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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


The good friend a heavy hitter in the ad world who stayed with us at the Marbella Club referred to it as ‘reassuringly expensive’. This was a clever ad slogan applied to a premium lager to attract a rich clientele. As I understand it, it means that it is intended to be expensive as [...]

September 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Marbella Club Hotel

To Marbella with Bob Tickler for the wedding of one of his best friend’s sons. These overseas wedding celebrations are a millennial thing: those who put experiencing life at a premium and at a wedding celebration including travel abroad to a hot destination. After his budget airline experience [...]

September 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/English’s

I am convinced that readers would rather read a list of restaurant reviewers’ favourites possibly by category – e.g. price, type of cuisine – than of the latest opening. Amongst my perennial favourites is English’s Why so? It’s traditional, reliable and – over the past 6 [...]

September 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la la Colthard/ the good, the bad and the pretty

I enjoyed the first half of our trip in Provence. Our organisers were helpful and concerned hosts. Such trips do depend on the group and ours got on well, did not complain and Brexit discussion was avoided. I agree that a healthy option has become an imposition which requires little culinary [...]

September 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /The Ram Inn at Firle

I differ from some of my fellow reviewers as I do not cover the latest restaurant opening but rather have my faves and non-faves which I update. One of these faves is the Ram Inn at Firle on the A27 near Lewes and not far from Glynedebourne. It has a rambling garden, cosy interior and reliable and [...]

August 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

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

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