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Welcome to J’AIME
Here at J’AIME we’re happily tumbling
through these most autumnal of months,
bringing you another jam-packed issue to
We’d like to welcome the latest addition to
the J’AIME team, Sutton Coldfield interior
designer Preet Anand, who will be casting
her expert eye over the most stylish homes
trends and answering your design dilemmas
every month. So if you’ve got a burning
interior design question then drop her a line,
and you could find your query answered in
next month’s column.
With one eye on the impending festive
season, we’ve got some interesting gift ideas
for the car fanatic in your life from our
motors ace Martin Plowman, while The
Gintleman rounds up his pick of gin-themed
treats which are sure to hit the spot with any
And speaking of gin, we joined in with
one of the Midlands’ most exciting gin
school experiences at the Michelin-starred
Simpsons restaurant in Birmingham with
Gin Britannia, creating our very own
J’AIME gin under the watchful eye of
master distiller Chris Abbot.
If you’re a foodie fanatic looking for some
festive inspiration, the BBC Good Food
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this month - and we’ve got tickets for the
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CO N T E N T S
InsideJ’aime this month...
6 Gin Britannia - Birmingham’s coolest gin school
10 Property - Property of the month
12 Andy Street - A chat with the first West
16 Interiors - Tranquil Dawn
22 Interiors - Revamp your dining room
27 Interiors - Our new column from Sutton
Coldfield interior designer Preet Anand
28 James Price - The fifth generation of one of
Lichfield’s oldest businesses
32 Food & drink - Reviewing Craft Dining Rooms at
the ICC Birmingham
34 Food & drink - Christmas gift ideas from The
38 Food & drink - Win tickets to BBC Good Food
Show Winter at the NEC Birmingham
40 Food & drink - A delicious dessert from Michel
42 Travel - An authentic safari experience in
48 What’s On Local - The best events from
around our area
50 What’s On Second City - Our pick of events
in Birmingham this month
52 Fashion - Wrap up in style
54 Fashion - Go hell for leather
56 Beauty - Trend-inspired make up from Harvey
57 Motors - Martin Plowman checks out festive
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A gin masterclass
AMY NORBURY GOES BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE ULTIMATE GIN-MAKING EXPERIENCE WITH
MASTER DISTILLER CHRIS ABBOT OF GIN BRITANNIA AT SIMPSONS IN BIRMINGHAM
With the current explosion in popularity of gin
showing no signs of slowing down, it’s no wonder
more and more of us are looking to get a little more
hands-on with our favourite tipple. Not content
with simply finding the best tonic and garnish
combinations to create our own perfect serves, we
now want to get involved in making our own gins.
Gin schools are popping up all over the country,
giving gin lovers the chance to experience the process
Gin Britannia is the ultimate luxury gin school
experience. Based at iconic Birmingham restaurant
Simpsons - which has just retained its coveted
Michelin star for the 20th year in a row - Gin
Britannia combines an exciting gin-making day with
a Michelin-starred lunch of the highest order.
The experience starts with coffee - 10am is, after
all, a bit too early to be supping on a G&T - while
we mingle with fellow gin schoolmates and chat to
master distiller and the brains behind Gin Britannia,
A witty raconteur with stories aplenty to tell thanks
to a long career in both the music and drinks
industries - he was previously an A&R man for
WHEN IT COMES TO GIN,
THE BOTANICAL WORLD
IS YOUR OYSTER
THE CLASS USES
Creation Records, home to none other than Britpop
heavyweights Oasis, and counts Liam Gallagher as a
pal - Chris is a fascinating character.
Add in the prestigious setting of Simpsons’ Eureka
Kitchen, and you know this is not your average gin
After a quick tour of the Simpsons kitchen, where
the talented team are preparing for a busy lunch
service, we head up to the
Eureka Kitchen and school is in
The school uses hand-crafted
alembic Portuguese copper
pot stills, which are micro
versions of the stills found in gin
distilleries. And with just five
stills it makes for an exclusive
Chris is a veritable fount of
knowledge of all things gin;
what he doesn’t know about
Mother’s Ruin is, quite frankly,
not worth knowing. He delves
into the fascinating history of
the spirit, as well as touching on
CHRIS ABBOT RUNS GIN
the technical aspects of the gin-making process.
From the origins of Dutch genever through to the
prominence of London dry in the early 18th century,
right up to the current ‘ginnaisance’ which has seen
gin earn its place as the spirit du jour, Chris takes us
on a whistlestop tour of gin’s colourful evolution.
The reason for gin’s explosive success in recent years,
he says, is simply that is is so easy to make. Whisky,
by law, needs to mature for at least three years before
it can reach the shelves. By contrast, gin reaches
optimum maturation in weeks, or even days.
Gin’s versatility is another huge selling point. Just
take a quick gander around the spirit shelves of your
local supermarket and you’ll find flavoured gins
aplenty. From rhubarb and ginger to Parma Violet,
via mystical-sounding Unicorn Tears and festive
candy cane, the potential is limitless - and there’s sure
to be a gin out their to tickle your fancy.
The only legal component, Chris tells us, is juniper.
These small blue-black berries are at the heart of
every gin, adding dryness and astringency as well as
giving that distinctive ‘gin’ taste.
And after juniper, the botanical world’s your oyster.
Chris has around 45 different botanicals
to choose from, and we spend time sniffing
and tasting them so we can get an idea
of the kind of gin we want to make for
ourselves. He has already pre-selected a
mix of common gin botanicals to form
a base; coriander seeds, angelica root - a
member of the carrot family, which has an
earthy taste and helps to smooth out the
flavours in the finished gin, and orris root
powder, a natural fixative which lends a
Pepper is another must-have, bringing
length but not heat to the finished
product, ensuring the flavours last longer
on the palate. As well as black and pink
peppercorns, we have the more exoticsounding
grains of paradise and bolderflavoured
cubeb to pick from.
Gin grew up around the spice trade, and
Chris has a veritable treasure trove of
delicious spices to choose from. Green
cardamom, he says, adds a lovely light, spicy
citrus note while its black counterpart gives
a smoky flavour. Cinnamon, too, works
incredibly well in gins, bringing a sweetness,
while cassia bark is a more subtle and
Star anise gives a real aniseed flavour but
contains lots of oils so many distilleries won’t
use it, explains Chris, preferring fennel or caraway
for a lighter aniseed hint.
