• 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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  • Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

    Posted by Alice Wingfield Digby

    For romantic, real feather filled inspiration, explore our Top 3 Valentine’s Day gift ideas, each as stylish and timeless as the next.

     

    The Thoughtful Gift: Photo Frame
     
    Capture your favourite romantic memories in a unique, handcrafted Wingfield Digby photo frame. Be it a traditional wedding photo, honeymoon scene, holiday shot or shared sporting success, there is a Wingfield Digby frame for every couple’s most treasured moments…

     

     
     
     

     

    Wingfield Digby frames are all available in 2 sizes, across 8 feather types. Click here to view full range.
     
    The Functional Gift: Tray
     
     
    Terrific for serving the traditional Valentine’s Day presents of chocolate & champagne
     
    The Gourmet Gift: Wine Coaster
     
    Real Feather Wine Coasters, £49 each. Available in 6 designs. Click here to view full range
     
    Pair Hen Pheasant with its Cock Pheasant partner and you’ve got a brace of coasters – one for red, one for white!
     
    Happy Valentine's Day

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  • Burn's Night 2018

    Posted by Alice Wingfield Digby

    With Burns Night on the horizon, the family-owned Wingfield Digby & Patrick Mavros are here to inspire a luxury filled evening to celebrate a Scottish poet whose best loved topic (like our own) are animals and nature.

    From sculptures designed in wildest Africa, to tableware inspired by the Great British countryside, Patrick Mavros and Wingfield Digby guarantee a night of elegance and ultimate luxury this Burns night.

     

    Pictured: Wingfield Digby Real Guinea Fowl & Green Pheasant Feather Placemat (Part of Set of 2, from £75, currently available in 4 designs here)

     

    The Ultimate Burns Night Table

     

    Set the Scottish scene with tartan

    Tie your napkins with a tartan ribbon; no one need know it’s not your family tartan. Tartan adds the colourful and stylish edge that your table needs.

     

    Incorporate heather and thistles into your flower arrangements and onto the table

    Thistles bring a touch of colour and beautiful texture to the table in addition to their Scottish heritage. Bunches or pots of heather on your table are reminiscent of the beautiful Scottish countryside. Tuck a posy of heather, sprig of rosemary and a single thistle inside the ribbon of each napkin.

     

    Add some bird sculptures nestled amongst the heather as centrepieces, to complement the natural feel reminiscent of a Scottish moor – Grouse or Partridge would be ideal. Patrick Mavros have some beautiful sculptures as photographed on the table above.  

     

    Tie it all together with a touch of feathers

    The Green Pheasant and Guinea Fowl Feather Placemats (as photographed above) will tie it all together. Why not serve the drinks on a feather tray and put a good bottle of red on a Cock Pheasant Feather Wine Coaster? Finally add a large pheasant feather to the posy of the napkins and why not add a few tail feathers to your flower arrangements to tie it all together?

           

    Above are some look book ideas for inspiration – Duck Feather PlacematsCock Pheasant Feather Wine Coaster, Guinea Fowl and Green Pheasant Feather Placemats & Guinea Fowl Feather Tray.

     

    Our varied collection has something for everyone - click here to explore the full range.

     

    Burns Night Recipe: Now the table is set, it’s time to cook!

     

     

     Why not add a modern twist to a traditional evening with Tom Kitchin? A Scottish chef born and bred, he was the youngest chef to be awarded a Michelin Star. Tom uses Scottish produce in his restaurant The Kitchin, in what has become one of the finest places to eat in the country!

     

    Here’s some fun facts about Robbie Burns:

    Burns Night is celebrated annually on the 25th January (Burns’ birthday). The author of the much loved “Auld lang syne”, which translates to “for (the sake of) old times”, represents an occasion to come together for celebration, companionship and joy. So, gather friends and families and pay tribute to Burns with us this Burn’s Night!

     

    No subject was too big or too small. He could write about God and the universe with as much impact as a poem about a little mouse in a field. However, animals and the natural world were among his best loved topics…making Burns Night a true night to celebrate! 

     

     

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  • Young Guns 2017

    Posted by Alice Wingfield Digby

    Saturday 23rd September will see the return of the hugely successful Young Guns – a charity clay pigeon shoot organized by 26 year old shooting aficionados Victoria Dashwood and Ella Hadsley-Chaplin. Held at the award winning EJ Churchill Shooting School, the day will raise money for Breast Cancer Research – a cause that both organizers are passionate about.

     

    We caught up with Victoria and Ella to find out how Young Guns 2017 is not your everyday fundraising shoot...

     

    “It really begun with us wanting to organise something fun, for charity for YOUNG people. So many charity events are aimed at the older generation, or CEO’s, or enormous wealth. Of course these are all useful for the fundraising, but boosting awareness and mobilising young people are just as important. As two young women, and with breast cancer remaining one of the most prevalent cancers in the UK, we wanted to raise both funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.

     

    How? At an action-packed charity shoot for our peers that features far more than just a few shooting flurries.

     

    Keen to avoid the predictable aspects of charity clay shoots, we are thrilled to have secured support from the likes of Chase Distillery, Caviar House and 5 Hertford Street.”

     

     

     

    Kick-started with breakfast & coffee at EJ Churchill, the day includes:

     

    Guns and guests will also receive goodie bags and 20% off at Wingfield Digby.

     

    Tickets

    £1,000 - Shooting team of 4 (at least 2 members must be under 35)

    £250 - Individual shooting ticket (competitors can be placed into teams if required)

    £65 – Spectator ticket (price includes all the above bar shooting)

     

    Email younggunsshoot@gmail.com for ticket enquiries.

    www.pledgit.net/campaign/youngguns2017  /  Follow @young_guns_shoot on Instagram here

     

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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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