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Bell Inn and Bramshaw Golf Club on market

NEW FOREST Family owned for over 250 years, the New Forest based business is on the market with a guide price of £4 million. Abigail Parkin

The Bell Inn and Bramshaw Golf Club comprises two 18 hole golf courses, clubhouse and pro-shop with an adjacent 28 bedroom country inn with 100 covers. The Bell Inn, The Manor Course and the practice ground are all held freehold, and the Forest Course leasehold.

The Bell Inn and golf club have won accolades including AA 4 star rating, 2 AA Rosettes for culinary experience and Golfers’ Choice 2018 Leading Courses Recommended.

Marketing agent Savills reports a comprehensive investment programme throughout.  

The property is situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park near the M27 and A31 and famous tourist attractions including Beaulieu Motor Museum and the some of the UK’s finest coastal resorts.

Kevin Marsh, head of the licensed leisure team at Savills, said: “The Bell Inn and Bramshaw Golf Club has proven to be a highly successful business that benefits from mixed revenue streams including annual golf subscription income, daily green fee income, hotel room revenue, food and beverage and functions / event revenue. The various elements to the business present genuine opportunity for growth and as assets of this type rarely come to the market we expect there to be significant interest in the property.”

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The Longleat Lock-In

WILTSHIRE England's cultural colour was drained by the loss of two of our great eccentrics in the past fortnight: the Marquess of Bath, and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge musician, poet and occultist. Sat Bal warmly remembers one of the defining Longleat House parties of the era.

The ‘Burleski’ bash vividly reflected the colourful chatelain of Longleat, staged at his 16th-century stately home, to celebrate the 30th birthday of son, Ceawlin. Vogue and Tatler put the party in its top 5 but we'd go higher.

Here we raid the vaults to resurrect our fabulous night, in pictures.

Raise your glasses: Alexander George Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, 6 May 1932 - 5 April 2020.     

Party organising supremo Danielle Nay with Viscount Ceawlin Thynn

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Hollywood in the Shires

Surrey and Hampshire have provided film locations for a number of Hollywood hits and From The Hip Video Production takes us on tour of them. Lucy Kale

The Surrey-based video production company, which is now spreading to Hampshire, sent us the above chart which features the highest-grossing films made in Surrey and Hampshire, respectively.

The infographic also details the location, length of filming and the final gross.

Netflix’s new deal with Shepperton Studios suggests a continued wave of interest in the area and a rise in the popularity of film tourism which further boosts local business.

www.fromthehipvideo.co.uk

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The Cotswold Quartet

COTSWOLDS The picturesque Cotswolds sets the scene for four properties on offer by Barons Eden Limited, represented by Savills. Lucy Reid

The assets in the portfolio are: Huxleys Restaurant (pictured above) and Island House, both in Chipping Campden; The Dial House Hotel in Bourton-on-the-Water and The Old Bank in Moreton-in-Marsh. 

Offers are invited for the whole portfolio or for purchase of individual properties.   

Housed in a seventeenth century building, Huxleys Restaurant in the heart of Chipping Campden, offers 100 covers across both inside and outside space, including two private dining rooms. Island House, on Chipping Campden’s high street, provides a rare opportunity to create a new food and beverage offering.

 The Dial House Hotel provides 15 boutique rooms all of which are en-suite alongside two recently renovated dining areas and a bar lounge. Prominently located in the centre of the picturesque high street of Bourton-on-the-Water, there’s ample opportunity for further development of the grounds.

 The Old Bank in Moreton-in-Marsh town centre has planning to convert to a 10 bedroom hotel with restaurant and bar and would suit a range of other uses subject to planning permission. 

James Greenslade, associate director in the hotels team at Savills, comments: “These four charming assets provide a rare opportunity to acquire properties in the picturesque Cotswolds villages. Each one is unique in its character and all provide a range of opportunities for new owners, in particular the redevelopment of Island House could work well in conjunction with the existing operation at Huxleys.”

Adrian Pearson of Barons Eden Limited adds: “We are choosing to sell our Cotswold assets in order to concentrate on expanding our portfolio of larger hotels and spas.” 