More unusual additions include coconut for a
tropical vibe, guarana seeds - a high-caffeine seed
notoriously used in energy drinks - which brings a
real berry flavour, and tonka beans, an alternative
to sweet almond which is used to give a marzipan-y
While we deliberate our choices, Chris whips up
a round of G&Ts using his very own Iconic gin,
which is set to be launched next year. Mixed with a
classic Fever Tree tonic, it’s a refreshing tipple which
certainly aids the thinking process.
As a fan of juniper-forward, heavily citrus gins,
I’m tempted to go down this tried-and-tested route
for my own creation. But no; I decide to use the
opportunity to craft something a little different.
With temperatures dropping and nights drawing in,
I opt for a seasonal take, with rich spices and flavours
more suited to winter supping. And since Christmas
is just around the corner, my inspiration comes
from those festive favourites; Christmas pudding,
WHEN IT COMES TO GIN,
THE BOTANICAL WORLD
IS YOUR OYSTER
READY FOR SCHOOL -
THE EUREKA KITCHEN
Christmas cake and mince pies.
Chris recommends choosing between six and
nine additional botanicals, so we go for a heap of
traditional festive spices - ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg,
cloves and allspice - as well as tonka bean, sloes and
cacao; after all, it isn’t Christmas without a bit of
chocolate. I like a nice, dry gin so we go heavier on
the juniper, while citrus hits come from lemon and
both sweet and Seville orange, which adds a more
With botanicals at the ready, it’s finally time to get
making our gins. I tip my selection in to the pot -
which already contains our alcohol, a neutral grain
spirit which is a 50/50 mixture of water and ethanol
- whack up the heat and then? We wait.
The distillation comes in three parts; the head, the
heart and the tails. And it is the heart, which is the
good stuff. Captured as the alcohol distills down from
85 to 77 per cent ABV, the heart is the optimum
point at which the alcohol captures all of the
Chris instructs us to do three pours as our gin drips
through the still; however, my still is on a go-slow, so
Chris offers to take over while we head off for lunch.
And what a lunch it is. Three courses of delectable
fayre, it’s hands down the best ‘school’ dinner any of
us have ever tasted, I’m sure.
Upon our return to the classroom, Chris has
completed everyone’s pours, meaning it’s time to
blend down and finish our gins.
To each distillate, Chris adds Malvern spring water,
a quality spring water which dilutes the gin to an
appropriate strength, before testing the finished
strength with a handy gadget. My Christmas gin
rocks up at a none-too-shabby 42 per cent ABV,
landing it in the premium gin category. London dry
sits at 40 per cent ABV while navy-strength comes it
at a whopping 57 per cent ABV.
Cris pours us each a sample of our gins, mixed with
tonic - however, he advises that it takes around three
days for the flavours to completely round out and to
eliminate any spikiness on the palate.
We’ve ended up crafting four incredibly different
gins; as well as my festive tipple, there’s a delicious
tropical inspired gin, a fruity blueberry-dominated
one and a bold, traditional citrus gin with a smoky
black cardamom hit.
As a final touch, the bottles are sealed with wax,
ready to take home and enjoy.
My Christmas gin, with its warm, spicy and subtly
chocolate notes, proves a hit - the perfect winter
alternative to my usual fresh, citrus-heavy gins.
And if it turns out that your creation is a winning
one, then you don’t ever have to worry about
running out. Chris keeps a record of every recipe
used and will happily whip up a new batch of your
unique gin, just for you.
Gin Britannia at Simpsons is priced at £150 per
person or £250 per couple sharing a still, including
a full day of gin-based fun, a few gin and tonics to
get the creative juices flowing and a three-course
Michelin starred lunch courtesy of the talented
Simpsons kitchen team - plus, of course, your very
own bottle of gin to take home.
Classes take place on Fridays, however any booking
of four or more, or private parties or corporate
bookings can be booked on a Thursday and
Wednesday. Evening classes are also available.
For more information call Chris on 07772 423302
or visit www.ginbritannia.com. To book a
place call Simpsons direct on 0121 454 3434 or
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F E AT U R E
FORMER JOHN LEWIS BOSS ANDY STREET SWAPPED THE HIGH STREET FOR HIGH
OFFICE TO BECOME THE WEST MIDLANDS’ FIRST ELECTED MAYOR. HE CHATS TO
GARY PHELPS ABOUT HIS PLANS FOR REJUVENATING OUR REGION
ANDY STREET HAS
OVERSEEN A HUGE
INFLUX OF INVESTMENT
INTO THE REGION
Andy Street isn’t like other politicians. After two-anda-half
years as the West Midlands’ ‘metro’ mayor, he
has rubbed shoulders with Prime Ministers, MPs and
international leaders, while uniting the councils of
the seven boroughs that make up the region.
Yet unlike the political leaders he mixes with, Andy’s
background is very un-political. Before he became
the man in charge of bringing together Birmingham,
Solihull, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Coventry and
Wolverhampton, Andy had never been a councillor
or MP, and had never run for public office.
His leadership training was on the high street,
spending 31 years at John Lewis where he rose
from trainee to managing director of perhaps the
UK’s best-loved retail brand. Maybe it was this
business grounding that gave him the energy that
has characterised his time as the region’s first elected
“I think I have a kind of restlessness, which comes
from my business upbringing,” he says.
“John Lewis’s founder used to talk about having a
‘restless dissatisfaction’, a belief that however good
things were, you could always do better.
“My mayoral term is three years, and that’s not long
when you’ve got to turn things round - so, you have
got to drive things and be slightly uncompromising -
always pushing for more.”
Born in 1963 in Banbury to a Brummie family, the
Streets moved back to Birmingham when Andy was
just ten months old. He grew up in the Second City,
going to King Edwards School before attending
At first, he wanted to be a social worker, before
instead choosing a life in retail and his three decadelong
association with John Lewis.
Andy believes his high-profile role as John Lewis’
boss prepared him well for the rough and tumble of
the mayoral office.
“I think there are a lot of similarities between
business and politics,” he says. “You have to set
a strategy, build your team
around you, be slightly obsessed
with delivery and be aware
you’re in a competitive race.
“You also have to remember
that John Lewis is a unique
business – its purpose is the
happiness of its employees. My
job was to deliver fulfilment
for them, not to maximise the
“I think the revival of the West
Midlands is about that as well,
only instead of employees, I
have to put its citizens first.”
It’s no wonder he describes
statesman Joseph Chamberlain as one of his heroes.
“He was a local man who used his business
experience to make Birmingham the best governed
city in the world,” Andy says, “I think that’s a pretty
good example to follow.”
So why did he decide to swap the high street for high
“I had enjoyed running John Lewis for nearly ten
years, which seemed long enough, and then the
concept of a West Midlands Mayor began to be
talked about,” he says.
