Craig of That Dapper Chap joins press and bloggers at the luxurious Cliveden House to celebrate the launch of Ben Fogle as the new face of Racing Green menswear at Debenhams, with a day of fine dining and classic cars
|My favourite of the classic cars; a stunning Austin Healey in two tone blue and cream|
|Cliveden House in all its majestic glory|
After meeting the Debenhams crew and the rest of the guests at Paddington station on a warm spring morning, we boarded our train and headed to Cliveden House in the stunning Taplow countryside. With guests from the Telegraph, The Guardian, Drapers Magazine, Fashionbeans along with myself, Ben from 21st Century Gent and Charlie from Man About Town, I was in good company.
|The beautiful architecture of Cliveden House|
On arrival we were introduced to adventurer and TV personality Ben Fogel and the classic cars that we would be driving through the countryside. With a Mark II Jaguar, a classic Mini, an Austin Healey, an Interceptor III and an E-Type Jaguar there were some stunning vehicles to choose from.
|The classic cars, lined up on the gravel driveway of Cliveden House, supplied by Great Escape Cars|
|The interior of the Austin Healey|
|Enjoying the primrose yellow E Type Jaguar|
My favourite of the cars was the 90’s Austin Healey, low set and convertible, the shape of this car really appealed to me. With a V8 engine it’s a gutsy beast and drives like a dream. After sweeping our way around Berkshire, periodically swapping and changing cars as we went, I got in to the Mark II Jaguar as Ben Fogle’s passenger. After a few minutes struggling with reverse gear we set of and chatted all the way back to Cliveden House.
|Another loo at the blue and cream Austin Healey|
|The classic Mark II Jaguar|
After shooting some of the cars beside the stunning fountain at the start of the long gravel driveway, it was time for lunch. The house itself is beautiful both inside and out. The decor is incredibly stately and luxurious, and a perfect setting for such an event.
|Name places, all set for a beautiful three course mean in Cliveden House’s Boudoir Room|
|The luxurious interior of Cliveden House|
|My starter of cured Loch Duart salmon with lemon, fennel, Dorset crab and avocado|
|Press from The telegraph, The Guardian, Drapers, joined by myself, other bloggers and the Debenhams Team. Ad of course Mr Ben Fogle|
|My main course of Risotto ‘Primavera’ with new season vegetables, herbs and aged Parmesan|
|Another view of the stunning interior of Cliveden House|
|My desert of Lemon Meringue parfait with basil and and compressed strawberries|
Ben Fogle for Racing Green
With numerous achievements under his belt, from rowing the Atlantic Ocean, crossing Antarctica on foot and running across the Sahara, Bens latest role sees him in a less strenuous position as ambassador of the high summer range of menswear from Racing Green at Debenhams.
|Ben Fogle wearing a striped shirt and red shorts by Racing Green at Debenhams|
|Ben relaxing in a red, white and blue striped shirt, perfect for summer|
The high summer collection, as modelled by Ben offers a range of affordable and attainable styles. Colours are vibrant and also incorporates the trend of the gingham shirt to create that preppy look that’s so popular this summer.
|Relaxed style from Racing Green at Debenhams for Summer 2017|
|A crisp white cotton shirt and camel shorts as worn by Ben Fogle from the summer range by Racing Green, available online and in stores at Debenhams|