J’AIME DECEMBER 2021

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Welcome to J’AIME

Here at J’AIME HQ we’re preparing to celebrate the

most wonderful time of the year in style, ready to indulge

in all of those festive treats which we, along with most of

the world, missed out on last time around.

The spectacular panto season is back in full swing, and

we catch up with the cast of the Lichfield Garrick’s

All New Peter Pan for a sneaky look at what they have

in store, while Byron Lewis from Lichfield Garden

Centre shares his top tips for getting the most out of

your Christmas tree, and Staffordshire sommelier

extraordinaire Bert Blaize shares some delicious ideas for

festive food and drinks pairings.

Our Shop Local gift guide is back with some more

fabulous ideas from local retailers and companies, while

our resident beauty expert Deborah Mitchell showcases

some pampering treats. And we can finally get our festive

gladrags back on for party season, so we round up some

sparkling buys to ensure you’re the belle of the ball for

every Christmas event.

Elsewhere, we chat to the team behind Lichfield’s Repair

and Share Cafe about their mission to encourage people

to repair and reuse rather than replace, and we have a

fantastic competition for all those dog-lovers out there,

with a bundle of goodies for your four-legged friend up

for grabs.

It wouldn’t be the festive season without some foodie

treats, and we’ve got a couple of corkers. Two-time

Michelin starred chef Niall Keating talks to us about

his new Staffordshire venture, while we take a look at

one of Lichfield’s most exciting culinary experiences at

Dubberley Delicious.

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From all of us here at J’AIME, we hope you enjoy the

merriest of Christmases, and have a Happy New Year.

Thank you to all of our readers and advertisers for your

support, and we’ll see you in 2022!

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CO N T E N T S

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 Lichfield Garrick - Panto returns to Lichfield

with the fantastic Peter Pan

10 Repair and Share Cafe - The Lichfield group

aiming to reduce waste by repairing and

reusing

14 Richard Winterton - A final flourish for 2021

15 Competition - Win a doggy accessories bundle

from Love Nala

18 Property - Property of the month

20 Property - A new award for Chosen Home

22 Christmas - Shop Local gift guide

26 Christmas - Panto round-up

30 Christmas - Tree tips from Lichfield Garden

Centre

32 Food and drink - Michelin starred chef Niall

Keating’s new Staffordshire venture

36 Food and drink - Reviewing Dubberley

Delicious, Lichfield

38 Food and drink - A winter warmer from The Red

Lion at Bradley

40 Food and drink - Festive food and wine pairings

with Bert Blaize

44 Interiors - Stylish festive dining

48 Interiors - Go green with envy

54 Travel - Travel latest with RB Collection

58 What’s On - Events around the Midlands this

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60 Fashion - Festively fabulous

62 Beauty - Give the gift of beauty

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F E AT U R E

Panto is back, oh yes it is!

IT’S TIME FOR THE DOORS TO OPEN, SEATS TO BE TAKEN, CURTAINS TO BE PARTED, STAGE LIGHTS TO

GO ON, THE SHOW MUST GO ON AS PANTO IS BACK! JAZZ SHERGILL CAUGHT UP WITH THE CAST OF

THE ALL NEW ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN AT LICHFIELD GARRICK THEATRE

MARCUS BILLANY AS PETER PAN, DAVID MCKECHNIE

AS CAPTAIN HOOK AND SAM RABONE AS MRS SMEE

After a whirlwind of a year during the COVID-19

pandemic, panto is finally back. Lichfield Garrick

Theatre has opened its stage doors and this year’s

wonderful performance is all about the boy who

wouldn’t grow up, All-New Adventures of Peter Pan.

The Lichfield Garrick Theatre has come together

with Paul Hendy and Evolution Productions to

bring audiences a great festive treat with this year’s

full-scale pantomime. After not being able to put on

shows for over a year, they will be going all out for

this special time.

As many other industries, the theatre world took

a great hit due to the pandemic and the cast are

excited more than ever, to get back on stage and put

on a spectacular performance for their audience.

The talented Marcus Billany is playing the part of

Peter and he’s familiar with this role, having stood in

for Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard during his

show two years ago.

Marcus is looking forward to putting on a

performance and Peter Pan wouldn’t be Peter Pan if

there was no flying involved, right?

“It’s been so long since I’ve been able to perform

on stage, so it’s just great to get back and I’ll also be

flying during the show, I was scared at first when I

had to do it before but then eventually got used to it

and I’m excited to get back into it,” he says.

Sam Rabone, a familiar face to Lichfield panto

audiences, is back for his sixth year at the Garrick

as he stars as Mrs Smee. That’s as well as being the

show’s director for the fourth year.

“It’s my first time doing Peter Pan, so I’m very

excited because it’s brilliant for both boys and girls to

enjoy,” says Sam.

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“You have Cinderella and Sleeping

Beauty which are very female-lead

but Peter Pan has got both a good

strong male and female lead. It’s a

bit different to the other ones; it’s

not a traditional panto but there are

great panto elements in there so it’s a

really nice story to get your teeth into

because everybody wants to be like one

of the lost boys or Peter Pan, you want

to be able to fly, everybody wants to be

able to learn how to fly and we will be

flying here so be ready to see Peter Pan

take off.”.

He added: “It’s a new show, it’s not the

traditional Peter Pan. We have gone

a little off-piste, it’s in the future so we are looking

forward to giving you a bit of a new take on it.”

David McKechnie is playing the unforgettable Hook

and it seems he’s most looking forward to crocodiles

- very fitting for his character.

“I’m thrilled to be dressed as a pirate again, I wasn’t

able to do pantomime last year of course because of

what was happening, it was so sad because I love it,

it’s my favourite time of year,” says David. “It’s so

much fun and it’s a lovely way to end the year, so it’s

great to be back and I’m really looking forward to

it… I’m counting the days!”

He added “I really like crocodiles, I’ve always liked

them and if there’s one thing I love more than a

crocodile, it’s a pantomime crocodile, so I can’t wait

to see him! For Captain Cook it’s all about when he

first gets to meet the crocodile, I’m getting excited

thinking about it!”

All-New Adventures of Peter Pan is set to be a

dazzling show, with a wonderful cast, out-of-this

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world costumes and, of course, extra laughs to be

enjoyed by all the family.

After missing out on theatre due to lockdown, it’s

fair to say there may be some wobbly knees before

the curtain opens but the cast just want to be able

to feel the buzz of energy and happiness during the

Christmas season more than ever.

“It’s been so long you kind of forget what it’s like

to be on stage and as soon you are on stage there

is nothing better and it all comes back, the nerves

go away and what I’m looking forward to most is

the smiles on the kids’ faces, they’re coming on an

adventure with us and there is nothing better than

that the smiles and cries of laughter, screams and it’s

amazing!” said Marcus.

“There’s always jitters before walking on to the stage,

you feel it in your stomach, this nervous feeling and

as soon as you get on it becomes this energy that

you’re able to use for the performance. It really

is a great spectacle, Evolution productions are an

excellent production company, they’re doing the set,

costumes and lighting etc. so it’s

a really big show, it’s going to be

a lot of fun and you can expect a

lot of laughs and of course some

good old-fashioned musical gags,

you know those really corny old

jokes that everyone loves.” says

David.

The fun of Peter Pan tied in

with Christmas will be a magical

event, centred around joy,

happiness and giggles. If there’s

one thing that the cast all have

in common, it’s the love to bring

light and laughter to everyone

at the show. Sam Rabone says

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there’s no other show where this happens, and he

can’t wait to give a warm welcome to the city of

Lichfield.

“The most important thing is laughter, if you

don’t laugh you can stay at home, but we just want

laughter in the room that’s why we do it,” he says.

“Panto can be a long few weeks, we are working

doing two shows a day, if you go to West End they

won’t do this many shows so it’s a very intense

month-and-a-half. It’s also over the holiday period

where people would normally be spending time with

their families but we choose to do this and entertain

families because there’s no better thing at Christmas

than hearing a room full of laughter so it’s great

when you get the family together.

“And panto is brilliant because a grandma will be

laughing at something similar to the grandchildren,

and there’s no other show where that happens.”

Getting back to life pre-Covid times may feel a little

unusual but we are getting there slowly and it’s

the small things that we have learnt to appreciate.

Whether that be, going for walks, seeing friends and

family, going to eat at a restaurant, even returning to

work and simply putting passion into everything you

do – giving it your all, just like the production team

and cast of the wonderful Peter Pan.

“I’m looking forward to working with people again;

it’s going to be so nice to have creative people in the

same room and choreographers, lighting technicians,

musicians, actors as well,” says Sam.

“Although I direct the production it’s nice to have

actors’ input as well because everybody is different,

and you want to be able to bring peoples’ own

personality to the role.

“I can’t wait! It’s been too long since we’ve done this,

it’s nearly 18 months for most of us and nothing is

the same as panto or as theatre so the thought of

being able to just walk back and cry those lovely

words of ‘Hello Lichfield’ will be beautiful.”

This showstopper of a performance is not to be

missed and can be enjoyed by all of the family at

such a beautiful time of year, so take the time to

relax, sit back and laugh your way into the new year.

After all, as Captain Hook himself says, “It’s

magical, unmissable and joyous”.