“The more I thought about it, the more it seemed
like the perfect opportunity to swap the job I loved
for the chance to serve the region where I grew up. It
was simply too good a chance to miss.”
That job means a never-ending diary of
engagements across the region, meeting people who
- despite coming from diverse backgrounds - all seem
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to have a great deal in common.
“I love the way all the different communities in the
Midlands rub along together, all distinct and proud
yet all sharing the same Midlands outlook,” he says.
“Midlands people constantly surprise me. I’m always
meeting people who have done incredible things, but
they retain that confident Midlands modesty that’s
such a part of our character. You can’t mistake it, it’s
a West Midlands thing.”
So, given the relentless requirements of the job, how
does he manage to unwind?
“I love to escape to Cader Idris in Wales – it’s my
favourite getaway place - and I always meet a lot of
people from the West Midlands there whenever I
go,” he says.
“The view from the top of Cader Idris, I think, is the
most beautiful view in the world. You can taste the
clean air and the view of the stars on a clear night is
“Exercise is also hugely
important to me. People
say this job must be very
stressful - it’s not, but you
do just know sometimes
that you need to do
“My body tells me when
I need to do physical
activity to unwind - run,
swim, walk - and I can tell
instantly that it is doing me
The region has much to
look forward to, from the
Games in Birmingham
to Coventry’s year as City of Culture in 2021, and
the Mayor is relishing his part in ensuring these big
events are both a success and leave a legacy for future
The West Midlands has seen huge investment under
Andy’s watch too. Millions have been poured into
improving transport, from boosted train services and
reopened railway stations to the trams and metro
lines that are linking up the conurbation.
The region is outperforming the rest of the UK in
building new homes, while Andy has championed a
‘brownfield first’ policy which targets derelict sites for
development to protect the Green Belt.
He is also using his business background to help
revitalise local high streets, setting up a special task
force and lobbying the Government to make tax
changes to help struggling retailers.
“People care a great deal about their town centres,
they symbolise local civic pride.
So, when they see tired shops and
vacant units on the local high
street, they want to see credible
plans to get things done,” he says.
Andy’s plans to rejuvenate
town centres include bringing
a sense of community back, by
encouraging developers to turn
unwanted retail space into homes
and re-introducing more public
services to boost footfall. He also
wants to see improvements made
to make visitors feel safer but
believes it’s vital that any changes
do not alter the unique local
character of each high street.
So, after more than two years as
the region’s first elected mayor,
does he feel the role has been
accepted by the people of the
“Well, two years ago the role
seemed like an experiment,” he
said, “I hope people would say
that we are making real progress.
“It’s still a new thing – after all,
we have had an elected mayor
for two years, while London has
had one for 20 – but people are
beginning to understand how the
role can be a catalyst for change.”
Andy faces re-election in May
next year and is determined to
carry on the work he has started.
“We’re making real progress but after 40 years
of relative decline I have this sense of enormous
distance still to go,” he says.
“So, in May I shall be saying ‘stick with us, the plan
is working’. We can see the evidence of that, but we
need at least another four years to continue building
on everything that we’ve begun.”
That progress was confirmed when the region
recently passed a major economic milestone.
“The West Midlands economy regional economy
has grown well since 2010, but recently has grown
faster even than London,” he said, “That’s really
significant, because since the upturn started between
2014 and 2017, London has been the best and we
have always been second.
“Now we’re in the number one position, which I
think is the right place to be!”
WEST MIDLANDS MAYOR
ANDY STREET DEVELOPED
HIS LEADERSHIP SKILLS
AS THE BOSS OF JOHN
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Preet on interiors
I N T E R I O R S
THIS MONTH WE WELCOME OUR NEW COLUMNIST, SUTTON COLDFIELD INTERIOR DESIGNER
PREET ANAND, OF MOOD INTERIORS, WHO WILL BE TALKING ALL THINGS INTERIORS
Interior design royalty Ilse Crawford recently said
that: “Magazines are about talking with your reader
and hope that the conversation will spread.” Not
only magazines, but interior design, as a whole, is
all based around a conversation, and a rapport with
the end user of that space which brings a whole idea
together. Whether you take your influences from
paper or digital formats, each and every one of us
has a passion for a style, a colour or a look which we
would love to inject into our homes - but perhaps we
need that extra boost of reassurance to do so.
Interior designers are professionally trained creatives
and self-acclaimed ‘confidence boosters’. We can
help strategically plan a space for ease of use,
crafting an idea using influences from everyday life
and essentially waving our creative and perfectly
forged wands to bring together a seamless and
In interiors, no question is a silly one as it’s almost
certain there’s someone else wondering the same.
With interiors being such a crucial investment for us
all, I will be here every month surfing through your
Interior questions and providing you with what I
hope will be invaluable tips and ideas.
Now, you’re all probably wondering exactly what
I can bring to the table on interiors, so the lovely
Amy, editor of J’AIME, put me in the hot seat, to
introduce myself to you all properly.
Hi Preet, thanks for coming on board and
joining the J’AIME team! Firstly, how did you
get into interior design?
What a pleasure it is to join a local magazine to
provide an interior segment for our local community
to enjoy. It’s really always been a passion of mine, as
I have grown up around property development and
refurbishments. I think when one can make a career
out of something they love, they are truly blessed.
I have always had an eye for colour; personally the
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The Price of success
AS THE FIFTH GENERATION OF ONE OF LICHFIELD’S OLDEST FAMILY FIRMS, JAMES PRICE HAS
HAD TO PROVE HIS WORTH IN THE BUSINESS WORLD. HE CHATS TO AMY NORBURY ABOUT HIS
ROLE IN CONTINUING THE ARTHUR PRICE LEGACY
JAMES PRICE IS THE FIFTH GENERATION TO
JOIN THE LICHFIELD FAMILY BUSINESS
Making your mark a young, up-and-coming business
brain and earning a plum role at an established firm
which is a leader in its field is never an easy task.
Even more pressure, then, when you’re joining
Lichfield’s world-renowned cutlery business Arthur
Price - and your surname, too, happens to be Price.
Following in the footsteps of his father Simon, James
Price is the fifth generation of Prices to have a pivotal
role in the family firm, which was founded by James’s
great-great-grandfather, the namesake Arthur Price,
“It’s always been a bit of a lifestyle for me,” says the
30-year-old. “I can remember being three or four
years of age and running around the warehouse on a
Saturday with Dad.
“From about 14 to the age of 19 in the summer
holidays I’d be working in the warehouse, packing
boxes and earning a few quid here and there.”
While his sister Tori and younger brother Harry have
pursued other career paths, even from a young age
James always dreamed of joining the family firm.
