• THE GREAT GLORIOUS TWELFTH GIVEAWAY

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    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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  • Q&A with Caroline Fooks, Founder of Caroline Fooks Interior Design

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     Easter Season is upon us and to celebrate we have caught up with the talented Caroline Fooks – founder and director of Caroline Fooks Interior Design – a London based luxury interiors company that combines the traditional with contemporary, and practicality with beauty to transform spaces into elegant, comfortable and timeless interiors.

     Caroline Fooks

     

    Alongside many of her talents Caroline and her team beautifully style photoshoots and Wingfield Digby had the pleasure of working with her to style the Ultimate Easter Day table.

     

    Caroline talks to us about Easter, what it takes to be an interior designer and her personal favourites…

     

    1: How did you come to launch your own Interior Design Company

    Having worked 7 years in design and then a further 8 years for Nina Campbell I felt it was time to branch out on my own. Nina was right behind me every step of the way and helped me set up my own company in October 2004.

     

    2: Describe your company in 3 words

    Timeless, Resourceful, and going one step further

     

    Caroline Fooks' Website 

    3: What are the key trends you have noticed in client request over the years

    Reusing items from previous interiors and returning to a clean and classic style rather than trends of the time.

     

     

    4: What would be your 3 top tips to make an Easter table so much more than an average Sunday Lunch

    Fresh themes and flowers, adding good smells to the table before guests arrive (be it candles or food) and beautiful presentation which I why I loved using all Wingfield Digby products.

     

     

    From left to right: Grapefruit, Lime and Basil Candle (£35); Real Feather Wine Coaster (£49); Duck and Green Pheasant Placemat (£95 for two); Hurricane Vase (£69)

     

    5: What do you enjoy most about being an interior designer?

    It is so varied! No two days being the same. I approach each new project with vigour and enthusiasm and enjoy working with each and every client.

     

     

    6: What is your favourite Wingfield Digby Feather type

    Duck and Green Pheasant as it looks terrific all year round not just at Easter

    From left to right: Duck and Green Pheasant Placemats (£95 for two); Duck and Green Pheasant Tray (£85)  

     

    7: Describe the team behind Caroline Fooks Design in 3 words

    Inspirational, dependable and reliable

     

     

    8: If you could save one photo from your home what would it be and why?

    My family portrait as it reminds me of my childhood

     

     

    9: What has been your most exciting project and why?

    The house in Berkshire; it was a long yet rewarding project where we reused a lot of items that were in the old house, nothing was ever thrown away!

     

    Caroline's project doing up a family house in Berkshire 

     

    10: What is your go to piece of advice to anyone wanting to redo their house?

    Start with a budget – work out what you can spend and what rooms are the most important. Figure out what you really want and then work your budget around that.

     

     

    Explore the full Wingfield Digby range here

    For further details on Caroline Fooks visit, www.carolinefooksdesign.com

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  • Serving Up Style at the Eat Game Awards

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    Be it Gamekeeper’s Pie, Pheasant Fajitas, or Piri Piri Partridge, the choice for enjoying game is in abundance – yet unrecognised by many.
     
    To solve this, Eat Game Awards has been founded: an innovative and exciting campaign to celebrate the very best of wild British produce. By recognizing today’s pioneers in the cooking and eating of game, Eat Game Awards lies at the forefront of promoting game meat – a tasty treat, a healthy source of protein and – above all - a great way to avoid unused resources going to waste.
       
    James Horne
     
    We caught up with one of the founders James Horne (also distinguished Chairman of Royal Warrant holder James Purdey & Sons) to find out more.
     
    Read our exclusive interview, plus top tips on how to pair your Wingfield Digby Real Game Bird Feather & Glass Tableware with its natural culinary counterpart...

     

     

      

    Describe the Eat Game Awards in 3 words.

    Innovative, tasty, fabulous.

     

    Was there a particular moment or fact that spurred you to promote the consumption of game meat?

    It has always struck me how many country sportsmen don’t regularly eat game, despite it being the goal of their sport & the sheer quantity of amazing recipes available. Highlighting the innovative nature of these creations by rewarding people involved with them seemed an obvious thing to do.

     

    A selection of game dishes, including gamekeeper’s pie, venison loin and partridge casserole

     

    What has been your proudest moment for Eat Game Awards so far?

    The breadth and number of responses. It has been pleasantly staggering.

     

    Which award category are you particularly excited about and why?

    ‘Game Hero’. I’m absolutely fascinated to see who will gain the title. 

     
    Game Hero nominees, including Tim Maddams, Angela Hartnett & Nick Weston

     

    What is your favourite game dish?

    A grouse, pheasant and partridge casserole made by my wife. Such amazing flavours!  

     

    Where is your favourite place to eat game – both in the country & city?

    Eating game on the same shoot day is always a joy. Last season we even had partridge on a BBQ that had been shot in the morning.

     

    If you could save one photo in your house, what would it be and why?

    I have several paintings from Alastair Makinson including one commissioned last year for my birthday by my son Chris – it is of us shooting in adjoining grouse butts. Having started GunsOnPegs together this is so very special.