The All New Adventures of Peter Pan will

be on at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre from

November 25 to January 22, 2022. For tickets

visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com or call the

box office on 01543 412121.

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F E AT U R E

Repair and share alike

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE LOCAL GROUPS AIMING TO HELP US REDUCE UNNECESSARY WASTE

AND REPAIR, REUSE AND RECYCLE AS MUCH AS WE CAN? KATY EDGINGTON FINDS OUT MORE

With the eyes of the world on the UK

last month as world leaders and activists

gathered in Glasgow for the UN Climate

Change Conference (COP26), there’s

never been a more important time for us

all to do our bit for the environment.

We all know the three Rs - reduce,

reuse, recycle - that can help us be more

environmentally friendly: reducing what

we buy and use, reusing what we have or

passing it on to someone else who can use

it, and recycling our waste where possible.

A vital step in that chain is repairing

objects that are faulty or damaged, so

there’s no need to replace them and they

can be used again.

That’s all very well, but not everyone is

comfortable getting out the toolkit and taking a

screwdriver to their vacuum cleaner or threading up

a needle to stitch a ripped seam.

That’s where repair cafés come in. This worldwide

phenomenon is said to have started in the late 2000s

in the Netherlands and since then repair cafés have

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sprung up across continents.

Pam Beale is the driving force behind Lichfield

Repair and Share Café. Set up around three years

ago, it started off under the direction of Kate Gomez

of the popular local history blog Lichfield Lore,

but Pam is now responsible for all the organising

and promoting the monthly café at Curborough

Community Centre.

Lichfield Repair and Share Café is a group of

likeminded people operating under the umbrella

of Transition Lichfield, an organisation that brings

together different elements of the community to

support the local economy and for the good of each

member group. So, how does it work?

The Café’s drop-in sessions are open to all visitors

who can bring an item or items for repair.

There are currently around 12 repairers who are

part of the group, all of whom volunteer their time,

so skills will vary depending on who’s available for

each session.

“We have around six people who can do odd jobs

and repair electricals, a few sewers and crafters who

can do repairs, and someone whose expertise is

marquetry and carpentry who also sharpens tools,”

explains Pam.

“We try to skillshare so that people can learn from

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others how to mend things or learn

a craft. It could be crochet, or how

to darn your socks, or how to wire a

lamp. We open the doors from 2pm

until 5pm and people show up with

things - there’s no need to book in.

And we serve refreshments when we

can, too - that’s where the café part

comes in.”

There are no restrictions on the

items you can bring along, so if in

doubt, bring it in. If the volunteers

think your item is beyond repair

they will always say so. People have

brought in all sorts of objects over

the last three years.

“We’ve had a few old clocks that

people really value, but mostly it’s kettles, hairdryers

and other electricals,” says Pam. “We’ve had vacuum

cleaners, lawnmowers, a pushchair where the brake

was getting stuck. A few laptops and tablets. Our

repairers are sensible people and if you want some

advice as to whether to fix something or take it to the

recycling centre, we can do that type of check.”

This really important service is provided free of

charge, but you can make donations in exchange

for repairs which are put back into the Café to pay

for room hire, refreshments and so on. Pam believes

repeating, sharing and living by the ‘repair and reuse’

mantra is critical if we are to stop replacing goods

unnecessarily and reduce our waste problem.

“We’re living in a throwaway age when people just

get rid and get another if something isn’t working,”

she says. “That attitude needs to change - we all

know that. When we can repair an item for someone

that they thought was broken, it’s a great joy when

they can take it home and they don’t need to buy

another one.”

Most of us, when we take broken or obsolete items

to the recycling centre, think we’re taking it there to

be dealt with properly and recycled. Some of it is,

but by no means all. Electrical recycling waste is a

massive problem. Pam thinks manufacturers should

be playing a bigger role in preventing items ending

up in the recycling centre at all, by making spare

parts available or taking items back for repair.

“Manufacturers do pay into a central fund that’s

used by local authorities to recycle electrical waste,

but that’s the wrong way around,” she insists. “There

is Right to Repair legislation coming in, which will

mean for certain new products the manufacturer

has to have affordable spares available, but it’s very

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GOODS BACK TO LIFE

limited. They have got to make things last longer.”

Lichfield Repair and Share Café takes place on the

third Saturday of every month (except December

and August) at Curborough, but Pam and the other

volunteers are always looking for ways to get the

message out and reach more people. They hosted

a pop-up in The Nest space in Lichfield city centre,

organised by Nurture Network in the former Marks

and Spencer. They’ve done repair sessions at the

Methodist church’s eco-festival in September as

part of The Great Big Green Week, and at the Fuse

Festival.

There’s also a new repair and share café that recently

started up in Burntwood. Local councillor Sue

Woodward was instrumental in getting it set up and a

few repairers who live locally offered their help. The

first session took place in early December.

They have looked into creating a ‘Library of

Things’, where members borrow useful items without

having to buy their own, but that’s still a little beyond

reach for now. However, Pam recommends the food

sharing app Olio, which has a borrow section for

other items, and Streetbank, another app where you

can share items with the community. So if you’ve got

a pressure washer, for example, and you’re happy to

loan it out you can do it that way.

The next Repair and Share Café at Curborough

Community Centre will take place between 2-5pm

on January 15, 2022. Follow Lichfield Repair

& Share Café on Facebook, @lichrepaircafe

on Instagram or @lichfieldshare on Twitter for

updates.

If you or someone you know has repair skills you’re

happy to volunteer, you can get in touch with Pam

and the team on lichfieldshare@gmail.com.

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A preloved Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it

can also be the most wasteful. As luck would

have it, The ReUsers have a more eco-friendly

way for you to shop this Christmas as well as

accepting donations in the aftermath, when you

inevitably find you’ve been gifted two of the

same thing or need to make space for the kids’

new toys.

Conveniently sited on the same road as Sutton

Coldfield Household Recycling Centre, The

ReUsers save around 250 tonnes of ‘waste’

from landfill every year by rescuing, restoring

and recycling secondhand items, in partnership

with Birmingham City Council and Veolia

Environmental Services.

Their huge Christmas shop was officially opened

by the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield, Councillor

Terry Wood, on November 8. They have

thousands of new and preloved Christmas items

for you to browse, from wreaths, ornaments,

tinsel, trees and vintage baubles, to Santa hats,

Christmas jumpers, CDs, books, gift bags and

wrapping paper. Each year the shop is gaining in

popularity, and already by January the team will

be preparing for next Christmas.

If you’re looking for a more environmentally

friendly gifting option this year, The ReUsers’

site is the perfect place to find hidden treasures

that others don’t want but are too good to throw

away. It has different departments including

antiques, bikes, electricals, furniture, garden and

sports, with all items cleaned and tested before

being sold. They also run an eBay shop where

you can view and purchase some of the more

unusual items from the comfort of your sofa.

It’s not just a great environmental cause you’re

supporting when you visit. The ReUsers is

a social enterprise - part of the JERICHO

organisation - which aims to break barriers and

change lives by creating jobs, work experience

places, and training opportunities.

You can also show your support by donating

unwanted goods. The donations station operates

on an appointment basis during regular opening

hours. A flood of donations of all shapes and

sizes, new and preloved, since the start of the

pandemic has meant that in 2021 the team

were able to extend their bookshop, and open

a clothes shop – modern and vintage – and a

haberdashery.

Find out more at www.thereusers.uk, or drop

into the shop Monday to Saturday between 9am

and 4pm.

THE REUSERS

CHRISTMAS

SHOP IN SUTTON

COLDFIELD

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F E AT U R E

Going out with a bang

LICHFIELD AUCTIONEER RICHARD WINTERTON BROUGHT THE HAMMER DOWN ON 2021 WITH A SUCCESSFUL

FINE ART SALE WHICH SAW PLENTIFUL BIDDING FROM BUYERS WORLDWIDE ON AN ARRAY OF EXCITING LOTS

Lichfield’s auctioneer has finished the year on a high

with a Winter Fine Arts sale packed with luxury items.

From antique oil paintings and modern works of art

to fine ceramics and a cellarful of wine and whisky,

bidders from all over the world joined The Lichfield

Auction Centre online and over the telephone.

Appropriately enough for a sale of such high calibre,

one of the highlights was a handsome antique Tranter

revolver.

The 54 bore percussion pistol, a rare third model

from around 1860, was in fine condition retaining

virtually all its original finish and came in its original

mahogany case with a full set of accessories.

After an intense bidding battle, the revolver finally

sold to a bidder on the internet for £4,000.

Also in the antique guns section, Colt and Remington

models from the 1850s each sold for £1,100 and

a Harvey’s patent 1st model revolver – very few of

which are known to exist – made £950.

Lots of energy conveyed in the Royal Doulton

prototype by Stanley Thorogood of Joan Of Arc on

horseback, signed and dated 1919, was marvellously

mirrored as bids flew in online, in the room and

on the phone, charging to a final hammer price of

£3,200.

A Della Robbia Pottery slender bottle vase made

£1,400, two handbuilt live steam models totalled

£2,700 and a 1950s Heuer chronograph sold at

£1,200.

