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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

enjoy.

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

gin lovers.

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

Show Winter at the NEC is the place to be

this month - and we’ve got tickets for the

show up for grabs.

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Here’s to a cracking November!

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CO N T E N T S

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 Gin Britannia - Birmingham’s coolest gin school

at Simpsons

10 Property - Property of the month

12 Andy Street - A chat with the first West

Midlands mayor

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

Gintleman

38 Food & drink - Win tickets to BBC Good Food

Show Winter at the NEC Birmingham

40 Food & drink - A delicious dessert from Michel

Roux Jr

42 Travel - An authentic safari experience in

Kenya

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

Nichols Birmingham

57 Motors - Martin Plowman checks out festive

treats for the car-lover in your life

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FEATURE

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

first hand.

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,

Chris Abbot.

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

PORTUGESE COPPER

POT STILLS

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

school.

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

session.

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

hands-on experience.

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

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MASTER DISTILLER

CHRIS ABBOT RUNS GIN

BRITANNIA

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

floral note.

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

cheaper alternative.

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

layer.

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

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READY FOR SCHOOL -

THE EUREKA KITCHEN

AT SIMPSONS

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

marmalade-y tang.

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

botanicals’ flavours.

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

visit www.simpsonsrestaurant.co.uk/ginbritannia-at-simpsons.

Gift vouchers are also

available - perfect for a Christmas treat for the ginlover

in your life, perhaps?

WITTY

RACONTEUR

CHRIS SHARES

HIS KNOWLEDGE

OF ALL THINGS

GIN DURING THE

CLASS

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F E AT U R E

Street’s ahead

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

Mayor.

“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

university.

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

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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

profit.

“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

legendary Birmingham

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

office?

“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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ANDY MEETING

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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

incredible.

“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

something physical.

“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

good.”

The region has much to

look forward to, from the

2022 Commonwealth

Games in Birmingham

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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

generations.

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

West Midlands?

“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

LEWIS. PIC ANNIE BENTON

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The versatile Tranquil Dawn seems to subtly shift its

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I N T E R I O R S

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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

liveable space.

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

bolder the better for me. I gained my degree in

Professional Interior Design and set up Mood in

2016 with the vision to bring personality into interior

design for both the residential and commercial sector.

What is your favourite style?

I think it’s quite difficult to decide when I am

surrounded by such inspiration all day! I think

there’s always been such curiosity into how interior

designers fit out their own homes, but I find it so

difficult to set on one style for myself. Working with

clients, you’re always putting their design styles first

so being adaptable and understanding other people’s

love and loathes on a daily basis, really opens you

up to a wonderland of styles. As I say, colour would

be my main element when thinking of design - the

varying emotions a colour can trigger can transform

a space entirely. Jewelled bedroom tones and pastel

kitchens - if that doesn’t depict my love for all style

types, I am not sure what does.

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scheme?

During a consultation with a client, you really get

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take extremely seriously; getting to know my clients

and forming a strong bond with them throughout the

process allows a true understanding of how they use

their space. This is my biggest inspiration - the client!

Without them guiding me as their designer, I have no

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F E AT U R E

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,

in 1902.

“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

explains.

“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

running a business on the scale of Arthur Price,

getting to grips with the different customer bases and

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,”

says James.

“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

business.”

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

explains.

“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

James.

“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

and beyond.

“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

side alone.”

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

your business.

“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

see.

“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

at the end of the day. It’s a lifestyle, this business,”

James says.

“When your name is on the business there’s added

pressure, and obviously a lot of pride - you’re

carrying a lot on your shoulders. But by coming into

the business I signed up for that, just like Dad did,

and all the other Prices before him.

“I continuously want to prove myself, and prove that

I’m 100 per cent the best person for the job, and not

just here because my name is Price.”

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F O O D & D R I N K

Perfectly crafted

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

vintners.

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

best

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

aperitif.

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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

avail.

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

remember.

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

level stuff.

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.

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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

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month’s issue, so I’ll try to keep this

month’s musings short and sweet.

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for your drinks - or body? Three flavours exist; Pear

& Vanilla, Watermelon & Citrus or Cherry Blossom

& Mandarin, all priced at £10 for a 50ml bottle

offering 500 sprays and 100% vegan. Visit

www.smithandsinclair.com

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

Eamers’ latest bricks and mortar project.

