Two years ago Joe swapped his job co-running his family’s business, Borge Italian Restaurant in Stockton, to set up Joe Fraser Chartered Surveyors.
Joe Fraser

The business has successfully expanded leading to the recruitment of several surveyors and support staff. They have a branch in Eaglescliffe and recently opened an office in SW1 London, just near Victoria Station.

Joe and his partner Becky have two children Isabelle and Hugo. This year Joe turned 30 and celebrated with a trip to Dubai with friends for a ‘celebration’, which included skydiving across the Palms resort, ticking one off the bucket list!

Joe loves food and eating out, music and going to gigs.

Luxe places >>

For a weekend > Edinburgh for its vibe, shopping and historic buildings.

Long holiday > Far East – we spent time in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand – bit of a mini tour. Singapore definitely a standout city, contemporary, great buzz and full of life.

A treat > South of France for a cheeky trip to Cannes.

Luxe relax >>

Best food > Japanese, I’m a big fan of sushi and will always try to work a trip away around visiting a Japanese restaurant for my favourite dish, miso black cod.

Best wine > A good bottle of red – Becky’s sister brought us a bottle of Mezzanella back from the Masi Vineyard after a trip to Italy this year, it really stood out.

Best restaurant > Le Roi Foi – Edinburgh has been a recent highlight. Locally it’s hard to beat Chadwicks at Barker and Stonehouse for lunch with a Greek twist.

Perfect weekend > A trip out with the family for the day, we love Riley’s Fish Shack at Tynemouth… coming from a foodie background, a lot of my favourite places involve food.

Downtime means > A glass of wine reading Monocle, maybe playing some vinyl on my prized Rega turntable.

Best telly > House of Cards for its political espionage.

Best book > A good read this year has been The Secret Barrister, an interesting insight into the judicial system.

Best sounds > Bears Den are a current favourite, they performed a great small gig recently with a string quartet.

Luxe shop >>

Best shopping city > London, having an office in the capital makes shopping a cinch.

Favourite shop > Has to be Hi-Fi Sound in Stockton of all places, an absolute gem of a hi-fi addict’s dream, they recently helped me build my ultimate system.

Luxe retail treat > I was born in the wrong decade, so I’m eagerly trying to acquire as much vinyl as possible.

Luxe party >>

A memorable night out > Singapore Grand Prix – very special.

Perfect party > Good music, good food and good company!

Best dress > A blue blazer – can dress up with a shirt or down with a tee.

Dinner date > Of course, with my partner Becky – preferably without the kids so we can enjoy the meal in peace!

Your luxe thing in life >>

My two kids, has to be.

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