It was a great day for paintings too, with ‘Native Air’,

a 91cm-square colourful abstract landscape by David

THE THIRD MODEL TRANTER

REVOLVER CIRCA 1860 WHICH

SOLD FOR £4,000

Prentice selling

for £2,000 to

a telephone

bidder and

‘The Gateway,

Tunis’ by Sir

Hubert von

Herkomer

taking £2,300.

There was

also a flurry

of bids for an

early Victorian

‘NATIVE AIR’ BY

DAVID PRENTICE

WENT UNDER THE

HAMMER FOR

£2,000

painting by George Jackson, finally knocked down for

£1,350.

Furnishings under the hammer included a pair of

Regency window seats, selling at £1,500, a tree of life

silk rug, sold for £1,300, and a Victorian breakfront

credenza, which made £1,000.

With international interest from America and

Ireland, an eclectic archive of Dublin’s Abbey

Theatre achieved a total hammer price of £1,080

and everyone said a special ‘cheers’ to the wines and

whisky section, which served up a record 100 per cent

selling rate!

Free quotations for house clearances, probate services

and in-person valuations of any item at The Lichfield

Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park, can

be booked on 01543 251081 or by email to

office@richardwinterton.co.uk.

Free valuations for pictures, ceramics, watches,

jewellery and collectables of all types can also be

booked at the new Tamworth saleroom at 34-35

Church Street – telephone 01827 217746 or email

tamworth@richardwinterton.co.uk.

Home visits for bulky items or large collections

and appointments to view pre-sale are available to

arrange, too.

Online catalogues can be viewed via

www.richardwinterton.co.uk/auction-dates.

The family firm breaks up for Christmas on

December 22, returning on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

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CO M P E T I T I O N

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A FURRY NEW ADDITION INSPIRED A NEW BUSINESS FOR STAFFORDSHIRE COUPLE EMILY AND

PAUL SALISBURY - AND YOU COULD WIN SOME OF THE FANTASTIC DOGGY GOODIES

Bringing home their beautiful cockapoo puppy Nala was

a life-changing moment for Staffordshire couple Emily

and Paul Salisbury.

Their gorgeous fur baby became the inspiration for their

new business, Love Nala, offering stylish doggy essentials

with safety at the forefront.

With harnesses, collars and leads available in a variety of

stylish designs suitable for all breeds, shapes and sizes -

including, of course, puppies - Love Nala is the home of

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Emily says: “Before we go any further, I’ll let you into a

little secret. I never wanted a dog! I know. I must have

been one of those weird people! However, my sister and

fiancé had their cockapoo called George in November

2019 and we fell in love with him! When we heard

the breeder, with the same doggy parents, was having

another litter the year after, it was a no-brainer.

“We collected our little fluff ball on September 15,

2020, and everything changed! Our world quite literally

revolves around her - as I am sure most of you can relate.

“This is where the business inspiration came from…

Nala.”

Emily adds: “Our aim is to provide you with the next

generation of stylish, luxury ‘Pupparel’, with safety being

a key point. We want to offer you simplistic essentials, but

with a twist.

“The products we offer are quite literally your

companions’ essentials, and vital products you need to

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Love Nala’s first collection is inspired by nature, featuring

designs including Fire, Earth, Sky and Water. To

complement the range, Love Nala also stocks a variety of

natural doggy treats - as well as matching hoodies so you

can twin with your pet.

For more details visit www.lovenala.co.uk or find

Love Nala on facebook and Instagram.

Competition!

J’AIME has teamed up with Love Nala

to offer readers the chance to win a Love

Nala dog walking bundle set, including Dog

Harness, Dog Collar, Dog Lead, and Poop

Bag Holder, worth £50. The prize is available

in the print and size of your choice, from the

selection shown on the Love Nala website,

subject to availability.

For your chance to win, simply

answer the following question:

What breed is inspirational puppy Nala?

Send your answer, along with your name,

address and telephone number, by email

to competitions@jaimemagazine.com with

Love Nala competition as the email subject.

Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday,

December 31. Terms and conditions apply.

Visit www.jaimemagazine.com for further

details.

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P R O P E RTY

Property of the Month

EACH MONTH WE SHOWCASE ONE OF THE MOST LUXURIOUS PROPERTIES

CURRENTLY ON THE MARKET IN THE MIDLANDS. THIS MONTH’S SELECTION IS A

STUNNING SIX-BEDROOM DETACHED FARMHOUSE, SET ON AN IDYLLIC PLOT IN A

SEMI-RURAL LOCATION NEAR TAMWORTH

The Old Farmhouse, New Road, Shuttington, Tamworth: £1,995,000

On the market with Aston Knowles: 0121 362 7878

THE AGENT SAYS: Situated on a truly beautiful plot,

on a peaceful country road, The Old Farmhouse has been

lovingly transformed into a contemporary family home.

The reception hallway is an inviting space which extends

throughout the length of the ground floor and incorporates

multiple stairwells to the upper and lower floors as well as a

spiral staircase, two guest cloakrooms and a storage room.

The main kitchen/breakfast/family room is a

contemporary extended addition to this traditional

property. Finished to an exceptional standard, the

Poggenpohl kitchen features ample wall and floor cabinets,

extensive granite countertops thanks to its large kitchen

island with breakfast bar and integrated induction hob.

The spacious family portion of the room features a vaulted

ceiling with skylights, windows to three aspects offering

scenic views to the garden, two sets of French doors lead

outside and a wood burning fireplace completes the room.

The cellar has been converted into a fantastic space

featuring a bar/wine cellar and games room offering the

versatility to be used as a home office or gym.

To the first floor the principal bedroom benefits from a bay

window, large feature fireplace and an en-suite bathroom

with walk in shower. Bedroom two has an en-suite

bathroom with walk-in shower, and there are three further

bedrooms.

The second-floor bedroom has a feature fireplace, Juliette

balcony, fitted wardrobes with sliding doors and an en-suite

bathroom with bathtub with shower over.

The stunning grounds of this property really need to

be seen to appreciate their scale, design, and versatility.

Several walled Baroque gardens, lawned areas with

established trees and plants, as well as large patio areas

all combine to make an interesting and beautiful outdoor

space.

W E L O V E : T H E S T UNN ING G ARDE NS AND

G ARDE N H O US E S

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WE WISH YOU A

MERRY

CHRISTMAS

Wishing all of our clients a very

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

Selling or letting your property?

Register for our off market page,

property alerts for 2022 or

for a free appraisal of

your home.

SALES / LETTINGS / PROPERTY MANAGEMENT / INTERNATIONAL

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P R O P E RTY

Shaking up the

property market

MIDLANDS ESTATE AGENCY CHOSEN HOME WAS NAMED DISRUPTORS OF

THE YEAR AT THE PRESTIGIOUS WEST MIDLANDS BUSINESS MASTERS AWARD

The team at Midlandsbased

estate agency Chosen

Home are celebrating

after scooping yet another

prestigious award.

The team picked up

the Disruptor Of The

Year Award at the West

Midlands Business Masters;

the annual leadership

awards held by news

site The Businessdesk.

com recognising the

achievements of new and

established companies

across the region.

Nicki Ash, director, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled

with our latest accolade.

The Business Masters has

been running for some years now, recognising the

achievements of a diverse range of companies and

organisations across the region, and we wanted to be

in the running.

“When we saw that one of the categories was

‘Disruptor of the Year’, we knew we had to nominate

ourselves as that is exactly what we set out to do when

we launched last September; disrupt the marketplace,

shake up the sector and change the way people buy

and sell houses for the better.

“We were delighted when we were shortlisted, and

when our name was called out at the ceremony

at the MacDonald Burlington In Birmingham on

November 11 we couldn’t have been happier. This

has been a whirlwind 15 months for us, forming and

developing Chosen Home, expanding the team and

honing our model to place our clients at the centre of

our business, and it was wonderful to have all of our

efforts recognised.

THE CHOSEN HOME TEAM RICHARD ASH,

HANNAH DELANEY, NICKI ASH, DOM STOKES

AND ROB SHOTTON CELEBRATE THEIR WIN

“With the country having been subject to so many

restrictions over that time, we’ve not really been

able to enjoy a big night out as a team, and this

was a brilliant event for us to both meet other

businesses from the West Midlands and celebrate our

achievements to date. Winning the award was the

icing on the cake!” she added.

Sam Metcalf, Editor of The Businessdesk.com, said:

“Many congratulations to everyone at Chosen Home

on their triumph at our West Midlands Masters

Awards. The company should be very proud of

pulling off victory against a very strong field, but our

judging panel was unanimous in naming Chosen as

the winner. I look forward to following the company’s

success story during 2022.”

Earlier this year Chosen Home, which presently

operates in the Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham and

Stourbridge areas, was presented with a gold accolade

in the British Property Awards, which acknowledge

outstanding service within the estate agency sector.

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W H AT ’ S O N

It’s panto season!

THERE’S SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL ABOUT A THEATRE PACKED WITH PEOPLE OF ALL AGES SHOUTING

IN UNISON, SO AS WE PUT 2021 BEHIND US (NOT SORRY!) IT’S TIME TO GET IN THE PANTO SPIRIT

WHAT: ALL-NEW ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN

WHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICK THEATRE

WHEN: NOVEMBER 25 TO JANUARY 2

Don’t miss the swashbuckling spectacular, All New

Adventures of Peter Pan, as it flies into the Lichfield

Garrick for the 2021 festive season! The Garrick

has once again joined forces with Paul Hendy and

Evolution Productions to bring audiences a reAl

festive treat with this year’s full-scale pantomime.