Having recently launched last month, it

offers a true glimpse behind the scenes of the

distilling process. If you want more of the

in-depth technical working knowledge, then

owner Jordan is offering a half-day ‘Distiller

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craft a physical batch of his gin, complete

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distiller, pricing will be around the very

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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

by Pashley bicycle, discovering London

through the story of gin from the 18th

century to the present day. As you cycle

through the residential streets of Southwark

and Bermondsey, home of Oliver Twist and

Fagin’s den, you’ll end up at a historical gin

still. Your guide provides three gin samples, two full

G&Ts and a gin cocktail as an incentive to keep

THE LONDON GIN SAFARI

those legs turning a bit faster.

Although Ginvent calendars have been around for

a few years, That Boutique-y Gin Company’s 12

Days of Gin (2019 edition) available from

www.mastersofmalt.com for £29.95,

showcases the creativity of the brand’s

portfolio. In the interim, if you fancy visiting

Birmingham’s ‘The Electric Ginema’

(puntastic) I’m hosting a five gin tastealong

collaboration with Boutique-y while

watching seasonal favourite Love Actually on

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.

And now for something completely

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A perfect pear

AHEAD OF HIS APPEARANCE AT THIS MONTH’S BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW WINTER AT

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POIRES RÔTIES AU NOUGAT ET

SAUCE CHOCOLAT

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Michel says: “This is such a good dessert and is

simple to make — you can use shop-bought nougat

which, when cooked, has the same texture as

toasted marshmallows. Any type of pear is fine, as

long as they are ripe. The chocolate sauce is made

without dairy fats and only sweetened with maple

syrup — it’s great with ice cream too.”

Serves four

2 ripe pears, peeled and cored

1tbsp butter, melted

200g nougat

For the chocolate sauce:

2tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp cocoa powder

100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids),

broken into pieces

Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6.

Cut the pears in half, put them in a baking dish

and brush them with a little melted butter. Cut the

nougat into chunks and scatter them over the pears.

Roast the pears in the oven for about 12 minutes or

until golden and tender.

For the sauce, put the syrup and cocoa powder in

a pan and add 100ml of water. Bring to the boil,

while whisking. Add the chocolate and stir until it

melts.

Serve the sauce with the pears.

Michel is cooking live at the BBC Good Food Show

Winter at NEC Birmingham from November 28

to December 1. For information and tickets visit

www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com

Recipe is from Michel Roux Jr.’s ‘The

French Revolution’ (Weidenfeld & Nicolson).

Photo by Cristian Barnett.

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T R AV E L

Safari magic in Kenya

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

west.

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

experienced.

My excitement was growing as I arrived at the

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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

famous for.

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

adventure.

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

of adventure

with it being

tented – however

this is not

camping as you

may know it,

more glamping!

Andy is a real

bushman and

an expert

guide while his

wife Sonia is a

fabulous cook

so together, they

make superb

hosts. Sonia

served up a

wonderful lunch

for the camp

with tables set

up overlooking

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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

sightings.

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

THE TRIP

LIGHT AIRCRAFT FLIGHTS

ARE ALL PART OF THE SAFARI

EXPERIENCE

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

possibly imagine.

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

tree.

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!

They all set off at high speeds and surrounded the

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

your visit as there are two very different sides a

Kenyan safari. The main Mara National Park can

get extremely busy, so to avoid being one of many

vehicles it is vitally important that you choose the

area and camp correctly.

My best advice would be to stay in one of the

conservancies that border the main reserve as they

will offer a much more intimate and exclusive

experience. There are many different styles and

standards of camps, so please do contact us on 01543

258631 for the best advice when planning your

African safari.

RB Collection is based just outside Lichfield city

centre, next door the Boley Park Co-Op Superstore,

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LO CA L A R E A

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SUTTON COLDFIELD, LICHFIELD, WALSALL AND BEYOND

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.

Tickets are priced at £55 plus VAT per person and are strictly limited. Visit

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WHAT: HANSARD - LIVE SCREENING

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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

St Giles Hospice.

For one day only, the Tippers Lichfield showroom will be transformed into a festive

extravaganza offering fun for all the family. There will be an array of stalls selling

Christmas crafts and tasty treats to whet your appetite, as well as Christmas cookery

demonstrations from acclaimed Lichfield chef Simon Smith throughout the day.

Kids will get their very own Christmas treasure hunt, and there will also be mulled

wine and mince pies on offer in return for a donation to St Giles, as well as a

fundraising raffle.

Customers can also take advantage of some special deals only available on the day.