     

    Chris Horne and James Horne

     

    Serve game in style with Wingfield Digby Real Game Bird Feather & Glass Tableware. Available to order online now!

     

    The Traditional Shoot Lunch

     
    From left to right: Cock Pheasant Table Centre (£120); Cock Pheasant Wine Coaster (£49); Cock Pheasant Placemat (£85 for two)
     
     

    The Memorable Birthday Meal

     
    From left to right: Duck & Green Pheasant Placemat (£95 for two); Duck & Green Pheasant Coaster (£85 for six)
     

    The Show Stopping Christmas Day

     
    From left to right: Guinea Fowl Placemat (£85 for two); Guinea Fowl Coasters (£75 for six); Green Pheasant Table Centre (£120); Green Pheasant & Guinea Fowl Placemat (£95 for two); Green Pheasant & Guinea Fowl Coasters (£85 for six)
     
     

    The Sumptuous Supper

      
    From left to right: Duck Placemat (£75 for two); White Pheasant Table Centre (£120, used here as charger plate); Duck Wine Coaster (£49)
      
     
       
    Explore the full Wingfield Digby tableware range here.

    For further details on Eat Game Awards, visit www.eatgameawards.co.uk

     

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  • World Gunmakers Evening

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    Celebrated as the finest event in the world for discerning game-shooting enthusiasts, The World Gunmakers Evening returns to London on Thursday 17th May.

     

    A repeatedly sell-out event, the evening sees the world’s best gunmakers come together in Knightsbridge’s splendid Jumeirah Carlton Tower to offer a selection of unrivalled guns, hospitality and demonstrations by master craftsmen. Guests will meet some of the industry’s most respected individuals, learning more about the pieces they create over champagne and canapés.

     

    We at Wingfield Digby caught up with event organizer Chris Horne (also Managing Director of the acclaimed GunsonPegs.co.uk) and Alastair Philips of exhibiting gunmaker, William Evans. Read on for their exclusive insight into the event…

     

    Describe The World Gunmakers Evening in three words.

    CH: Unique, sophisticated, craftsmanship.  

     

     

    How did the idea for WGE come about?

    CH: We realised that, to our knowledge, there was no other event where you can see all of the best gun brands in one place, not to mention the associated brands who exhibit. Deciding your next bespoke gun should be a well thought out decision – one that a Game Fair doesn’t lend itself too well to, with lots of trekking between stands and many makers not attending. The World Gunmakers Evening centralises this, while also allowing guests to enjoy champagne and canapés.

     

    Chris Horne, Junior Fuchs, Gerhard Fuchs, James Horne and Peter Hofer

     

    What do you feel chiefly sets apart British made guns from those made overseas?

    AP: History, industry tradition and quality. The British gunmaking industry has created guns for the most notable leaders and members of several countries aristocracy - thus giving it the reputation it deserves. We still make some of the finest in the world - to order the best gun in the UK today is a very special and unique experience.

     

    However, we recently collaborated with Perazzi of Italy to create the made-to-measure William Evans St James – an outstanding gun in engineering, look and design. When we were looking for a partner for an over and under shotgun, Perazzi was the number one. Client feedback suggested that the main reason for shooting an over and under was reliability; Perazzi shines in this area.

     

    Alastair Philips of William Evans

     

    2018 marks the sixth instalment of The World Gunmakers Evening – a testimony to its success & popularity. Is there anything different to expect from WGE this year?

    CH: We have some fantastic new brands this year, including; Bonhams, Ian Coley and William Moore & Grey. There will also be some incredible product launches from the likes of Purdey, Perazzi and William Powell. It’s been hugely gratifying to hear that brands are now planning launches around this exclusive event.

    AP: From William Evans, we’ll be presenting our core gun lines – bringing 5 or 6 to demonstrate our range. We can’t wait to be on stand to personally answer queries, discuss options and allow clients to compare products in situ.

     

    What do you enjoy most about The World Gunmakers Evening?

    CH: When the doors open at 5:30pm, you know that there is little more you can do to effect the night – so the pressure is off somewhat! Seeing smiles on people’s faces and hearing laughter from around the room makes you realise that all of the hard work building up to the event was worth it.

    AP: The completely direct, personal contact that clients gain from us, the gunmakers – we view it rather like a Q&A session where clients can view and compare various different models, and get instant responses to their queries.

     

    Guests at a previous World Gunmakers Evening

     

    What makes London the ideal location for The World Gunmakers Evening?

    CH: London’s accessibility, with good train links and airport access, ensures that The World Gunmakers Evening is the most accessible, exclusive and intimate location for a demonstration of exceptional gunmaking talent and artistry. London also happens to have some fantastic hotels and we’ve been lucky to have kept the event in the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Knightsbridge for the last 4 years, overlooking Cadogan Gardens and Sloane Street.

     

    AP: The same points go for our William Evans location in nearby St James; as well as the experience. From the moment you enter the St. James’s area, with the delights of long established shops like Berry Bros & Rudd and the entirety of Jermyn Street, you feel you’ve gone back in time. Likewise, the area’s top clubs (from Whites and Boodles to the Carlton Club and RAC) brings us some very loyal clients who have been visiting for decades. I think the William Evans shop at No.67a perfectly reflects London’s old world charm and experience. 

