstick take another

brush, dip it into some powder and gently pat

along the outer edges of your lips to “hold” the

colour in place.

4: The trend for the season is statement lips

with barely there eye make-up, as seen on the

runways at Mary Katrantzou, DKNY and Dolce

& Gabbana. Go for a bold red and offset with a

sweep of pale shadow and mascara only to get the

catwalk look.

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the centre of your lips and a darker shade at the

corners of your mouth.

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Life in the fast lane

MOTORS

THIS MONTH J’AIME’S MOTORING CORRESPONDENT AND RESIDENT RACING DRIVER MARTIN PLOWMAN

OFFERS HIS ADVICE ON USING YOUR FEET TO SAVE ON YOUR FUEL BILL - AND BE A FASTER DRIVER

If the intro grabbed your attention, don’t worry,

this is not a gimmick! I know I’d appreciate an extra

£700 in my pocket, especially after the holiday

season, but what if I was to tell you that the quickest

way to do this is to retrain your right foot?

In this month’s article, I am going to talk about

something of a paradox in motorsport circles, ecodriving.

Motorsports and saving fuel are not two

things that you would typically think of in the same

sentence, but what if I was to tell you that many

prestigious races such as the Indy 500, Le Mans 24

Hours and even the Formula 1 World Championship

were won by drivers who were excellent eco-drivers?

They won the race because they managed to save

enough fuel to get to the chequered flag without

pitting, while their rivals burnt too much fuel and

had to make an extra pit-stop.

What does this have to do with me?

As a racing driver, saving fuel and still managing to

set fast lap times is an art form that takes a lot of skill

and practice. Many of these skills are very basic and

can be used by everyday drivers to use on the road.

To start with, let’s expel a little myth about ecodriving.

Eco-driving does not mean slow-driving. In

fact, I will bet anyone reading this that I could make

the same journey in the same amount of time and

save at least 25 per cent on fuel economy over a ‘bad’

driver.

How?

The magic words are anticipation and momentum!

Sure, your driving instructor probably droned on

at length about keeping a safe distance to the car in

front of you. But let’s forget about the well-known

safety reasons for his preachings for a second and let’s

look at why keeping a larger distance will save you

money.

Personal space

Driving too closely and not giving yourself enough

room to react will force you to brake at the last

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junction meaning that you can breeze through with

the momentum you saved, accelerating from a rolling

start instead of a complete stop. The amount of

money you will save in this one area alone will have

the greatest impact on your wallet.

There are at least a dozen other ways the DVLA

preach on how to save fuel, but I will spare you the

details and suggest the ones that I believe will make

the most significant impact to you.

ANTICIPATING A CHANGE AT

TRAFFIC LIGHTS CAN SAVE YOU

TIME AND MONEY

minute, which often slows you down a lot more than

needed; killing your momentum and meaning you

have to accelerate more to get back up to normalspeed,

all of which burns extra fuel.

By increasing the distance to the car in front of you,

it will give yourself more time to respond and avoid

braking unnecessarily. Should a vehicle in front of

you slow down unexpectedly you will have more

time to react and be able to ease off-throttle and slow

down more gradually. With any luck, the car in front

will either get back up to speed or move out of the

way before you even need to touch the brake. The

momentum you have kept means that you don’t have

to accelerate as much to get back to your regular

driving speed.

Tyre pressures

When is the last time you checked your tyre

pressures? Have you ever tried to push a

wheelbarrow with a flat tyre? I rest my case.

According to an experiment by Bridgestone, they

calculated a 0.3 per cent drop in fuel efficiency for

every 1psi a tyre was under-inflated.

Unnecessary weight

This one is for all of the golfers out there. I used to

be as guilty as anyone of carrying my golf clubs in

the back of my car, just in case I got a last-minute

invite to play. The fact is, if you only play on

weekends, ditch the clubs during the week. Formula

1 teams spend millions of pounds in R&D to shed

as little as 1kg, all in the name of speed and fuel

efficiency. Lugging around a full set of golf clubs,

not to mention all of the emotional baggage stored

within those clubs will hurt you at the fuel pump by

as much as one per cent.

Try it out for yourselves! Write down your current

average MPG on your car’s computer, reset the

counter and try these simple tips for the next 500

miles. If you are impressed with how much you can

save, I gladly accept commissions; cash or cheque is

fine by me!

Traffic lights

The same two keywords - anticipation and

momentum - apply to traffic lights.

Anticipating a light change, whether if it has

been green for a long time or vice-versa is

an opportunity to save both time and money.

Just like in racing, the anticipation of what’s

coming next is king. If in the distance you see

a traffic light turn red, don’t wait until the last

minute to lift off the accelerator and come to a

complete stop. The second you see the traffic

lights change, lift off the accelerator and coast

(in the correct gear) to the junction. By slowing

down earlier, there is a chance that the lights

may even switch to green as you approach the

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year.

TYRE PRESSURE CAN HAVE A

DRAMATIC IMPACT ON FUEL

EFFICIENCY

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