Lichfield legend, Sam Rabone, is back in a frock for

his sixth year at the Garrick as he stars as Mrs Smee,

as well as once again steering the ship as the show’s

director.

All New Adventures of Peter Pan promises to be a

dazzling show with a brilliant cast, larger-than-life

costumes, and more laughs than you can shake your

hook at! Tickets start from £13. For more details visit

www.lichfieldgarrick.com

CINDERELLA IS

COMING TO SUTTON

COLDFIELD

THE GARRICK

PROMISES PANTO FUN

WITH PETER PAN

WHAT: CINDERELLA

WHERE: SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN HALL

WHEN: DECEMBER 7 TO 24

Welcome to Russia, the setting of Sutton Coldfield’s

2021 pantomime spectacular: Cinderella!

Imagine a time of ice-cold winters with the snow

laying deep on the frozen hard ground. Imagine a

palace where the fountains spout icicles and Russian

bears hibernate in the forests…

Now imagine a draughty old country house with the

only warmth from a sooty fireplace, and it’s your

job to keep the fire burning! Out in all weathers

collecting wood and sleeping in the cinders of the

fireplace, because your wicked stepmother and your

ugly stepsisters are too mean to let you sleep in a bed.

That’s what happened to poor Cinderella and this

is the story of how she dreamed of escape, of being

warm and of meeting a handsome Prince who could

save her from this miserable life.

After the huge success of Aladdin in 2019, the

Production Exchange comes back to the Town

Hall with a great cast of actor musicians, beautiful

scenery, stunning costumes and a talented young

ensemble to perform the ultimate family classic.

With support from the government’s Cultural

Recovery Fund, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall is

excited to welcome the cast and crew to the Royal

Town for a limited run before Christmas and a

thrilling return to traditional family entertainment.

Tickets can be purchased online or over the

telephone, priced from £17 per person. For more

details visit www.suttoncoldfieldtownhall.com/

cinderella

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Check out what’s coming up this festive

season at the newly refurbished

Tamworth Assembly Rooms Theatre.

Christmas Variety

Show 28 & 30 Nov + 3 & 5 Dec

Xmas with The Rat Pack

& Marilyn Wednesday 1 Dec

The Snow Queen -

ballet Saturday 4 December

Santa’s Best Ever

Christmas

The show where every child gets

a present from Santa!

Forbidden Nights

The D-Day Darlings

Wednesday

Christmas

8 December

Sunday 19 December

TAMWORTH ASSEMBLY ROOMS

Santa's Best Ever

Christmas Monday 13 Dec

PARTY NIGHTS

Get your glad rags on and be

ready to party the night away...

as Tamworth Assembly Rooms opens up its doors for

a season of Christmas Party Night Extravaganzas this December!

All nights include a meal, live themed entertainment, DJ and late bar.

11th: Join Soul & Motown artists, Soul Junction. 16th: Bel-Air resident band: Goat

On A Trolley. 17th: Born In The 80s. 18th: Dancing queen legends Bootleg ABBA.

Box Office: 01827 709618 www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk

Corporation Street, Tamworth, Staffordshire. B79 7DN

*Please note that these events were correct at time of print and are subject to government guidelines, please check our website for latest updates.


WHAT: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

WHEN: DECEMBER 18 TO JANUARY 30

Actor, singer and TV personality Jason Donovan

makes his pantomime debut as The Evil Ringmaster

in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Birmingham

Hippodrome this December, alongside long-time

Birmingham panto favourite Matt Slack.

Dame Betty Barnum and her daughter Goldilocks’

circus is under threat from an evil rival circus owner

and, with the help of their madcap circus friends,

they’re battling to rescue their Big Top from ruin.

Will they succeed? All seems lost, until three brilliant

bears join the gang…

Featuring sets and costumes direct from The London

Palladium, Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be

packed with riotous comedy, extraordinary special

effects, hair-raising stunts and international circus

acts. Roll up from December 18 to see panto join

the circus, and be swept away by Birmingham

Hippodrome’s must-see festive extravaganza, the

panto that’s just right!

Tickets start from £16. For more details visit

www.birminghamhippodrome.com

WHAT: THE SNOWMAN

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM REP

WHEN: JANUARY 6 TO 9

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on

Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest

for adventure. They meet Father Christmas, dancing

penguins, reindeer and crowds of The Snowman’s

friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get

back home for Christmas morning?

The much loved festive classic is back on The Rep’s

stage this January. Based on Raymond Brigg’s muchloved

book and featuring Howard Blake’s classic song

Walking In The Air, this enchanting live show has

thrilled audiences throughout the world since first

appearing on stagemore than 25 years ago, going on

ENJOY THE MAGIC OF

THE SNOWMAN

JASON DONOVAN

STARS IN GOLDILOCKS

AND THE THREE BEARS

AT THE BIRMINGHAM

HIPPODROME

to become the West End’s longest running Christmas

show.

An amazing 60 costumes are used in the show, and

each one was handmade in The Rep’s wardrobe

department. Each of the 11 Snowman costumes took

one week to make, using more than 11 miles of white

net!

Tickets are available now priced from £16.50 per

person. For more details visit

www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

WHAT: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

WHERE: OLD REP, BIRMINGHAM

WHEN: JANUARY 13 TO 16

Join The Old Rep for an evening of family fun as the

award-winning Birmingham Youth Theatre brings

the classic fairytale of Jack and the Beanstalk to life

this coming January!

Jack Trott is madly in love with Princess Jill but he’s

just a poor farm boy with only a cow as his best

friend. When things get tight for him and his family,

Fairy Hiccup shows up to help Jack lay his hands on

the Giant’s untold wealth, but not all is as it seems...

Join us on this fantastical journey full of twists,

surprises and plenty of magic!

Tickets are priced at £14.95 or £16.95, with family

tickets available at £60. For more details visit

www.oldreptheatre.co.uk

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C H R I S T M A S

‘Tis the season

CHOOSING THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE IS NO EASY TASK, BUT BYRON LEWIS,

FROM LICHFIELD GARDEN CENTRE, HAS SOME TOP TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST

OUT OF YOUR FESTIVE CENTREPIECE

December is here already (where did the year go?!)

and thoughts turn to Christmas - and Christmas

trees in particular. These form the focal point of

most living rooms, so here are a few tips if you are

thinking of having a real Christmas tree this year.

Choose your variety carefully; traditional Norway

Spruce have a good shape and smell great, but they

are really best suited to unheated rooms or outside

porches, because central heating and warmth will

cause their needles to drop.

Nordmann Firs are by far the most popular tree

today. These are soft to touch, easy to decorate

(not too sharp!) and, best of all, have superb needle

retention. They will still look good into the new year

if looked after correctly. You may also see Fraser Firs

offered at the garden centre. These also have good

needle retention but are generally more compact,

making them great for smaller rooms.

Your tree will need a stand of some description,

Attractive coloured metal stands with a reservoir are

popular – the trunk of your tree will drop into the

stand and can be bolted in position. Plastic buckets

will do the same job, but you’ll need to add some

weight either with stones or gravel and sand.

If you buy a potted or pot-grown tree, these can be

used year after year. Just remember if they are taken

into a warm room for Christmas, they will need

to get used to the outside temperatures again after

Christmas. Put them in a garage or cold greenhouse

for a few weeks.

Last year the operation raised a record-breaking

£60,000! See the St Giles Hospice website at

www.stgileshospice.com for more details.

Houseplants are always popular at Christmas,

either as a treat for yourself or as gifts for friends

and family. Favourites include cyclamen, azaleas,

Christmas cactus and, of course, poinsettia.

If you buy or receive a poinsettia, remember to

always remove any wrapping as soon as possible.

Poor air flow causes the lovely red bracts to fall.

Poinsettia also like warm rooms, away from any cold

draughts. A living room table is a good spot. Water

every few days, and they should look good well into

the New Year.

Enjoy yourselves this Christmas!

BYRON LEWIS, OF

LICHFIELD GARDEN

CENTRE

Other key points:

Your tree will need water – larger trees can take up

to three pints a day, so remember to check your stand

regularly. Keep trees away from heat as best you can;

avoid right next to radiators or fires.

After Christmas, think of the environment and

recycle your Christmas tree. St Giles Hospice are

running their popular ‘Treecycle’ campaign for 2021;

in return for a donation to the hospice, your tree will

be collected and shredded for use as a garden mulch.

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Grow

your own

The Royal Horticultural Society offers some

expert advice for anyone looking to grow or

maintain a pot-grown tree to enjoy year after

year:

Christmas trees can be grown from seed

or cuttings - both semi-ripe and hardwood,

but are usually bought as full size trees for

displaying indoors.

To reduce stress and damage to living trees,

display them in a cool room.

Bring trees indoors as late as possible – the

weekend before Christmas is ideal.

Do not keep living trees in the house any

longer than 12 days, but be guided by the

tree. If it looks unhappy, put it back outside.

