Cheshire Life Glitz List 2011
PUBLISHED: 14:40 22 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:53 20 February 2013
The Glitz List to highlights lively personalities who each bring strands of glamour, intirigue or wealth to our county. Some are wealthy entrepreneurs, others are 'old money' aristrocrats and some are major players on the sports scene
Get the glitzy life
Its not essential to possess a multi-million pound bank account to enjoy luxury in and around Cheshire, but it helps. We suggest where our Glitz List candidates and the rest of us can enjoy a taste of the high life
Where to eat and drink?
Belle Epoque Restaurant
This bastion of culinary excellence has been host to many celebrities and well known faces over its more than 35 year existence.
Everyone from David and Victoria Beckham to Chancellor of the Exchequer and Tatton MP George Osborne has dined at the restaurant, owned by the Mooney family. It has also become a very popular venue for many weddings and has contemporary, elegant rooms to spend the night in.
This bar and dining room in Lower Bridge Street is a surprise. Lurking behind the traditional Georgian faade is a quirky yet elegant interior perfect for any occasion. If you cant face the journey home, stay in one of the beautifully decorated rooms.
Glynllifon Mansion, Llandwrog, near Caernarfon:
Considered to be the finest Regency mansion in North Wales, this spectacular venue and its 700 acre estate was once the seat of the Lord Newborough family. Now you can make like a lord and lady and dine in the grandeur of this incredible building after it was restored by Pravin and Tara Jadeja.
Stay, Alderley Edge:
Expect Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine at this restaurant regularly populated by celebrities who live locally. Stay is owned by the people at the popular Heddys in Wilmslow.
Where do they stay?
The Chester Grosvenor, Chester
This stylish hotel, owned by the Duke of Westminster, needs little introduction. Enjoy the lap of luxury from the beautifully decorated rooms and suites to dining in its Michelin starred restaurant or a treatment in the spa. If you want to get out and about without the hassle of driving, the hotel has a chauffeur on hand to take you on everything from sightseeing tours to summer picnics.
Nunsmere Hall, Oakmere:
Once the home of shipping magnate Sir Aubrey Brocklebank and his wife, Lady Grace, this picture perfect hotel offers fine dining, superb surroundings and a laidback elegance without a stuffy atmosphere.
Quay Hotel and Spa, Deganwy:
This luxurious hotel offers incredible views of the spectacular scenery, a waterside location and fine dining.
Wizards Thatch, Alderley Edge:
This small but characterful building which is more than 400 years old - is popular with people near and far. Examine the guest book and youll find even Alderley Edge residents retreat to this wonderful place, lovingly restored by owner Ian Lambert.
Where do they go?
There is nothing better than race day in Chester. The streets are full of visitors dressed in their finery, eager to enjoy a day at the oldest racecourse in Britain. It is also a pleasingly compact and friendly course with a great atmosphere.
Ladies Day is particularly popular but you will always find Chester Racecourse packed on any race day. It is also a popular venue for glamorous events, is a place to enjoy fine dining with a view and is well-established on the British Polo circuit.
Cheshire County Show:
This highprofile extravaganza is as important an event in Cheshires society calendar as it is to the countys agriculture. As a visitor to this two-day show you are likely to be in the company of lords and ladies keen to celebrate the best of life in Cheshire.
As well as a fun, family day out, this event is fast becoming one of the best on the equestrian calendar. Held in the grounds of Bolesworth Castle, home of the Barbour estate, a glamorous soiree or two also form part of the celebrations.
This beautiful area just over our countys border is a popular weekend bolthole, giving meaning to Abersoch and Angleseys alternative names of Cheshire-on-Sea. And now that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made Anglesey their home, the locals are very busy looking after visitors flocking in with the hope of spotting our most glamorous royals.
What do they drive?
The Rolls Royce 102EX
The new car from ultimate luxury brand, Rolls Royce, is sure to be on the wish list of many of our countys movers and shakers. Although the new 102EX, the worlds first battery electric vehicle for the ultra luxury market, will never be a production car it will be offered to VIPs, owners and enthusiasts throughout 2011 for them to give feedback to help the companys future development in this sector. There will no doubt be a clamour for such an opportunity.
Rolls Royce Ghost:
The smaller brother of the companys iconic Phantom makes jaws drop, people stare and faces peer in through the windows. The car, which has a V12 engine, purrs along the road with barely a whisper. Get behind the wheel yourself, if you can stand the 165,000 price tag, or do like some
prefer and be chauffeur driven.