The Tippers Christmas Market has been a fixture in the festive calendar for the past

11 years, raising hundreds of pounds for St Giles every year.

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A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST

EVENTS TO COME TO BIRMINGHAM THIS MONTH

WHAT: DIVERSITY - BORN READY

WHERE: NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE

WHEN: NOVEMBER 1 TO 3

If you want to see an innovative and mind-blowing show, then Diversity’s Born

Ready tour is absolutely unmissable.

After eight sell-out UK tours, more than half a million tickets sold, and countless

television and live performances, Diversity have announced their landmark 10 Year

Anniversary Tour, Born Ready.

2019 marks 10 years since Diversity took the nation by storm when they won the

third series of Britain’s Got Talent, beating Susan Boyle in front of a television

audience of over 20 million. Since then, thanks to the overwhelming support of

their fans and the British public they continue to wow audiences around the world

with their innovative live tours and performances.

Born REady not only celebrates Diversity’s ten years in the spotlight, it will also

look forward to the future and at how Diversity continues to evolve. Be prepared for

dance, illusions, mind-blowing stunts and inspiring stories that will leave audiences

amazed.

For more details visit www.atgtickets.com/birmingham

WHAT: JACK WHITEHALL - STOOD UP

WHERE: ARENA BIRMINGHAM

WHEN: NOVEMBER 15 TO 17

Award-winning comedian, actor and writer Jack Whitehall has announced his biggest

arena tour to date with a brand new show for 2019 - Jack Whitehall: Stood Up - which

starts at Arena Birmingham this month.

Following two complete sell out arena tours, Jack Whitehall Gets Around in 2014 and

Jack Whitehall: At Large in 2017, Jack Whitehall: Stood Up promises to be the most

hilarious yet from one of comedy’s most electric talents. A joy to watch on stage and a

comedian who is firmly on the road to becoming a global megastar, this show is not to

be missed.

Jack Whitehall said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be going back out on the road.

There’s no feeling like standing up on stage in front of an arena full of strangers, and

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

bring their well-renowned autumn/winter UK tour the Birmingham once again for

2019.

Accompanying Jools with the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on their annual

excursion around the UK will be the supremely talented Ruby Turner, with her

breath-taking gospel, soul and rhythm and blues vocals, Louise Marshall, with her

beautiful soul and jazz tones, as well as original Squeeze member and powerhouse

Gilson Lavis on drums.

Additional special guests for the Birmingham shows will be Pauline Black and

Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson from the legendary ska band The Selecter, who will be

entertaining audiences with their energetic live performances, which include the

show stoppers On My Radio, Train To Skaville and Too Much Pressure.

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FA S H I O N

Wrapped up in style

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

winter coat.

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

elegance.

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.

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WOOL COAT, £85, AND UMA TROUSERS,

£45, RIVER ISLAND

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£65

£140

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CAMEL FAUX FUR

TEDDY COAT, NEXT

MONOGRAMMED CAPE JACKET,

RIVER ISLAND

ROSA COAT,

HOBBS

GREY BELTED FUNNEL COAT,

LAURA ASHLEY

£150

£90

£99

£830

GREEN TEDDY COAT,

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WOOL BLEND DOGTOOTH

PRINT OVERCOAT,

MARKS AND SPENCER

OVERSIZED BOUCLE WOOL

BLEND COAT, MARIAM AL

SIBAI AT HARVEY NICHOLS

CHARLOTTE MAXI COAT,

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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

stylish iteration.

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

favourite trainers.

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

alternative.

TAN FAUX LEATHER MINI SKIRT,

£22, AND CHECK PRINT MAC, £55,

DOROTHY PERKINS

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B E AU T Y

Golden brown

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,

comfortable wear.

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

balanced and

harmonious look.

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

of high-performance

ingredients gives an

optical plumping

effect.

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

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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.

www.TrackDays.com

ASTON MARTIN

EXPERIENCE AT

SILVERSTONE – FROM

£179PP

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

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THE PURE MCLAREN ARCTIC

EXPERIENCE IS THE CREME

DE LA CREME OF DRIVING

EXPERIENCES

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.

www.Silverstone.co.uk

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!

www.paulswift.com

PURE MCLAREN

ARCTIC

EXPERIENCE –

FROM £12,950PP

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

activities.

www.cars.mclaren.com/en/experiences/

pure-mclaren/arctic-experience

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

PAUL SWIFT STUNT DRIVING

EXPERIENCE

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