Either plant the tree out in the garden after

Christmas or, if you want to bring it indoors

again next year, grow it on in a container,

moving it into a bigger pot annually until you

reach the maximum size that can be moved

comfortably (about 45cm or 18in diameter

and depth). Soil-based John Innes No 2

potting media is ideal.

Christmas trees planted in pots will be limited

in their size by the constraints of the pot.

But if planted out in the garden, Christmas

trees can get very large, reaching a height

of about 15-20m (50-65ft) in 20 years, and

possible eventual heights of about 40m

(130ft). The smallest growing Christmas trees

are probably Fraser firs, which reach about

7m (23ft) after 20 years, attaining an eventual

height of about 20m (65ft), and Korean firs,

which reach 4m (13ft) in 20 years and an

eventual height of 10m (33ft).

Remember to ask your supplier where the

trees come from, and to choose a locally

sourced and grown tree, or one that has

at least been grown in the UK rather than

abroad.

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F O O D & D R I N K

A Lunar experience

LUNAR BY NIALL KEATING OPENED WITH A RED CARPET RECEPTION AT

WORLD OF WEDGWOOD IN STAFFORDSHIRE THIS NOVEMBER. KATY

EDGINGTON LEARNS MORE FROM THE TWO MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF

Staffordshire-born Niall Keating is one of just a

handful of chefs in the UK to hold two Michelin

stars right now, as Executive Chef of The Dining

Room at Whatley Manor in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

You may recognise him as the BBC’s Great British

Menu Champion of 2020.

When Ed Myhill and Craig Wilkinson of The Great

British Experience Company (the minds behind The

Great British Drive In, London experience ‘The

Murder Express’ and Stafford’s Alberts Cafe) invited

Niall to oversee Lunar, a new modern dining concept

opening at World of Wedgwood’s Barlaston site in

the heart of Staffordshire, he leapt at the chance.

With a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading

chefs in the country today, Niall has of

course had various different proposals

and opportunities present themselves over

the last few years, but he says “nothing

felt quite right as coming home”.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to

open a restaurant in Staffordshire,” Niall

says. “I’m so proud of home and to have

the opportunity to create something

special in the area is really exciting.”

Lunar takes over the former dining

hall at the historic Wedgwood estate.

The canteen-style setting has been

transformed into a sophisticated new

restaurant where guests can experience

modern British cuisine served only on

Wedgwood fine bone china. The team

hope it will bring a welcome breath of

fresh air to the local food and drink scene.

“Being so close to bigger cities such as

Manchester and Birmingham, which

have great restaurants and bars, means

Stoke often gets forgotten about as

somewhere that has great potential for

the hospitality industry,” Niall says. “A

modern dining experience like Lunar

is perfect for the area - and what has

been missing. It’s a great chance for people to try

something new and for both the staff and guests to

get excited about local produce and celebrate the

history that’s always been here.”

The opening comes in the wake of a very tough

period for the whole hospitality industry, but Niall

for one has clearly not been resting on his laurels for

the past 18 months. The Paradise Carriage started

life as a street food trailer at the Exchange Bar and

Kitchen in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Niall began

using it during the first lockdown in 2020 to cook

and deliver meals to key workers, before taking it to

Whatley Manor as a drive-through takeaway venture.

He explained that it played a really important role

STAFFORDSHIRE-BORN NIALL

KEATING, LEFT, IS OPENING LUNAR

AT THE WORLD WEDGWOOD

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in keeping his team motivated when the hotel was

closed and they didn’t have any guests to feed.

“Getting the Paradise Carriage up and running in

the car park, and then taking it on the road in the

summer gave us all an opportunity to enjoy cooking

some great food that was totally different to what

we usually do, and to entertain guests outside of the

restaurant was just great fun.”

Lunar is something altogether different again - a

modern dining concept based around contemporary

small plates and larger sharing dishes. In their

approach to menu design and development, Niall

and Craig have taken inspiration from the rich

history of Staffordshire, aiming to represent the

local heritage of the Potteries on a plate, as well as

drawing on their own experiences.

“The idea is for everyone to enjoy sharing food

family style, in a relaxed yet elegant setting,” Niall

adds. “The menu is inspired by both mine and

Craig’s travels, with Asian influences and flavours

that showcase new techniques and give guests the

chance to try something new.”

From upcycling furniture to working with sustainable

suppliers, Lunar has strong environmental and

ethical standards running through its veins. There

is a prominent focus on nurturing local talent and

the team are clearly passionate about using suppliers

local to the restaurant as much as possible.

“I’ve already got a great relationship with Perry’s

Butchers in Eccleshall, who supplied the geese for

WEDGWOOD CLAY HAS EVEN BEEN

USED IN ONE OF NIALL’S DISHES

NIALL, RIGHT, HAS BEEN INSPIRED

BY HIS POTTERIES HERITAGE

one of my dishes on Great British Menu. They are

on board and have already stocked our meat aging

fridges ready for opening,” says Niall. “Lymestone

Brewery in Stone, who make my favourite beer -

Einstein - and own a pub called The Borehole, where

I always go when I’m back home, are also involved.

A close family friend, George Dyke, rears beef a few

miles away from home so we are hoping to serve his

excellent grass fed beef in the restaurant soon.”

As well as these existing relationships, they have met

other new suppliers in the area such as Smith’s Milk

Churn, a dairy farm between Stone and Stafford,

and Courtyard Coffee Roasters in Eccleshall,

during the planning process. The ingredients are

transformed with great skill and care into an exciting

and intriguing menu.

“My favourite dish on the menu has got to be the

Staffordshire Clay-Baked Chicken,” says Niall.

“Craig had an idea to use clay from Wedgwood in

the cooking methods somehow, and we’ve developed

a dish that is perfect for sharing at the table: a whole

chicken stuffed with treasured rice, that is baked in

the clay and then carved for everyone to share.”

Josiah Wedgwood’s influence is apparent throughout

your dining experience at Lunar, from the

carefully chosen interior palette inspired by his

experimentations with colour, down to the industrial

aesthetic as a nod to Wedgwood’s place in the

industrial revolution.

“The richest part of Stoke’s heritage is the Potteries,

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and Wedgwood is one of the most renowned and

oldest pottery companies, which also has such a

prestigious repetition in the hospitality industry – so

to have the opportunity to work with them and bring

Lunar to their famous site on Wedgwood Drive fits

perfectly with the atmosphere we want to create,”

explains Niall.

Even the name itself was inspired by the legendary

Lunar Society, a supper club formed during

the ‘Midlands enlightenment’, of which Josiah

Wedgwood was a founding member. It brought

together forward thinkers, entrepreneurs, scientists,

philosophers, poets and inventors of the time.

Speaking of creative minds, Ed and Craig, also

originally from Staffordshire, have spent time

traveling around the world as well as establishing

their successful events company in recent years. The

intention with Lunar is to bring their experiences

home and create world-class experiences in their

home county. So, how has the team come together?

“We all have different experiences coming from

different backgrounds, but working together has

given us the chance to be creative together and bring

to the table what we do best,” Niall tells me. “Their

passion for hospitality and their skills when it comes

NIALL KEATING, LEFT, WITH

LUNAR HEAD CHEF CRAIG LUNN

to design and bringing ideas to life has made the

whole experience enjoyable and I am so proud of

what we’ve built together. It also helps that we all get

on and clicked straight away!”

Lunar, like Wedgwood, is a celebration of the past,

present and future. It’s looking to the future and the

nurturing of the up-and-coming local hospitality

scene that stands out for Niall.

“I’m most proud of the opportunities that Lunar is

giving to the team. There is such great talent in the

area, so I’m excited to be able to find it and work

with a whole bunch of people who have shared

interests and want to be part of creating something

really exciting.”

World of Wedgwood was already home to the

iconic Wedgwood tea room, Wedgwood Factory and

Wedgwood Flagship Store, and the V&A Wedgwood

Collection. They recently opened a new store, Josiah

and Co, exclusively selling products handcrafted by

local artisans in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

“We are delighted, inspired, enthused and extremely

proud to be working with Wedgwood,” says codirector

Craig. “The synergy, values and ambitions

we all have could not be more aligned and we’re

looking forward to making Lunar a destination that

we can all enjoy and be proud of for many

years to come.”

Alongside Lunar, the Wedgwood estate has

also welcomed a new garden Landpod,

where guests can enjoy takeaway afternoon

tea, reflecting their ambition to create a

leisure and hospitality destination to attract

visitors from far and wide.

“We are delighted to welcome Lunar

to Barlaston,” says Jemma Harrison,

newly appointed Head of World of

Wedgwood. “The combined passion and

experience of Niall, Ed and Craig brings

something unique and very, very special to

Staffordshire; it’s been a real privilege to be

involved in this project and I’m so excited

to see the concept come to life at World of

Wedgwood.”

As are we at J’AIME.

But finally, as a North Staffordshire native,

there’s one burning culinary question it

was impossible not to ask - what does Niall

have on his oatcakes? “Sausage, bacon,

brown sauce. Always.”