Bentley Continental GT:
Be the envy of your friends with the new Continental GT. This sleek coupe celebrates all that is best about the Bentley brand including handcrafted luxury, contemporary design and modern technology.
Its not exactly built for practicality but this supercar designed and built by Runcorn brothers Ian and Neill Briggs is sure to set hearts racing.
They wanted to bring formula race car levels of handling, performance and thrill to the public road.
Where do they shop?
Black White Denim, Wilmslow
It was whie sipping on non-alcoholic cocktails with friends at a baby shower that Jo Davies struck on the idea for her Wilmslow boutique.
She was asked to describe the contents of a mum-to-bes wardrobe and black, white and denim was the resounding response. The boutique in Alderley Road, which also has a personal shopping studio, stocks clothes exclusively in these three colours and materials. They have been handpicked by Jo from contemporary designers.
Prestigious jewellery designer, Husam El Odeh, recently chose Black White Denim to showcase his stunning designs at Black White Demin. It was the first time this had happened outside London.
Andrea Claire, Cheadle Hulme:
This shops tag line all your wardrobe needs is the perfect way to describe the clothes on offer at this renowned boutique. Here there are collections from numerous top end designers and Andrea Claire also boasts its own Joseph Ribkoff studio.
Browse fashions from all over the world in the three floors of this upmarket boutique in Chesters historic Rows. There are clothes from iconic designers including Amanda Wakeley, Vivienne Westwood Marc Cain and Ralph Lauren.
Si Belle, Tarporley:
This wonderful boutique in Tarporleys High Street is filled with beautiful clothing from exclusive brands. You will be able to find something for any occasion. If you fancy more shopping Si Belles sister shop, Cleopatra, is located just a short walk down the street
Where do they buy their jewellery?
Jewellery from this iconic brand is worn by royalty and celebrities around the world. Actress Emma Watson chose to wear a Boodles design at the premiere of the finale to the Harry Potter series.
The company was founded in Liverpool as Boodle and Dunthorne in 1798. Centuries on it is still the first place to call for special, glamorous, one-off pieces of jewellery. The company also hosts many exclusive events around the world.
Browse the constantly changing collections in this beautiful, award-winning Art Deco showroom. The jeweller has also just opened a new Rolex boutique, the first one outside the capital.
Mark Worthington, Wilmslow:
Everything from beautiful wedding rings to watches are available here. It is also an authorised dealership for Breitling, Christian Bauer, Oris, Chronoswiss, Nubeo and Rado as well as having exclusive rights to Breitling Bentley Motors watches.
Waltons of Chester:
There are plenty of exclusive brands here including
Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Switzerlands International Watch Company. There is plenty of choice too with two branches in Eastgate Street, Chester, and another in Hope Street, Wrexham
Cheshire Life has compiled its own Glitz List to highlight lively personalities who each bring strands of glamour, intirigue or wealth to our county.
Some are wealthy entrepreneurs, others are old money aristrocrats and some are major players on the sports scene
This handsomest of A-list actors is best known for his role as James Bond, of course. His first film as the sexiest spy ever in the 2006 version of Casino Royale rocketed him to international stardom, but he did have an impressive career portfolio before then. The 43-year-old Chester-born actor shone in Elizabeth, Layer Cake and Road to Perdition to name a few. But surely his celebrity stock rocketed even higher when in June he married the beautiful Oscar-winning Constant Gardener actress Rachel Weisz.
Daniel Craigs mother, Carol was an art teacher, and his father, Timothy, was once the landlord of the Ring o Bells, in Frodsham. Daniel was brought up on the Wirral and attended primary schools in Frodsham and Hoylake before studying at Hilbre High. He began acting in school plays at age six.
This time last year Sarah Burtons name was known to only a few devoted fashionistas. But now thanks to her stunning success designing the Duchess of Cambridges glorious wedding gown, she is known to millions the world over. Sarah, who was born and bred in the Stockport area to an accountant father and a music teacher, moved to London to study print design at St Martins College after her art foundation course at Manchester Polytechnic.
She joined the Alexander McQueen label in 1996 on a year-long internship. It was the beginning of a 14-year collaboration and she eventually became his right-hand woman. After Alexander McQueens suicide last year Sarah was regarded as the obvious choice to lead the business but she was initially reluctant to step into the limelight.
Since then she has dressed Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Campbell and Lady Gaga. As Kate Middleton processed down the aisle of Westminster Abbey on April 29th the 36-year-old designer stepped into that elite band of individuals who are favoured by royalty. Sarah, we salute you.
