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A la Colthard/Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock North

I was mightily impressed by this hotel and its restaurant, Malo. The rooms are decorated in tasteful shades of grey and are spacious and it had nice touches like a free washing machine and dishwasher. It’s so much irritating to pay £3 to a hotel laundry for smalls and much fairer to provide machines.

Yesterday we ate in Malo. I went for oysters and succulent duck served with a roasted nectarine.

The produce is noticeably tastier. In the supermarket I saw luscious hams, fish, fruits and vegetables which look a lot more enticing that the polystyrene packed formulaic equivalents in a UK supermarket.

At Malo with drinks and plentiful wine, from Te Mata of course, the bill was £ 35 per head.

The room charge was about £200 per night.

Over dinner John Buck informed us that prime houses with a sea view fetch £5-6m. The Labour Party though it only had a minority in the election are seeking to prevent overseas purchases of first time properties  such is the increase in house prices.

The area has a clement climate, little crime, good schools so you can see why people flock here. In the next dinner party conversation of where to live – when Comrade Corbyn is PM – I’m going to suggest Hawke’s Bay!!!

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