To view a sample menu and book a table

at Lunar by Niall Keating, visit

www.lunarwedgwood.com

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HEALTHY HANDS THIS

CHRISTMAS

PUT YOUR HANDS IN OUR HANDS

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F O O D & D R I N K

Delicious - and then some

IN AN UNASSUMING CABIN IN THE DEPTHS OF A LOCAL GARDEN CENTRE

LIES ONE OF LICHFIELD’S MOST EXCITING BESPOKE DINING EXPERIENCES,

DUBBERLEY DELICIOUS, AS AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS

Some of the best inventions in life have come about

by happy accident. A melted chocolate bar brought

about that household staple, the microwave, while a

bit of experimentation with syrup and carbonated

water led to the world’s most popular fizzy drink,

Coca-Cola. And it was while playing around with

ideas for using up a glut of foraged wild garlic that

Lichfield chef Jack Dubberley hit upon one of the

most moreish snacks I’ve ever had the pleasure of

enjoying; wild garlic popcorn.

The aforementioned tasty treat was the first

introduction we had to Jack’s impressive culinary

style at Dubberley Delicious, a bespoke chef ’s table

experience based in a cabin at Lichfield garden

centre The Plant Plot.

Yes, you heard that right, a garden centre. But don’t

let the somewhat unusual surroundings fool you. One

you step inside the Dubberley Delicious cabin, the

stylish and cosy setting certainly lives up to its fine

dining billing.

Dubberley Delicious is a completely different kind

of dining for Lichfield. With a single table seating up

to just ten guests facing the open kitchen where chef

Jack works his magic in front of your eyes, this is a

chef ’s table experience - just without the rest of the

restaurant.

And the difference doesn’t end there. The menu

is tailored to each party, meaning you can enjoy

something truly bespoke. You can choose to approve

the menu beforehand or, like us, be greeted with a

surprise of Jack’s making. Hell, you can even choose

the accompanying playlist; the evening really is

yours.

Jack’s passion for food, particularly seasonal and

local ingredients - and foraged where possible - runs

through the Dubberley Delicious ethos. Starting his

professional career in the kitchen at Swinfen Hall,

Jack was then a driving force behind the launch of

Larder, helping the Lichfield restaurant earn two AA

Rosettes before heading back to Swinfen to help the

team regain their three AA Rosettes. And anyone

who has dined at either of those two venues will

recognise some of Jack’s delicious signatures.

It was at the height of the pandemic last year that

Jack decided to strike out on his own, creating

delicious deli goodies and dine-at-home feasts, then

offering outside barbeque dining before finally

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opening the doors to Dubberley Delicious in May

this year.

With the help of sister Lucy, a teacher by trade who

runs both the front-of-house operation and behindthe-scenes

promotion, Dubberley Delicious has

quickly become a Lichfield must-visit.

We started our evening with a glass of fizz and that

sensational wild garlic popcorn, while Jack and

Lucy ran through some elements of the menu and

a selection of Noughties indie classics provided the

musical backdrop.

The drinks list is small but perfectly formed, offering

just enough choice to suit everyone with wines,

locally sourced beers and a handful of spirits, as well

as soft drink options.

Rather than freshly baked bread, it was black truffle

crumpets and a healthy slab of butter which were

first up, each a little mouthful of heaven. Crumpets

were a staple on the Larder menu under Jack’s reign,

and most definitely make for a welcome change to

the usual bread offerings.

The first course of sweet and sour tomatoes

teamed with a smoked ricotta was a complete

revelation, topped with puffed pearl barley to add

a contrasting crunch to the smooth, rich cheese

element. Exploding with flavour, these little bombs of

tomatoey goodness are exactly how tomatoes should

be served from now on.

And the treats kept coming.

Welsh wagyu brisket with wagyu fat crumb and an

incredible mushroom ketchup was melt-in-the-mouth

good, with delicate sea veg adding a salty balance.

Then came perfectly cooked monkfish on a curried

cauliflower puree with a sweet hint of mango, all

crowned with the umami savouriness of Bombay

mix.

It was hard to choose a standout dish of the night,

but the revelation that is lamb fat mash might

just have sealed the deal for the main course. A

beautifully pink piece of lamb rump, a fresh hit of

peas and a charred roscoff onion were all delicious

components, but it was the silky mash flavoured with

lamb fat which stole the show. So much so that we

were all asking for more - and still discussing its fine

merits many days later.

A little theatre followed with the first of the two

dessert courses as Jack wielded the liquid nitrogen

to complete the raspberry elements of his lemon,

raspberry, meringue and shortbread concoction.w

The final flourish was a piece of chocolate heaven,

with a Manjari chocolate cremeux, raisins, a

chocolate crumb and a delectable bay leaf ice cream

which just complimented the intense chocolate

flavours perfectly.

Throughout the evening, Lucy kept the drinks

topped up and the conversation flowing, creating the

perfect double act with her chef brother and keeping

us all completely engaged in each element of the

meal.

The food is, indeed, every bit as delicious as the

name suggests. But Dubberley Delicious is more than

its, admittedly fabulous, culinary offerings. It’s heart,

passion, and a desire to create a different kind of

dining event.

We could just tell you how good the Dubberley

Delicious experience is. But we strongly suggest that

you book a table and discover it for yourselves. You

can thank us later.


F O O D & D R I N K

A winter warmer

MICHELIN-LISTED THE RED LION AT BRADLEY, NEAR STAFFORD, HAS RECENTLY

REOPENED ITS KITCHEN WITH A BRAND NEW TEAM OF CHEFS AND AN EXCITING

NEW MENU. HERE THEY SHARE ONE OF THEIR DELICIOUS DISHES

Braised pork belly | pine nut paste | roasted beets |

charred shallot | toasted grains | beer sauce

INGREDIENTS

Pork belly:

1 side of pork belly, bones removed

1 white onion, roughly chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

5 cloves of garlic

1 handful of thyme

10 fennel seeds

10 black peppercorns

Water (to cover the belly pork)

Pine nut paste:

100g pine nuts

300ml water

Salt to season

Roasted shallots and beets:

10 red baby beets

4 banana shallots

1 handful of thyme

Salt to season

Toasted grains:

1 tbsp oats

1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

1 tbsp fennel seeds

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp Maldon sea salt

1 tbsp sesame seeds

Beer sauce:

100ml ale of your choice (we use

Banks’ Amber)

100ml beef stock

Place the pork into a deep tray lined with greaseproof paper. Add

the remaining pork belly ingredients on top of the pork and cover

with cold water. Add another piece of greaseproof paper on top

of the pork belly, cover the tray with foil and put in the oven for

four hours at 160°C.

For the pine nut paste, toast the pine nuts in the oven until

golden. Meanwhile, put 300ml water into a saucepan and bring

to the boil. Add the toasted pine nuts and cook until they are soft,

then place mixture into a food mixer and mix, adding extra water

if the mixture is too thick, and season with salt.

Add the beets and thyme into a saucepan and gently boil. Peel

and cut the shallots into halves and add into the saucepan. Once

both the beets and shallots are tender, transfer to the oven and

roast for a few minutes until golden. Season with salt.

For the toasted grains, combine all the ingredients in a bowl then

place onto a tray and toast in the oven on 160°C until golden.

Add the beer to a saucepan over a low heat and simmer, reducing

the sauce to a quarter of the original volume. Then add the beef

stock and continue to cook down to your desired consistency.

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F O O D & D R I N K

Which wine this Christmas?

MAKE THE HOLIDAY SEASON EXTRA SPECIAL WITH DRINKS THAT PERFECTLY MATCH YOUR FESTIVE

FARE. KATY EDGINGTON GETS ADVICE FROM STAFFORDSHIRE WINE EXPERT BERT BLAIZE

WINE EXPERT BERT BLAIZE SHARES

HIS FESTIVE PAIRING TIPS

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and you’ve

put enormous effort into stocking the fridge, freezer

and cupboards with the festive fare to match. But

when it comes to choosing what drinks to pair with

each occasion, many of us have only the vaguest

idea. We end up reaching for a familiar name or a

bottle we’ve enjoyed before.

Born and raised in Staffordshire, Bert Blaize is a

sommelier, wine writer and consultant who learned

the ropes at La Belle Epoque in Manchester and

Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons,

before taking the reins at The Clove Club in

Shoreditch - the UK’s top-ranked restaurant in

‘World’s Best 50 Restaurants’ for two years running.

In 2018, Bert was named the UK’s Top Young

Sommelier by Flint Wines. He now takes care of the

wine at Serge et le Phoque in Fitzrovia and opened

his first shop in London in 2020. It’s safe to say he

knows a thing or two about pairing wine and food

Bert’s book Which Wine When, co-authored with

his friend Claire Strickett and published in 2019, has

lots of easy-to-follow advice on choosing wines to

serve alongside all of your festive fare in a chapter

dedicated to ‘going the extra mile’. With roast turkey,

they recommend a zesty, fresh white like an Albariño

or a textured white like a Chardonnay or Chenin

Blanc. If you’re going for rich, dark duck or goose,

try a fruity, spicy red like a Northern Rhône Syrah or

Austrian Blaufränkisch. A vegetarian main like whole

roast celeriac is complemented to perfection by an

aromatic white Rhône blend.

There’s another whole chapter on wines to pair with

cheese - ideal if you’re taking on board our pointers

from the November issue on building the perfect

cheese board. Bert and Claire suggest Pecorino to go

with Pecorino, for example, and a Chilean Cabernet


Sauvignon with your matured cheddar. But how

about a more local recommendation?