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Stratford Literary Festival

 

This November sees the Stratford Literary Festival bringing into town a raft of  respected writers headed by internationally best-selling author, Jodi Picoult. Lucy Reid   lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Jodi Picoult will be appearing on Sunday 28 October to kick off a programme of events from 9 - 17 November. Other big names include the veteran broadcaster, Sir Michael Parkinson, sharing his admiration for the legendary footballer, George Best; historian and TV presenter, Lucy Worsley OBE, who will be talking about her latest book The Many Faces of Queen Victoria, and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman (below) whose new book, Bloody Brilliant Women, highlights some forgotten but ground-breaking women from history.

World affairs editor John Simpson CB and economics editor Kamal Ahmed, from the BBC will be talking about their new books. John Simpson, who has covered many major conflicts around the world, brings his experiences to his debut novel, Moscow, Midnight, and Ahmed’s book is an acclaimed and moving account of growing up in 1970s Britain amongst a culture of racism and suspicion.

 

 

The respected former Guardian Editor, Alan Rusbridger, will be considering why news reporting and analysis in a world of fake news and post truth is more important than ever, and the broadcaster and former stand-up comedian, Viv Groskop, will be offering advice on how women can be more effective public speakers.

The Festival is also delighted to welcome the leading academic, Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, who will just have published the definitive biography of Thomas Cromwell, one of the most notorious figures in history, and James Anthony, former Ford car worker, who has re-written all Shakespeare’s sonnets for the modern audience - a feat described by Stephen Fry as a ‘dazzling success’.

For younger audiences, there will be a day of fun on 10 November with the award-winning creator of the much loved, best-selling Mr Gumbooks, Andy Stanton, who’ll be sharing the bonkersnus of Mr Gum’s life in a new book of short stories. The Festival is celebrating the 80thanniversary of The Beano with a drawing workshop lead by Nigel Auchtertounie, artist for the famous comic, and the Festival sprinkles a little magic with a workshop to create a unicorn Christmas decoration with the leading theatre designer, Judy Reaves.

‘Our Autumn/Winter offering is our biggest yet which is very exciting,’ says festival director, Annie Ashworth. ‘The focus this year is on non-fiction with the important themes of news and current affairs, as well as addressing important issues for women. We are also looking forward to working with the new team at Stratford Play House. Our Winter Series is once more sponsored by estate agents, Sheldon Bosley Knight, and we are very grateful to them as ever for their support.’

All events, except Sir Michael Parkinson, will take place at the newly re-named Stratford Play House, and tickets are available by phone on 0333 666 3366 or online via the Festival website at stratlitfest.co.uk.

For further information please visit www.stratlitfest.co.uk 

 

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DJ Paul Oakenfold Plays Stonehenge Debut

WILTSHIRE: Stonehenge has hosted a world first with Paul Oakenfold's sunset set. Chris Page

chris@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Stonehenge, one of the world’s most famous and spectacular monuments played host to a unique world first experience when Paul Oakenfold performed a full sunset set besides the stone circle.

The world famous DJ, recording artist, producer and UK house music pioneer was invited to perform by Alon Shulman, MD at Universe, and given the honour of being the first ever DJ to play at the sacred site in Wiltshire.

Having the opportunity to play at the site, built 5,000 years ago, has been a “privilege” said Oakenfold for the experience. “I am so lucky to be able to share my music from such an iconic site.  The energy here is like nowhere else on earth, and this is reflected in my music. Despite having performed at incredible events and locations all across the globe, sunset at Stonehenge is by far THE most magical moment to have the privilege to experience.”

Oakenfold and Universe recorded their new album ‘Live at Stonehenge’ creating a ‘first of its kind experience’ for those 50 guests lucky enough to be a part of this moment in music history.

The event, conceived and produced by Alon Shulman, is part of his new ‘Origins’ concept that incorporates music, film and performance alongside incredible production. Shulman, commenting on the event, “Together, Paul and I wanted to create something completely unique.  Being known for our ground-breaking performances and collaborations it is fitting that our first special moment takes place at Stonehenge”.

 

Paul Oakenfold  (Pic: Alon Shulman)

“Alon makes the impossible possible” says Oakenfold “and his understanding and respect for the site is what has made this show so perfect”. The guests were treated to a surprise celebration of Paul’s world’s first when Paul was then joined in front of the stones for a full back to back set with the legendary Carl Cox.

As the custodians of Stonehenge, English Heritage cares for many of England’s most important landmarks. “We’ve been working very closely with Alon Shulman and the team at Universe on a number of innovative projects in support of English Heritage and the incredible collection of sites in our care” says English Heritage’s Director of Development Luke Purser. “We’re delighted with Paul’s enthusiasm for our work and that he has embraced the uniqueness of this site where he will be recorded his new album, and that proceeds from which will go towards the charity".

