In Richmond—and even around the country—men’s outfitter Ledbury is the epitome of casual elegance. So it’s no surprise that its quail hunt at Orapax Hunting Preserve in Goochland, Virginia, this past weekend was every bit as stylish as Paul Trible and Paul Watson—the Southern-bred, Britain-trained lads who run the brand.
Here is what we learned about hosting a Virginia quail hunt.
1. Choose the right location. Ledbury has hosted its three hunts at Orapax because the preserve has friendly, knowledgeable staff and plenty of room for pups to roam.
2. Create a fitting menu. The guys called on Owen Lane of local gastropub The Magpie to make food, such as fried quail and hand-piped sausage, on-site.
3. With drinks to match. Bartenders James Kohler, Max Sayer, and Brandon Peck served up specialty cocktails, and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery created a custom brew (the Pecan Smoked Field Beer) for the event.
4. Set the tone. A lively band, like Richmond’s Sleepwalkers, and instruments for impromptu jam sessions, are key.
5. Dress the part. The Ledbury owners and Robert Emmett (the London tailor who apprenticed the guys) strike the right mix of refined and outdoorsy.
6. Bring the magic. The festivities inspired Paul Watson’s 1-year-old to dance, and a couple even got engaged before the day’s end.