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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 / The River Cafe

The River Cafe, once the in-house cafeteria of architect Lord Rogers and owned by his wife Ruth, has been going strong since its launch in 1987 which is kinda surprising given its high prices and inconvenient location in that no-man’s -land between Hammersmith and Fulham Football Club. I went [...]

March 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Spice Island Beach Hotel

The first couple of days on any vacation can be testing: the long haul flight, time adjustment, mosquito bites, sunburn, settling in can all contribute to this. It’s testament to this fine award-winning hotel that we are after one full day all fully acclimatised and content. Whilst the resort has [...]

February 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /Crocodile at Saltdean

I have frequently reviewed high end restaurants and country gastro pubs in East and West Sussex but not the quirkier cafes in which Brighton and its environs abound. Yet these are more patronised than the well known eateries or inns by locals. To the north of the rather touristy Lanes in Brighton [...]

February 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Edera & Sabor

The Italian restaurant in London has changed both in form and format over my lifetime. When I started to “go Italian”, the Italian trattoria at the high end was not chef but owner-driven with the likes of Mimmo d’Ischia, Mario and Franco’s chain, Meridiana (owner Walter Apicella went on to [...]

January 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ The George at Burpham

Yesterday I had lunch with a very old friend – a versatile entrepreneur lately successful in internet travel – who has his main residence in Petworth and a flat in Marylebone. We used to meet in Marylebone for our lunches, usually at one of my faves in old Marylebone Lane 28-50, but as [...]

January 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

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

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