It bolsters  the list of unusual locations that the DJ has played at including the Great Wall of China and Base Camp on Mount Everest.

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Sounds of Success At BCU

A-Level results dayis a pretty torrid time but students in Birmingham saw off the tension with the help of R&B sensation Raye at a special music festival. Lucy Reid  lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Birmingham City University (BCU) hosted the festival where DJ Roman Kemp and Birmingham’s Lotto Boyzz helped Raye raise the tempo at BCU Fest.

The performances sealed the success of BCU students who were offered a university place for the 2018/19 academic year and was staged in Birmingham’s Eastside City Park. 

Raye (below) said: “It was so much fun performing at the first BCU Fest and getting to meet all the new students who will be starting at Birmingham City University from September.

“Remember to be yourself and work hard. You are your best self when you’re not trying to be somebody else. Being different is good!”

The event kicked-off with a performance by the Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Samba band at 11am. 

DJ, Gemma Whitfield, a Birmingham-based music producer and Masters student at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire supervised the decks.  In her stage guise as DJ Roman Candles she told us: "The festival was amazing and there was such a good atmosphere - everyone was celebrating in the sun and the food was delicious. I had a great time DJ'ing and catching Raye after my set. Everyone went wild when she sang 'You Don't Know Me'. So good to have something like this at BCU!"

BCU Fest also offered hundreds of ticket holders complimentary food, provided by local independent traders, while the SU organised the bar.

BCU’s innovative approaches have encouraged candidate application via the clearing process by sending pictures of exam results and direct messaging to the institution. It is also be the first time that it has used Instagram to review clearing applications.

See: www.bcu.ac.uk/clearing

 

Related post:

We catch Raye's  breakthrough debut at Isle of MTV in Malta in 2017:

 

 

 

 

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Classic Ibiza At Ragley Hall Set To Sell Out

Organisers of the Classic Ibiza musical picnic at Ragley Hall claim that overwhelming demand for tickets signals a sell-out ahead of the event’s 7th July date. Lucy Reid

Ragley Hall (see link below) is the home of the Marquess of Hertford and has been the Hertford ancestral home for over 300 years. The estate is set in thousands of acres in the lush grounds of Warwickshire where Ragley makes its debut this summer as host venue to Classic Ibiza.

The Urban Soul Orchestra, DJ Goldierocks and a host of live vocalists will perform some of the biggest dance tracks from the last 20 years at Ragley Hall. Its sprawling grounds are to start a sun-down set encouraging revellers to picnic or dance, before DJ Goldierocks warms up the crowd ready for the USO and vocalists.

Classic dance tracks, huge screens and lasers will enhance the magic and visitors will be able to suggest their favourite dance anthems in advance, to be included in the programme on social media.

The emphasis at Classic Ibiza is on its billing as a concert for all the family. Visitors can bring their own food and drink, or take advantage of numerous stalls selling high-quality street-food and refreshments. Car and coach parking is free. 

Lisa Ward of Revival Productions said: “We’ve worked with the fantastic Urban Soul Orchestra for a number of years and can guarantee that they will put on an amazing show. My team’s job is to enhance people’s experience so that they want to come back for more. This includes selecting a beautiful venue that has the best transport links, ensuring that people can get on and off the site easily, all the way through to making sure that everyone enjoys themselves in a safe environment and doesn’t have to queue for ages to use the toilet! We’ve been overwhelmed by ticket sales at Ragley and I am confident that the concert will sell out long in advance.”

Classic Ibiza is also performing at five other venues this summer: Capesthorne Hall (30 June), Harewood House, Yorkshire (28 July), Bowood House, Wiltshire (4 August) and Blickling Estate, Norfolk (10 August), Hatfield House, Hertfordshire (1 September).

 

Tickets: Adults: £39.50. Children: (aged 5 –16) £17.50. Under 5's free.

Programme: 6 pm: car parks and gates open. 8 pm: chill-out set. 9 pm: interval with live DJ. 9:30 pm: dance set and laser light show. 10:45 pm: concert finishes.

See: www.classicibiza.co.uk 

 

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Welcome to Arena Birmingham

The Barclaycard Arena heralds in September with the name  ‘Arena Birmingham’ in a move to reflect the venue's location.

