• THE GREAT GLORIOUS TWELFTH GIVEAWAY

    Posted by Alice Wingfield Digby

    Win £1,250 worth of Beretta, Dubarry, Guinea, The Oxton Liqueur Company and Wingfield Digby merchandise for the perfect shooting weekend away...

    Courtesy of long established and notorious Beretta Gallery, the pioneering and iconic footwear brand Dubarry, the best of the British chic clothing brand Guinea, the unique and traditional Oxton Liqueur Company and the stunningly original go-to gift provider Wingfield Digby one lucky winner will receive...
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    • A Beretta Gallery Leather Cased set of 8 Shot Glasses (£375)
    • A pair of Dubarry Galway Boots in Navy and Brown (£329)
    • A Guinea Fur and Quilted Puffer in Navy (£235)
    • The Oxton Liqueur Company Sloe Gin and Bramble Whiskey (£100)
    • A pair of Wingfield Digby Real Cock Pheasant Feather Photo Frames and a Real Cock Pheasant Feather Wine Coaster (£214)

     

    TO ENTER: Simply visit...

     https://www.countryandtownhouse.co.uk/competition-2/

     

    All Five brands define both themselves and their clientele as connoisseurs of luxury living and ambassadors of country style.

     

    The Beretta Gallery refine their philosophy and strategy, whilst maintaining intact the style that is signature of the Beretta brand. They recreate the spirit of “outdoor life” whilst offering a variety of upscale products that help consumers get more out of life.

    Dubarry is named after the famous French courtesan Madame du Barry a lady of enticing beauty in the French court. The business was fortunate to be able to draw on a local population of hard-working craftsmen and women, and Dubarry soon developed a reputation for excellent workmanship and quality.

    Guinea wanted an iconic name that meant luxury, quality and tradition – the finest things in life. Inspiration for a brand name came when they stumbled across a 1775 guinea coin in a back drawer. For 400 years, the guinea, a solid gold coin was used in Britain to buy only the most luxurious of items and it soon became the currency of the wealthy and quite literally a mark of gold standard quality – a perfect representation of this company.

    The Oxton Liqueur Company - uses traditional methods to make the finest fruit liqueurs. They can offer you a stunning collection of award-winning liqueurs including the ‘World’s Best Rhubarb Gin’. Each bottle can be personalised with your own message or branding. Beautifully packaged and delicious they are perfect on their own or added to Champagne.

    Wingfield Digby - Wingfield Digby is a family-owned, luxury British home accessories brand that is the only company worldwide to handcraft real game bird feathers (from Cock Pheasant to Guinea Fowl) under glass into its designs.

     

    ENTER NOW SO YOU DON'T MISS OUT

     

    All products in the competition can be purchased online: www.beretta.com; www.dubarryboots.com; www.guinealondon.com; www.oxtonliqueurs.co.uk; www.wingfielddigby.co.uk

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  • What Grows Together Goes Together – Foraging with Oliver Gladwin

    Posted by Alice Wingfield Digby

    Partridge and damson; Rabbit and nettle; Pheasant and barley; Oliver Gladwin tells us why these British pairings work so well – and how you can source them from the ground around you.

     

    As a child, I grew up on a farm in Sussex. In our house we refused to eat vegetables out of season because they must have travelled round the world to get here – not the best way to respect the planet. As a chef, I now lead three kitchens in London and a company with my two brothers that strictly uses British seasonal produce.

     

    Foraging is a great way to source this produce, benefit our global carbon foot print and create natural, healthy and delicious meals.

     

     

    Foraging is not limited to mushrooms, flowers and herbs. It includes any plant, animal, fish, fungi, vegetable or fruit that can be collected in the wild. 100 years ago it was common house practice. Now we seem to ignore the wild food readily available round us, and rely on shops for food. Isn’t it staggering that most of the British population could likely walk down a beach abroad and recognize a coconut tree, bananas, dates, mangos, pineapples - but can’t recognize a similarly edible plant or weed back in the UK?

     

    I live and cook by the saying ‘what grows together goes together’ – meaning that plants and animals which grow in the same habitat form a natural marriage of flavours in a dish. For example, if a pheasant lives near a barley field then in my kitchen a combination has already been made from nature. Other examples include venison and rose hip, or squirrel and cobnut.  When any of these pairings are plated up on a dish and cooked with precision and respect the result is always beautiful.

     

    If you want to go and forage you must respect the environment and follow the rules for safety. Wild foods can also be poisonous and toxic. Follow the golden rule: Do not eat anything until you have 100% identified it with a reliable source. 

     

    Whatever age you are, just look about you and you will find an endless supply of special seasonal foods. You will gain huge satisfaction from gathering from the environment around you. Enjoy!

     

     

    For foraging-inspired recipes and more, check out The Shed: The Cookbook, compiled by Oliver and his brothers Richard and Oliver and winner of the Michael Smith Award for Work On British Food. Available to buy here.

     

     

    Oliver’s London restaurants:

    Rabbit, Chelsea - rabbit-restaurant.com

    The Shed, Notting Hill - theshed-restaurant.com

    NutbourneBattersea - nutbourne-restaurant.com

     

     

     

     

     

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