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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

A la Colthard

From the moment we were greeted warmly at reception on arrival I knew I would like the Hotel Botanico. It’s an old fashioned hotel that majors on their service which is impeccable. It also has excellent amenities like 2 swimming pools, 3 superb restaurants and a more than adequate pool cafe, [...]

January 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

I totally agree with my travelling companions in their aversion to buffets. Invariably the food gets cold, you have to queue behind a fat German and a brat in a Barcelona shirt, and even if you get a cooked hot meal it’s coolled down by the time you get to your table. By Monday we decided enough [...]

January 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/cheap and wholesome fare

After my experience at Hide Above, I’m pleased to report that there are restaurant out there that offer wholesome fare at sensible prices. 80 Brent Street Hendon is an unlikely venue for such food particularly as the restaurant is kosher but the Bistro there came up to expectations. I had a [...]

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

A La Colthard/The Hide

The Hide restaurant is fusion of restauranteur Ollie Dabbous and Hedonism Wines. It’s on three levels: Hide Above offering fine dining of set menu and a grazing one. Ground Hide is all day at a la carte and there is a subterranean bar. Ground and Above have fine views over Green Park. I had been [...]

December 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Jetwing Blue and Ministry of Crab

We transferred by coach from Kandy to Negombo, a coastal resort close to Colombo. It was the now standard hairy bus drive of overtaking in the opposite lane and hoping that the vehicle ahead would yield. Visually it was unattractive, the same old roadside corrugated iron shops, mainly selling food, [...]

November 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Mahaweli Reach & Kandy House Hotels

Mahaweli Reach It looks good in the phtotos: colonial ranch style house by the pool with flora and palm trees. However it’s by the Mahaweli River, the bedrooms are dark, dank and damp and we are beset by mozzies. The lighting system – part console by the bed, part switch – is [...]

November 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Marriott and Shangri La Hotels

Marriott This is part of an international chain .Sometimes this can lead to a formulaic hotel. I was initially concerned when I saw a large sixties style block but inside there was some deference to Sri Lankan arts and crafts.  The room was large with a balcony over looking the Indian Ocean. We [...]

November 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / The Westbury and Goring Hotel

Over the years I have been contributing to the Rust I have often reviewed restaurants and sometimes hotels but never their bars so today’s piece is on the latter at two of London’s most underrated hotels. I was meeting an old friend in the property world so the Westbury in Conduit Street [...]

October 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/The Ram at Ferle

There is a disconnect between restaurant critics’ reviews, almost invariably metro and new, and restaurants that the vast majority of diners want to visit. That is why diners rely on the internet search engines. A good example of a popular restaurant is a decent country pub but when was the last [...]

October 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Lasan/ Birmingham

I stand rightly accused of only leaving the South East for foreign parts and rarely visiting the gastronomic world of the entire UK. So here I am in England’s second city, Birmingham, a place I have barely visited or know. My preconception is that architecturally it is still in the sixties, all [...]

September 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

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