The Nooran Sisters (9 Sept), John Legend (20 Sept) and The Australian Pink Floyd Show (30 Sept) are scheduled to be among the first acts  to perform under the new brand name.

Barclaycard announced in 2016 that as part of a review of their sponsorship strategy across both Barclaycard and the broader Barclays Group, it planned to move away from long-term naming rights with the venue.

Managing director for the NEC Group Arenas, Phil Mead said: “Much of what we have achieved is down to the support of Barclaycard who have been an excellent partner since 2012, but we are now entering another exciting era with Arena Birmingham, as it’s transformed into a destination in its own right within the city.  The construction of the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Birmingham is already underway, we are a principle venue of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 bid, and will be hosting a roster of great events throughout the rest of 2017/18.”  

The Arena has become one of the busiest large scale indoor sporting and entertainment venues in Europe, staging everything from sports events to concerts, entertainment spectaculars, business conferences and exhibitions, benefiting from its position at the heart of the UK.  Alongside its sister venue, Genting Arena, the NEC Group Arenas provide the ultimate arena customer experience, attracting over 1.5 million visitors annually.

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Tom's Kitchen Birmingham

 

 

Tom’s Kitchen has paused from its rapid colonisation of London to make its debut in Birmingham. Sat Bal dropped into the new location at The Mailbox.

 

The Layout

Glass lift doors open to reveal an airy reception space with the restaurant edging out into The Mailbox as if to remind itself that it’s part of the complex. First impressions are that the design appears relatively spartan amid the high-gloss glam of its Mailbox neighbour Harvey Nichols, although both venues can safely lay claim to the ‘reassuringly expensive’ tag.

 

This conflation of traditional and contemporary is something of a hallmark at Tom’s Kitchen where familiar British food favourites are treated with Tom’s twist. Settling into our places, the quality of the venue’s fit-out is obvious, even if the close spacing of neighbouring tables threatens diner privacy. Like its sibling restaurants Tom’s Kitchen Birmingham is unashamedly meat-driven as depicted by olde butcher’s shop wall tiling and an earthy colour palette of brass pendant lighting, oaken tables and caramel Chesterfields.  

On this Wednesday night business looks reasonable with alternate tables across the restaurant populated by predominantly middle-aged diners with, predominantly, Wolverhampton twangs. Elsewhere, corporate types drop in for some after work tie-loosening at the cosy bar which serves craft beers, classic cocktails, champagne and alongside fine wines from around the world.

 

The Menu

 

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The meat dishes feature an array of steaks, burgers and lamb variants. Fish options include poached monkfish and traditional fish and chips. We decide on a starter of seasonal parsnip and honey soup which nicely whets the appetite for the meaty prospects ahead.

When we do get to the main course, a disappointment awaits. There’s no Daylesford seven-hour confit of lamb! We wonder whether this is a mid-week omission.

This epic dish which, by definition, takes most of the day to cook had wowed us at the opening of Tom’s Kitchen, Somerset House many moons ago. Back then, the seven-hour lamb was the star of the media launch party. Even Michelin-starred Tom was present to explain his concept but tonight, in the absence of Tom Aikens or his confit, we opt for the lamb cutlets. We soon get past our bias with the help of a bottle or so of cabernet franc.

The real food success story of the night was the steak. The steak fans in our party positively cooed over the chunky cooked-to-order Cumbrian rib eye with peppercorn sauce.

Dessert raised more cooing. Dark treacle sponge arrived with ice cream was kindly presented with requested off-menu custard. The chocolate and peanut butter fondant all but silenced the table.  New dishes have been added to the Birmingham menus include spiced pumpkin with burrata, savoury granola and hazelnut dressing.

For less indulgent, healthier fare the restaurant serves weekend brunch, with dishes such as superfood granola served with honey and Greek yoghurt and Bircher muesli.

The bill weighed in at around £60 per head including drinks.

 

The Facilities

 

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The restaurant features two private dining rooms, one accommodating 12 guests and the other, 16. There’s also the Veranda, a semi-exclusive area that has capacity for 36-40 people and is useful for networking events. Then there’s the deli area in the Urban room that’s available for a networking event of 50-200 guests.

Diners might be surprised that the restaurant features only one unisex toilet but there is a more adequate set a few steps away from the restaurant.

 

Stop press…

Atul Kochhar, the two-Michelin-starred chef and TV personality is also about to open a new restaurant at The Mailbox.  

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