However, his father was always adamant that he had
to earn his place.
“It was never given to me on a plate,” James
“Dad’s always had a big belief that, when you
come into a family business - just like he did, and
my grandfather did - you have to prove yourself
beforehand both academia-wise and experience-wise,
and that you have to work your way up. You can’t
just walk in.”
So James gained his business degree from Sheffield
Hallam University, which was - at the time - the best
business school in the UK, before carving his own
success in the business world, setting up an events
and marketing business in Birmingham with a friend.
“We specialised in conversational marketing, doing
everything nightlife work and corporate events,
shop launches to big-scale leafleting for festivals,”
says James. “It was incredible and it gave me a great
insight into the things you need to be responsible for
when you’re running a business.”
James made it clear to his business partner from the
outset that his future lay elsewhere. And after two
years at the helm of his own company, in November
2013 he was given the opportunity by dad Simon
to come into the Arthur Price business - going from
being the director of his own business to starting at
the bottom of the family firm.
“People don’t want an upstart coming in, just
because your second name is Price; you’ve got to
work hard and gain respect,” James says.
“So I started off in the warehouse, again packing
boxes and working in the dispatch area, working my
way up to become dispatch manager.”
After some 18 months in the warehouse, James
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mammoth amount of admin work involved in
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the logistics of placing orders.
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of Arthur Price’s business, getting involved in
the export side was a natural progression. Here
James focused on centralising their courier
operation to provide a better, more cost-effective
solution to exporting Arthur Price products to
some 60 countries nationwide.
James made a significant business impact in his
next role, developing a totally new B2B special
sales arm of the business.
“Here, I was sourcing things which may not be
cutlery - it could be absolutely anything, from
custom products to the factories we use abroad,”
“It meant a lot of sourcing internationally, as
well as working closely with our factories in
Birmingham and Sheffield, which gave me a
completely new outlook and skill set within the
Over the space of 18 months, James’s hard
work saw this sector triple within the business,
enabling him to pass the reins to a colleague while he
moved onto the next challenge.
“It’s all very well saying you’re going to work your
way through a business and learn every single aspect,
but you can’t just leap from place to place,” he
“Each aspect that you deal with has to be in a stable
place, where it can continue to grow, before you can
pass it to someone else.
“It needs to be sustainable. The overall goal is always
the business, so you need to make sure things are
going well wherever you go.”
James’s next task was to take on the catering and
hospitality side of the business, and introducing
those clients to the next generation of contemporary
Arthur Price cutlery.
“The biggest challenge I was up against was that
people saw us as a UK business - which we are -
which provides the best quality stainless steel and
silver plate in the most traditional patterns,” explains
“So people didn’t believe that for the price of the
product we were putting forward, and the type
of product, it was Arthur Price. It was a strange
challenge to have!”
But the beautiful, new contemporary patterns soon
proved a hit with the hospitality trade - and you will
now find modern Arthur Price gracing the tables at
prestigious hotels and restaurants around the country
“The likes of The Berkeley in London took our
Sophie Conran range, with Harrods Catering taking
the new Signature pattern,” says James. “It increased
the presence we have in the catering world and, as a
result, has tripled the turnover on the new business
JAMES WITH HIS FATHER SIMON,
James’s success in generating new business for Arthur
Price’s hospitality sector saw him earn a promotion
to sales director covering the whole of the catering
and hospitality side of the business, following the
retirement of the previous incumbent - a role James
took on in April.
“It’s been challenging but fantastic,” he says. “The
opportunity for the business is humungous.
“It’s a case of proactively and aggressively going after
the market, because no-one’s going to do it if you
don’t, and competitions will then come in and take
“It’s great to see this growth in the business, and
catering and hospitality now has the biggest turnover
by territory in the business, and we’re the biggest and
quickest growing side year-on-year, which is great to
“I like to think I’m proving my weight!”
While time away from the business is - by choice -
few and far between, James’s other main focus is his
own growing family. He is set to marry fiancée Jodie
next year, while the couple are eagerly awaiting the
imminent arrival of their first child, due this month -
perhaps the one to take the Price business legacy into
its sixth generation?
“You never switch off - and you don’t want to switch
off - because it’s your family business and it’s a legacy
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F O O D & D R I N K
A CELEBRATION OF THE BEST OF BRITISH IS ON THE MENU AT ONE OF BIRMINGHAM’S NEWEST
RESTAURANT OPENINGS, CRAFT DINING ROOMS AT THE ICC. AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS MORE
From British beef and Cornish lamb, Isle of Wight
heritage tomatoes, Shropshire Blue and Lincolnshire
Poacher cheeses, to British classics like the humble
pork pie, sausage roll and Scotch egg, it’s a veritable
feast of our fair isles at one of the latest additions to
Birmingham’s thriving independent dining scene.
Celebrating British culinary craft, Craft Dining
Rooms, shines a light on British artisan producers
bringing together the best produce from British
farmers, cheesemongers, brewers, distillers and
Based in the heart of the city at the International
Convention Centre, Craft Dining Rooms aims
to showcase a hand-crafted, handpicked and
homegrown dining experience. The menu has
seasonality at its heart with a focus on simplicity
and quality of ingredients, while the Craft team
have been working closely with British winemakers,
sourcing wines for a predominantly British wine list,
including bottles from Astley Vineyard, just 25 miles
from the restaurant.
The kitchen team is helmed by executive chef Nick
Evans, who has built a career in some of the UK’s
hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants such as
Harvey’s in Bristol and recently at Northcote
where he worked closely with Lisa Goodwin-Allen.
Alongside Nick as chef director is Birmingham
native Tom Wells, an award-winning chef whose
previous employers include Tom Aitkens and
Australian chef Luke Mangan.
J’AIME was delighted to be invited over to sample
this British culinary experience for ourselves.
In stark contrast with the hustle and bustle of busy
Broad Street just outside, the setting might be
considered a little on the subdued side, tucked away
on the lower floor of the ICC.
The restaurant itself has been stylishly designed in
cool grey hues, with pops of yellow and statement
chandeliers adding warmth to the setting. A spacious
central bar and plush sofas provide a cosy space for
pre or post-dinner drinks, while the main dining
room - alongside two private dining rooms for
more intimate parties and special occasions - seats a
sizeable 150 covers.
We were shown to our table by a friendly waitress
and proffered a selection of menus to peruse.
