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A al Colthard/Sheekeys


In the 60s – as a callow but engaged pretty young girl who started her weekend at the Markham Arms, Kings Road, and kicked her heels at the Pheasantry – I used to visit Ma  Sheekeys.

It was popular with sports stars – Henry Cooper and Johnny Haynes used to tuck into their sea food there.

Now it’s part of the Richard Caring chain.

I was part of the Rust party going to Leopoldstadt and I was deputed to book the restaurant and went for Sheekeys, which was round the corner  from the Wyndham Theatre.

My readers know how critical I am of poor greeting and welcome at a restaurant.

I can be equally critical when leaving. I’m sick and tired of unacceptable delays in bringing the bill and in finding my coat in the cloakroom.

The latter happened at Sheekeys. I handed my cloakroom ticket to a restaurant greater for collection, was told to wait, then informed I was in a private function by some supercilious bastard to whom I explained I was still awaiting my coat.

Do you have a ticket?

No, he took it away“.

Eventually  I grabbed somebody/anybody to sort this out.

This – and the blandest mash potato I have tasted since some I bought some from ASDA for £2 – persuades me that, whilst I enjoyed Sheekeys in the 60s, I don’t a few years on … it will be sometime (at £94 per head) before I return.

Daphne Colthard
About Daphne Colthard

After graduating at RADA but finding no roles Daphne went into magazine journalism with Good Housekeeping. Widely recognised as one of the country's leading restaurant and hotel reviewers, particularly by herself, Daphne is the author of "Bedded and Breakfasted", a light hearted chick novel and Grand Hotels DC: the Daffers Dictionary. Daphne lives in West London and is married to an investment banker Oliver. They have 2 boys Humphrey and Tarquin. More Posts