“Most cheeses pair well with sweet wines, but it’s

hard to make sweet wines in this country - never

mind Staffordshire - because of the cooler climate,”

Bert says.

“What does go well together is a Camembert-style

soft cheese with sparkling wine. That’s because of

the toasty, brioche notes in the wine and the acidity

that cuts through the creamy richness of the cheese

- like a slice of zingy green apple. Halfpenny Green’s

English sparkling wine works really well.”

When it comes to sparkling wines, and Champagne

in particular, Bert believes It’s important to support

smaller growers rather than the big names. One of

the biggest companies in the world, LVMH, owns

Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot

and Krug.

“They’ve very cleverly turned Champagne into a

luxury commodity rather than a wine style, which

I don’t think is right because I think Champagne

should be for everyone,” he argues.

“We call them ‘growers’ because they used to supply

all the grapes for the big houses, but those houses

have priced the growers out of making their own

wine. Now there are a lot of these small wineries

in Champagne. You’ve got to have Champagne at

Christmas really, but supporting these smaller names

is a great way to go.

“Otherwise, I love Cava at Christmas. It’s getting

better and better and you don’t have to spend that

MULLED CIDER IS A DELICIOUS

ALTERNATIVE TO MULLED

WINE, SAYS BERT

much to get a great example. It’s a nice refresh for

your palate, too.”

What about that other most familiar of Christmas

tipples: mulled wine?

“I think making mulled cider is much more

interesting,” says Bert. “You can get really

good organic cider from Dunkertons. It’s

lower ABV than a mulled wine, obviously,

and the traditional spices like cinnamon and

nutmeg go well with baked apple flavours.

It works much better than mulled wine, it’s

cheaper, and also it’s a waste of good wine,

I think - drink the wine instead!”

When it comes to relaxing by the fire of an

evening after all the presents are wrapped,

Bert reckons you can’t go far wrong with

sherry as a nightcap - and don’t forget to

leave one for Santa too.

“It’s really good value for money and there

are so many different styles to explore. It

tends to work with quite rich foods, because

it’s quite nutty and rich. You can get Pedro

Ximenez, which is like liquid Christmas

pudding, or there’s Manzanilla sherry

which is dry and Amontillado with a bit

more richness.”


Bert’s Fig Leaf

Negroni

Wondering what to serve visitors alongside

a mince pie? Look no further than Bert’s fig

leaf negroni. Infuse your gin now ready for

the holidays.

Take a bottle of gin, put it in a sealable jar

and add some fig leaves. If you can’t find

fig leaves, blackcurrant or bramble leaves

also work well. In two weeks to a month

you’ll have a really nice infused gin.

Combine one part gin with one part sweet

vermouth and one part Campari, stir over

ice and serve with a wedge of orange. Or

combine equal measures into a bottle and

simply pour over ice when your guests

arrive.

BERT SUGGESTS A SEASONAL TWIST ON

THE CLASSIC NEGRONI COCKTAIL BY

INFUSING YOUR GIN WITH FIG LEAVES

When you’re buying wine it pays to visit a smaller,

independent wine shop rather than the supermarket.

When you buy a £5 supermarket wine, it works out

around 30p on average for the grape juice itself. The

vast majority of your pound is going towards taxes,

duties, marketing and the supermarket itself.

“You’re getting ripped off!” Bert warns. “There’s a

lovely wine shop in Eccleshall called Three Pillars.

Go into places like that and chat to knowledgeable

people - there are lots of them out there and that’s

the best way to get the inside information. Ask

them what’s good value for money. They’re doing it

because they love wine, not to become millionaires.”

Your local wine shop will also be able to advise if

you’re choosing wine to gift to a friend or loved one.

One of the best ways to build your own knowledge

is to go to a wine tasting, learn and explore different

styles. There are plenty of independent wine shops

that have popped up during lockdown, including

Bert’s own.

Situated between East Finchley and Highgate in a

classic car showroom, Bottles ‘n’ Jars is a luxury food

and wine store selling a range of wines, craft beers,

tinned goods, breads, oils and more. They deliver

nationwide and offer wines starting from £9 per

bottle.

“We wanted it to be affordable. So you can come in

and get some nice pasta handmade in the UK with

UK grains, a nice sauce and a bottle of wine and

have dinner on the table for £15.”

If you’re lucky enough to receive a carefully chosen

bottle or two for Christmas, proper storage is key to

keeping your wine in fine condition for when you’re

ready to crack it open. Still, cool and dark is the

mantra to remember, says Bert.

“The back of a cupboard is ideal, but the kitchen

is the worst place because the fluctuations in

temperature can ruin wine in a couple of months.

Of course a cellar is ideal. The temperature should

be between 12-16 degrees Celsius. I keep my wine in

a bonded account, where you pay per bottle per year

and they keep it in storage for you. That means it’s

out of sight and I can’t drink it!”

In recent months, Bert has worked with chef Tom

Shepherd on the wine list for his new Lichfield

restaurant, Upstairs, and is hosting what is planned

as a series of seasonal events with The Table Market

at Sandon Hall. So, would he ever open up a Bottles

‘n’ Jars branch in Staffordshire?

“My girlfriend wants to move to Norfolk and she’s

the boss, so I think I’ll have to open one there

instead. But I love Stafforshire still and still follow

Port Vale. I am trying to do more events here

because it has a special place in my heart.”

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T R AV E L

Travels in paradise

LICHFIELD WRITER AND TRAVELLER HOLLY THOMSON TRANSPORTS US

ACROSS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, WHERE PARADISE AWAITS…

THESE ICONIC SWINGS ARE SCATTERED

AROUND THE BEACHES

After spending six months travelling and

exploring Australia, I met up with my parents

in Singapore and Indonesia to celebrate my Mum’s

birthday and explore a new part of the world together.

The final part of our trip was spent in Gili Air, an

island off the coast of Bali and Lombok. We spent

four days here and explored our little island as well as

the surrounding ones.

The Gili Islands are renowned for fantastic snorkelling

and a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Bali.

They are a popular destination for those wishing

for a twin or triple centre trip in Bali and a great

choice when wanting to get away from it all. The

largest of the Gilis, Gili Trawagen (Gili T) is the most

well-known. Popular with backpackers and luxury

travellers alike, the island has some great nightlife,

water sports and accommodation. Gili Meno is the

smallest island and is popular with honeymooners.

Gili Air is lesser known and is family friendly with a

quieter air. At a mere 15 square km, it is easy to bike

around Gili Air in under 30 minutes, with each side

of the island showing off a different type of beach and

style.

Another fun fact about Gili Air is that there is no

motorised transport on the island and therefore the

island is accessible by foot, bike or horseback. When

we first arrived on the island from Bali we were

immediately ushered towards a local horse and its

owner and our bags were placed on the cart the horse

was pulling. We were also encouraged to jump in.

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THE GILI ISLANDS ARE A

TROPICAL PARADISE

This is a popular method to get around the island and

since our accommodation was at the opposite end of

the island to the port, was efficient in getting us and

our bags to where we needed to be.

We arrived at our villa for the next four days, Akasia

Villas, and were impressed with the two bedroom

villa we had booked. We had our own plunge pool

and two spacious bedrooms with outside bathrooms.

The accommodation was a bit of a trek to find as it

is hidden away in the centre of the island but was a

lovely base as it was quiet and walkable to some great

little spots for food.

We settled ourselves in and chose to go for a walk as

evening set in. Gili Air is very easy to walk around

and although some of the little streets may be hard to

navigate you’ll always come out by a beach at some

point!

That evening we

THE TRANQUIL VILLA

headed towards the

north of the island

where there are

several restaurants

to choose from

as well as a large

beach. We took

advantage of the

cheap cocktails

as the sun set and

enjoyed the local

food which I found

full of flavour and

well catered towards

vegetarians. There

is little nightlife on

Gili Air so after our

meal we headed back to our villa to

play cards and have an early night

reading.

A highlight of any trip to the Gili

Islands is a snorkelling trip. The

region is known for turtles, as well

as underwater sculptures off Gili

Meno. We hopped on a half day

snorkelling tour and went to several

popular snorkelling spots in the

Gilis. We were lucky enough to see a

number of turtles but were advised

not to follow them into the deep

waters. They did get close, however,

and it was so special to swim with

these amazing animals. The coral

around the islands is now fairly

bleached but there is still some lovely

coral to explore with a wide variety of colourful fish.

Seeing the underwater sculptures wasn’t on our

original itinerary but after I asked our guide, he was

kind enough to make a detour towards the left side

of Gili Meno and to the popular photo spot.These

underwater statues were created and commissioned

by BASK, the eco-resort where the statues sit in front

of. They were made from the casts of real people and

are a haunting reminder of our impact on the world.

Their overall goal is to raise awareness of the death of

our world’s coral reefs with the hope that in the future

these statues will become a man-made reef.

The site was quite busy with tourists, but I was able

to take a few photos of the statues with no people

in - quite a feat! Our guides also tempted fish with

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some food to make the scene underwater even

more magical. The artist, Jason deCaires

Taylor, also has sites in the Canary Islands and

Mexico as well as a pop-up exhibition in the

Thames.