Lizzie Bromley-Davenport of Capesthorne Hall, near Macclesfield, is the American-born wife of Sir William Bromley-Davenport and one of Cheshires most charming women of note. She is a talented artist her work hangs in art collections throughout the world - and she is a devoted charity worker. She grew up in New Jersey and loved the outdoor life, so her interests encompass the world of nature, conservation and art.
Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini
Were not going to pretend that these two Premiership football managers hail from the fair county of Cheshire. Each of them wears the signs of their respective nationalities with pride: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has all the personal style and flair youd expect from an Italian gent and Alex Fergusons no nonsense attitude to the ups and downs of his Man U players is what youd expect from a good Scot.
The master of the barbed comment and flying teacup who has managed the Reds since 1986 lives in Wilmslow and clearly enjoys life in Cheshire, particularly the dining scene. Indeed, he has attended the Cheshire Life/Alderley Edge Hotel champagne Oscars celebration several times. Robert Mancini seems to be set for a lengthy stay with the Blues following their FA Cup success last season. He enjoys dining in city centre restaurants and is house-hunting in our fair county.
The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire was born into a Yorkshire mill-owning family and educated at Charterhouse School and St Andrews University. He became a successful commercial solicitor in London before returning to the textile industry and then changed track again by buying Dawsons Music in the 1970s. As well as growing his business, David Briggs has also developed a range of charitable interests, having been chairman of Warrington Youth Club for 25 years and part of the regional leadership team from the Princes Trust. The 64-year-old was Cheshires High Sheriff in 2006 and was awarded an MBE in 2009.
She may not be Cheshires most high profile MP chancellor George Osborne would take that title but Esther McVey qualifies for our list by virtue of everything she has done. She now represents Wirral West but made her name as a television and radio presenter and after working for the family demolition firm, set about building her own career in business. She launched her own company which provides training to small businesses and went on to found Winning Women, which supports women starting out in business.
Viscount and Viscountess Ashbrook
This charming couple run one of the most successful homes in the county. As well as giving their support to many charity and community events, they also open up the Elizabethan building to share it with thousands of visitors every year.
Popular events are held at Arley Hall, including the Arley Garden Festival, and the couple also hst numerous balls and parties.
They are particularly passionate about the gardens that surround the property and you will often see them out working with the grounds team. Lord Ashbrook was responsible for The Grove area. His mother, Elizabeth, suggested he tackled this area of the grounds and now it is full of more than 300 different varieties of rhododendrons and unusual specimen plants and trees. Lady Ashbrook is charged with looking after the formal gardens over the years she has worked on several areas including her main project, The Walled Garden.
Duke of Westminster
Gerald Grosvenor, the sixth Duke of Westminster, is the regions richest man with a property portfolio which includes large tracts of Cheshire countryside, as well as land in Lancashire, Scotland and some of the most exclusive residential areas of London. He is thought to the fourth richest man in Britain, and the wealthiest British man not bad considering he left Harrow School with just one O-level. He also failed the entrance exam for the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst first time round but went on to be the first reservist since the 1930s to be assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Reserves and Cadets. Much of the recent redevelopment of Liverpool, including the Liverpool One shopping mall, was the work of his property company, the Grosvenor Group.
Nina Barbour is full of ambition. Since the death of her father, Anthony, in 2007 she has dedicated herself to carrying on his incredible legacy at the Bolesworth Estate. Nina heads up the estate with mum, Diana and is continuing to keep Bolesworth as one of Britain most respected names in the development of thriving rural business communities.
Nina, who still lives at Bolesworth, organises the renowned Bolesworth Show Jumping Classic and is also in the process of establishing Harthill Stud, a new international horse breeding facility. She is doing this with Badminton and Burghley winner Oliver Townend.
The new stud will house some of the worlds most exceptional stallion and Nina is determined to make it one of the countrys leading sport horse operations.
Dawn Gibbins is a hard act to follow. As well as founding global flooring company Flowcrete with her father Peter in 1982, she now runs another flooring business Barefoot Living and also created a new brand for Congleton. More than 8,000 people log on to www.visitbeartown.com a month and she launched Bearmania. Dawn also has an honorary doctorate from Manchester Metropolitan University, was named the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year and became the youngest industrialist to be awarded an MBE for services to industry. Dawn was made a Pioneer to the Life of our Nation by Her Majesty The Queen and in 2010 was appointed as Ambassador for the Carbon Trust.
She also appeared on Channel 4 series The Secret Millionaire. Her experience prompted her to set up The Barefoot Foundation which aims to eradicate poverty and abuse in the UK.