The hefty wine list features a whole heap of
British producers, while the impressive cocktail
selection features quality British spirits and seasonal
ingredients. I opted for a Sage Spritz, £10.95, a
heady concoction of spiced rum, apple, sage and
English sparkling wine, was a deliciously refreshing
Now, steak tartare just happens to be one of my alltime
favourites, so I was delighted to spy it among the
starter options. Craft’s version with shallots, gherkin,
lilliput capers, egg yolk puree and beef fat croutons,
£10.95, really made a hero of the beautiful steak;
a touch of sharpness from the gherkins and capers,
richness from the egg yolk and a textural crunch
from the croutons made for a rather sublime dish.
My husband’s scallops with bacon sauce, gem lettuce
and burnt apple puree, £9.95, were well cooked and
tasty enough, but were rather outshone in the flavour
stakes by my steak - which he kept eyeing up, to no
We’d heard good things about the scotch eggs so
call us greedy but we couldn’t resist trying them out
too. The hefty portion, £5.95, combined beautifully
seasoned sausage meat wrapped around a perfectly
cooked quail’s egg and coated in a super crispy
crumb to create a stellar take on a British favourite
snack. The accompanying tomato chutney was sweet
and tangy - together, it was a triumph.
Onto the main course, and it was the battle of the
roasts, with beef wellington, lamb rump and pork
belly all vying for supremacy.
Served perfectly pink and with a crispy rendered
layer of fat, my lamb rump, £24.95, was beautifully
cooked and packed with flavour. The accompanying
slab of potato gratin was rich and indulgent, the
heritage carrots deliciously sweet.
While his starter hadn’t quite hit the mark, there
were no such qualms from hubby about the main
event. The beef wellington, £29.95, with salt-baked
onion, oyster mushroom duxelle, mash potato and
grated truffle was a hearty plate with big flavours.
The beef itself - so easily overdone in a wellington
- was a melt-in-the-mouth medium rare, while the
encasing pastry remained beautifully flaky and crisp,
definitely no soggy bottoms here.
But it was the accompanying sauce, a red wine jus
flavoured with Madeira, which proved to be the star
of the show, tying together the dish with its perfect
rich, sweet-savoury balance.
The portions were ample, but not so that we didn’t
have a little space for pud. While options including
sticky date pudding and carrot cake trifle were sorely
tempting, it was the toffee apple tart, £8.95, for
me and the espresso martini and chocolate dessert,
£9.95, for him.
If the main courses were good, then dessert ramped
things up another notch. Presented in the shape of
a toffee apple, the deconstructed tart was a work of
art; rich toffee and sweet-sharp apple sat atop shards
of wafer-thin pastry and hazelnuts, with a delicious
sourdough ice cream to accompany. Even the stick
was edible - a delicious sliver of caramel chocolate.
Evoking the nostalgic flavours of an old school
fairground toffee apple, it was certainly a pud to
My husband was equally enamoured
by the espresso martini and chocolate
concoction; a rich, dark chocolate
mousse and mocha cream topped with a
delectably tangy lemon drizzle gin granita
and coffee milk ice cream, this was next
These two superlative puds ended a great
meal on a high - in fact, we’re still talking
about them weeks later.
Now granted, there’s no shortage of top
notch dining options in Brum, but with
its ‘best of British’ ethos and support of
regional artisan producers, Craft Dining
Rooms is certainly one to look out for.
F O O D & D R I N K
The gift of gin
THE GINTLEMAN, THE MIDLANDS’ LEADING GIN RACONTEUR AT HOUSE PARTIES AND VENUES
ACROSS BIRMINGHAM, TAKES A LOOK AT FESTIVE TREATS FOR THE GIN-LOVER IN YOUR LIFE
That apt phrase ‘it’s brass monkey
weather out there’ goes arm in arm
with ‘where’s the year gone!’ just
about now. With the gin-gle puns fast
approaching and seasonal lists being
drawn up, what to buy for that gin
fan in your life? I’ll be showcasing
my seasonal serve suggestions in next
month’s issue, so I’ll try to keep this
month’s musings short and sweet.
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With upcycling gin bottles moving beyond lamps,
until some would-be craft entrepreneurs create
a specific scented gin candle-making orientated
workshop experience - hint hint! - you’ll have
to make do with cult French brand Diptyque’s
Genevrier juniper-scented candle, £47 from www.
SpaceNK.com. Providing a 50-60 hour
burn, the candle uses authentic ingredients
that influence gin’s core aroma - juniper
berries, cypress and fir balsam - plus
cedarwood for its woodland persona and
that all-important ‘rocking around the
Christmas tree by candlelight’ feel.
More creative, immersive gin-orientated
events are leading the way as most gins
fans have ticked off a gin festival, tasting or
afternoon tea matched experience and, as
such, several local gin distillers are offering
gin-based workshops with a difference.
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The Waterfront in Merry Hill sees Dr
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Having recently launched last month, it
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A bit further afield for those who enjoy the
urban outdoors www.Indytute.com offer
a three-and-a-half hour London gin safari
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century to the present day. As you cycle
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Fagin’s den, you’ll end up at a historical gin
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THE LONDON GIN SAFARI
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Although Ginvent calendars have been around for
a few years, That Boutique-y Gin Company’s 12
Days of Gin (2019 edition) available from
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showcases the creativity of the brand’s
portfolio. In the interim, if you fancy visiting
Birmingham’s ‘The Electric Ginema’
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collaboration with Boutique-y while
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Thursday, December 5, at 7.30pm. Tickets
are available at www.theelectric.co.uk
and the rest of my 2020 themed events will
launch in December.
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RB COLLECTION’S JOINT MD, NATHAN COLLINS, VISITS KENYA
IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHENTIC SAFARI EXPERIENCE
It was time to embark on a return visit to my
favourite continent on the planet – Africa. This
time for my first visit to Kenya. Previous visits have
taken me across South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
and Botswana, so I was intrigued to learn and feel
the differences that Kenya could offer in comparison
to the other countries I’d visited. Needless to say,
the experience was truly breathtaking and left me
wanting more, more, more!
I had heard and read great things about some worldfamous
game viewing areas in Kenya, including
the Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park and the
Samburu Reserve, but in the back of my mind I
had always thought Kenya to be a first-time, dare I
say ‘mass-market’ safari destination. How could this
experience rival the much more exclusive Okavango
Delta in Botswana or the Kruger National Park in
South Africa? I was about to find out and the hints
and tips I discovered will enable me to create the
perfect authentic safari experience for our clients.
On a cold February afternoon, I set off from
Heathrow on the direct eight-hour flight to Nairobi.