A snorkelling guided tour is a great way

to explore the many sites around the Gili

Islands. They are inexpensive and can range in

luxury. We chose a very basic boat but found

the guides to be knowledgeable and caring for

the environment. We booked this on the island,

but they can also be booked in advance if you

would like peace of mind.

We also treated ourselves to massages on Gili

Air. Massages and other spa treatments are

famously cheap in South-East Asia so we took

full advantage. This was a lovely experience

to share with my Mum and we had a giggle

as our limbs were twisted in a few interesting

ways. We may have overlooked the fact that

we were very oily after this massage and found

that after sunbathing we got a little fried!

Beaches are varied on Gili Air and go from

rocky to white sand. Some are closed off and

for guest use only so we did struggle slightly to

find good beaches that we were allowed to be

on, as our villas were inland. Some did allow you to

pay to be on the beach or asked for you to eat lunch

there. We obliged to this in most cases and spent much

of our four days there sunbathing and swimming off

the shore.

Throughout our stay I also made sure to take many

photos on the iconic swings. These are owned by

various hotels along the beaches and are easy to

find. There are some better for sunset and sunrise so I

made sure to get some photos with both.

We found the sunrise we encountered to be serene and

very reflective. With no one else awake on our side of

SNORKELLING IS A HIGHLIGHT

OF ANY TRIP TO THE GILI

ISLANDS

the island we enjoyed watching the sun rise over the

mountains on Lombok and place a cool kiss on the

first fishing boats of the day.

This island may not have a huge variety of things

to do for the adventurous traveller, but it does make

up for this in its charm and serenity. The people are

friendly, and the island is wonderful to cycle around

whilst enjoying the lack of motors. We enjoyed our

time here and found it was a wonderful place to spend

some time as a family after six months apart.

As we bid farewell to the island, we headed to

Lombok to catch a flight back to Singapore via

Jakarta. I wanted to add this in here as our journey

from the port to the

airport was one of the

most memorable moments

of our whole trip. We first

headed to the beach and

waited for our transport

off the island, a boat

named 007 to pick us

up. Sure enough they

did and we roared off to

Lombok in style. We were

transferred to our land

transfer and guide Asier,

who enthusiastically told

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us much of the history of the island of

Lombok as we drove past idyllic deserted

beaches. The island is fairly undiscovered

now but it is due for a rise in tourism in the

coming years. Much of these stunning bays

filled only with palm trees will soon be large

resorts, so we enjoyed seeing the island in its

raw state.

As we drove throughout the capital city,

Mataram, Asier offered to show us his

home and his family’s tempeh business. He

said that he takes many visitors here when

they express an interest in the daily lives

of those on the island. As we parked up at

his community many of the local children

came out to greet us. As we walked to his

home, many of the children shouted hello

while the teenagers tried out some of their

learnt English phrases. At our driver’s home

we met his wife, parents, and extended

family. Everyone had a role to play in their

tempeh business and it was so interesting

to see the process, as I had grown fond of

this amazing vegetarian friendly dish. We

were presented at the end of our tour with

still warm fresh tempeh and it was such an

honour to have been able to have met his

family.

We left Lombok with an unforgettable local

experience and more knowledge of the

place we had briefly explored. I would love

to go back in the future and spend some

more time here.

Our trip in Indonesia was at an end and

we reflected on the different aspects of

our trip. We started in Jakarta for a quick

24 hours. This city was intense, and we

never got to truly experience it, I think it

would have been a little too much for my

Dad! Ubud in Bali was full of culture and

was jam-packed with activities. I loved this

town though and felt very comfortable

here. Gili Air was a perfect end to the trip

full of relaxation and will be remembered

for the amazing marine life and bonding

time with my family.

I headed back to Australia reignited with

excitement for the continuation of my

travels and the adventures that awaited me.

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W H AT ’ S O N

What’s On this festive season

AWAY FROM THE SLAPSTICK FUN OF PANTO, THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER

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WHERE: BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

WHEN: UNTIL DECEMBER 11

After 30 years, Sir Peter Wright’s legendary production of The Nutcracker will be undergoing

a major renovation. It will return, refreshed and revitalised, to Birmingham Hippodrome’s

stage in November 2022, allowing Birmingham Royal Ballet the unique opportunity to

present a special adaptation of their London production on their home stage in Birmingham

this year.

The show opens on a wintry soundscape; the Dickensian tones of Simon Callow as

Drosselmeyer echo across the auditorium as he introduces the enchanting tale to our

captivated audiences. Tchaikovsky’s soaring score and the 60-strong Royal Ballet Sinfonia

take centre stage in this unique production that brings the orchestra out from the pit and

onto a platform raised above the stage.

And, of course, in front of all of this we see Birmingham Royal Ballet’s company of worldclass

dancers as they beautifully tell this most nostalgic of stories, taking Clara on the ultimate

Christmas journey through a fantastical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the

kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tickets are priced from £25. For more details visit

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WHAT: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

WHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICK STUDIO

WHEN: DECEMBER 11 TO 24

Ebenezer Scrooge is the meanest, most miserable man in London. He only cares for one thing

– money. Of all the people and things Scrooge dislikes, he hates Christmas most of all.

One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-tocome,

who attempt to show him the error of his ways and teach him to become a better man.

Following their hugely popular productions of Round the Horne and Hancock’s Half Hour,

Apollo Theatre Company returns to Lichfield Garrick with this brand new adaptation

of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, a charming and beautiful story guaranteed to

entertain the whole family.

Tickets are priced at £20. For more details visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com

WHAT: THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE

WHERE: THE REP, BIRMINGHAM

WHEN: UNTIL JANUARY 1

When The Play What I Wrote opened in London’s West End, originally directed by Kenneth

Branagh, every single review was a rave, every show a sell-out and it won every major theatre

award. The Sunday Times called it “a triumph” and The Observer said “audiences weep with

laughter”. Now a brand new production directed by The Rep’s Artistic Director Sean Foley

and co-written by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and, of course, Eddie Braben will be bringing

sunshine to Birmingham this Christmas.

‘Thom’ has written a play, an epic set in the French Revolution called ‘A Tight Squeeze for

the Scarlet Pimple’. ‘Dennis’, on the other hand, wants to continue with their double act.

He believes that if they perform a tribute to Morecambe and Wise, Thom’s confidence will

be restored and the double act will go on. But first Dennis needs to persuade a guest star to

appear in the play what Thom wrote…

With a mystery guest star at every performance, this “recklessly, tear-inducingly funny show”

(The Guardian) is “a loving celebration of comic genius which is itself touched with comic

genius” (Daily Telegraph).

Tickets are priced from £10. For more details visit www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

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CHRISTMAS PARTIES ARE BACK - AND AFTER A 2020 FESTIVE SEASON SPENT IN LOUNGEWEAR,

THIS YEAR IT’S TIME TO GO BIG OR GO HOME. BUT CHOOSE WISELY, SAYS AMY NORBURY

IF everything goes to plan, we’ll all be making up for lost

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The fashion industry, thankfully, seems to be taking lessons

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I N T H E N E W S

Lifelong friends help to build the

unique kitchen of your dreams

A PAIR OF LIFELONG SCHOOL FRIENDS HAVE LAUNCHED THE FIRST WEST MIDLANDS SHOWROOM

OF LUXURY KITCHEN MANUFACTURER KESSELER’S UK PORTFOLIO IN SUTTON COLDFIELD

Adam Crotty and Martyn Stevens have been best

friends since their schooldays; the duo played football

together, lived together, and Martyn was Adam’s best

man at his wedding in 2017.

And now they have both settled down and

have families, Adam and Martyn felt that their

professional skills and ethics would complement each

other - so decided a business was going to be their

next venture together.

After two years of product and brand research,

Adam and Martyn decided to bring unique British

kitchen company Kesseler to the Midlands.

The duo has a wealth of industry and business

experience. With more than 16 years of experience

in the kitchen industry alone, Adam previously

worked for a German competitor for the last few

years, while Martyn is a qualified accountant who

has worked in the heart of Birmingham for the last

18 years.

The luxurious kitchen showroom on Thornhill Road

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become Kesseler UK’s exclusive showroom in the

West Midlands.

The quality of the product and the brand vision was

paramount to Adam and Martyn’s decision to either

start up on their own or to team up with an existing

brand. After meeting Scott Slater, managing director

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and the drive for excellence in product and service

they instantly knew this was the product and brand

worth investing in.

Adam says: “Both Martyn and myself are incredibly

excited about opening the business’s very first

showroom in the West Midlands. Kesseler has a firstclass

reputation within the industry for designing and

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and we’re really looking forward to working with our

clients to deliver the kitchens of their dreams.”

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MARTYN

STEVENS AND

ADAM CROTTY

OUTSIDE THE

NEW KESSELER

SHOWROOM IN

STREETLY

that has gone on behind the scenes leading up to the

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with how it looks. Since the launch we have already

had the opportunity to work with some great clients

and installed some stunning projects.”

Kesseler’s kitchens are all handmade in

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Kesseler are so confident that they offer clients an

industry-leading lifetime guarantee on their kitchen

furniture.

The showroom, which will display the latest range of

Kesseler kitchens, is available to visit without prior

appointment. Pop into 58 Thornhill Road, Streetly,

Sutton Coldfield to take a look, or visit

www.kesselerbirmingham.co.uk for more

details.

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