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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/Imperial Treasure

When an old friend told me he had booked Imperial Treasure off Pall Mall for our regular lunch date he promised me “Chinese cuisine on a different level”. Looking at the menu on its website I was not sure if he was referring to the cost!! In fact he was right … and so was I. The [...]

August 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Wild Flor

We all know that feeling when for no apparent reason our plans for the day are derailed by the unforeseen. This happened to me yesterday before I set out for Wild Flor in Hove. I have to wind you back to 19th June when I visited a local bathroom store to purchase a shower fitting. This cost £254 [...]

July 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Kitchen W8

I was invited to this restaurant off Kensington High Street. It was my first time and was impressed. I like a set weekday menu which is affordable and sensible as the restaurant was not full. From it I choose a cold pea and courgette soup and sea bream and almond tart. All very delicious. The [...]

July 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Varsity Hotel Cambridge

It’s been some years since I visited Cambridge and I cannot believe how much it has changed in my absence. Perhaps it’s the digital boom as it has a thriving science park but the city seems more alive and prosperous than I remembered it last. My memories go back to a May Ball in the early [...]

June 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Amsterdam restaurant review

We ate at four restaurants, each one better than the previous. We had our first lunch at Jansz the in-house restaurant of our hotel the Pulitzer. I went for the set menu and chose Burrata and poussin. Burrata the milky cheese is burrata – I’ve eaten better – and the poussin was a slab [...]

May 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Le Colombier

Le Colombier restaurant in Dovehouse Street, just behind the Royal Marsden Hospital, is the sort of place where I would meet my Great Aunt Julie. You know the sort: bowl of pot pourri in the hallway; favourite playwright Noel Coward; favourite music Gilbert and Sullivan; voted leave to stem the [...]

May 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Blandford Comptoir

The Blandford Comptoir is in Blandford Street Marylebone and is very much the offshoot of 28-50 in nearby Marylebone lane. This is not surprising as its owner worked there. Like 28-50 it has a strange configuration of a bar with counter food (hence Comptoir) and tables to the back and rear. This [...]

May 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat

Polly and I decided to go to her favourite place on the Riviera, Cap Ferrat. For those that do not know it, it is very much the enclave of the super rich. Aside from Paloma Beach, the Rothschild villa and the Grand Hotel, there is not that much to do. The Grand is now under Four Seasons Management [...]

April 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Chateau Eza

My readers will know that one of my mantras is not to trust a restaurant that boasts of its panoramic views. I must say though that Chateau Eza in Eze village is an honourable exception. This was once the house of a Swedish Prince but is now a boutique hotel restaurant. It has sweeping views over [...]

April 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ La Colombe d’Or

Understated is not an adjective I’ve often used to describe a top notch restaurant/hotel but entirely appropriate for the Colombe D’Or in St Paul de Vence in the foothills above Nice. We gathered there for a lunch hosted by Bob Tickler. Ideally we would have liked to have been in the terrace [...]

April 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

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