The flight was overnight heading south and with
only a two or three-hour time difference, depending
on the time of year, my body didn’t feel the stresses
of jet lag which can experienced when flying east or
On my morning arrival in Nairobi I got my first taste
of sights and sounds of the capital as the early rush
hour commenced. I transferred the short distance
across the city from the international to the light
aircraft terminal. The journey, as the crow flies,
is only a few miles and it gives you a good chance
to soak up some of the city’s atmosphere. It was
a buzzing place with lots of traffic, fruit sellers on
every corner, people scattered everywhere. I really
got the sense that I had been transported somewhere
very different, somewhere unlike anything else I’d
My excitement was growing as I arrived at the
domestic terminal. I could
see the small aircraft appear
as I approached the hanger.
The thrill of flying in these
light aircraft is all part of the
enjoyment of a good quality
safari. A quick 45 minute to
an hour flight gives you an
amazing perspective of the
landscape and saves many
hours in a bumpy vehicle
reaching your destination,
which is something I am
always mindful of when
planning trips for our clients.
I checked in for the flight to
the Laikipia region of Kenya
which was scheduled to be 45
minutes. I relaxed in a wooden hut and waited for
the departure with locals and holiday makers alike.
Sitting there I really got the sense that I was back in
Africa - real Africa - and I was now only a short flight
away from seeing the wildlife that the continent is
The flight was a great experience as expected. The
Cessna Caravan only holds 13 passengers, so if you
are lucky you get the chance to sit up front with
the pilot. This was another very special experience,
especially if you are an aviation fan like me.
We landed at the Nanyuki Airstrip in the foothills of
Mount Kenya. It was a beautifully clear day and we
could see right up to the snow capped top of Mount
Kenya in the distance. The Laikipia region is a huge
tract of wilderness, running from Mount Kenya and
Samburu in the east to the Great Rift Valley in the
west. It is made up of a variety of private ranches,
game reserves, rhino sanctuaries, wildlife orphanages
and community lands.
I stepped off the flight and jumped straight on the
waiting game vehicle to start the short drive to the
conservancy and the first camp of this wonderful
After a long journey I was now starting to feel quite
tired, so the midday arrival at camp allowed me to
settle in and rest for a while before the afternoon
game drives began. Before the rest we met up with
our hosts Andy and Sonia, who are a delightful
couple who have run camps in Kenya for many
years. Their camp offers a perfect blend of home
comforts with en-suite facilities, hot and cold running
water and electricity, but also offered a fantastic sense
with it being
tented – however
this is not
camping as you
may know it,
Andy is a real
guide while his
wife Sonia is a
so together, they
served up a
for the camp
with tables set
a small lake which animals use for
drinking. I got an adrenaline rush
as Andy filled us with stories and
told us to keep our eyes peeled for
From the conservancy I
experienced some great game
viewing and saw many different
species of wildlife including lions,
buffalo, rhinos, elephants, zebras,
giraffes, wild dogs to name but a
few. I also had quite a few firsts
with my first walking safari where
we tracked lions and elephants on
foot, which was exhilarating if not
a little hair-raising!
I visited a chimpanzee sanctuary
and learnt all about the
rehabilitation program that the
area is working on and saw the chimps during one
of many daily feeds. The highlight of the area for
me was the chance to see four of the world’s seven
remaining northern white rhinos. Ol Pejeta area has
been chosen as the best possible area for the breeding
project and was the final lifeline to try and resurrect
the species. I came away with the immense honor of
being able to see this extremely rare animal.
Following a hugely rewarding two days, it was time
to take to the skies - again by light aircraft - and
move onwards and upwards to the place I was so
excited about seeing - the Masai Mara. A one-hour
flight took us over and through some majestic sights,
including the Great Rift Valley and Lakes Nakuru
and Naivasha. On arrival into the Masai Mara I was
immediately wowed by the sheer size and expanse of
the plains. It was wilderness as far as the eye could
SPOTTING THE MOST
ELUSIVE OF THE BIG FIVE
WAS A HIGHLIGHT OF
LIGHT AIRCRAFT FLIGHTS
ARE ALL PART OF THE SAFARI
see. I was met again from the light aircraft, which
landed this time on what could be best described as
a dirt track, by the awaiting land cruisers, but I was
now accompanied by traditional Masai guides added
to the experience. The journey from the airstrip to
my first camp was jaw dropping. I had never seen
so much density of game, there were wildebeests
and antelope as far as the eye could see. The Mara
was just as magical as I expected. The scenery and
landscape were even more beautiful than I could
During my three-day stay I had some wonderful
wildlife encounters, some of the best I had ever
experienced in all my visits to Africa. I had
sensational cheetah viewing and spent one whole
morning tracking a mother with two cubs as she
desperately tried to hunt to feed her young. We also
came across the most elusive of the famous ‘big
five’; leopard. Our chance
encounter was perfectly
spotted by my guide Patrick
who saw the leopard high
up in the branches of a
The highlight was on my
final evening drive, enjoying
a sundowner (end-ofday
relaxing drink in the
bush) as pride of hunting
lionesses passed our vehicle.
We stayed with them while
they moved slowly through
the plains trying to stalk the
passing zebra. We realised
that we were witnessing
something very special and
unique; a lion hunt in full
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force. The sounds that were protruding from the
Mara were unbelievable. It was like the other animals
knew what was happening, a warning sign for the
zebra perhaps. The lionesses were now in stealth
mode, moving slowly through the grass, until BANG!
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zebra, until they pounced on their chosen one. It was
amazing to watch, nature in full force.
I stayed in three different areas of the Masai Mara,
spending a night in each camp as to give a taster
of what the different areas can offer. It is extremely
important that you get the best advice when planning
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YOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST OF WHAT’S ON IN AND AROUND
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WHAT: SAUCE SUPPER CLUB BONFIRE
NIGHT BONANZA WITH STUART DEELEY
WHERE: MANOR FARM, HINTS
WHEN: NOVEMBER 5
Think sparklers, toasted marshmallows and six bonfire-inspired courses of tasty
treats courtesy of one of the Midlands’ chefs to watch at Sauce Supper Club’s
Bonfire Night culinary pop-up.
Enjoy a welcome drink next to the firepit in the teepee before sitting down to some
seriously tasty offerings in the Strawberry Cabin at Manor Farm, Hints, just outside
Lichfield. Stuart Deeley, head chef of The Wilderness, recently awarded three AA
rosettes, will sprinkle his magic over this Bonfire Night bonanza, serving dishes such
as plaice cooked in manteco, spicy sausage cassoulet served with an aerated bisque,
and barbecued pineapple, mulled rum, vanilla and gingerbread.
