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Bolney Estate Pinot Noir 2014. It's red wine from England, and I like it. I didn't really expect I'd ever say that. Perhaps not all the finesse and sophistication of #GevCham but it's light, dry but fruity, and has good acidity with no rough edges - very drinkable indeed. I suspect this will develop a bit of a cult following akin to Nyetimber so I shall be ordering a case or two immediately.
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What a lovely frontage Stephen Hitchcock has.
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I think this picture gives a glimpse of the Ship and Shovell, although all I can make out is the "sandwiches" sign on one side of the alley, and what looks like a Worthington's brewery sign on the other.
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I spent about two hours last night looking at ties on the Internet, trying to find one which would work with one of my more challenging to match tweed suits. When I ultimately settled on one I thought I might consider buying I then realised it was near identical to one I already own.
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Phileas Fogg: "All his trowsers (sic), coats and vests bore a number, indicating the time of year and season at which they were in turn to be laid out for wearing".
I reckon you could extend this to ties.
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Anybody else going to Royal Ascot this year?

I booked my tickets today, which puts me in the throughly delightful position of now needing to procure a top hat. Any suggestions for where to go to find one?

I already own a morning suit - whilst the black morning coat (with mismatched trousers) seems to be more the norm, the dress code also permits grey morning dress, which mine is. It seems to be generally expected with grey morning dress, unlike with black, that the trousers, waist coat and tail coat are all of the same cloth (some recent pictures of Prince Charles at Royal Ascot show him dressed as such). However I wondered if I might perhaps try a different waist coat to break it up a bit and inject a bit of colour - maybe a pale blue. How much of a hard and fast rule it is with grey morning dress that all the pieces match?

As an aside I noticed the amusing irony that cravats, sometimes referred to as ascots, are now no longer accepted as part of the dress code at Royal Ascot. Do Chaps generally avoid Ascot for this reason?
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Precisely my point...
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St James's was looking delightful this afternoon.
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I spent the day on Bruton Place, but did not notice the sky...
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Black winter truffle for dinner today.
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Does anyone here use The Sheridan Club's forum? It's a little difficult to get to grips with, but seems to have at least slightly more active engagement than this community.

Even that seems like a bit of a backwater though, is there not some other online El Dorado where Chaps converse on matters of tweed, St. James's and the like? Or is that sort of embracing of modern technology just a bit at odds with the whole demographic?
The Sheridan Club Forum, Chap Room, and Message Board
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+Bruce Partington-Plans Yes indeed, I chose +Hawkers as my nom de clavier there, a sobriquet I had acquired in this community.

Pleasingly I have had a couple of replies already to my post about Cheltenham, and while it seems like nobody else is going to be there, the missives are jolly affable nonetheless.
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...and finally the George Inn, in 1900.
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There's a few old photos of London pubs in the Francis Frith collection, some, like the Oxford Arms on Warwick Lane now sadly long gone, but others, like the Spaniards here, still happily standing.
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Ahead of Royal Ascot, I'm also planning another jaunt out to Cheltenham for Festival Trials Day at the end of this month and have been mulling over a new tweed suit for the occasion.

At the weekend I took a look round both Cordings and Walker Slater and couldn't find anything quite right - in Cordings case their stock was a bit depleted, and they don't have matching trousers for many of their jackets; whilst at Walker Slater everything was a bit too muted and not quite, well, country enough.

Any other suggestions for off the peg tweed suits in London or environs? I think I'd ideally like something a bit like this Cordings Bedale tweed - a bright green base with a blue overcheck. The sort of thing which is absolutely, unequivocally for country use only!
Cordings Bedale Check Jacket. Shop now.
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No a wholly unreasonable course of action...
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Whilst the plastic hand soap dispenser is obviously more a thing of convenience than of any aesthetic merit, I do rather like D.R. Harris's label designs, and I find their Almond fragrance very pleasant indeed.
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This pub feels like a preserved slice of a Hampstead which no longer really exists - harking back to an era when this was a quirky and characterful corner of London, but not solely the preserve of the super-rich.
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I liked the idea, but both my wife and I tried this place on separate occasions, and both came to the same conclusion - that the actual arancini are just a bit underwhelming. Part of the problem is that they're too small - so the ratio of the outer coating to the rice to any other filling is not really how we felt it should be. The end result was just a bit non descript.
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Tiny, and seemingly very popular which is pleasing to see for a vegetarian burger place in Paris. Vegetarian burgers are pretty much never as good as I feel like they could be, but on this occasion I was hungry and appreciated it regardless. The sides were perhaps the highlight - mozzarella sticks, if I recall correctly.
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I like that it has a Waitrose. Other than that it's all rather bland chain shops and restaurants which aren't really my cup of tea.
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Feels a bit sad somehow, not one of the better maintained M&S Food branches. I hardly ever bother going in here as there's a much nicer Waitrose a few doors down.
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Whilst as a vegetarian this may not have been the ideal choice of venue for me, they did make at least a bit of an effort to attempt to adapt one of the set menus to suit. It's one of those odd instances where I somehow enjoyed the dining experience even though I'm not exactly sure I enjoyed the food that much. I liked everything else - the decor, the atmosphere, the staff and the wine list (managed to impress my dining companion who is far more knowledgeable about wine than I am with my selection - a very enjoyable Burgundy). A bit reminiscent of St. John in some ways, perhaps a tad more down to earth and a bit less minimalist (if that's ridiculous pairing of words).
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The kebab shop Giles Coren raves about. As a vegetarian I'm obviously not really going to fully appreciate that, but I guess the falafel wrap was decent enough, and I do rather like the old sign.
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