Magazine article The Spectator

Something for the Weekend

Magazine article The Spectator

Something for the Weekend

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Experience the best of British cuisine at the Rib Room at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge with a new 'British Experience' tasting menu from executive chef Simon Young.

The menu starts with Loch Fyne oyster and ends with the tart taste of rhubarb, taking in smoked duck, sweet Scottish scallops, and melt-in-the-mouth Buccleuch beef along the way. It's complemented by wines chosen by the Rib Room's sommelier, including an award-winning sparkling wine produced on the Hush Heath Estate in Kent. Prices start at £90 per person and the menu is available until 30 June 2009. Call 020 7235 1234 or visit www. jumeirahcarltontower. com.

The Nare, a luxury hotel situated above Carne Beach on the Roseland peninsula in Cornwall, re-opened in March after an extensive refurbishment and is offering a selection of Garden Breaks this spring.

Exclusive tours can be arranged to gardens including Tregothnan, the largest private botanical garden in Cornwall; and Caerhays, famous for its magnificent magnolias. Prices start at £519 per person, which includes four nights' accommodation plus dinner, breakfast, early morning tea and afternoon cream tea, as well as tickets to three gardens of your choice. Call 01872 501111 or visit www. narehotel. co. uk.

The Royal Horseguards has been relaunched following a £16 million refurbishment of its 280 bedrooms and has sealed a commitment to help support British soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Royal Horseguards will be working closely with charity Help for Heroes and the hotel's neighbouring regiment the Household Cavalry, home to the Blues and Royals in which both Prince William and Prince Harry have served. The Guoman Group, which owns the hotel, donated an initial £25,000 to the charities, and more than £5,000 was raised at a gala event to launch the new partnership. Prices start from £170 per room per night, including breakfast: www. theroyalhorseguards. co. uk.

Combine British motoring with gourmet food and luxury accommodation with the 'Quintessentially British weekend away with Jaguar'. Travel to Gilpin Lodge in the Lake District in the new slick Jaguar XKR for a weekend of great food and outdoor pursuits including hot-air ballooning, golf, boating, horse-riding and scuba-diving.

Gilpin Lodge is a Relais & Chateaux family-run country-house hotel and has new facilities including luxury garden suites with their own private garden and hot tub, a champagne bar, walk-in wine cellar and extensive outdoor patio area. …

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