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WHAT: HANSARD - LIVE SCREENING
WHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICK STUDIO
WHEN: NOVEMBER 7
This autumn the award-winning Garrick will be adding to the entertainment offering
by officially launching Event Cinema in the theatre’s refurbished Studio Theatre. Using
state of the art digital projection and Dolby sound, Event Cinema will offer an exciting
programme of live screenings and blockbuster movies.
See two-time Olivier Award winners Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings in this brand
new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London as part
of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.
It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home
to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not
as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and
secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle
ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.
For more details visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com or call the box office on 01543 412121.
WHAT: TIPPERS CHRISTMAS MARKET
WHERE: TIPPERS, EUROPA WAY, LICHFIELD
WHEN: NOVEMBER 23
Get into the festive spirit this month at Tippers’ annual Christmas Market in aid of
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WHAT: DIVERSITY - BORN READY
WHERE: NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE
WHEN: NOVEMBER 1 TO 3
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WHAT: JACK WHITEHALL - STOOD UP
WHERE: ARENA BIRMINGHAM
WHEN: NOVEMBER 15 TO 17
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still being able to hear your dad heckle you.”
For more details visit www.arenabham.co.uk
WHAT: JOOLS HOLLAND AND HIS RHYTHM AND BLUES ORCHESTRA
WHERE: BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
WHEN: NOVEMBER 29 AND 30
Musical virtuoso Jools Holland and his distinguished Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
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show stoppers On My Radio, Train To Skaville and Too Much Pressure.
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THE MESSAGE FOR AW19 IS ‘GO BIG OR GO HOME’ AS OUTERWEAR
HAS ITS MOMENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT, SAYS AMY NORBURY
AH. The nights are drawing in and temperatures
are dropping, which signals it’s time for the highlight
of every fashionista’s shopping calendar - that allimportant
The silver lining to the end of summer is the
prospect of snuggling up in one of the season’s
cosiest outerwear numbers, and for AW19 its a case
of the bigger, the better. From sleek longline trenches
- as pioneered by Burberry - to those uber-cosy teddy
coats as seen on the runways at Max Mara, there’s a
winter wardrobe addition out there for everyone.
Last year’s statement coats embraced an array of
paintbox brights, but understated chic is the name
of the colour game for 2019. We’re talking classic
camel, sophisticated olive tones and even pale cream
and snowy white for the ultimate in oh-so-chic
While the colours are muted, the drama comes
from the sheer size - it’s time to go big or go home.
Whether it’s tapping into the Eighties trend with
power shoulders to do the talking, opting to go long
with a floor-sweeping maxi style or cosying up in the
softest, cuddliest teddy bear coat you can find, an
oversized element is a must this season.
If you’re looking to add a touch of pattern to your
new outerwear, you can’t go wrong with checks. This
season’s heritage game is strong, and while there’s
always room for a timeless checked number in your
winter coat arsenal, once again you can go oversized
to give your purchase an on-trend twist.
Animal prints are also inescapable on the high street
this autumn, and coats are no different. Leopard,
zebra, snakeskin - nothing is off the table if you want
your outerwear to shout loud and proud.
A firm favourite on the catwalks last year, the cape
is once again having a style moment - think a little
bit Handmaid’s Tale, a little bit superhero. Celine’s
swashbuckling number was a runway hit, while Max
Mara’s camel number paired with over-the-knee
boots for added sex appeal.
The key word for AW19’s outerwear is ‘diversity’ -
but with so many stylish choices on the table, you
may find yourself wishing for extreme cold weather
so you can pile them all on at once.
BEIGE LONGLINE DOUBLE-BREASTED
WOOL COAT, £85, AND UMA TROUSERS,
£45, RIVER ISLAND
CAMEL FAUX FUR
TEDDY COAT, NEXT
MONOGRAMMED CAPE JACKET,
GREY BELTED FUNNEL COAT,
GREEN TEDDY COAT,
WOOL BLEND DOGTOOTH
MARKS AND SPENCER
OVERSIZED BOUCLE WOOL
BLEND COAT, MARIAM AL
SIBAI AT HARVEY NICHOLS
CHARLOTTE MAXI COAT,
FA S H I O N
Hell for leather
FROM JACKETS AND BOOTS TO SKIRTS AND DRESSES, LEATHER IS
MAKING A PLAY AS THE FABRIC DU JOUR, SAYS AMY NORBURY
LEATHER has become a key player in our
wardrobes in recent memory; the breadth of styles
now hitting the catwalks and high streets mean it has
become a versatile, year-round fabric.
While leather can be at the pricier end of the scale,
investing in luxurious leather goods is never a bad
idea if you want to have pieces in your wardrobe that
you will be able to style forever.
If you only pick one leather item for your wardrobe
then it has to be the ubiquitous leather jacket.
Whether you opt for biker, aviator-style or blazer,
the leather jacket will be one of the hardest working
items in your wardrobe, on hand for any outfit and
any occasion. But this season leather is making a
splash on outerwear more generally, with a leather
take on the autumnal hero trench coat a particularly
While leather trenches are a current favourite, so are
knee-high leather boots – and they make the perfect
pairing, especially if you’re not quite brave enough to
try a top-to-toe leather look. Wear with lightweight
skinny jeans and a blouse for a glam pairing.
If you’re feeling bolder, then swap the denim jeans
for leather versions. Leather trousers are having a
huge fashion moment right now; from biker-inspired,
as seen at Bottega Veneta to sharply-cut, as seen
at Hermès and Roberto Cavalli, they propose an
attitudinal approach to chic.
For a luxe take on casual chic, team a pair of leather
skinny jeans or leggings with a bold slogan tee or
- as the temperatures drop - a cosy knit and your
While you may think leather is a bit OTT for work,
there are some beautifully elegant leather skirts
around which would make the ideal boardroom-tobar
investment. A tan leather pencil skirt teamed
with classic white shirt and mules is both officeappropriate
and dinner date-worthy.
When it comes to colour, classic black and timeless
tan will always be worth a spot in your leather looks
arsenal, but it doesn’t stop there. Autumnal hues of
burgundy and olive add a richness to the fabric, while
bolder hues such as teal add a playfully modern twist.
If you love the leather look but are concerned about
the environmental and ethical impact of animal byproducts,
then it’s time to go faux.
