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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/ 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

Royal China Club

The Royal China Club in Baker Street is their posh high-end restaurant in the well-known Royal China chain. The decor is more up market, the service excellent, the prices high. My only problem – and this applies to all Asian and Indian cuisine – is that gastronomically I cannot tell the [...]

September 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Sartoria and the decline in the middle ranking restaurant.

The title of the post is not intended to confuse so I will begin by stressing that Sartoria in Savile Row is not a middle ranking restaurant. It is expensive and sets high standards of  cuisine, decor and service but it is not for the financially challenged. Years ago a group of us ladies -who [...]

August 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Rick Stein/Sandbanks

My readers know how mistrustful I am on restaurants with views. I also believe reputations are there to be punctured not lauded. So when Bob Tickler’s godson aunt and uncle Hattie and Tom booked the Rick Stein overlooking the bay at Sandbanks I was sceptical on both counts. In fact it proved a [...]

August 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Home cooking

Yesterday I was invited to lunch in a nearby town by a couple I recently met. It’s so rare to receive such an invite and I reflected upon a new Rust debate on home cooking versus restaurants. Recently I have been irritated by poor service in restaurants. At one which I use a lot in Chichester we [...]

August 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

The George at Rye

It was Nancy who when I told her I had yet to visit Rye and suggested I did so. I heard from a friend of mine who had a good trip ashore in property that rich London townies attracted by the fast communication by rail to Ashford International were now buying up second homes there and for golfers [...]

July 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

A La Colthard/ Goring Hotel and Outlaw at the Capital Hotel

Having recently been critical of Brighton restaurants I was pleased to dine elegantly at two London  hotels. The Goring in Victoria is one of the few London hotels still in private family hands. It’s agreeably old fashioned with a comfy bar and a good dining room and a garden too. The dining [...]

June 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Stanmer House and other Brighton restaurants

The restaurant at Stanmer House was a long favourite of mine. Situated in a handsome house in parkland with gracious salons full of portraits it had bit of something about it. I was therefore disgreeably surprised on arrival yesterday to be directed to an empty marquee in the garden where a carvery [...]

June 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Orient Express to Paris

When a travel mag I occasionally contribute to offered me a ticket on the Orient Express I readily grabbed my first opportunity to travel on it. It was a strictly work gig. I could not invite my husband or anyone else’s !!! Mind you as my son Tarquin’s Hornby has more space I could not be too [...]

June 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /Murmur

The sea front at Brighton has had something of a makeover and is no longer its tawdry self. There is the Harbour Restaurant with its excellent Jetty restaurant , the i360 Watchtower, Shelter Hall, a Victorian Palladian sea-front shelter is being restored and there are now two ‘go to’ [...]

May 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

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