     

     

    What is your favourite shooting memory to date?

    CH: My favourite shooting memory (or memories!) have been when three generations of the Horne family have shot together in the same line. My father, grandfather and I all out on a day’s shooting, often ending up all cleaning our guns together with an open bottle of single-malt.

     

    AP: Tricky to choose! One of the main reasons I entered this trade back 20 years ago was my love of shooting, so I feel very lucky to have had many great memories out in the field. A particular favourite was when I was guiding/loading for someone on their first pheasant day. The transition from nerves of what to expect, to finding his feet and realising his ability and completely getting 'the bug', was great.

     

    Favourite Wingfield Digby product?

    CH: It has to be the animal motif belts! The guys in the office absolutely love the pheasant and stag belts, and at £35 they are exceptionally well priced!

     

    Wingfield Digby Canvas & Leather Animal Motif belts, view range here

    AP: I love the Real Feather Photo Frames; but the Guinea Fowl Tray now holds a special place in my heart after using it at an event serving sloe gin to clients.  

     Wingfield Digby Guinea Fowl Feather & Glass Tray, buy here for £70

     

     

        

     

    The World Gunmakers Evening

    When? 5.30–9.30pm, Thursday 17th of May 2018
    Where? Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Knightsbridge, London

    Tickets? £75 (includes Champagne & canapés)

    Click here for further information.

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  • Derbyshire Charity Clay Shoot

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    The Derbyshire Charity Clay Shoot is one of the best charity clay shoots in the country – renowned both for raising over £2.6 million pounds to date for various charities, and for its stunning Chatsworth location.

    Wingfield Digby are thrilled to be exhibiting and supporting this incredible event for the second year running.

     

    Aside from challenging clay shoots in breath-taking countryside, this year’s highlights include Countryfile presenters Ellie Harrison and Adam Henson, Laurent Perrier champagne reception, hair stylists and makeup artists from The Stylebar, retail therapy from British brands Izzi of Baslow, CW Sellors, Champagne & Muddy Boots, Fox&Cable and Wingfield Digby.

     

    What else? Held on Saturday 19 May, it’s shares the date with the Royal Wedding between HRH Prince Harry and Miss Megan Markle!

     

    We caught up with DCCS Committee Member Laura Corbidge to find out more the royal twist on this year’s DCCS, along with other personal insight & excitement…

     

    1. How did you become involved with DCCS?

    My husband and I have been attending the Derbyshire Charity Clay Shoot for many years, and we enjoy the day enormously. When the event moved to Chatsworth, I was approached and asked to join the organising committee. Through my experience raising money for the NSPCC, I was sure that I could contribute as a committee member and I gladly accepted.

     

    2. DCCS has grown and grown since its first instalment in 2010 – a testimony to its success & popularity. Is there anything different to expect from DCCS this year?

    It falls on the same day as the Royal Wedding. Everyone attending DCCS this year has a chance to see and celebrate this wonderful occasion. Various elements of the day will pay tribute to the wedding; retail stalls with wedding gifts, flowers and bunting will adorn the marquee and the event will be shown on large screens throughout the morning. Guests will not miss anything!

     

    Guests at a previous DCCS

     3. What are you most excited about for DCCS this year?

    Year on year we increase the money raised for charity; the challenge every year is to find exciting auction items. To date, the clay shoot has raised £2.6 million pounds and has helped numerous charities. This year we have some super money can’t buy experiences and I cannot wait to see if our guests are equally enthusiastic!

     

    4. What sets DCCS apart from other charity shoots?

    A huge point of note is the event location - the magnificent Chatsworth estate, coupled with the committee’s relentless effort to ensure that everyone – teams & their partners – has a fabulous day. This year, partners will have a private tour of the Chatsworth gardens, going behind the scenes to see various treasures usually unseen by the public. 

     Teams at a previous DCCS

     

    5. Why is Chatsworth such a magical place to host DCCS?

    Its setting is a beautiful part of the Derbyshire landscape; the shoot takes place within the 105 acre garden designed by Capability Brown. We try to ensure that each drive will take the guests to areas not seen by the public, allowing them to marvel at the beautiful planting and historic landscape.

     

    6. What is your favourite DCCS memory?

    The year I attended a private viewing of historical treasures kept at the house. It was truly magical to be so close to such valuable, historical items.  We were shown rosary beads, owned by Henry VIII, and personal letters belonging Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire.

     

    Tour of Chatsworth House at a previous DCCS

     

    7. What other brands are supporting DCCS this year?

    The clay shoot will be supported by Gallagher, our headline sponsor in addition to Sotheby’s, Purdey, Gucci, Corney & Barrow, Guy Salmon Sheffield, Irwin Mitchell, Quilter Cheviot, BRM solicitors, Strutt and Parker, Investec, High Peak Scaffolding and Native Land.

     

    8. What is your favourite Wingfield Digby product?

     I love the picture frames decorated with game bird feathers. Each one is unique and a beautiful addition to any house!  

     

     

    Wingfield Digby at DCCS last year

     

     

    For more details, visit www.dcclayshoot.org.uk

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