Faux leather is a rising trend which sees high
quality leather alternatives go toe-to-toe with the
real thing. Designer brands galore have embraced
faux leather - including London College of Fashion
graduate Sandra Sandor’s label Nanushka, which
offers everything from shirts and dresses to jackets
and bags in buttery soft vegan leather which looks
and feels just like leather should, as well as ethical
footwear label NAK - short for No Animal Killed -
whose Italian-made faux leather shoes offer a stylish
TAN FAUX LEATHER MINI SKIRT,
£22, AND CHECK PRINT MAC, £55,
JOE’S LEATHER JACKET,
BLAZER, BALMAIN AT
HIGH BOOTS, HOBBS
DOVALLE BACKPACK, DUNE
BANDIT LEATHER STRETCH
JEANS, MUUBAA AT HARVEY
ALIAH PLUM LEATHER MIDI
SKIRT, GESTUZ AT HARVEY
CREAM KNIT JUMPER,
£28, AND FAUX LEATHER
PAPERBAG TROUSERS, £28,
BLACK FAUX FUR
CUFF QUILTED BIKER
JACKET, £68, AND
BELTED FAUX LEATHER
MOM SHORTS, £35,
B E AU T Y
THIS SEASON, BEAUTY ECHOES THE CATWALKS’ FAVOURITE SHADES OF
CARAMEL, BISCUIT AND CHESTNUT FOR A PALETTE THAT’S AS DELICIOUS AS
IT SOUNDS. LISA PIDDINGTON, FROM HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM,
SELECTS THE TREND-INSPIRED COLOURS TO BRING YOUR MAKEUP BAG
BANG UP TO DATE
That post-vacay glow is now yours
all year-round, thanks to Fenty
Beauty’s Body Lava Body
Luminizer, £46. This gel-based
bronzer glides on and leaves skin
with a gloriously high-shine finish –
it basically does to your body what
highlighter does to your cheekbones.
Hourglass Scattered Light
Glitter Eyeshadow, £26, creates
high impact, sparkling eyes – its
hybrid cream formula is infused with
refined glitter and light-reflecting
pearls for a sophisticated finish. The weightless
formula glides across the lids and dries for smooth,
A chic, easy-to-use collection of neutral hues,
Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette,
£30, from Stila features long-wearing formulas
which work with
your skin tone
to create a more
Part of the NARS Wanderluxe Collection, the
limited-edition Mosaic Glow Blush, £31, features
a highlighter, blush and bronzer in one compact.
The universal shades are intensely pigmented and
blend effortlessly for a healthy, glowing complexion.
Simply swirl and go.
Marc Jacobs Beauty
Enamored Dazzling Gloss
Lip Lacquer Gloss, £22,
delivers maximum colour
with ultra-brilliant shimmer
and shine. It creates a glitzy
look that’s neither gritty nor
sticky, and its blend
ingredients gives an
For intense matte colour enriched
with vitamin E, Rodial Suede
Lips, £22, offers intense pigment in
an on-trend matte finish. The longlasting,
non-drying formula glides on
easily, thanks to the convenient jumbo
crayon, and keeps lips smooth for
MAKEUP PRODUCTS FEATURED ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE BEAUTY HALL
AT HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM OR ONLINE AT HARVEYNICHOLS.COM.
M OTO R S
Life in the fast lane
THIS MONTH, J’AIME’S RESIDENT RACING DRIVER AND MOTORS EXPERT MARTIN PLOWMAN ROUNDS
UP SOME CHRISTMAS DRIVING-EXPERIENCE GIFT IDEAS FOR THE CAR MAD PERSON IN YOUR LIFE
Don’t hate me for saying
this, but here’s a gentle
reminder that Christmas
is just around the corner.
Yes, it’s only November, but
Slade and Cliff Richard will
be dominating the airwaves
again before you know it.
If, like me, you always
struggle to come up with
something fun and original
for your car-mad other-half,
then hopefully I can help
sprinkle some Christmas
knowledge on you.
I’ve made a list of cool
driving experiences that will fit most budgets for the
car-mad person in your family.
TRIPLE SUPERCAR BLAST – FROM £99PP
First on my list is a cheap but cheerful supercar
experience. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way
to treat someone to drive not just one but three (!?)
cars of their dreams, this might be a good option
for you. The ‘Triple Supercar Blast’ package from
TrackDays.com is about the cheapest deal on the
THE ASTON MARTIN
EXPERIENCE AT SILVERSTONE
IS THE PERFECT TREAT FOR
THE CAR LOVER IN YOUR LIFE
market right now, starting as low as £99. In this deal,
you get to choose from a selection of cars, including
the Ariel Atom, Lamborghini Gallardo Super
Leggera and Aston Martin V8 Vantage, to name a
few. On the day you or your partner will get to drive
three different supercars for two laps (three miles)
each around a track with a professional instructor.
At just £33 per car, it seems almost too good to be
true? Before you ask what the catch is, there is no
catch - other than you don’t get to drive for very long
and don’t expect to be entertained in the glamour
of Silverstone or Rome! Think
disused RAF airport tracks and
portacabin canteen hospitality.
SILVERSTONE – FROM
For the next level up in price
and quality, you have the Aston
Martin Experience at Silverstone.
Silverstone, as you well know, is
the home of the British Grand
Prix, so what better way to
experience this iconic track for the
first time than in a gorgeous Aston
THE PURE MCLAREN ARCTIC
EXPERIENCE IS THE CREME
DE LA CREME OF DRIVING
Martin Vantage. For £179, you get two sessions
on track plus driver tuition in between sessions to
improve your racing line. Arguably this is one the
best value for money deals in the market right now.
PAUL SWIFT STUNT DRIVING
EXPERIENCE – FROM £249PP
Have you ever seen a blockbuster movie with one
of those explosive car chases and ever wondered
who the people are that get paid to make the movie
stars look cooler than they are? Meet Paul Swift,
one of the world’s best stunt drivers. With more
than 30 years of experience in stunt driving, Paul is
as charismatic as he is insanely talented behind the
wheel. His death-defying stunts will leave you in awe,
and if you are a good
student, you may well
leave a better driver after
a half-day course with
him. You will be doing
“J-Turns” out of your inlaw’s
driveway in no time!
How does this sound
for a weekend trip;
rally driving on snow
in a luxurious £500k
supercar, husky rides in the Finnish countryside and
adrenaline-fuelled snowmobile excursions by day,
followed by mulled-wine and fancy dinner parties
by an open fire in your own private chalet at night?
The Pure McLaren Arctic Experience is pretty much
the crème-de la crème of driving experiences but,
naturally, it comes with a McLaren price tag! At a
cool £12,950 per person, they roll out the red carpet
and treat you to a VIP weekend of fun and exclusive
And if none of these four gift ideas spark your fancy,
then just wait till December 24 and thumb a ride
with Santa in his sleigh!
MAKE LIKE A MOVIE STUNT
DOUBLE AS PART OF THE
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