Author Details: Stephanie Sparrow

Gunning for greatness

Bespoke gunmaking is a craft appreciated by royals and the rest for centuries. We look at what the very best British gunsmiths have to offer Royal warrants recognise British tradition and craftsmanship – and nowhere is this more evident than in the production of fine sporting shotguns and rifles. The main centre of the trade […]

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Better by design

British interior design is even bigger news than before in this jubilee year. British style is big news, and nowhere more so than in interior design. “There is plenty of interest in British style from overseas,” says Melanie Adams, wallpaper specialist at decorators’ merchant Brewers. “When we introduced our London Life wallpaper (£28 a roll) […]

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Wear it like a Windsor

Classics rule when it comes to royal fashion. From shoes that last a lifetime to the best in bespoke blazers and handbags, clothing for Monarchs has always been a cut above As the royal carriage procession travels from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace this Tuesday, the scarlet and gold livery of coachmen, walking grooms and […]

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Alfresco made easy

As jubilee picnics set the pace for entertaining this summer, royal warrant holders advise on using the best of British produce to celebrate outdoors and in style Is this the year of the posh picnic? The ultimate alfresco meal will be held tomorrow (4 June) when 10,000 people, chosen by public ballot, will gather in […]

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A matter of taste

Stephanie Sparrow takes the orders from some celebrity sandwich fans for their favourite bread-and-butter treats  

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A bit of all white?

It’s a sandwich – but not as we know it. Whether it’s to help our health or to ring the changes, many of us are starting to look beyond slices of the traditional family loaf at lunchtime. Does the sandwich always have to be made from bread? A growing awareness of food intolerances and the quest […]

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Roll on another 250 years

Roll on another 250 years

Here’s a British tradition that’s worth making a meal over. Get ready for the summer of the sandwich… Happy birthday to the great British sandwich! The ultimate convenience food is 250 years old this week, and there is much to celebrate as this supplement will demonstrate. Said to have been created as a bread-and-meat combination […]

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Eat’s new Cubano toastie

In for the fill

Whether it’s a familiar favourite or a taste of the exotic, sandwich fillings can help fill the gaps left as we tighten our belts in austerity. By Stephanie Sparrow In harsh economic times, the versatility of the sandwich comes into its own. Its contents can be comforting, according to Neil Brownbill, marketing director for food firm […]

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Merry glow of times past

In an age of austerity, Christmas traditions, many of them inspired by previous generations of royals, become ever more comforting As families around Britain are contemplating how to orchestrate their Christmas get-togethers, it seems that the Windsors, who usually celebrate at Sandringham, the Queen’s Norfolk retreat, have similar concerns. “Her Majesty looks forward to the […]

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An appointment with excellence

From much-loved traditional brands of food and cosmetics to software designers and window cleaners, the royal warrant is a proudly worn badge of distinction for companies of all kinds As self-appointed wardrobe mistress to my grandmother I relished wintry Sunday afternoons organising her possessions. There was such pleasure to be had in lining up her […]

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